Aree Song is Medalist in 2003 U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship


Gladwyne, Pa. – Aree Song, 17, captured medalist honors at four-under-par 71-67—138 in stroke-play qualifying in the 2003 U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship at the 6,368-yard, par-71 course at Philadelphia Country Club.

Song led a trio of junior players who captured three of the top four qualifying spots. Michelle Wie, 13, of Honolulu, Hawaii, was second with 73-67—140. In-Bee Park, 15, of Eustis, Fla., tied for third at 70-72—142. Erica Blasberg, of Corona, Calif., tied Park with identical scores and is 19.

"I’m playing well, and not only that, I’m scoring well,” said Song. “I really have no weaknesses right now, and hopefully that will put some pressure on my opponents.”

Song was low amateur in this year’s U.S. Women’s Open, finishing fifth overall. “It’s a great confidence builder,” said Song of her finish in that championship. In today’s second round she recorded four birdies and eagled the 508-yard, par-5 12th when she holed a sand wedge shot from 30 yards.

Michelle Wie shows off her raw power during her second round of stroke-play qualifying on Wednesday. She finished with a 4-under 67 and wound up as the No. 2 seed for match play. (John Mummert/USGA)

Wie had two bogeys but recorded six birdies on putts ranging from three to 24 feet.

"I wasn’t putting so well (Monday) so I just trusted myself and I’m very happy with the way I putted today,” said Wie. “I think I could have shot even better because I made two stupid bogeys, but golf can’t be perfect.”

The 67s shot by Song and Wie were the low rounds of the championship by two strokes.

Four players were at one-over-par 143. They are Paula Creamer, 16, of Pleasanton, Calif., Lisa Meldrum, 21, of Canada, Virada Nirapathpongporn, 21, of Thailand, and Jane Park, 16, of Oak Valley, Calif.

Defending champion Becky Lucidi, 22, of Poway, Calif., easily qualified at 74-73—147. But Carol Semple Thompson, 54, of Sewickley, Pa., who owns seven United States Golf Association titles, missed the cut for the first time since 1969. Her 36-hole total of 159 was six strokes too many.

The cut came at 153, 11 over par, with 10players playing off for fiv match-play slots. Emily Bastel, of Upper Sandusky, Ohio, who won the 64 th spot on the 8 th playoff hole, gave herself a great 23 rd birthday present.

In the first of two match play rounds Thursday, Song plays Bastel at 7:30 a.m. Wie heads the lower bracket with her 9:38 a.m. match against Maru Martinez, of Venezuela. Park faces Katie Connelly, of Madison, Wisc., at 8:34 a.m. and Blasberg goes against Allison Fouch, of Grand Rapids, Mich., at 10:34 a.m.

Match play continues with two matches on Friday, the semifinals on Saturday and a 36-hole final on Sunday. The Women’s Amateur is one of 13 national championships conducted by the USGA, of which ten are strictly for amateurs.

Nine present or former USGA champions remain in the field. Song won the 1999 U.S. Girls’ Junior. Wie is the 2003 U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links champion. Park was the 2002 U.S. Girls’ Junior winner. Annie Thurman, of Highland, Utah, won the 2002 U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links. Lucidi won this championship last year. Ellen Port, of St. Louis, Mo., is a three-time U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Champion. Lisa Ferrero won the 2000 U.S. Girls’ Junior. Kathy Hartwiger won the 2002 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur and Laura Shanahan-Rowe won the U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur in 2001.

Nine countries are represented by the players who qualified for match play: Australia, Canada, Chinese Taipei, Mexico, Republic of Korea, Spain, Thailand, the United States of America and Venezuela.

   Gladwyne, Pa. – Scores after the second round of stroke-play qualifying in the 2003 U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship at the 6,368-yard, par-71 course at Philadelphia Country Club

