Cochran is Medalist at U.S. Women's Amateur
Pa. – Amie Cochran, 18, of Torrance, Calif., added a 71 to her opening
round of 70 for a three-under-par total of 141 to take medalist
honors at the U.S. Women's Amateur Championship at the 6,365-yard,
par-72 course at The Kahkwa Club.
headed an international cast of 64 qualifiers that included Michelle
Wie, 14, of the USA, Koreans Sun-Young Yoo, 17, and Hee-Young Park,
and Julieta Granada, 17, the 2004 U.S. Girls' Junior champion from
Park and Granada finished at 1-under-par 143 but Wie struggled with
a second-round 78 to finish the 36-hole qualifying at 9-over 153.
played good golf but the strokes added up out there,” said Wie.
suffered a double-bogey 7 on the 455-yard, par-5 14th hole and recounted
her woes. “I over-swung and pushed my ball into a tree. When I tried
to hit it, it only moved an inch, so I declared it unplayable. Then
I had to hit a humongous slice, then hit it on the green and two-putted.
I feel really relieved to be in match play.”
will face Angela Park, 15, a Brazilian citizen who
lives in Torrance,
in Wednesday's first round of match play.
played steadily, carding three
birdies against only two bogeys in her round of 71. “That's amazing,”
she said about being medalist. “My game has improved so much. I
make so many more up-and-downs and I hit it a little farther. My
iron game has improved too.”
is the first appearance in the Women's Amateur for Cochran, Yoo and Granada.
said the Women's Amateur “feels
like it's a lot more important for some reason.”
a miscue with her pencil cost Granada
a stroke. While talking with
reporters she realized she had recorded a score of par on the sixth
hole when she actually made a birdie. There's no penalty for recording
a higher score but the score stands once the card is officially
cannot believe I did that,” said Granada. “I knew I had a 69! I totally
will face the winner of an
11-way playoff for the 64th spot in match play. The playoff will
begin Wednesday at 7:30 a.m.
and matches begin at 9:30
Wedding, 20, of Wilmington, Ohio, and Yoo will play Kristen
Svicarovich, 19, of Hillsboro, Ore., in the first round of match
play. The championship ends with a 36-hole final on Sunday.
written by Rhonda
Glenn, manager of
communications for the USGA. E-mail her with questions and comments