2004 U.S. Women's Amateur Championship
August 9 - 15, 2004
The Kahkwa Club
Erie, Pennsylvania

PAR AND YARDAGE – The Kahkwa Club will play at 6,356 yards with par of 36-36—72.

TICKETS – Admission and parking for all seven days of the championship are free of charge.

WHO CAN PLAY? The U.S. Women’s Amateur is open to female amateurs who have USGA Handicap Indexes not exceeding 5.4. Entries closed June 23.

ONLINE – Log on to the USGA Internet site at www.usga.org for the latest and most complete U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship information.

LAST YEAR – Virada Nirapathpongporn, 22, a Duke University student from Bangkok, Thailand, won the 103rd United States Women’s Amateur Championship at Philadelphia Country Club. She defeated Californian Jane Park, 16, in the scheduled 36-hole final match, 2 and 1.

Nirapathpongporn has turned professional and will not defend her title.

FOR THE WINNER – The champion receives a gold medal and custody of the Robert Cox Cup for the ensuing year. The runner-up receives a silver medal; the other semifinalists receive bronze medals. The champion receives an exemption from sectional qualifying for U.S. Women’s Amateur Championships for the next 10 years, if otherwise eligible; an exemption from sectional qualifying for 10 years to the U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship, if otherwise eligible; an exemption from sectional qualifying for the next 10 U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links Championships, if otherwise eligible; and an exemption from sectional qualifying for the next two U.S. Women’s Open Championships, if still an amateur.

ENTRIES – A record 868 contestants entered this year’s championship. The previous record was 814, set in 2003.

THE FIELD – As of July 30, representatives of 14 nations had either qualified or were fully exempt for the U.S. Women’s Amateur. The countries represented are: Australia; Argentina; Canada; Chinese Taipei; Colombia; Korea; Mexico; Paraguay; the People’s Republic of China; the Philippines; Spain, Switzerland, Venezuela, and the United States of America.

TOP RETURNEES – Thirty-nine golfers are exempt into this U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship by virtue of their play in past USGA women’s events, including the Curtis Cup, U.S. Girls’ Junior, U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links and U.S. Women’s Open. They are:

  • Niloufar Aazam-Zanganeh of Switzerland – 2004 Women’s Open
  • Jennifer Ackerson of Allen, Texas – 2004 Women’s Open
  • Irene Cho of La Habra, Calif. – 2003 Women’s Open
  • Aimee Cochran of Torrance, Calif. – 2004 Women’s Open
  • Paula Creamer of Pleasanton, Calif. – 2003 and 2004 Women’s Opens; 2004 Curtis Cup; 2003 Women’s Amateur semifinalist
  • Kailin Downs of Bend, Ore. – 2003 Women’s Amateur third round
  • Amber Marsh Elliot of Greensboro, N.C. – 2003 Women’s Mid-Am champion
  • Tania Elosegui of Spain – 2002 Women’s World Amateur (top eight finish)
  • Nancy Fitzgerald of Carmel, Ind. – 2003 Senior Women’s Amateur runner-up
  • Julieta Granada of Paraguay – 2004 Girls Junior champion
  • Megan Grehan of Mamaroneck, N.Y. – 2004 Women’s Open
  • Leigh Anne Hardin of Martinsville, Ind. – 2002 USA Curtis Cup team; 2003 Women’s Open
  • Kathy Hartwiger of Birmingham, Ala. – 2002 Women’s Mid-Am champion
  • Sarah Huarte of Shingle Springs, Calif. – 2004 USA Curtis Cup team; 2004 NCAA Women’s Individual champion; 2003 Women’s Amateur third round
  • Liz Janangelo of West Hartford, Conn. – 2004 USA Curtis Cup team
  • Ashley Knoll of The Woodlands, Texas – 2003 Women’s Amateur quarterfinalist
  • Brittany Lang of McKinney, Texas – 2004 USA Curtis Cup team
  • Jennie Lee of Huntington Beach, Calif. – 2004 Women’s Open
  • Taylor Leon of Dallas, Texas – 2004 Women’s Open
  • Brittany Lincicome of Seminole, Fla. – 2004 Women’s Open
  • Kwan-Chih Lu of Chinese Taipei – 2003 Women’s Amateur third round
  • Maru Martinez of Venezuela – 2002 Women’s Amateur semifinalist
  • Laura Matthews of Canada – 2002 Women’s World Amateur (top eight finish)
  • Charlotte Mayorkas of Murrieta, Calif. – 2003 Women’s Amateur third round
  • Tina Miller of Miami, Fla. – 2004 Women’s Open
  • Shannon Ogg of Seattle, Wash. – 2003 Women’s Mid-Am runner-up
  • In-Bee Park of Henderson, Nev. – 2004 Women’s Open; 2003 Women’s Amateur semifinalist
  • Jane Park of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. – 2004 U.S. Women’s Open, 2004 Curtis Cup, 2004 Girls’ Junior runner-up; 2003 Women’s Amateur runner-up
  • Morgan Pressel of Boca Raton, Fla. – 2003 Women’s Open
  • Diana Ramage of Fayetteville, Ga. – 2003 Women’s Amateur third round
  • Elisa Serramia of Spain – 2003 Ladies British Amateur champion
  • Kim Shin of Shoreline, Wash. – 2004 Women’s Open
  • Marlene Streit of Canada – 2003 USGA Senior Women’s Amateur champion
  • Carol Semple Thompson of Sewickley, Pa. – 2002 USA Curtis Cup team
  • Annie Thurman of Highland, Utah – 2004 USA Curtis Cup team; 2003 Women’s Amateur third round
  • Ya-Ni Tseng of Chinese Taipei – 2004 Women’s Amateur Public Links champion
  • Briana Vega of West Andover, Mass. – 2004 Women’s Open
  • Michelle Wie of Honolulu, Hawaii – 2004 USA Curtis Cup team; 2003 and 2004 Women’s Opens; 2003 Women’s Amateur Public Links champion; 2004 Women’s Amateur Public Links runner-up
  • Sukjin-Lee Wuesthoff of Toms River, N.J. – 2003 Girls’ Junior champion

