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Paolozzi makes more history at National Championship
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. -- Karen Paolozzi accomplished her primary goal of making the cut in the PGA Professional National Championship this week -- both of them. She made the 36-hole and 54-hole cuts, joining Suzy Whaley as the only women professionals to make the National Championship cut.
Whaley made her history in 2005, and on Wednesday, Paolozzi made some history of her own. Her four-round total of 10-over 298 tied her for 49th place and gave her the lowest total for a woman professional in National Championship history.
"That's great," said Paolozzi after a 2-over 74 Wednesday, which was four shots better than Tuesday's 78. "I hope to improve on it in the future. That's quite an honor because Suzy Whaley and Patty Post are great players. I'm happy to have that. This is a huge boost to my confidence. I proved to myself that I can still play at this level. I hope to keep this going and use it as momentum into the championship we'll play in August to try and get into the LPGA Championship. That's my next big thing, it sounds like."
Paolozzi was also hopeful that her play would inspire other woman professionals to play in more Section events with a goal of following in her footsteps and qualifying for the National Championship.
"There aren't many woman professionals in my Section who come out and play in competition," Paolozzi said. "I'm hoping that by me coming out here and playing, a few more ladies will get out there and start playing at least at the Section level and then hopefully up their game and get to this level as well. There are very few women that actually play in the Section. There are plenty of women in the Section, just not a lot of them play.
"This whole experience was way more than I thought it was going to be," she added. "I didn't know what to expect. I didn't know what to expect with media, or the response of being the only female, but it was great. All the guys were great. I played with wonderful people all week. But I'm happy to see it end, because I'm tired. But it was a lot of fun."