McCurdy, Huarte, Jane Park in Semifinals of U.S. Women's Amateur
Pa. Paula Creamer, 18, of Pleasanton, Calif., Amanda McCurdy,
20, of El Dorado, Ark., Sarah Huarte, 22, of Shingle Springs, Calif.,
and Jane Park, 17, of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., are semifinalists
in the 2004 U.S. Women's Amateur Championship at the 6,365-yard,
par-72 course at The Kahkwa Club.
|Jane Park is one of three USA Curtis Cuppers
to advance to the semifinals at the U.S. Women's Amateur at
The Kahkwa Club. (Steve Gibbons/USGA)
the first time since 1994 that all of the semifinalists are Americans.
defeated Diana Ramage,
3 and 2, to enter the semifinals for the second straight year.
Creamer led all the way. She took a 3-up lead at the par-5
12th hole with a birdie and maintained the lead until she closed
out Ramage at 16. Ramage had won her three previous matches in 19
was three under par, with the usual match-play concessions.
just feeling really confident, very comfortable out here, said
Creamer. I really like the golf course, especially when your
short game is good
knowing that my speed control's been very good.
will face Amanda McCurdy
in Saturday's semifinal.
McCurdy overwhelmed her opponent, Sun-Young Yoo, of Korea,
and never trailed. She was 6 up after the 10th hole, then lost three
straight holes to Yoo. But Yoo was simply too far behind and
the match ended, 3 and 2. McCurdy was the equivalent of 4 under
par through 16 holes.
had given myself enough of a cushion that I was probably going to
be okay, said McCurdy. At some point I was probably going to tie
her (on a hole) again or beat her.
junior-to-be at the University
McCurdy is the only one of the four semifinalists who was not a
member of the 2004 USA Curtis Cup team. The Arkansas Women's
Amateur Champion is playing in her first U.S. Women's Amateur.
the 2004 NCAA Division individual champion, won a tense battle with
16-year-old Morgan Pressel,
of Boca Raton,
Huarte never led in the match until the 17th hole. Pressel took
a 1-up lead at the second and went 2 up at the fourth, winning both
holes with birdies. Huarte squared the match with a par on
the seventh and an eagle on the par-5 eighth, hitting a 4-iron second
shot that ended five feet from the hole.
two remained all square until Pressel won the 15th with a birdie,
but Huarte bounced back to birdie the 16th and again square the
match. At the 17th, Huarte hit one of the best chips of her
life. Her ball was settled in the rough and she faced a severe
uphill shot of some 15 yards with a landing area of less than 10
feet. She chipped to within three feet of the hole, taking
a crucial 1-up lead with a par when Pressel bogeyed. Both players
parred the 18th, Pressel from a downhill lie in the bunker, and
Huarte won, 1 up.
heart was pounding over that chip, Huarte said of the shot on the
17th. I felt it. And over the putt and the next four shots.
Gosh, that was a pretty clutch shot. That was just a big hole
played pretty well most of the day, said Pressel, fighting tears.
just beat me today.
will play her Curtis Cup
in Friday's second match. Park
22, of San Diego,
4 and 2. Playing par golf, Park
took a 3-up lead at the seventh
hole and Allen
is the biggest field for the amateurs and the strongest field,
Three Curtis Cuppers in the semifinals really says something about
our team and how strong we were.
runner-up in last year's Women's Amateur, spoke of what it takes
to get to the final. I know what it takes, it takes a lot
of energy, she said. This tournament is all about endurance and
winners of Saturday's matches will advance to the 36-hole final
on Sunday. The 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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Results of the quarterfinal round of the 2004 U.S.
at the 6,365-yard, par-72 course at The Kahkwa Club.
def. Diana Ramage,
3 and 2
def. Sun-Young Yoo,
3 and 2
def. Morgan Pressel,
(146), 1 up
def. Beth Allen,
(152), 4 and 2
Pa. Pairings for the semifinal round of the 2004 U.S. Women's
Amateur at the 6,365-yard, par 72 course at The Kahkwa Club (All
am -- Paula Creamer,
(152) vs. Amanda McCurdy,
am -- Sarah Huarte, Shingle Springs, Calif. (149) vs. Jane Park,
Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. (146)