Notebook: Streit Turns Back Clock
Of Fame Inductee Just Thrilled To Compete At Women's Amateur
David Shefter, USGA
could have shot a 100 and
it wouldn't have mattered. As the championship's oldest competitor,
the whole point of showing up at the 104th U.S. Women's Amateur
at The Kahkwa Club was to enjoy the experience.
years ago, Streit, now 70, etched her name on the Robert F. Cox
Trophy long before 99 percent of the field at this year's championship
was even born. She has won 11 Canadian Amateur titles and one British
Ladies Amateur title. And in November, she will become the first
Canadian to be inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame.
year, Streit became the oldest champion in USGA history at age 69
when she captured the Senior Women's Amateur, which earned her an
exemption into the 2004 Women's Amateur. She and Jack
are the only players in history
to capture the same USGA title in three different decades. Nicklaus
won the U.S. Open in 1962,
'72 and '80. Streit took the Senior Women's in 1985, '94 and 2003.
a thrill to be here,” Streit said after posting an 87 in Tuesday's
second round of stroke-play qualifying, giving her a 36-hole total
of 166. “I'm so excited. I'm here only because of the exemption
and it (Kahkwa Club) is close by (about three hours from her home
I would have gone across the country to play in it. I'm glad that
I've done it.
like buying your last fur coat or your last car.”
Monday, Streit thrilled everyone with a back-nine, even-par 36 to
open the championship. A second-nine 43 gave her a 79, a highly
respectable score for someone who had to use woods to reach virtually
all of the par 4s.
think I could go out there and tee it up with them was pretty amazing,”
said Streit, who will not play the Women's Mid-Amateur in September,
but will defend her Senior Women's Amateur title in October at Pasatiempo
Golf Club in Santa Cruz, Calif. “I'm just going to remember that
36 on my first nine [Monday]. I'm not remembering all these other
appearance at the Women's Amateur was her first since 1975 at Brae
Burn Country Club when she advanced to the third round of match
play. She was exempt by being a past champion up until a few years
ago when the USGA changed the past-champion exemption policy, but
other events always seemed to conflict with the Women's Amateur.
Canadian [Ladies Amateur] was either one week apart or the U.S.
Women's Amateur wasn't convenient,” said Streit on why she didn't
compete. “My biggest expectation this week was to come and see the
younger kids play and to have a good time. That's exactly what I've
was Streit impressed with what she saw from this younger generation
I have never seen anything like it,” she said. “There are so many
in one spot. If we were playing now [in our prime] … we would be
nobody. Who knows how we would do [against them].”
for the Hall of Fame, Streit is absolutely thrilled to be the first
Canadian to be inducted.
huge for Canada,”
she said. “I'm very proud.”
Feel For Kahkwa
nearly two practice rounds and 36 holes of stroke-play qualifying,
23, of Cherry
Hills Village, Colo.,
thinks she has an understanding of the Donald
found her comfort zone after shooting a 74 on Tuesday, giving her
a 145 total and the No. 5 seed for match play.
was my biggest goal coming into today and I feel like I did a better
job at that,” said Cutler of her course management.
the former Vanderbilt
standout is looking forward to the match-play portion of the championship.
She recently advanced to the semifinals of the Colorado Women's
Amateur and she was a quarterfinalist at the Women's Trans-National
looking forward to playing match play on this course,” said Cutler. “I'm looking forward to not
having to worry about a bad hole here and there. I'm looking forward
to playing one person at a time.”
she draws a big gallery, she'll definitely be accustomed to it.
She played the first two rounds of stroke play with 14-year-old
was a good experience,” said Cutler. “They were very polite and
applauded for all great shots. We definitely appreciated that.”
summer, Amie Cochran
of Torrance, Calif., stuck her hands in the wrong
place and suffered the consequences. During the second round of
an American Junior Golf Association event in Tucson, Ariz., she twice accidentally touched
a cactus while trying to locate her ball. She wound up shooting
a 78 and spending an hour in the training room afterward getting
the thorns removed.
of the interns spent an hour getting those things out of my hand,”
said the 18-year-old freshman-to-be at UCLA.
next day, all Cochran did was go out and shoot a career-best 62
to finish second, four strokes behind Esther Choe.
has not encountered that kind of native vegetation here at The Kahkwa
Club this week. In fact, she earned medalist honors with a 3-under
141 (70-71). But now her attention must focus toward match play,
a format she has played a few times. She was a quarterfinalist at
the 2002 U.S. Girls' Junior. Her opponent will be the survivor of
an 11-person playoff on Wednesday morning.
