Pressel, Creamer, Park Advance in U.S. Women's Amateur
– Michelle Wie
headed a list of heralded
players and new international names to advance in the 2004 United
States Women's Amateur Championship at the 6,365-yard par-72 course
at The Kahkwa Club.
14, of Honolulu,
defeated Brazilian-born Angela
15, of Torrance,
1 up, in a tight match that nearly went extra holes.
have three words for her,” said Wie of Park. “Nerves of steel. I
hope I can keep the flow going.”
was 3 up with three holes to play when Park
birdied from eight feet on
the 16th and from 25 feet on the 17th. One hole behind at the 18th,
Park's greenside chip from the trees ran over the hole before it
trundled to the bottom of the green, some 45 feet away.
heart just fell to my toes on that one,” said Wie. “I wasn't hitting
the ball great today but what I did great was I found the right
part of the rough.”
18, of Pleasanton,
16, of Boca Raton,
and Jane Park,
17, of Rancho Cucamonga,
led the American contingent.
defeated Katie Futcher,
23, of The Woodlands, Texas,
2 and 1.
pace, my speed on the greens has been awful,” said Creamer. “The
greens were faster than I thought they would be. My pace is better
the 2004 North & South Women's Amateur Champion, eased by Laura
Matthews, 24, of Canada, 5 and 3.
runner-up in this championship last year, defeated Terra Petsinger,
21, of Arvilla,
3 and 2.
I were to grade my game today it would be a C-plus,” said Park.
“It took me nine holes to get warmed up. I was struggling today.”
saved pars with several putts
ranging from six to 20 feet on the front nine before cruising to
the only match that could truly be called an upset, Hsaio-Ching
Lu, 16, of Chinese Taipei,
who nabbed the final qualifying spot in a morning playoff, defeated
medalist Amie Cochran,
18, of Torrance,
1 up. Lu birdied the second hole to win the lone remaining spot
in match play in an 11-player face off.
never give up,” she said through an interpreter.
other highly rated international players, Ya-Ni Tseng, 15, of Chinese
Taipei, and Julieta Granada, 17, of Paraguay,
advanced after winning close contests.
was three holes down at the
turn to Gabby Wedding,
20, of Wilmington,
but squared the match on the 18th hole with a par. She won on the
22nd hole after hitting her pitching wedge to within three feet
of the hole for a birdie. Wedding and Granada
combined for 13 birdies in
was just close all the way, it was just, ‘Go for it, we need another
birdie,' ” said Granada.
“I bet it was fun to watch, but to play it was so tough. I'm glad
the 2004 U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links Champion, defeated Jennifer
17, of Windermere,
down at the turn, Tseng was four under par on the remaining eight
holes. She eagled the par-5 14th hole, hitting a gripped-down 5-wood
from 210 yards to within 12 feet of the hole.
feel I need to be more consistent,” said Tseng through an interpreter.
“When you are three down, it's really hard to pull it back [to all
square]. I was lucky on the back nine today.
play continues with two rounds on Thursday and ends with a 36-hole
final on Sunday. The Women's Amateur is one of 13 national championships
conducted by the United States Golf Association. Ten are strictly
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