Aree Song, Korea, 71-67--138

   Michelle Wie, Honolulu, Hawaii, 73-67--140

   Erica Blasberg, Corona, Calif., 70-72--142

   In-Bee Park, Eustis, Fla., 70-72--142

   Lisa Meldrum, Canada, 72-71--143

   Paula Creamer, Pleasanton, Calif., 70-73--143

   Jane Park, Oak Valley, Calif., 69-74--143

  Virada Nirapathpongporn, Thailand, 73-70--143

   Sarah Huarte, Shingle Springs, Calif., 69-75--144

   Carmen Alonso, Spain, 74-70--144

   Annie Thurman, Highland, Utah, 74-70--144

   Brittany Lang, Mckinney, Texas, 76-69--145

   Sarah Sasse, Lincoln, Neb., 70-75--145

  Da Sol Chung, Rep of Korea, 75-70--145

   Irene Cho, La Habra, Calif., 69-77--146

   Avery Kiser, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., 72-74--146

   Elizabeth Janangelo, West Hartford, Conn., 75-71--146

  Kailin Downs, Bend, Ore., 72-75--147

   Becky Lucidi, Poway, Calif., 74-73--147

   Katie Allison, Mahwah, N.J., 72-76--148

   Charlotte Mayorkas, Chula Vista, Calif., 73-75--148

   Charlotte Campbell, Heathrow, Fla., 74-74--148

   Ashley Knoll, The Woodlands, Texas, 74-74--148

   Whitney Wade, Glasgow, Ky., 74-74--148

   Katie Futcher, The Woodlands, Texas, 76-73--149

   Mina Harigae, Monterey, Calif., 75-74--149

   Beth Hermes, Dixon, Ill., 75-74--149

   Leah Hart, Australia, 76-73--149

   Sydney Burlison, Salinas, Calif., 74-75--149

  Nuria Clau, Spain, 76-73--149

   Laura Cross, Midlothian, Texas, 77-72--149

   Allison Martin, Bakersfield, Calif., 78-71--149

   Ashley Hoagland, Palmetto, Fla., 75-75--150

   Ellen Port, St Louis, Mo., 76-74--150

   Lindsay Hulwick, Littleton, Colo., 73-77--150

   Kristen White, Doylestown, Pa., 77-73--150

   Tania Elosegui, Spain, 71-79--150

  Ya-Ni Tseng, Chinese Taipei, 75-75--150

   Kwan-Chih Lu, Chinese Taipei, 74-76--150

  Naree Song, Korea, 77-73--150

  Violeta Retamoza, Mexico, 74-76--150

   Ashley Rollins, Austin, Texas, 74-77--151

   Courtney Wood, Brentwood, Tenn., 77-74--151

   Lisa Ferrero, Lodi, Calif., 74-77--151

   Shayna Miyajima, Wailuku, Hawaii, 76-75--151

   Kathy Hartwiger, Birmingham, Ala., 77-74--151

   Laura Shanahan-Rowe, Bedford, N.H., 78-73--151

   Ashley Gomes, Pleasanton, Calif., 77-74--151

   Darby Sligh, North Augusta, S.C., 79-73--152

   Diana Ramage, Fayetteville, Ga., 78-74--152

   Kristin Tamulis, Naples, Fla., 76-76--152

   Sally Krueger, San Francisco, Calif., 76-76--152

  Aimee Cho, Orlando, Fla., 77-75--152

   Cecilia Barksdale, Columbia, S.C., 78-74--152

   Robin Burke, Houston, Texas, 75-77--152

  Leeann Fairlie, Oklahoma City, Okla., 74-78--152

   Mallory Underwood, Montgomery, Texas, 77-75--152

   Amy Schmucker, Cold Spring, Minn., 76-76--152

  Hsiao-Ching Lu, Chinese Taipei, 79-73--152

   Alice Kim, Los Angeles, Calif., 75-78—153 (4)

   Katie Connelly, Madison, Wis., 77-76—153 (4)

   Allison Fouch, Grand Rapids, Mich., 76-77—153 (4)

  Maru Martinez, Venezuela, 73-80—153 (5,3,4,4,4)

   Emily Bastel, Upper Sandusky, Ohio, 74-79—153 (5,3,4,4,5,3,5,3)

Failed to Qualify

   Esther Choe, La Quinta, Calif., 75-78—153 (5,3,4,4,5,3,5,4)

   Amber Marsh, Jamestown, N.C., 75-78—153 (5,3,4,5)

Lisa Meshke, Blooming Prairie, Minn., 74-79—153 (5,3,4,5)

   Alana Condon, Kent, Wash., 76-77—153 (5,3,5

   Meaghan Francella, Port Chester, N.Y., 76-77—153 (6)

