McCURDY ALL SQUARE THROUGH 18
2004 U.S. WOMEN'S AMATEUR FINAL
– Jane Park,
17, of Rancho Cucamonga,
and Amanda McCurdy,
20, of El Dorado,
are all square midway through the 36-hole final of the 2004 U.S.
Women's Amateur Championship being held at the par-72, 6,356-yard
Kahkwa Club Sunday.
players matched pars on the first three holes, and then McCurdy
struck first on the par-4, 354-yard fourth hole, when Park's approach
sailed over the green. Park
chipped to 4 feet but missed
her par putt. Meanwhile, McCurdy was on in two and two-putted from
20 feet to take a 1-up advantage.
|Jane Park chips up to the green on the fourth
hole during the championship final Sunday at the Kahkwa Club.
came back on the 367-yard
par-4 fifth hole when she made an 8-foot birdie putt. McCurdy two-putted
from 20 feet and again the two were all square.
would again take the lead on the par-5, 469-yard eighth hole. Park
found trouble off the tee
as her ball entered the left fairway bunker. She advanced it to
the left rough before landing her approach short of the green in
the rough. McCurdy hit her approach to 6 feet and made her birdie
putt to regain the lead.
Park, playing in her second consecutive Women's Amateur final, would
again square things a hole later, when she made an 8-foot birdie
putt on the par-4, 386-yard ninth hole.
took her first lead of the
day on the par-3, 164-yard 11th hole when she hit a 6-iron to 18
feet and made her birdie putt. McCurdy missed a 12-footer to halve
trading pars on the next three holes, Park
extended her lead on the par-3,
196-yard 15th . Park
hit a 5-iron to within three feet, while McCurdy's tee shot with
a 3-wood sailed the green. After chipping over the green from the
back rough, she conceded Park's birdie putt to give Park
a 2-up edge.
McCurdy came back on the 338-yard 16th when she hit a pitching wedge
to 5 feet. After both players parred the 376-yard 17th hole, McCurdy
squared the match on the par-4, 364-yard 18th. McCurdy hit a 7-iron
to 9 feet, while Park's approach hit the green but rolled off. After
chipped to 12 feet and missed her par putt, she conceded McCurdy's
birdie putt and the two were all square after the morning session.
the usual match-play concessions, McCurdy played her first 18 holes
two under par, while Park
was one under.
is trying to become just the
fourth player to win the Women's Amateur the year after losing in
the championship final, joining JoAnne
(1976) and Cathy
championship final continues with the final 18 holes Sunday afternoon.
written by Beth Murrison, manager of media relations for the USGA.
E-mail her with questions or comments at firstname.lastname@example.org.