From 2004 U.S. Women's Amateur
average age of the field is 22.1 years. Thirty-seven players are
under the age of 18 and 57.05 percent are under 21. There are 20
mid-amateurs (25 years of age and older) and four Senior (50 and
of the eight members of the USA Curtis Cup team are in the field.
decided to turn pro after
the U.S. Women's Open. Those players are Annie
Wie, Park and Creamer competed in the Women's Open along with Blasberg,
who is now on the Futures Tour.
total of 31 competitors in this year's field are foreign-born and
they represent 14 different countries, including the People
rest of the foreign-born players are:
– Yu-Jin Bang, Marina
Choi, Ham Sin Ah, Hee-Young Park, In-Bee Park, Sukjin Lee Wuesthoff
and Sun Young Yoo. In-Bee Park
is the 2002 U.S. Girls' Junior
champion and Wuesthoff won that title in 2003.
(Assistant women's golf coach
at the University
24, fourth Women's Amateur), Seema
Streit won the 1958 Women's Amateur and is the oldest player in
the field at 70. She is the oldest player to win a USGA championship
at age 69 (2003 USGA Senior Women's Amateur).
Serramia captured the 2003 British Women's Amateur.
-- Hsiao-Chin Lu, Kwan-Chi
and Ya- Ni
Tseng beat Michelle Wie
in the 2004 U.S. Women's Amateur
Public Links final.
-- Maru Martinez
players competed in the 2004 U.S. Women's Open, including Michelle
field also includes NCAA Division I individual champion Sarah
as well as National Golf Coaches
Association first-team All-Americans Elizabeth Janangelo, Charlotte
USGA champions have qualified or are exempt, but only two former
U.S. Women's Amateur champions are in the field: Marlene
(1958) and Carol
Girls' Junior champions who are in the field include: Leigh
(2000) and Julieta Granada
Women's Mid-Amateur champions in the field are Carol Semple Thompson
(1990 and '97), Virginia Derby Grimes (1998), Ellen
(1995, '96 and 2000), Kathy
(2002) and Amber Marsh Elliott
Senior Women's Amateur champions in the field include Marlene
(1985, 1994, 2003), Carol
(1999-2002) and Nancy
local player will draw plenty of interest this week. Becky
was born in Erie,
and resides in North East, Pa.
She will be a senior at North
Carolina-Wilmington in the fall and has been a member of the Dean's
List every semester in college.
college coaches have qualified. Kelly
39, of Costa Mesa,
is the head coach at University
The reinstated amateur is competing in her second Women's Amateur.
She qualified in 1988. Laura
24, is the assistant women's coach at the University
her alma mater (2001).
of students, a total of 31 high schoolers have qualified or are
exempt for the championship. That list includes: Alexandra Bodemann,
Mari Chun, Paula Creamer, Rebecca Durham, Ashley Freeman; Faith
de Guzman, Kimberly Donovan, Julieta Granada, Megan Grehan, Mina
Harigae, Courtney Harter, Nannette Hill, Jennifer Hong, Lauren Johnson,
Joanne Lee, Jennie Lee, Kasi Lee, Taylor Leon, Kendra Little, Hsiao-Ching
Lu, Jennifer Osborn, Hee-Young Park, Angela Park, In-Bee Park, Jane
Park, Morgan Pressel, Mayule Tomimbang, Ya-Ni Tseng, Grace Woo,
Sukjin-Lee Wuesthoff and Sun Young Yoo.
who will be a senior at the Pendleton
has two brothers (Trent
that will be competing in the U.S. Amateur next week at Winged Foot
Golf Club in Mamaroneck,
Meanwhile, Kendra Little's caddie, Steve Mallicoat, looped at famous
Augusta National Golf Club in 1999.
are also two eighth-graders who have qualified: Isabelle
They are both 13. Lendl is the daughter of former tennis great Ivan
who himself is an outstanding golfer who competes in many celebrity
is caddieing for his daughter this week.
is a former speed roller skater and took fifth in the nation when
she was five. She also captured three high school state golf championships
She attends the University
once auditioned for America
's Funniest Home Videos by
rolling her belly.
Angeles and a 2003 U.S. Women's
Open competitor used to figure skate from the age of 4 to 10. Whitney
18, of Acworth,
also figure skated competitively for 10 years.
Downs, 21, of Bend,
is probably best known for her caddie at the 2002 U.S. Women's Amateur
at Sleepy Hollow. It was comedian/actor Bill
a Sleepy Hollow member and avid golf nut. She says people still
recognize her from having Murray
on her bag.
has a well-known father, Champions
Tour player Allen Doyle.
The 24-year-old from LaGrange,
caddied for Allen
when he captured his second Champions Tour major, the 2001 Ford
Senior Players Championship.
Dwyer, 23, of Kailua, Hawaii, is a staff member at the Hawaiian
Leadership Academy, where she works with challenged teenagers. Her
father, Jack, was born in Erie and he caddied at The Kahkwa Club
as a youth.
41, of Auburndale,
is a middle school English teacher and also a manager in the family
advertising business. This is her fourth Women's Amateur.
Johnson, 17, of The Woodlands, Texas lived in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia
for 7½ years and learned to play golf on sand greens.
42, of Pennington,
is an architect and qualified for her first Women's Amateur. She
has also run four marathons.
46, of San Francisco,
is playing in her 12th Women's Amateur. She is a physician. She
also tied for third at the 2004 British Women's Mid-Amateur.
is a brown belt in Japanese karate. She was valedictorian of her
high school class and will be a sophomore at Vanderbilt
where she is majoring in civil
20, of Wilmington,
earned a black belt in Tae Kwon Do at age 14. She will be a senior
at Kent State.
22, of Redlands,
will be a fifth-year senior at UCLA and speaks three languages (Korean,
Spanish and English). She also speaks a little Italian.
by David Shefter, USGA staff writer. E-mail him with questions or
comments at firstname.lastname@example.org.