Clemson, S.C.-Clemson rising senior Alexandra Swayne finished sixth among amateurs and fourth among active college players at the 2021 U.S. Women’s Open at The Olympic Club late Friday evening.
Swayne missed the cut by four shots with a score of 152 for the first 36 holes, but was tied for sixth out of 31 amateurs. Maga Ganne, a high school golfer from New Jersey, was the top amateur after two rounds with a 138 score, just two shots off the lead.
The only college players ahead of Swayne after 36 holes were Maja Stark of Oklahoma State (141), Gurleen Kauer of Baylor (144) and Rachel Heck of Stanford (147).
Not only did Swayne finish tied for sixth among amateurs, she finished ahead of 34 professionals, including LPGA stars Cheyenne Woods, Nelly Korda, Charley Hull, Michelle Wie West, and Sung Hyan Park. Wie West and Park are past Major Champions on the LPGA Tour.
Swayne had seven bogeys and a birdie in her first round on Thursday when she shot a 77. A highlight took place when she chipped in from 10 yards off the green for par on the 18th hole. The highlight was shown on The Golf Channel.
The Clemson golfer with dual citizenship in the Virgin Islands and the United States (Ohio), had a four-overpar 75 on Friday with six bogeys and two birdies. She made birdie on the first and second holes in that round. For the 36 holes she hit 13-28 fairways and 19 of 36 greens.
Swayne qualified for the US Open with scores of 69-72 for a 141 total at the qualifier at Druid Hills Country Club in Atlanta. She was second in the qualifying at that site.
Swayne will be one of the senior leaders for Kelley Hester’s team that returns four of five starters for 2021-22.