Profiles Of The 2004 Women's Amateur Quarterfinalists

 

Beth Allen, 22, San Diego, Calif.

  • Competing in second Women's Amateur
  • Semifinalist at the 2003 U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links, a championship she has competed in three times
  • Two-time Big West Conference champion (2003, 2004) at Cal State Northridge (Graduated in 2004)
  • Named honorable-mention Al l-American by National Golf Coaches Association for 2003-2004 season
  • Big West Conference Player of the Year for 2003-04 season
  • Named Cal State Northridge Female Athlete of the Year for 2003-04
  • Tied for 22nd at NCAA Division I Women's Championship (played as individual as team did not qualify)
  • Works as a beverage-cart server at Torrey Pines Golf Course, site of the 2008 U.S. Open
  • Father, James, served as director of golf for the city of San Diego . He is Beth 's caddie this week.
  • Didn't start playing the game until the age of 16
  • Recorded two holes-in-one in one match versus USC and UCLA this past spring at Robinson Ranch Golf Course in Santa Clarita, Calif.

 

Paula Creamer, 18, Pleasanton, Calif.

  • Competing in third Women's Amateur
  • Semifinalist at 2003 Women's Amateur, losing to Jane Park
  • Member of the victorious 2004 USA Curtis Cup team
  • Shared low-amateur honors with Michelle Wie at the 2004 U.S. Women's Open at The Orchards; also competed in 2003 Women's Open at Pumpkin Ridge, but missed the cut
  • Has competed in four U.S. Girls' Juniors, finishing as the semifinalist twice (2003 and 2004); lost to eventual winner Julieta Granada at this year's Girls' Junior and lost to In-Bee Park in 2003 Girls' Junior
  • Nearly became the first amateur since JoAnne Carner in 1969 to win an LPGA Tour event in June when she finished second to Cristie Kerr at the ShopRite Classic
  • Earned low-amateur honors (6 under par) at the 2004 Women's Canadian Open a week after playing in the U.S. Women's Open
  • Has represented the USA at the 2002 and 2003 Junior Solheim Cup and competed in the 2002 Junior British Open
  • Lowest competitive round is a 64 at the Kathy Whitworth Invitational at Mira Vista Golf Club in Fort Worth, Texas, site of this year's U.S. Girls' Junior
  • Registered first hole-in-one at the 2004 Girls' Junior in the first round of stroke-play qualifying
  • Won the 2003 AJGA Rolex Tournament of Champions and 2003 AJGA Polo Classic, the only match-play competition on that circuit
  • Will be a senior at Pendleton School in Bradenton, Fla.
  • Named AJGA Player of the Year in 2003

 

Sarah Huarte, 22, Shingle Springs, Calif.

  • Captured the individual title at the 2004 NCAA Division I Women's Championship at Auburn, Ala., setting a 72-hole record with a 10-under-par total of 278
  • Recently completed her eligibility at University of California-Berkeley and plans to graduate in December of 2004
  • Member of the victorious 2004 USA Curtis Cup team
  • Competing in third Women's Amateur. Advanced to the third round of the 2003 Women's Amateur, losing to eventual champion Virada Nirapathpongporn
  • Won the 2004 South Atlantic Women's Amateur
  • Competed at the 2004 Ladies British Amateur, reaching the second round of match play
  • Winner of the 2004 Honda Award as the best female collegiate golfer
  • Names first-team All-American by National Golf Coaches Association; finished career at Cal as three-time All-American
  • Uncle John Huarte won the 1964 Heisman Trophy at Notre Dame
  • Sister, Laura, is a pole vaulter at Notre Dame, while brother Bryan also attended Notre Dame
  • Only hole-in-one came at age 13 at Cameron Park Country Club
  • Away from the golf course, she loves outdoor activities like snowboarding, wakeboarding, hiking and fishing
  • Plans to turn pro this fall

 

Amanda McCurdy, 20, El Dorado, Ark.

  • Competing in first U.S. Women's Amateur
  • Competed at the 2003 U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links, reaching the second round before losing to Terra Petsinger
  • Will be a junior at the University of Arkansas
  • Captured the 2004 Arkansas State Women's Championship in Fayetteville by 10 strokes, shooting 70-72-71 (3 under par) for 54 holes prior to coming to 2004 Women's Amateur
  • Won Landfall Tradition in fall of 2003
  • Took some time off this summer to travel to Michigan and Minnesota with a school mate to do some wakeboarding and dirt biking.
  • Named second-team Al l-Southeastern Conference in 2004 and named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll in 2003; named SEC Golfer of the Week in March 2004
  • Uses a discolored 1969 quarter as a ballmarker

 

Jane Park, 17, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.