   Whitney Simons, Aiken, S.C., 76-78--154

   Katrin Wolfe, Johnstown, Pa., 77-77--154

   Leigh Anne Hardin, Martinsville, Ind., 80-74--154

   Jessica Krasny, Summerville, S.C., 77-77--154

   Bridget Dwyer, Kailua, Hawaii, 75-79--154

   Anna Grzebien, Narragansett, R.I., 78-76--154

   Randi Gauthier, Sugar Land, Texas, 79-75--154

  Sunhyo Oh, Las Vegas, Nev., 72-82--154

   Misia Lemanski, Grosse Ile, Mich., 78-76--154

  Thuhashini Selvaratnam, Sri Lanka, 79-76--155

   Nicole Hage, Coral Springs, Fla., 77-78--155

   Kristi Larsen, El Dorado Hills, Calif., 75-80--155

   Jessica Lewis, Bethesda, Md., 79-76--155

   Elena Kurokawa, Redondo Beach, Calif., 78-77--155

  Su Jung Yoon, Korea, 80-75--155

   Rachel Smith, Powell, Tenn., 79-76--155

   Elizabeth Dotson, White Bluff, Tenn., 81-74--155

   Eom Ji Park, Canada, 79-76--155

   Alena Sharp, Canada, 76-79--155

   Nicole Cutler, Cherry Hills Village, Colo., 77-78--155

   Gabby Wedding, Wilmington, Ohio, 83-73--156

   Erin Simmons, Houston, Texas, 78-78--156

   Erin Tone, Tempe, Ariz., 80-76--156

  Mollie Fankhauser, Columbus, Ohio, 80-76--156

   Courtney Mahon, Topeka, Kan., 79-77--156

   Laura Matthews, Canada, 75-81--156

   Christine Boucher, Canada, 79-77--156

   Sarah Martin, Grosse Ile, Mich., 78-78--156

   Mina Hardin, Ft Worth, Texas, 82-75--157

   Shannon Ogg, Charlotte, N.C., 79-78--157

   Jessica Castle, Plantation, Fla., 80-77--157

   Lisa Kajihara, Makawao, Hawaii, 79-78--157

   Katie Brophy, Spokane, Wash., 82-75--157

   D'Rae Ward, Weatherford, Texas, 81-76--157

   Paige Haverty, Greenville, N.C., 77-80--157

   Kelly Anders, Springfield, Ill., 77-80--157

   Leslie Stubblefield, Kennesaw, Ga., 78-80--158

  Alissa Super, Minneapolis, Minn., 80-78--158

   Lauren Todd, Phoenix, Ariz., 75-83--158

   Danielle Downey, Spencerport, N.Y., 82-76--158

   Carol Semple Thompson, Sewickley, Pa., 80-79--159

   Erin Andrews, Las Vegas, Nev., 80-79--159

   Amy Wang, Kirkland, Wash., 79-80--159

   Hannah Summerhays, Carmichael, Calif., 81-79--160

   Jessica Shin, Mankato, Minn., 79-81--160

   Dayna Burleigh, Horsham, Pa., 82-78--160

   Joanne Lee, San Carlos, Calif., 83-77--160

   Anne Fraser, Deerfield Beach, Fla., 79-81--160

   Jennifer Gleason, Clearwater, Fla., 79-81--160

  Miranda Smith, Lancaster, Ohio, 86-75--161

   Tracy Welch, Winchester, Mass., 77-84--161

   Stacy Dennis, Huntsville, Texas, 77-84--161

   Kelly Cavanaugh, Palos Verdes, Calif., 80-82--162

   Courtney Renfro, Altadena, Calif., 85-77--162

   Cindy Shin, Belmont, Mass., 83-79--162

   Juli Wightman, Chicopee, Mass., 81-81--162

   Barbara Berkmeyer, St Louis, Mo., 80-82--162

   Sarah Gilbert, Ankeny, Iowa, 84-79--163

   Lisa McGill, Philadelphia, Pa., 80-83--163

   Alison Curdt, St Louis, Mo., 83-80--163

   Alexis Wooster, Winnetka, Ill., 77-86--163

   Jaclyn Burch, St Louis, Mo., 84-80--164

   Stacy Hilton, Lexington, N.C., 80-84--164

   Kim Keyer-Scott, Cincinnati, Ohio, 81-83--164

   Amanda McConnell, Grand Blanc, Mich., 81-84--165

   Heather Rose, Chillicothe, Ohio, 83-82--165

   Astrid Gulesserian, Argentina, 87-78--165

   Kelly Schaub, Greeley, Colo., 90-76--166

   Molly Birmingham, Cornelius, N.C., 86-80--166

   Laura Moore, Lake Forest, Ill., 81-85--166

   Morgan Olds, Stamford, Conn., 85-81--166

   Pam Brown, Landenberg, Pa., 81-86--167

   Deborah Williams, Potomac, Md., 83-84--167

   Cari Mozingo, Akron, Ohio, 84-83--167

   Stacy Springer, North Oaks, Minn., 85-82--167

   Robin Donnelley, Lake Forest, Ill., 86-83--169

   Erica Bieniek, Scottville, Mich., 86-83--169

   Sarah Thomas, Lubbock, Texas, 87-83--170

   Michelle Doyle, La Grange, Ga., 88-83--171

   Barbara Byrnes, Mesa, Ariz., 83-88--171

   Samantha Braschler, Red Wing, Minn., 88-84--172

   Kelly Burke, Golden, Colo., 88-86--174

   Ashley Grier, Hagerstown, Md., 84-92--176

   Lyndsey Adams, Joplin, Mo., 94-86--180

   Joni Gossett, Germantown, Tenn., 80-WD

   Bernadette Luse, Orlando, Fla., 76-DQ

Sookhee Baek, Bradenton, Fla., 79-DQ


Gladwyne, Pa. – Pairings for the first round of match play in the 2003 U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship at the 6,368-yard, par-71 course at Philadelphia Country Club.

