Elosegui Leads Stroke-Play Qualifying At Women's Amateur
Pa. Tania Elosegui, 22, of Spain, fired a 4-under-par 68 to lead
after the first round of stroke-play qualifying in the U.S. Women's
Amateur at the 6,365-yard, par-72 course at The Kahkwa Club.
Pressel, 16, of Boca Raton, Fla., was a stroke behind at 69. Amie
Cochran, 18, of Torrance, Calif., was at 70, but a double-bogey
6 at the ninth hole, her 18th hole of the day, prevented an even
playing in only her second Women's Amateur Championship, eclipsed
several better known players. USA Curtis Cup players Michelle Wie,
14, of Honolulu, Hawaii, and Jane Park, 17, of Rancho Cucamonga,
Calif., fired rounds of 75. Paula Creamer, of Pleasanton, Calif.,
another Curtis Cupper, posted a 76.
fired her iron shots close to the hole and made five birdies on
putts ranging in length from one to nine feet. She hit the par-5
eighth hole in two shots and two-putted for a sixth birdie. Her
only bogeys came on the seventh and 14th holes when she failed to
hit the greens with her approach shots.
birdies and a successful 35-foot putt for an eagle on the par-5
eighth hole vaulted Pressel into contention for medalist honors
in her first Women's Amateur. She withdrew from the 2003 championship
when her mother, a breast cancer patient, took a turn for the worse.
Her mother died in September.
rebounded pretty well from losing her, Pressel said. It definitely
I inherited my competitive fire from my mother and
from my grandfather.
endured an 18-hour plane flight from her hometown of San Sebastian
to Madrid to New York to Cincinnati to Erie to play in the championship.
She arrived Thursday night and slept ten hours before beginning
three days of practice at this Donald Ross-designed layout.
and Park struggled in their 3-over-par rounds. Wie seemed to be
sailing after a 2-under-par 34 on the front nine, but came home
in 41 with five bogeys. She snap-hooked tee shots holes 10 and 18,
three-putted the 11th green and missed two additional greens.
not even close to satisfied, said Wie, the 2003 Women's Amateur
Public Links champion. It was one of those rounds where you got
off to a good start, start making birdies, then I don't know what
happened after that. I've been working on my swing and it felt really
good in the beginning, but then I lost it.
an ideal golf day, with light breezes fluttering the flagsticks,
only six players broke par. Nicole Cutler, 23, of Cherry Hills Village,
Colo., Jennifer Hong, 17, of Windermere, Fla., and Gina Umeck, 22,
of Redlands, Calif., finished at 1-under-par 71.
torturous rolling greens at Kahkwa took a toll on players considered
to be among golf's royalty. Carol Semple Thompson, 55, of Sewickley,
Pa., a seven-time United States Golf Association champion, fired
an 80, and said she is considering limiting her future competition
to senior events.
Streit of Canada, a four-time USGA champion, shot 79. At 70, however,
Streit is the oldest player ever to play in the Women's Amateur.
Her impressive front-nine 36 caused a stir among younger players,
caddies and spectators before she finished with a 43 on her second
think that 36 was like shooting 30, said Streit, who was regularly
outdriven by 40 to 50 yards by her younger fellow-competitors. Once
you get near the putting green, it's all the same game.
think the only iron I hit was my R-90, she said, referring to a
model of sand wedge popular more than 35 years ago.
U.S. 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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