Bios Of Remaining 16 Players
Blasberg, 18, Corona, Calif.:
The University of Arizona rising sophomore was named the National Golf
Coaches Association’s Freshman of the Year for the 2002-03 season. Was
a finalist for the Honda Award. Posted nine consecutive top-10 finishes
at one point during the season, including two victories. Placed third
at the NCAA women’s championships. Sixteen of 30 rounds were at par
or better. Reached the third round of the 2002 Women’s Amateur. Was
medalist at the 2000 U.S. Girls’ Junior. Eliminated Spain ’s last hope,
Tania Elosegui , in the second round, 3 and 2. Beat Allison Fouch ,
a 2003 Women’s Open participant, 6 and 5, in the first round.
Cho, 19, Korea :
Will be a sophomore at the
in the fall. Advanced to the semifinals at the 2003 Women’s Public Links
where she lost to 13-year-old Michelle
. Caputred the 2003 Southeastern
Conference individual title. Was an Academic All-American and an honorable-mention
All-American by the National Golf Coaches Association. Beat 2003 Women’s
Open participant Irene Cho
(no relation) in the second round,
2 and 1.
, 17, Pleasanton
for the 2003 Women’s Open, but did not make the cut. Was a semifinalist
at the 2003 Girls’ Junior, losing to In-Bee
. Competed on the USA Junior Solheim
Cup team last fall. Also competed in the 2002 Junior British Open for
girls. Won the Rolex Girls Championship with rounds of 71-68-69. Finished
second to Jane Park
at the Betsy
’s Girls’ Championship a week prior
to the Women’s Amateur. Won the 2002 Polo Championship in Florida
. Has won seven of the 12 junior
events she has entered this year with three seconds.
Downs, 20, Bend
the 2003 Women’s Trans-National just prior to coming to Philadelphia
Country Club. At the 2002 Women’s Amateur, comedian Bill
caddied for her at Sleepy Hollow,
where he is a member. Lost in a playoff for the final match-play spot.
Won the 2002 Oregon Women’s Amateur. Was the runner-up at the 2003 Oregon
Women’s Amateur. Will be a junior at the University
Mexico . Was the 2002 and 2003 Mountain
West Conference Player of the Year and 2002 MWC Freshman of the Year.
Was a 2002 and 2003 NGCA Academic All-American and was a 2003 honorable-mention
All-American. Rallied from a 3-hole deficit with four to play against
to record a 1-up victory in the
second round of the Women’s Amateur.
, 21, Shingle
Springs , Calif.
be a senior at the University of California-Berkeley in the fall. Was
an honorable-mention All-American this past season. Was a quarterfinalist
at the North and South and lost in the first round at the Women’s Western.
She loves all kinds of outdoor activities like snowboarding, fishing,
hiking and whaleboarding.
, 18, The Woodlands,
Will be a freshman at Oklahoma
in the fall. Has already won three
junior tournaments this year, including the AJGA Thunderbird Invitational
in Arizona .
Competed on the USA Junior Solheim Cup team last fall. Has twice won
5A state high school girls’ title. She is competing in her first Women’s
Amateur. Advanced to the third round of the Girls’ Junior in 2002.
, 18, Chinese Taipei
of three players from Chinese Taipei in the field. All three made the
cut for match play. Competed at the 2003 Women’s Amateur Public Links
and made match play. Defeated 2002 Women’s Amateur semifinalist Maru
Martinez in the second round, 4 and 3. Beat 2003 Women’s Open participant
in first round, 3 and 2.
Lucidi, 22, Poway, Calif.: She is the defending champion, having
defeated Brandi Jackson in the championship match, 3 and 2, at Sleepy
Hollow Country Club. Helped the University of Southern California claim
the NCAA Division I Women’s team title this past May. Lost in the quarterfinals
of the 2003 Women’s Amateur Public Links Championship to 13-year-old
phenom Michelle Wie , 6 and 5. Has won her first two matches by 5 and
3 and 4 and 2 scores.
, 19, Chula
Vista , Calif.
be a junior at UCLA in the fall. Earned first-team All-American honors
this past season. Has chosen to carry her own bag at the championship,
saying that she had a bad experience with a local caddie at the 1999
Girls’ Junior. Lost in the first round at the 2003 Women’s Amateur Public
Links. Is an avid football fan and loves the Green Bay Packers (has
a had cover of the team). Won the San
Diego city title this year.
