OF WOMEN’S AMATEUR PLAYERS
Semple Thompson, 54, Sewickley, Pa.: Captured the Women’s Amateur
30 years ago. Also has won two Women’s Mid-Amateur titles and four consecutive
USGA Senior Amateur crowns. Competed in 32 Women’s Opens and 12 Curtis
Cups. Has reached the third round of the Women’s Amateur in each of
the past two championships.
Burke, 40, Houston, Texas: Married to former Masters champion
Jackie Burke Jr. Advanced to the championship match of the 1997 Women’s
Amateur, losing to Silvia Cavalleri, 5 and 4. Competed on the 1998 USA
Curtis Cup team.
Hartwiger, 37, Birmingham, Ala.: Captured the 2002 U.S. Women’s
Mid-Amateur, defeating three-time champion Ellen Port in the final.
Mother of two kids. Husband, Chris, works for the USGA in the Green
Section. Teamed with reigning U.S. Women’s Amateur champion Becky Lucidi
as the USA finished second to Canada at the inaugural Copas de las Americas
tournament in Puerto Rico in June .
Port, 41, St. Louis, Mo.: Three-time U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur
champion and a four-time finalist. She also has earned medalist honors
the past three years at the Women’s Mid-Amateur, joining Carol Semple
Thompson as the only three-time medalist at that championship. Competed
on the 1994 and 1996 USA Curtis Cup teams. Coaches field hockey and
boys’ golf team at a private high school in St. Louis area.
Krueger, 45, San Francisco, Calif.: The Bay Area doctor often
carries her own bag in competitions. Has captured seven San Francisco
City titles in the women’s division. Made the cut at the 1997 and 1999
AT&T National Pro-Am at Pebble Beach, tying for eighth in 1999 with
PGA Tour player Doug Martin. Qualified for match play at the 2002 Women’s
Am, but lost in the first round to Lindsay Morgan. Lost to eventual
champion Marcy Newton in the second round of the 2000 Women’s Am.
McGill, 43, Philadelphia, Pa. : One of the local favorites
to watch. Former Rhode Island Women’s State Amateur champion. Plays
out of Sunnybrook Country Club in the Philly area. Played for Pennsylvania
at the 1999 USGA State Team Championships in Williamsburg, Va.
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.
Anne Hardin, 21, Martinsville, Ind.: Captured the 1998 U.S.
Girls' Junior title down the road from Philadelphia C.C. at famed Merion.
Was the medalist at the 2000 Women's Amateur.
on the 2002 USA Curtis Cup team and qualified for the
Women's Open. Attends Duke University where she will be a
Nirapathpongporn, 21, Thailand: Duke University 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 Ochoa. 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.
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.
Janangelo, 19, West Hartford, Conn.: Has already competed in
two U.S. Women’s Opens; she made the cut at 2003 Open at Pumpkin Ridge
and tied Jane Park for second-low amateur honors. First-team All-America
as a freshman at Duke University this past year, where she won two tournaments
and had a stroke average of 73.66. Captured the 2003 Connecticut State
Women’s Open by four strokes. Upset the medalist, Courtney Swaim, at
the 2002 Women’s Amateur after earning spot in a playoff. Lost in third
round to eventual champion Becky Lucidi.
Bastel, 22, Upper Sandusky, Ohio: Now an assistant golf at
coach at her alma mater, Michigan State. Competed on the 2002 USA Curtis
Cup team and was a semifinalist at the 2001 Women’s Amateur, losing
to eventual champion Meredith Duncan. Also competed for the USA at the
2002 Women’s World Amateur Team Championships in Malaysia. Was a second-team
All-America selection as a senior for 2001-2002 season.
Gossett, 20, Germantown, Tenn.: If the name sounds familiar,
it should be. Gossett is the younger sister of 1999 U.S. Amateur champion
David Gossett. David plans to caddie for Joni at the Women's Amateur.
She now attends Vanderbilt University. Gossett sometimes caddies for
her brother on the PGA Tour during the summer.
Sharp, 22, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada: Was a three-time conference
champion (Sun Belt) at New Mexico State. Earned first-team All-America
honors this past season. Advanced to the second round of the 2002 Women’s
Amateur. Got into this year's championship as an alternate.
Cho, 18, La Habra, Calif.: Will be a sophomore at the University
of Southern California in the fall. Helped Trojans win the NCAA team
title. Qualified for the 2003 Women’s Open.
Lang, 17, McKinney, Texas : Will attend Duke University in
the fall. Already has captured two prestigious women’s events this summer
– the Women’s Western Amateur and the North and South Women’s Amateur.
Reached the third round of the 2003 U.S. Girls’ Junior. Hails from the
same hometown as former USGA champions Kelli and Hank Kuehne, and Hunter
Creamer, 16, Pleasanton, Calif.: Attends the David Leadbetter
Academy in Bradenton, Fla. Was a semifinalist at the 2003 U.S. Girls’
Junior. Captured the prestigious AJGA Polo Junior Golf Classic last
November. Qualified for the 2003 Women’s Open. Also played in the LPGA
Tour event in Rochester, N.Y., this summer. Lost in the first round
of the 2002 Women’s Amateur to Danielle Downey.
Wie, 13, Honolulu, Hawaii: The buzz in women’s golf this summer.
Made the cut in both professional women’s majors she played in this
year (Nabisco Championships and Women’s Open). Played in the final pairing
for final round of the Nabisco Championships. Became the youngest USGA
champion of a non-junior event when she won the 2003 WAPL at Ocean Hammock
Golf Course in Palm Coast, Fla., defeating Virada Nirapathpongporn in
the final. Competed at the WAPL at age of 10, becoming youngest player
to ever qualify for a USGA women’s amateur competition. Has made match
play in all four WAPLs she has competed in. Lost in third round of the
2003 Girls’ Junior to Morgan Pressel.
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 Newton, 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 of Florida
in the fall with her sister.
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 Home and
Bible School in Eustis. Qualified for match play at 2002 Women’s Am
and lost in the second round to Mollie Fankhauser.
Harigae, 13, Monterey, Calif.: Two-time winner of the California
Women’s State Amateur. Advanced to the semifinals of the 2003 U.S. Girls’
Junior in her first-ever appearance, defeating Morgan Pressel in the
quarterfinals and Brittany Lang in the third round.