– Georgetown University women's golfer Christina Parsells
(Bernardsville, N.J./Kent Place) had a strong junior year, helping lead the Hoyas to their second-consecutive BIG EAST Championship and NCAA Tournament berth. She continued her strong play over the summer, nearly qualifying for the 118th U.S. Women's Amateur Championship and advancing to the championship flight of the 93rd New Jersey State Golf Association (NJSGA) Women's Amateur Championship.
In early July, Parsells competed at one of the 23, 18-hole qualifying tournaments for the U.S. Women's Amateur. Playing at the Hackensack Golf Club, Parsells shot a 3-over par 75 finishing in a tie for 19th. She missed qualifying by just four strokes as only the top five scores qualified, with the sixth- and seventh-best scorers serving as alternates.
"I've played in the U.S. Amateur twice so not qualifying again was disappointing," Parsells said. "The qualifiers are awesome because they really feel like college tournaments with so many of the same girls that I see throughout the season. I'll be back at it again next year."
A month later, in the first week of August, Parsells took part in the New Jersey Women's Amateur Championship. Entered as the sixth seed, Parsells took part in two-day, four-round match play tournament. She won her Round of 16 match 2 up, before closing out the first day by upsetting the third seed, 3 and 1. On the tournament's second day, Parsells defeated the seventh seed 4 and 3, advancing to the championship round against the top seed. In a tight match, Parsells ultimately fell short, 2 down, to finish second.
"Playing match play is super fun because it feels more competitive and keeps me really focused the whole round," Parsells said. "I was playing against a girl who plays for Northwestern, which made it feel like a college tournament. So many people came out to watch which was a very cool experience. That final match was really memorable as it went to the 18th hole."
A native of Bernardsville, New Jersey, Parsells has always enjoyed playing in her home state. Along with her two successful showings this summer, Parsells has traveled to play at Princeton in each of her first three years at Georgetown. She has shot well all three years, capped by a sixth-place individual finish last fall as a junior. Parsells and the Hoyas will return to Princeton later this month, playing the weekend of Sept. 29-30.
"Yes, it does make a difference," Parsells said. "I really appreciate playing close to home because my friends and family come out to support me, and this really gives me extra motivation to want to play well. This summer, I had one of my good friends caddying for me too, which made it even more fun."
For Parsells, who earned All-BIG EAST honors this past spring and was second on the Hoyas with a 76.36 stroke average, she hopes her strong play this summer will carry over into another championship year on the Hilltop.
"Our schedule for the fall is great, we're playing in some really good events," she said. "Being a senior is bittersweet because I know the year will fly by, but I'm hoping the seniority will allow me to be a little more relaxed on the course and just have fun and enjoy playing. Our team is very supportive of each other and as a senior, I'm excited to help lead us to hopefully some more wins."