, 21, Montreal
be a senior at the University
in the fall. Earned the No. 5 seed out of stroke-play qualifying with
a 36-hole total of 143. Captured the 2001 and 2002 Canadian Women’s
Amateur titles and was sprayed with champagne after receiving the trophy
in 2001. Participated in the Candian Women’s Open in July. This is her
first Women’s Amateur. Captured the 2000 Canadian Girls’ Junior championship.
Was the 2001 Big 12 Conference Freshman of the Year.
Nirapathpongporn, 21, Thailand: Duke
star was a first-team All-American
for 2002-03 season. She won the Division I Women’s individual title
in 2002, edging out heavy favorite Lorena
. Lost in a thrilling championship
match to Michelle Wie
at the 2003 WAPL in Florida
. Was the equivalent of 5 under par,
while Wie was 6 under. Quarterfinalist at the Women’s Amateur in both
2001 and 2002. Also quarterfinalist at the 2001 WAPL. Has not gone beyond
the 15 th hole in either of her first
Park, 15, Eustis, Fla. (Korean born): Captured
the 2002 U.S. Girls' Junior, becoming at 14 the second-youngest winner
of the championship. Lost in the 2003 Girls' Junior final to Sukjin-Lee
Wuesthoff, 1 up, after taking a 5-up lead through eight holes. Won prestigious
Orange Bowl tournament in the spring. Is an accomplished pianist. Playing
in her second Women's Amateur. Lost in the second round in 2002. Would
be the youngest winner of the Women's Amateur should she win.
, 16, Oak
Valley , Calif.
for the 2003 Women’s Open and made the cut. Reached the third round
at the 2003 Girls’ Junior where she lost to the eventual winner, Sukjin-Lee
. At the 2002 Girls’ Junior, Park
was a quarterfinalist, where she
fell to Allison Martin
. Came into the Women’s Amateur fresh
off a victory at the Betsy Rawls
’s Girls’ Championship at DuPont
Country Club in Wilmington ,
shooting rounds of 65-69-68 on the same course that hosts the LPGA Championship.
Was second at the Rolex Girls’ Championship in Florida
, losing the title in a playoff.
Will be a junior at Beaumont High
School . Competing in her first Women’s
Ramage, 21, Fayetteville, Ga.: Will
be a senior at Auburn University in the fall. Competing in her first
U.S. Women's Amateur. Competed at the 2001 Women's Open at Pine Needles,
but missed the cut. Tied for 11th at the NCAA Women's Championship.
Is an avid Elvis fan and loves watching his movies. Reached the third
round with a tough 2-up victory over Kathy Hartwiger, the 2002 Women's
Song, 17, Korea (born in Thailand , lives in Bradenton , Fla. ): Has
twice earned low-amateur honors at the Women’s Open (2002 and 2003).
Finished in a tie for fifth this year at Pumpkin Ridge. At 13 years
and 3 months, became the youngest champion of any USGA championship
when she won the 1999 U.S. Girls’ Junior. Was a semifinalist at the
2000 Women’s Amateur, losing to eventual champion Marcy
, 1 up. Caddied for her twin sister,
Naree, at this year’s Girls’ Junior. Naree also playing in the Women’s
Amateur. Will attend the University
in the fall with her sister. Won
her first two matches by 4-and-3 scores. Defeated 2002 USA Curtis Cup
player Emily Bastel
in first round.
Park, 15, Eustis, Fla.
(born in Korea ):
Captured the 2002 U.S. Girls’ Junior
and nearly won the same event this year, losing a 5-up lead over the
final 10 holes to Sukjin-Lee Wuesthoff
. Two-time medalist at the Girls’
Junior. Already has won four junior tournaments this year, including
Orange Bowl in Miami .
Was an accomplished pianist before picking up golf. Moved to the U.S.
two years ago. Attends Christian
. Qualified for match play at 2002
Women’s Am and lost in the second round to Mollie Fankhauser. Had the
easiest match of the second round, beating Lindsay
, 7 and 6.
, 20, Highland
the first female from the state of Utah
to win a USGA championship when
she captured the 2002 Women’s Amateur Public Links at Sunriver ( Ore.
) Golf Resort. Competed in the 2003
Women’s Open, but did not make the cut. Will be a junior at Oklahoma
in the fall. Has captured the Utah
Women’s Amateur in 2002 and 2003. Edged 2000 U.S. Girls’ Junior champion
Lisa Ferrero in the second round at the 2003 Women’s Amateur, 1 up.
Was a standout guard on her high school basketball team. Was an honorable-mention
All-American this past season.
Bios compiled by
USGA staff writer David Shefter