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While playing in her first LPGA Kingsmill Championship this week, Lauren Greenlief was no stranger to the River Course at Williamsburg’s Kingsmill Resort.
Greenlief, an amateur golfer who works full-time as a management consultant for The Boston Consulting Co., grew up in Fairfax, but played in multiple junior tournaments at Kingsmill Resort while growing up.
Last month, Greenlief received a sponsor’s exemption to play in the 2016 Kingsmill Championship after putting together a successful 2015 season. In 2015, at the age of 25, she became the first Virginia woman to win a USGA Championship and the youngest player to claim a title at the U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur played in Louisiana.
With her sponsor’s exemption, Greenlief became the only Virginia native to participate in this year’s Kingsmill Championship. The tournament also marked the first time she has played at Kingsmill Resort in almost four years.
For the University of Virginia graduate, getting to play again at Kingsmill in front of packed stands was a special opportunity.
“It was a great week and a great learning experience,” Greenlief said. “There were some tough conditions out here, but I enjoyed my time. I wanted to represent the state of Virginia well and do my best.”
A lack of preparation time and difficult course conditions caught up to Greenlief on Thursday, when she posted a disappointing score of 11-over par in the tournament’s opening round. But after shaking off the rust, she rebounded a bit Friday to shoot 4-over par.
While failing to make the cut to continue playing this weekend was disappointing, Greenlief enjoyed playing the first two rounds of the Kingsmill Championship with former Atlantic Coast Conference comrade Cheyenne Woods, the niece of Tiger Woods who played golf for Wake Forest.
“[We] played a bunch in college, so it was nice being around a familiar face in this environment,” Greenlief said.
With her Kingsmill Championship experience in hand, Greenlief hopped a flight Friday evening bound for Streamsong, Fla. There she will compete in the U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball tournament, which begins qualifying play today.
Set to tee off in her qualifying round just before 2 p.m., Greenlief hopes she’ll be fully rested from her time in Williamsburg and will rebound with a strong performance in Florida.