birdies,” said Cochran
of her mindset. “That's how you win holes. Match play is a very
personal thing between two players. You don't have to worry about
[overall] score. You have to worry about winning the hole.”
got solid preparation for
the Donald Ross
layout at Kahkwa when she
competed at the U.S. Women's Open in July at The Orchards Golf Club,
design. She missed the cut, but she said that was for a lack of
had prom [two weeks earlier],” she explained. “That's why I missed
the cut. [Two weeks] wasn't enough time to prepare.”
did say the greens at Kahkwa are quite similar to the ones she faced
in South Hadley,
“They're like identical,” she said. “They are the same bowl-shaped
greens. It actually did help for this course.”
the Women's Amateur will crown one champion at the end of the week,
the event also is a chance to see players who might be competing
at the Women's World Amateur Team Championship this October in Puerto
of those players is 17-year-old Sun-Young Yoo of Korea, who posted
a 36-hole stroke-play-qualifying total of 1-under-par 143 (72-71).
This is Yoo's second match-play competition, having advanced to
the quarterfinals of the American Junior Golf Association's Polo
Golf Junior Classic last November.
like the food here,” said Yoo through her interpreter Jay
Choi. “I love breakfast. I love
bacon. And I like hamburgers.”
the 2001 Korean Junior champion, said she was inspired to succeed
two years ago when she played with three-time U.S. Women's Amateur
champion and two-time U.S. Women's Open winner Juli Inkster at an
event in her home country. She listed that as her most memorable
golf experience, even though Se Ri Pak is the most revered female
golfer in Korea.
will also be represented by Hee-Young
Park, who is competing at Kahkwa
this week and survived the cut for match play.
competitors in the field this week competed at the 2002 Women's
World Amateur: Laura Matthews
of Canada, Eva
of the Peoples
of China, Tania
and Carolina Llano of Colombia.
Llano attends Pepperdine University
in Malibu, Calif. Matthews is an assistant
golf coach at her alma mater, University
Elosegui recorded the championship's second eagle on a par 4 when
she holed out from 130 yards with a 9-iron at the ninth hole. (Tina
Miller also had an eagle on the second hole Tuesday, but failed
to qualify for match play).
the Spaniard wasn't so fortunate at 18 when she incurred a two-stroke
penalty (Rule 13-2) for knocking down a branch while taking a practice
swing. The incident was discussed with Maggie
Giesenhagen, the USGA staff member in
charge of the Women's Amateur in the scoring tent before the decision
was rendered. Elosegui, who posted the best round on Monday with
a 68, shot an 81 on Tuesday.
does a 69 become a 70? Reigning U.S. Girls' Junior champion Julieta
Granada discovered that on Tuesday when she accidentally signed
for a 4 on the sixth hole instead of a birdie 3. Granada
was not disqualified because
she signed for a higher score, but the 69 would have given her second
place by herself at 142 after the 36 holes of stroke-play qualifying.
Instead, she wound up in a three-way tie for second at 143 with
Koreans Sun-Young Yoo and Hee-Young
cannot believe I did that,” said Granada. “How do you forget a birdie.”
Grehan, 15, of Mamaroneck, N.Y., withdrew from the competition
on Tuesday due to a shoulder injury. Grehan was exempt into the
Women's Amateur by virtue of qualifying for this year's U.S. Women's
Open. She shot 82 on Monday. She also reached the second round of
the 2004 U.S. Girls' Junior.
notable players did not survive the 36-hole cut for match play,
which came at 12-over 156 (11-for-1 playoff for the last spot in
the draw). They included 1998 U.S. Girls' Junior champion Leigh
Anne Hardin, 2002 U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links champion and
2004 USA Curtis Cupper Annie Thurman, seven-time USGA champion Carol
Semple Thompson, 2003 U.S. Girls' Junior champion Sukjin-Lee Wuesthoff,
1998 U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur champion Virginia Grimes, three-time
Women's Mid-Amateur champion Ellen Port, 2004 USA Curtis Cupper
Brittany Lang, 2003 Women's Mid-Am champion Amber Marsh Elliott
and 2004 U.S. Girls' Junior co-medalist Mari Chun.
who just turned 13 on July 29, was the youngest competitor to make
match play while 2002 U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur champion Kathy
38, was the oldest to make the field.
luck would have it, Hartwiger and Lendl will square off in the first
round of match play.
other mid-amateur (25 years of age and older) has a chance to qualify.
Meghan Bolger, 26, is in the playoff on Wednesday morning for the
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