   Round of 64


7:30 am    Aree Song, Korea (138) vs. Emily Bastel, Upper Sandusky, Ohio (153)

7:38 am    Laura Cross, Midlothian, Texas (149) vs. Naree Song, Korea (150)

7:46 am    Elizabeth Janangelo, West Hartford, Conn. (146) vs. Aimee Cho, Orlando, Fla. (152)

7:54 am    Irene Cho, La Habra, Calif. (146) vs. Laura Shanahan-Rowe, Bedford, N.H. (151)

8:02 am    Virada Nirapathpongporn, Thailand (143) vs. Cecilia Barksdale, Columbia, S.C.   (152)

8:10 am    Allison Martin, Bakersfield, Calif. (149) vs. Ashley Hoagland, Palmetto, Fla. (150)

8:18 am    Sarah Huarte, Shingle Springs, Calif. (144) vs. Leeann Fairlie, Oklahoma City, Okla. (152)

8:26 am    Whitney Wade, Glasgow, Ky. (148) vs. Violeta Retamoza, Mexico (150)

8:34 am    In-Bee Park, Eustis, Fla. (142) vs. Katie Connelly, Madison, Wis. (153)

8:42 am    Beth Hermes, Dixon, Ill. (149) vs. Lindsay Hulwick, Littleton, Colo. (150)

8:50 am    Brittany Lang, Mckinney, Texas (145) vs. Kristin Tamulis, Naples, Fla. (152)

8:58 am    Charlotte Mayorkas, Chula Vista, Calif. (148) vs. Shayna Miyajima, Wailuku, Hawaii (151)

9:06 am    Lisa Meldrum, Canada (143) vs. Alice Kim, Los Angeles, Calif. (153)

9:14 am    Katie Futcher, The Woodlands, Texas (149) vs. Kristen White, Doylestown, Pa.   (150)

9:22 am    Da Sol Chung, Rep of Korea (145) vs. Mallory Underwood, Montgomery, Texas (152)

9:30 am    Ashley Knoll, The Woodlands, Texas (148) vs. Courtney Wood, Brentwood, Tenn (151)


9:38 am    Michelle Wie, Honolulu, Hawaii (140) vs. Maru Martinez, Venezuela (153)

9:46 am    Leah Hart, Australia (149) vs. Kwan-Chih Lu, Chinese Taipei (150)

9:54 am    Avery Kiser, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. (146) vs. Hsiao-Ching Lu, Chinese Taipei (152)

10:02 am    Becky Lucidi, Poway, Calif. (147) vs. Ashley Rollins, Austin, Texas (151)

10:10 am   J ane Park, Oak Valley, Calif. (143) vs. Robin Burke, Houston, Texas (152)

10:18 am    Nuria Clau, Spain (149) vs. Ellen Port, St Louis, Mo. (150)

10:26 am    Carmen Alonso, Spain (144) vs. Diana Ramage, Fayetteville, Ga. (152)

10:34 am    Charlotte Campbell, Heathrow, Fla. (148) vs. Kathy Hartwiger, Birmingham, Ala. (151)

10:42 am    Erica Blasberg, Corona, Calif. (142) vs. Allison Fouch, Grand Rapids, Mich. (153)

10:50 am    Mina Harigae, Monterey, Calif. (149) vs. Tania Elosegui, Spain (150)

10:58 am    Sarah Sasse, Lincoln, Neb. (145) vs. Sally Krueger, San Francisco, Calif. (152)

11:06 am    Kailin Downs, Bend, Ore. (147) vs. Ashley Gomes, Pleasanton, Calif. (151)

11:14 am    Paula Creamer, Pleasanton, Calif. (143) vs. Amy Schmucker, Cold Spring, Minn. (152)

11:22 am    Sydney Burlison, Salinas, Calif. (149) vs. Ya-Ni Tseng, Chinese Taipei (150)

11:30 am    Annie Thurman, Highland, Utah (144) vs. Darby Sligh, North Augusta, S.C. (152)

11:38 am Katie Allison, Mahwah, N.J. (148) vs. Lisa Ferrero, Lodi, Calif.


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