July 23, 2014
By Elly Walker
By Elly Walker
FRESNO, Calif. -- For most, summer is the chance to take a vacation and hit the beach, but for women's golfer and junior standout Hannah Sodersten, summer is the chance to practice her game and hit the links.
For the second year in a row, Sodersten qualified for the USGA Women's Amateur Public Links Championship in Dupont, Wash. on July 14-19.
"Being a veteran, I was confident heading into this tournament because I knew exactly what to expect," Sodersten said. "My main goal for this tournament was to make the cut for the match play portion of the tournament which I succeeded in doing. I feel that I played well and learned many new things that could help better my play significantly."
Sodersten finished stroke play in a tie for 60th place at four-over par, 148 (73-75) qualifying her to move onto match play. Sodersten then competed in the first round of match play in which she fell 3-2.
Competing amongst a field of highly skilled players, Sodersten was able to achieve personal goals and prepare for the coming season.
"A big part of this game is how you handle yourself mentally; staying positive will always give you a better outcome," Sodersten said. "The main thing that I took from this tournament that I will bring back to school in the fall is just to believe in myself. I know that I am capable of doing great things to help my team and I need to be sure to remember that in order to be successful."
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