WILMINGTON, North Carolina – Rising senior Lori Beth Adams looks to cap her summer on the links in style as she takes part in the 2013 United States Golf Association’s Women’s Amateur Championship this week at the Country Club of Charleston (S.C.).

The seven-day event will feature 156 of the best female amateur players in the world teeing it up on the par 71, 6,488-yard layout. The entire field will play two rounds of stroke play on Monday and Tuesday before the field is trimmed to 64 for match play to take place over the final five days of the event.  

Just the fourth UNCW women’s golfer since 2004 to take part in the U.S. Women’s Amateur, Adams will be paired with Kaci McCartan and Allisen Corpuz for both rounds of stroke play. The trio will tee off the No. 1 tee at 8:50 a.m. on Monday and will begin round two on the No. 10 tee at 1:50 p.m. on Tuesday.

“I am really excited about playing in my first USGA event,” said Adams. “Many of my friends from home, along with Coach (Cindy) Ho and my teammates are planning to come down and cheer me on. It will mean a lot to me to have a crowd watching me and I hope to use that support to my advantage. I am going to try and just play my game and treat it like a regular tournament.”

Adams qualified for the U.S. Women’s Amateur by finishing fourth with an even par 72 in the 18-hole qualifier at the Dalton Golf and Country Club in Dalton, Ga., on July 9th. She finished two strokes off the pace set by qualifier champions Katy Funk and Ally McDonald, who are both in the field this week.

A native of Burlington, N.C., Adams enjoyed a breakout junior season in 2012-13 by posting a school-record 74.12 stroke average in 12 events played. The CAA Player-of-the-Year, Adams recorded eight top 10 finishes and five top five results on her way to earning an individual invitation to the NCAA Central Regional, where she finished tied for 11th.

Adams has continued her solid play on the amateur circuit this summer, recording a fourth place finish in the Women’s Eastern Golf Association Amateur Championship in June and posting a top 20 result in the 111th North & South Women’s Amateur at The Pinehurst Resort three weeks ago.  

One of the USGA's original three championships, the U.S. Women’s Amateur was first conducted in 1895, shortly after the inaugural U.S. Amateur and U.S. Open. The Women’s Amateur has since been conducted every year except 1917-18, when it was temporarily suspended because of World War I, and 1942-45, when it was suspended because of World War II.