Wins 22-Hole Thriller Over Wedding
Combine For 13 Birdies In First-Round Contest
– Nearly half (14) of the first-round matches Wednesday at the 104th
U.S. Women's Amateur went the full 18 holes. Five of those were
extended beyond 18, but arguably the best match of the day occurred
between No. 2 seed Julieta Granada of Paraguay
and 20-year-old Gabby
|Second seed Julieta Granada had to sweat
out a 22-hole thriller against Gabby Wedding on Wednesday. The
two combined for 13 birdies. (Steve Gibbons/USGA)
only did both competitors shoot the equivalent of 3-under-par 69
over the challenging 6,325-yard, par-72 Kahkwa Club layout, but
they combined for 13 birdies, the last of which gave Granada, the
2004 U.S. Girls' Junior champion, a 22-hole victory.
bet it was fun to watch, but to play it was so tough,” said a relieved
one of four players to better par during the 36-hole stroke-play
qualifying portion of the championship. “I'm glad it's over.”
sealed the victory by hitting
a pitching-wedge approach from 115 yards to three feet at the 354-yard,
par-4 fourth hole.
kept calling her a robot all day,” said Wedding, a senior-to-be
at Kent State
“Sometimes you play and know somebody is going to open the door
for you and I knew there was no way the door was going to open [against
I was going to have to open it up myself. Our match today showed
how good was the play? The two halved holes three, eight and 14
with birdies. Granada
won four holes with birdies, while Wedding won three. When she took
the 13th with a birdie, Granada
thought she might have lost
the momentum for good.
was 3 down at the turn, but won 10 with a par and birdied the par-4
eventually squared the match with a birdie at 16, but lost the lead
again when she bogeyed 17. At 18, Granada
needed to hole a difficult
left-to-right downhill 6-footer for par to send the match to extra
holes. The converted putt brought about a fist-pump and renewed
learned today that I can come back, that you never give up,” said
“It was tough – it was a good match.”
Wedding, who left Kahkwa knowing she gave it her best effort: “I
played almost as good as I can play. She played amazing. She's tough.
I'm pretty happy because I hung in there and gave her a good match.
She was probably a little surprised going against the No. 63 seed
and I took it to that many holes.
could see her winning this if she plays the way she played me today
without being intimidated. I thought maybe she would get down …
but no, she stayed tough and I think she could go against [Michelle]
Wie, she could go against [Paula]
Creamer, any of the top players.”
though the format is similar – two rounds of stroke-play qualifying
followed by a 64-player match-play draw – Granada
sees a difference in atmosphere
this week at the Women's Amateur as compared to the Girls' Junior.
some reason, this one seems more special,” she said. “It gets more
attention – there are more crowds and more media.”
birdie fest was the matchup between 2004 USA Curtis Cupper Paula
Creamer and Katie Futcher.
Creamer, who posted a 2-and-1 victory, had five birdies and an eagle
(at No. 14), while Futcher, who advanced to the second round of
the Women's Amateur in 2003, had five birdies.
17, Futcher made a 45-footer for birdie and Creamer then topped
it with an 8-footer to close out the match.
was much better than the last two days,” said Creamer, who had a
pair of 76s in stroke-play qualifying. If she had played 18 and
made a par, she would have shot the equivalent of 5-under 67. “The
last two days couldn't have been worse. My pace, my speed out there
has been awful. But I putted very well today. My pace was better.”
At The Ballpark
wasn't just all golf this week for Isabelle
Father and daughter took some time to relax at an Erie Seawolves
minor-league game this week. The Seawolves are the Double-A affiliate
of the Detroit Tigers.
was kind of neat when they didn't hit a home run, the crowd didn't
boo like they do in big cities like Boston,” said Isabelle. “When
you go to a game between Boston
York (Yankees), the crowd
will boo if the home team doesn't win. They played music in between
innings and the food was cheap. It was a lot of fun.”
golfer has a way of relaxing off the course. Some like to watch
television or take in a movie. Others find a good book. Jane
17, of Rancho Cucamonga,
is reading the 9/11 Commission Report on the tragedies that took
place three years ago.
real interesting to read about that stuff,” said Park, the 2003
U.S. Women's Amateur runner-up and a member of the 2004 USA Curtis
Cup team. “My favorite books are still Harry
one of five 2004 Curtis Cuppers to qualify for match play (Annie
missed the cut), posted a
3-and-2 victory over Terra Petsinger of Arvilla,
“If I had to grade my game today, it would be a C-plus,” said Park.
“It took me nine holes to get going. I was struggling today.”
other four Curtis Cuppers also advanced: Michelle
(1 up over Angela
Janangelo (19 holes over Marina
(5 and 4 over Jenny
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