Having slugged it out with the best in the ranks in the Women’s Amateur Asia Pacific Golf Championship and the world’s best in the inaugural Augusta National Women’s last month, Yuka Saso now gears up for a face-off with the cream of the world pro crop in the US Women’s Open in South Carolina three weeks from now.

The power-hitting Fil-Japanese shotmaker put in a pair of solid rounds — a six-under 66 and a 67 – to top the 36-hole sectional qualifier at the Druid Hills Golf Club in Atlanta Monday, gaining a coveted berth in one of LPGA Tour’s majors slated May 30-June 3 at the Country Club of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina.

“I’m so happy to have finally qualified for the Open. It’s something I’ve been working on,” said Saso, who failed in her first four tries in the cutthroat competition where only the top two from each sectional elims earning spots in the elite championship.

“I can’t wait to tee it up with the LPGA stars,” added the reigning Asian Games gold medalist who tied for third in Augusta but hobbled to finish joint 17th in the AsPac tilt in Japan.

Saso also brought home two USGA silver medals as the event’s low scorer and low amateur.

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