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After years of competing on the Symetra Tour, the developmental tour for the LPGA Tour, former UCF golfer Stephanie Connelly has qualified for a spot in the 2015 LPGA U.S. Women's Open.

Connelly, a 2009 graduate, finished second at the FireKeepers Casino Hotel Championships in Battle Creek, Michigan earlier this month after shooting 1-under through two days at the qualifying event.

"I'm very excited to play my first U.S. Women's Open," Connelly said in a press release. "It's going to be a great week. The championship is being played at Lancaster CC in PA which is only about an hour and a half from where I grew up. I'm hoping to have a good amount of family and friends out watching."

In her final round, she carded seven birdies and finished 3-under par en route to a second place finish, just one-shot shy of tournament champion Breanna Elliott.

The Pasadena native competed on the UCF women's golf team from 2007-09 after spending her freshman campaign at the Ohio State University. She was named to the second team for Conference USA during the 2007-08 season.

"I can't wait to get to the Open and see how my game compares with the best in the world," Connelly said. "It really is an opportunity to have fun and see how I can do. I'm going to be patient, play my own game, and take in the experience."

The Open Championship will be celebrating its 70th-year anniversary at Lancaster Country Club in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, starting July 6-12.

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Brian Goins is a Digital Producer for the Central Florida Future. Follow him on Twitter at @byBrianGoins or email him at BrianG@CentralFloridaFuture.com

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