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Gabby Lemieux becomes first Native American to play in U.S. Women’s Open

Gabby Lemieux became the first Native American to play in the U.S. Women’s Open when she competed in early June 2022 at Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club in North Carolina. (Photo via Instragram)

Gabby Lemieux didn’t make the cut at the U.S. Women’s Open golf tournament, but she did make history.
Lemieux (Shoshone-Paiute Tribe) became the first Native American to play in the 76-year-old tournament, which was held June 2-5 at Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club in Southern Pines, North Carolina.


Lemieux finished far from the cutline after rounds of 82-81, but that didn’t dampen her attitude.


“I may not have came out firing with my A game this time, but next time… I’m going to be prepared. I am so happy to have had the opportunity to be the first Native American in the US Women’s Open. Words cannot describe how I am feeling,” she wrote on Twitter.


Her 36 holes included two birdies, which came on par 3s on the first day, and 15 pars.


Before the tournament, Lemieux told KTVB-TV in Boise, Idaho, that playing in the U.S. Women’s Open is “a goal that I’ve been chasing ever since I was six when I started this game.”


“To have a chance to play in a major at [age] 25 and not to have LPGA Tour status – but still trying to chase it – is really all I’ve been looking for,” she said.


Lemieux grew up in Idaho and played college golf at Texas Tech University. She has been on the LPGA minor league tour – now known as the Epson Tour – since 2018.


She earned her way into the U.S. Women’s Open by winning the only available spot in a one-day qualifier May 9 in Chaska, Minnesota. She shot 71-72 to win medalist honors by one stroke. Her second round included four birdies.


Lemieux didn’t get a bounce from her Open appearance. She missed the cut in her next two Epson Tour tournaments in mid-June. She has made five of 10 cuts this season, including a season best T13 at the Inova Mission Inn Resort & Club Championship in May.


The Epson Tour wraps up its season with the tour championship Oct. 6-9 at LPGA International’s Jones Course in Daytona Beach.

Gabby Lemieux signs autographs at the U.S. Women’s Open. (Photo via Instragam)
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