Hannah O’Sullivan, the 17 year old from Chandler, has made quite the splash on the amateur golf scene this year. Beginning in February, she captured a Symetra Tour Championship as an amateur. She then went on to a second-place finish in the US Women’s 4-Ball Championship at Bandon Dunes in April, made the cut at the US Women’s Open, and captured the National Title at the U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship at Portland Golf Club in Oregon.
Hannah won her first golf tournament at the age of 8; she was ‘hooked’ from then on. She and her family moved to Arizona three years ago from the San Francisco Bay Area. Hannah began her high school golf at Xavier College Preparatory where in 2013 her team won the State Championship by 23 strokes, and she also took the individual title. Since then, she transferred to Hamilton High School in Chandler and verbally committed to the University of Southern California golf team for the fall of 2016. Hannah is a strong student, scoring 35 of a maximum 36 on the ACT college admission test earlier this year. Her high school GPA is 4.52, and she is a member of the National Honor Society.
Hannah has developed great time management skills to balance her life between school and golf. She creates her own schedule and is very disciplined in sticking to it, taking advantage of time during travel to complete homework assignments, which she submits through e-mail in the rare case that she misses school days.
She likes to spend her free time reading, shopping, watching movies, and being with friends and family. She also loves to travel, so when she is competing in tournaments, she tries to make time to see the sights and attractions in the local area. Her favorite courses include Longbow Golf Club in Mesa, where she won twice in 2015 – the Symetra Tour’s Gateway Classic and the AJGA Heather Farr Classic.
Hannah captured the US Women’s Amateur Championship victory by playing to 7-under par through 36-holes at Portland Golf Club and sealing the 3-and-2 victory with a 7-foot birdie putt on the 33rd hole of the Championship Match.
Hannah’s victory earned her exemptions into all of the USGA Women’s Championships, including the 2016 U.S. Women’s Open. It also earned her a spot on the Junior Solheim Cup Team, which defeated the European team September 15th in Germany.
In an interview after the Championship, the USGA asked, ‘Does it make you rethink college at all?’ To which Hannah responded “One tournament isn’t going to change my decision or my life plans. So I’m definitely going to go to college to get my degree before I turn pro. My plan is still the same.” Hannah also told the USGA that her “ultimate goal is to be the best player in the world and play on the LPGA Tour,” a goal that now seems more reachable than ever.
Rob Hutchison is a USGA PJ Boatwright Jr. Intern with the Arizona Women’s Golf Association, and is a 2015 graduate of the University of South Carolina with a degree in English and Sports and Entertainment Management.