Notebook: Extra! Extra! Extra! Ramage Registers Three Consecutive
– Diana Ramage
might be 22 years old, but
her number at this week's U.S. Women's Amateur seems to be 19.
the number of holes the Auburn
fifth-year senior from Fayetteville,
has needed to win each of her first three matches at The Kahkwa
|Diana Ramage has persevered at the
Women's Amateur, winning three consecutive 19-hole matches despite
an ailing wrist. (Steve Gibbons/USGA)
Thursday, she rallied twice, once from a two-hole deficit with two
to play and the other when she was one down with one to play to
eliminate Karen Dennison of Madison, Ind., and 2004 USA Curtis Cupper
Elizabeth Janangelo of West Hartford, Conn., respectively.
I like to live on the edge,” said Ramage after beating Dennison
in the round of 16.
both cases, Ramage birdied the first extra hole, the 372-yard, par-4
first. She drained a 8-footer to oust Janangelo and a 5-footer against
Dennison in the afternoon.
getting good at it,” Ramage said of playing the slightly downhill
opening hole. “I need to go play No. 16 about that many times. That's
my nemesis. I topped it off the tee today [against Dennison]. I
had 300 yards on my second shot (it's a 338-yard hole).”
the week, Ramage, who meets 18-year-old Paula Creamer of Pleasanton,
Calif., in Friday's quarterfinals, is three over par on 16, including
the stroke-play rounds.
extra-hole matches have also tested Ramage physically. Last September,
she ruptured a tendon in her left wrist, forcing her to skip virtually
all of the 2003-04 college season. She was given a medical redshirt
by the NCAA, giving her a fifth year of eligibility. The Women's
Amateur is Ramage's first major competition since the injury, although
she did play in a two-day event in Georgia
where the golfers were permitted
to use carts.
still bothers me,” said Ramage while unwrapping the tape. “I'm still
rehabbing it. This is kind of a big test for the season. But after
hitting out of these roughs and playing 38 holes in one day, I am
very excited that it's held up OK.”
re-tooled her swing, which she says might have created the pain.
She only takes the club back three-quarters and it is a little steeper.
don't have to torque my wrist so much,” said Ramage, who was spurred
on by Auburn
coach Kim Evans,
and fellow teammates and Women's Amateur competitors Nicole
“It's a different swing, but I hit it better that way and it's straighter.
It all works out in the end.”
the wrist, Ramage deals with diabetes on a daily basis. It's a condition
she has had for the past seven years. Ramage wears a pump, which
gives her insulin when needed, but against Janangelo in the morning,
her blood-sugar level got abnormally high. Her vision became blurred
and she quickly knew what the problem was.
was not a good diabetic day,” said Ramage, who went into the clubhouse
to give herself a shot of insulin. “The highest it got this morning
was 380. Normal (blood-sugar) level is 70 to 140.
might not have been able to play today if we hadn't brought my insulin.
We always bring extra supplies. Coach [ Evans
] and I have learned that.”
she just hopes there's enough left in the tank for Friday's quarterfinal.
(the wrist) is sore today,” she said. “My elbow and stuff and all
those tendons getting worn out. We'll see how it feels tomorrow.”
players such as Creamer and Michelle Wie have spent most of the
summer playing golf competitions, Amanda McCurdy, 20, of El Dorado,
Ark., has been wake boarding and dirt-biking. Following her sophomore
season at the University
McCurdy decided she needed a break from golf. She knows the final
two years will be huge as far as her career goes, so this was the
right time for a respite.
flew to Michigan
with a friend and then drove to Minnesota
to visit ex-teammate Jenny
wrecked [on the dirt bike] and scared my teammates,” said McCurdy,
a quarterfinalist at the Women's Amateur in her first appearance.
She plays Sun-Young Yoo of Korea on Friday. “It was a very relaxing
summer. It is what I needed.”
prepare for the Women's Amateur, McCurdy played in her state stroke
play championship last week, winning by 10 shots with a score of
three under par over 54 holes.
know it's big time from now on,” said McCurdy of her golf. “It's
going to be hard work from now on until I am done with this game.
