Wins Women's Amateur Title
showed the grit of a champion at the Women's Amateur. (John Mummert/USGA)
Pa. – Virada Nirapathpongporn, 21,
of Thailand, defeated Jane Park, 16, of Oak Valley, Calif., 2 and 1,
in the 36-hole final to win the 2003 U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship
at the 6,386-yard, par-71 course at Philadelphia Country Club. Nirapathpongporn
became the 11th foreign-born winner of this national championship, which
is one of 13 conducted by the United States Golf Association. Nirapathpongporn
also avenged a disappointing loss to 13-year-old phenom Michelle Wie
in the final of the Women's Amateur Public Links Championship in June
at Ocean Hammock Golf Club in Palm Coast, Fla.
an audio interview with the Champion Virada Nirapathpongporn
Final Piece Of The Championship Puzzle
Pa. – The Women’s Amateur trophy that Virada Nirapathpongporn captured
on Sunday at Philadelphia Country Club – taking a famous line from the
hit movie “ Jerry McGuire ” – definitely “completed her.” It
was the crowning achievement in a career that was devoid of that one
major victory; that one title that would recognize her as one of the
best amateurs in the women’s game. The 21-year-old native of Thailand
had proven herself on the collegiate level, edging out heavy favorite
Lorena Ochoa to win the 2002 NCAA Women’s Championship as well as helping
her Duke squad take the ’02 team championship.
Of Championship Match
Pa. – Click here for highlights and statistics from the championship
match at the 103rd U.S. Women's Amateur.
Gallery For Championship Match
Pa. – Click here for photos from the championship match at the 103rd
U.S. Women's Amateur.
From Champion And Runner-Up
the following links to get the transcripts from interviews with U.S.
Women's Amateur champion Virada Nirapathpongporn and runner-up Jane
Have Become Park's Place
Pa. – Throughout much of Saturday’s semifinals at the U.S. Women’s Amateur,
thunder could be heard in the distance. Fortunately, any visible signs
of lightning stayed away from historic Philadelphia Country Club. But
the day wasn’t devoid of any pyrotechnics. Jane Park provided her own
electricity, thanks to a putter that was hotter than any Fourth of July