  • Competing in second U.S. Women's Amateur; was 2003 runner-up to Virada Nirapathpongporn, 2 and 1, at Philadelphia Country Club
  • Competed in two U.S. Women's Opens, making the cut in 2003 at Pumpkin Ridge and finishing T-30
  • Competed in four U.S. Girls' Juniors. Was the 2004 Girls' Junior runner-up to Julieta Granada, losing in 20 holes.
  • Al so competed in 2004 Women's Amateur Public Links Championship, losing to Michelle Wie in the round of 16
  • Member of the victorious 2004 USA Curtis Cup team
  • Won the 2003 McDonald 's Betsy Rawls Girls' National Championship at DuPont Country Club in Wilmington, Del.
  • Runner-up at 2003 AJGA Rolex Tournament of Champions
  • Named AJGA first-team All-American in 2002 and 2003
  • Lowest competitive round is a 65 at Betsy Rawls in 2003
  • Will be a senior at Rancho Cucamonga High this fall
  • A voracious reader, Park has spent time this week at the Women's Amateur reading from the 9/11 Commission Report; Also enjoys reading Harry Potter novels

 

Morgan Pressel, 16, Boca Raton, Fla.

  • Competing in first U.S. Women's Amateur. Qualified for 2003 Women's Amateur, but had to withdraw due to an illness in the family
  • Became the youngest qualifier, at age 12, for the U.S. Women's Open in 2001. Turned 13 at the time of the championship proper.
  • Also competed in 2003 U.S. Women's Open, shooting an opening round 70 before finishing 52nd
  • Has competed in five U.S. Girls' Juniors with best finish the semifinals in 2001 when she lost to eventual champion Nicole Perrot
  • Defeated Michelle Wie in the third round of the 2003 Girls' Junior before losing in 19 holes to Mina Harigae ; quarterfinalist at the 2004 Girls' Junior, losing to eventual runner-up Jane Park, 1 up
  • Youngest champion in history of North and South Women's Amateur when she defeated 2000 U.S. Girls' champion Lisa Ferrero in the 2004 final this June at Pinehurst No. 2
  • Captured the 2004 AJGA Rolex Tournament of Champions
  • Is niece of Aaron Krickstein played on the professional tennis circuit
  • Mother, Kathy, died last September from breast cancer
  • Member of the Academic Headmasters List at St. Andrews School, where she will be a junior this fall
  • Al so plays the clarinet
  • Lowest competitive round is 64 in Florida Junior Golf Association event at University of Florida in March of 2003

 

Diana Ramage, 22, Fayetteville, Ga.

  • Competing in second U.S. Women's Amateur. Reached the third round in 2003
  • Competed at the 2001 U.S. Women's Open at Pine Needles (missed cut)
  • Ruptured tendon in left wrist at a college tournament last September at Vanderbilt University and sat out rest of the 2003-04 season. Received a medical redshirt from NCAA for a fifth year of eligibility. Will be fifth-year senior at Auburn University
  • Won the Southeastern Conference championship in 2002
  • Is a diabetic and wears pump. She also brings extra insulin with her to competitions and sometimes has to take injections during the round to keep blood-sugar levels down. Has been a diabetic since the age of 15
  • Is a huge Elvis Presley fan
  • Caddie this week is former Auburn player Mike Brice, who is now an assistant coach at University of North Florida

 

Sun-Young Yoo, 17, Korea

  • Competing in first U.S. Women's Amateur
  • Attends Daewon Foreign Language School
  • Says biggest thrill in golf came when she played with LPGA Tour player and two-time U.S. Women's Open champion Juli Inkster in 2002 in Korea
  • Shot rounds of 72-71 in stroke-play qualifying to earn the No. 4 seed for match play
  • Captured 2004 MBC-Hanzen and Par-Max tournaments in Korea . Won 2001 Korea Junior Championship
  • Runner-up at 2003 Korean Women's Open and 2003 Korean Women's Amateur; runner-up at 2004 Song Amateur
  • Will play for Korea at the 2004 Women's World Amateur Team Championship in Puerto Rico this fall
  • Doesn't wear dark-colored pants during competition
  • Is enjoying the food here in the U.S., especially bacon and hamburgers
  • Lowest competitive round is a 66 at Jung Ang Country Club this past July
  • Has not played holes 16, 17 or 18 this week in match play, having won her first three matches by 5 and 3 (Kristen Svicarovich), 5 and 3 (Kailin Downs) and 7 and 5 (Margaret Shirley) scores. Was the equivalent of 6 under par through 13 holes against Shirley in the third round

Bios compiled by David Shefter, USGA staff writer, and Beth Murrison, manager and editor of communications for USGA.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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