by Steve Newton
It was quite the summer internship for North Dakota State's Amy
Anderson. Unlike most students who finish up their sophomore
year in college and head off into the corporate world to gain
experience, Anderson obtained her real world knowledge against the
best LPGA professionals at the 2011 USGA Women's Open.
The two-time Summit League Golfer of the Year and league newcomer of the year in 2010 qualified for the U.S. Open by registering a 3-under par 141 at the Medina, Minn., U.S. Open qualifier six weeks prior. Anderson beat out seven professional golfers for medalist honors and continued her stellar play into the Women's Open where she was tied for the lead with LPGA professional Christie Kerr after one round of play. Anderson finished in 63rd -place and fourth amongst all amateur competitors.
"It was a unique opportunity to play against the LPGA professionals and also a little intimidating at the same time," said Anderson, who is a two-time National Golf Coaches Association (NGCA) All-America and was a College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-America in 2011. "I really enjoyed my time competing in the U.S. Open. I got to see where my game was at compared to the professionals, because I want to make a career out of playing golf."
The 2011 U.S. Women's Open was not the first time the Oxbow, N.D. native stepped on stage in one of golf's most prestigious events. At the age of 17 at the Trump National in Bedminster, N.J., Anderson defeated the 2006 U.S. Women's Amateur champion, Kimberly Kim, 6-and-5 to win the 2009 U.S. Junior Girls Amateur Open.
"I knew that was what I was working for my entire junior career and I finally reached my goal," Anderson said. "The few hours after winning the U.S. Junior Girls Amateur Open was a blur to me because of all the media interviews and the trophy presentation. But, as the years go by, the more I am beginning to realize how big of an accomplishment it was."
In June, Anderson will head to Scotland as a member of the 2012 U.S. Curtis Cup Team. She will join seven other U.S. Amateurs as they compete against teams from Great Britain and Ireland. The Curtis Cup is held every two years and is considered the premier competition in amateur golf.
Anderson is not the only Summit League golfer to qualify for the U.S. Open. In June of 2009, Western Illinois' Kyle Peterman played in the U.S. Open Championship at arguably one of the most challenging courses in America, Bethpage Black, located in Farmingdale, N.Y.
The two-time Summit League Golfer of the Year (2008 and 2010), was paired with PGA professionals David Toms, D.J. Trahan and Todd Hamilton the first round and with Brian Gay in the second round. Peterman missed the cut after shooting a 156 over two-rounds.
EDITOR'S NOTE: This feature was originally published in the 2012 Summit League Golf Championships program (April 23-24).