ON A ROLL – Several Women’s Amateur champions have recorded three consecutive wins. Glenna Collett Vare, who had great ties to Philadelphia Country Club, Beatrix Hoyt, Alexa Stirling, Virginia Van Wie, and Juli Simpson Inkster won the Women’s Amateur three times consecutively. Genevieve Hecker, Dorothy Campbell, Margaret Curtis, Betty Jameson, Kay Cockerill, and Kelli Kuehne won the championship two times in a row. Glenna Collett Vare won the Women’s Amateur title a record six times. JoAnne Gunderson Carner won the championship five times and won an impressive total of eight USGA Championships (five Women’s Amateur titles, two U.S. Women’s Opens, and one U.S. Girls’ Junior).

PENNSYLVANIA AND THE USGA – The 2004 U.S. Women’s Amateur is the 74th USGA championship in Pennsylvania. The state has previously hosted 10 Women’s Amateur Championships. The first, in 1899, was at Philadelphia Country Club, as was the last, in 2003. The other U.S. Women’s Amateur Championships were in 1919 at Shawnee C.C., Shawnee-on-the-Delaware; 1926 and ’49 at Merion G.C., in Ardmore; 1934 at Whitemarsh Valley C.C., in Lafayette Hill; 1954 at Allegheny C.C., in Sewickley; 1966 at Sewickley Heights C.C.; 1978 at Sunnybrook G.C., in Plymouth Meeting; and 1985 at Fox Chapel G.C., in Pittsburgh.

THE KAHKWA CLUB AND THE USGA – The Kahkwa Club previously hosted the U.S. Women’s Open Championship in 1971. It was won by JoAnne Gunderson Carner at even-par 288. It was Carner’s first Women’s Open victory and she won again in 1976.

A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE KAHKWA CLUB – The Kahkwa Club was founded in 1893 as a gathering place for residents of Erie, among whom boating and tennis were then popular. The first clubhouse was completed in 1894. Four primitive golf holes were laid out on the grounds in 1897. Kahkwa’s first nine-hole course was designed by Joseph Mitchell, a native of Scotland, in 1897. Alex Smith, a native of Carnoustie, Scotland, became the first professional at the club. Smith won the U.S. Open in 1906 and 1910. In 1912, the club purchased land for a new site for an 18-hole course. Donald Ross began to design the course in 1916. The first nine opened in 1918 and the second nine in 1919.

MULTIPLE WINNERS – Glenna Collett Vare won a record six U.S. Women’s Amateur Championships (1922, 1925, 1928, 1929, 1930, 1935). JoAnne Gunderson Carner won five times (1957, 1960, 1962, 1966, 1968).

OTHER PROMINENT PAST CHAMPIONS -- Patty Berg, 1938; Betty Jameson, 1939, 1940; Babe Didrickson Zaharias, 1946; Louise Suggs, 1947; Beth Daniel, 1975, 1977; Juli Simpson (Inkster), 1980, 1981, 1982; Pat Hurst, 1990; Kelli Kuehne, 1995, 1996; Grace Park, 1998; Dorothy Delasin, 1999.

CHAMPIONSHIP COURSE CONDITIONS – The following mowing heights will be used during the championship: Fairways: 450 – 1/2"; Tees: 3/8"; Collars: 1/4 – 3/8"; Greens: Will measure approximately 11-11½" on the USGA Stimpmeter; Intermediate Rough: 1 1/4", width approximately 62" along fairways, width approximately 30" wide around putting greens; Primary Rough: 3 inches.

CHAMPIONSHIP COURSE HOLE BY HOLE SET-UP –6,365 yards, par 72

Holes 1 - 9 

Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out

Yards 372 313 139 354 367 387 425 469 386 3,212

Par 4 4 3 4 4 4 4 5 4 36

Holes 10 - 18

Hole 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In

Yards 366 164 516 378 455 196 338 376 364 3,153

Par 4 3 5 4 5 3 4 4 4 36

FUTURE WOMEN’S AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP SITES – The 2005 U.S. Women’s Amateur will be conducted at the Ansley G.C., Settindown Creek Course, Roswell, Ga., from Aug. 1-7. The 2006 U. S. Women’s Amateur will be conducted at the Witch Hollow course at Pumpkin Ridge G.C., North Plains, Ore., from Aug. 7-13.

MEDIA CONTACT – The Media Center for the U.S. Women’s Amateur will be located in the main clubhouse at The Kahkwa Club. Rhonda Glenn will be the USGA staff member on site. Prior to the championship she can be reached at (561) 964-5151. The numbers in the media room at the Kahkwa Club will be (814) 838-4334 and (814) 838-4949.

 

 

 

 

 

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