I've had my break and now I'm ready to keep going.”
outlasted Canadian-born Grace
17, of Burbank,
in the third round, getting up and down from the back bunker at
the 18th hole to secure the 1-up win. Woo lipped out a tricky right-to-left
7-footer for birdie before McCurdy holed her 5-footer.
still shaking about that putt right now,” she said. “I don't like
going all the way to 18, but if I end it like that I'll take it
You In 2005
players who lost in the round of 16 were obviously disappointed
that they didn't advance on in the championship, but they can take
solace that they won't have to endure qualifying for the 105th U.S.
Women's Amateur. All
competitors who win two matches are exempt from sectional qualifying
for the next year's event.
year it's five minutes from my house,” said an elated Margaret
who is from Roswell,
which is near Ansley Golf Club, the host site for the Women's Amateur.
“It's a really good golf course.”
not often that Beth Allen
can enjoy her golfing success
with both of her parents in attendance. Her dad, James,
often caddies for her, but her mom, Carolyn,
is also here this week.
is so excited because this is the biggest tournament that she's
seen me play in,” said Allen,
22, of San Diego,
“I'm so happy she is here.”
father is the former director of golf for the city of San
Diego, which includes Torrey
Pines Golf Course, site of the 2008 U.S. Open. James
also is Beth
's instructor and confidant.
he tells me what to do, it is so easy,” said Allen,
who faces fellow southern Californian Jane Park, 17, of Rancho
Cucamonga, in Friday's quarters.
“I don't have to think. I just play.”
easy to spot Nicole Hage on the golf coach. Just look for the bright
clothing. The 18-year-old sophomore-to-be at Auburn could be the
Florence Griffith-Joyner of the women's amateur golfing circuit.
The late Griffith-Joyner was known for her bright outfits when she
was an Olympic track star in the 1980s (gold medalist in 100 meters
at Seoul Games in 1988).
Thursday's second-round match against future teammate Margaret
Hage was wearing orange shorts and silver golf shoes with orange
trim. On Wednesday, Hage wore an orange shirt, sunglasses, orange
scarf and white, plaid pants.
my new shoes for the season,” said Hage, who lists shopping as a
favorite pastime. “I like bright colors.”
players come up with nicknames for each other. For instance, Diana
is called “Dirty,” reportedly
after a song entitled “Dirty Diana.” Shirley
has been given the name “Rita”
to go along with the margarita theme. Hage is affectionately called
“Princess.” She has a little ribbon with that nickname on her golf
guess I'm a little spoiled,” said Hage with a big smile.
“I'm a little pampered. So I guess that's the reason for the name.”
the Women's Amateur has had its share of upsets, four round-of-16
matchups were according to seed. Eighth-seeded Karen
faced No. 9 Diana Ramage in
the upper half of the bracket, while the lower half saw No. 2 Julieta
Granada play No. 15 Sarah Huarte, No. 7 Morgan Pressel play No.
10 In-Bee Park and No. 6 Jane Park take on 11th-seeded Mina
The higher seeds went 2-2, with Pressel and Jane
winning and Dennison and Granada
was bidding to become the
first player to win the U.S. Girls' Junior and Women's Amateur in
the same year. Nicole Perrot
almost pulled it off in 2001,
losing in the final of the Women's Amateur to Meredith
in a 37-hole thriller.
's first-round 1-up loss to
Hsaio-Ching Lu on Wednesday was only the second time the stroke-play
medalist fell in the opening round in the last nine years. Courtney
lost to Elizabeth
in the 2002 Women's Amateur
at Sleepy Hollow. Before that, you have to go back to 1994 when
co-medalists Lori Teague
both fell in the first round
to Lanny Whiteside and Page Marsh Lea, respectively.
Granada of Paraguay
and the 2004 U.S. Girls' Junior champion won her second-round match
when Niloufar Aazam-Zanganeh
had to default due to injury. Aazam-Zanganeh,
who had hip surgery last September and will be a senior at Duke
this fall, was trailing 2-down
when she teed off on the 14th hole. After pushing her tee
shot far right, she consulted with a doctor and determined that
she could not continue.
felt like I shot 85 on one hole." -- Jane Park talking about
her performance on Thursday afternoon, which included a double-bogey
six at the 16th hole against Mina Harigae.
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