Karinn Dickinson isn’t satisfied just to be playing in the U.S. Women’s Open this week. She expects to play well and wants to at least make the cut.
Opportunities like this are what the former University of Washington player has been working for since ending her playing career at UW in 2011. She and UW junior Kelly Bowers earned the two qualifying berths from the sectional at Waverly Country Club in Portland as each shot 2-over 146.
Dickinson flew to New York on Monday for the event, which begins Thursday at Sebonack Golf Club in Southampton.
“I have a feeling that I will be very nervous,” she said. “I would say it’s the biggest thing I have done yet and I am excited to see how I will do against the best players in the world. I want to do more than just get there, I want to do well.”
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Dickinson developed her game while living in Norway. Her father, Kenneth, a UW basketball player in the late 1970s, took a job there for about a decade. The family returned before Karinn’s senior year in high school, and she helped lead Kamiak to the 2007 state team title while finishing second individually.
Dickinson won twice as a Husky, but called her UW career “up and down.”
She said her game has really improved since she began working more than a year ago with Joey Pickavance, the head pro at Pronghorn Club in Bend, Ore. Dickinson works at the club while honing her game. She won the Washington Women’s Amateur last year and made it to the quarterfinals in last week’s Oregon Amateur.
“He has really helped me with my swing, and with my short game,” said Dickinson, who will have Pickavance caddie for her this week.
Dickinson will also look up her old friend Bowers at the Open. The two were teammates when Dickinson was a senior and Bowers was a freshman.
“We were close friends in college and I was so excited that she qualified, too,” Dickinson said.
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