played the course twoand a half times. I played the front nine three
times and the back nine two times. It’s highly challenging. The fairways
are pretty generous, the greens are pretty small. With the weather we’ve
had we have pretty soft greens. I have a local caddie who knows the
greens. They’re tricky out there. I’ll hit a putt and it will break
one way, then he’ll tell me how it really breaks.
to Sleepy Hollow Country Club where she won last year: I’m
hitting driver on every par 4 and par 5. The length here is a larger
do you remember about last year’s final match: This is going
to sound funny but not much. If you tell me a certain hole I can remember
what club I hit and what shot I played, but it’s like a pink blur, because
I was wearing a pink shirt. I just remember putting well.
Hole: Probably number four. It’s going to play difficult this
week. Six and seven are difficult because of the length.
greatest thrill as Women's Amateur champion: Playing in the
U.S. Women’s Open. I really enjoyed playing with Juli (Inkster) and
Karrie (Webb). They’re just normal people trying to make a living playing
golf. It was fun. I observed them a lot because I thought I could learn
by watching them. I watched Juli a lot and she never watches anyone
else swing. She just goes about her business.
2003 Women's Amateur Public Links runner-up and 2002 NCAA Division I
individual champion Virada Nirapathpongporn: Without a doubt
she’s one of the most quality people you’ll ever meet. Intelligent,
a fine player, and she’s a friend of mine. No, I’m lucky to be a friend
of hers. She’s going to be one to watch this week.
publicity surrounding Michelle Wie: I think it’s great. I actually
wish I could be considered an underdog. I’m comfortable there. Obviously
she’s a huge asset to junior golf and even to our golf, women’s amateur
golf. She’s just a 13-year old and she’s playing well, so she’s going
to get attention.
more interest in women’s golf than ever before. I definitely think this
is the high point (of that interest). The depth of the field the last
two years is incredible, and the interest is going to peak now. I think
this is the strongest field ever. Every pairing has one really strong
player in it, if not two.
the pressure of being defending champion: I just want to get
through Monday and Tuesday (stroke play qualifying). I feel more pressure
than at any other tournament. My family is at home pulling for me saying,
'Just play to please yourself.' "