Goose Creek’s Dambaugh makes pro debut

Katelyn Dambaugh of Goose Creek made her professional debut on June 2 at Capital Hills in the Symetra Tour’s Fuccillo Kia Classic of New York. She shot 71-78–149 for the tournament, finishing a few shots behind the cut mark.
Going into the tournament, Dambaugh said she was focused on learning and gaining experience. Just a week later, in her second Symetra tournamennt, Dambaugh made the cut and tied for 15th in the Four Winds Invitational in South Bend, Indiana. She shot 71-70-75–216 and earned $2,034 for her first check as a professional.
Dambaugh earned Symetra Tour status after finishing in the top 80 of Stage II of the 2016 LPGA Qualifying Tournament last October. The Symetra Tour is the official development tour for the LPGA, and membership is open to professional women golfers and qualified amateurs. Dambaugh made her LPGA Tour debut in March when she competed at the 2017 ANA Inspiration as an amateur.
She then returned to college and helped lead the University of South Carolian women’s team to a 10th place finish in the national championship. Dambaugh tied for 50th individually, finishing 80-78-74–232 (+16).
While at Carolina, Dambaugh rewrote the record book. The former Pinewood Prep standout ended her time as a Gamecock with the program’s lowest career stroke average (72.67), and she holds the best 18- and 54-hole marks in school history, carding both as a senior. Dambaugh’s 15 career top-five finishes (2nd) and 21 top-10 showings (3rd) both rank in the top-three all-time in program history, and her 71.62 scoring average as a junior stands as the lowest single-season mark by a Gamecock.
Dambaugh reached No. 5 in the Women’s World Amateur Golf Rankings prior to her professional debut. After her second Symetra Tour event, Dambaugh competed in the U.S. Women’s Open Sectional Qualifier at The Governor’s Club in Chapel Hill, and secured a first alternate spot with scores of 74-68–142 (-2).