Creamer, Park, Huarte, Pressel Advance, Wie Ousted in Women's Amateur
Michelle Wie, 14, of Honolulu, Hawaii, three-putted the 18th hole
from 15 feet to lose her second-round match in the United States
Women's Amateur Championship to Korean-born In-Bee Park, 16, of
Henderson, Nev., 1 up. The match ended Wie's reign over spectators
at the 6,365-yard, par-72 course at The Kahkwa Club.
to the locker room, Wie said, I gave her that match tied up in
a box with a pretty pink ribbon.
18, of Pleasanton,
17, of Rancho Cucamonga,
and Morgan Pressel,
16, advanced to Friday's quarterfinal round.
advancing were Diana Ramage,
22, of Fayetteville,
Sun-Young Yoo, 17, of Korea,
20, of El Dorado,
22, of Shingle Springs,
and Beth Allen,
22, of San Diego,
was never down in her second-round match until the final hole. As
late as the 16th tee, she had a 2-up lead on Park, the former U.S.
Girls' Junior Champion. But Park
birdied the 338-yard par four
to pull within one hole, then won the 17th with a par.
the match all square, both players were on the green of the par-4
18th. Park was 60 feet from the hole. Wie was 15 feet
away and seemingly in command. Park
putted up to within inches for a conceded par. Wie's birdie attempt
picked up speed at the hole and rolled six feet past. Her
second putt caught the edge and spun away as a gallery of some 600
seemed to groan in unison.
wish I didn't have to lose with a three-putt green, Wie said.
I thought I hit it (the putt) good. I didn't think it was
going that far past. I just gave myself downhill, left-to-right
breaking putts all day and it's really hard to make those putts.
she exited stroke-play qualifying rounds 12 strokes behind the medalist,
Wie generated excitement, attracting hundreds of spectators to a
championship that is usually sparsely attended in the early rounds.
Nearly as many children as adults made up her galleries throughout
her four days of play, running across the fairways and tramping
through the rough in her wake.
Park, instead of Wie, went into the third round but fell to Pressel,
3 and 2. At 16, Pressel is the youngest player remaining in the
wanted to play her (Wie), said Pressel. I wanted to beat her.
I think if I had beaten her again, people would have started talking.
Pressel defeated Wie in the third round of the 2003 U.S. Girls'
the 2004 NCAA Division I Women's champion, chipped in twice during
her round and defeated Julieta Granada, 17, of Paraguay, the reigning
U.S. Girls' Junior Champion, 3 and 2. Huarte's 4-up lead after
the 10th hole shrunk to two after the 15th before she captured the
16th with a birdie to win.
advanced to the quarterfinal
defeating Jenna Pearson,
18, of Wheaton,
1 up. Allen
was 1 up at the 18th hole
hit her approach shot through the green into a bunker. Allen
hit a wedge to within 12 feet
of the hole. Pearson
's bunker shot ended a foot
from the hole but Allen
easily got down in two putts
for a matching par and the win.
outlasted Brittany Lincicome, 18, of Seminole, Fla., 2 and 1.
It was a good match, said Creamer. She missed several short
putts at the beginning and
it set the pace of the match.
time for something else besides semifinals, said Creamer, who was
a semifinalist last year and at the last two U.S. Girls' Juniors.
We'll see what happens.
runner-up in the 2003 Women's Amateur, eased past Mina
14, of Monterey,
1 up. Harigae was down two holes after the 15th. She
won the next two holes with a bogey and a par to square the match,
but Park won the 18th with a par to Harigae's bogey to win.
wasn't nervous at all (at the 18th), said Park. I just had
a mindset that I was 1 up.
Friday's quarterfinal round, Creamer plays Ramage, Yoo faces McCurdy,
Huarte goes against Pressel and Allen
will take on Park.
Women's Amateur is one of 13 national championships conducted by
the United States Golf Association. Ten are strictly for amateurs.
written by Rhonda Glenn, manager of communications for the USGA.
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