Morgan Pressel won the 2005 U.S. Women's Amateur on Sunday with a 9-and-8 victory over Maru Martinez. The victory capped an amazing summer for the 17-year-old Floridian, who tied for low amateur at the U.S. Women's Open and reached the third round of the U.S. Girls' Junior. (Steve Gibbons/USGA)

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Pressel Wins 2005 U.S. Women's Amateur Title

Roswell, Ga. – Morgan Pressel, 17, of Boca Raton, Fla., won the 2005 U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship with a 9-and-8 victory over Maru Martinez, 21, of Venezuela in the scheduled 36-hole final at the 6,341-yard, par-72 Settindown Creek Course of Ansley Golf Club.

“It’s my biggest win,” said Pressel. “I’m proud of myself for how I played and how I handled myself through the week. …I just kept waiting and it all came together this week…It just means so much to me to have played this well.”

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Storming To A Title: Pressel Virtually Unstoppable In Memorable Women's Amateur Run

Roswell, Ga. –Nothing, it seems, could stop Morgan Pressel.Not the 155 other competitors in the 2005 U.S. Women’s Amateur. Not the Georgia heat and humidity that enveloped suburban Atlanta’s Settindown Creek Course of Ansley Golf Club over the seven days of the championship. Not the rains nor brief thunderstorm that temporarily suspended play in Sunday’s 36-hole championship match.

Not the disappointment of a third-round loss at the U.S. Girls’ Junior two weeks ago when her opponent rallied from a 2-down deficit with two to go, chipping in for birdie at the 19th hole for the victory. Not the memory of Birdie Kim’s miraculous bunker shot at the 72nd hole of the U.S. Women’s Open to deny the 17-year-old from Boca Raton, Fla., a shot to become the youngest major-championship winner in the history of golf.

Not even the gritty and fiery Maru Martinez, the 5-foot-2 spitfire from Caracas, Venezuela, who played with the determination and guile of her anointed nickname (Rudy), which was given to her by Auburn coach Kim Evans, could slow down Tropical Storm Morgan.


Championship Notebook: Martinez Wins Over Fans, But Unfortunately Not The Trophy

Roswell, Ga. –The championship match of the 2005 U.S. Women’s Amateur had reached the 21st hole at Ansley Golf Club’s Settindown Creek Course when a young fan asked her father who was winning.

“[Morgan] Pressel is 6 up,” he told her.

In a faint voice, the young girl said, “She is not the one we are rooting for.” Obviously this youngster had joined the Maru Martinez bandwagon. Many of the approximate 500 fans who attended Sunday’s 36-hole final were rooting for the fiery 21-year-old from Caracas, Venezuela.

Perhaps it was Martinez’s spunk and guile. Maybe it was because her college affiliation. Martinez is entering her senior year at Auburn, where she plays on the school’s women’s golf team and this, after all, was Southeastern Conference territory.Or, perhaps, it was the underdog role Martinez had against the 17-year-old favorite Pressel.

Championship Facts

U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship

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 15.

DEFENDING CHAMPION – Jane Park, 18, or Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., will defend the title she won in 2004.

THE FIELD – The 2005 field will include seven Georgia players. They are Laura Coble of Augusta, Jackie Beers of Bonaire, Alina Lee of Evans, Kyu Ri Ban of Duluth, Dori Carter of Valdosta, Diana Ramage of Fayetteville and Margaret Shirley of Roswell.

TELEVISION COVERAGE – Match-play rounds will be telecast on The Golf Channel Aug. 3-7 from 4-6 p.m., EDT.

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 for the championship: fairways 1/2"; tees 7/16"; collars 1/4". Putting greens will be prepared so that they are firm and fast; to measure approximately 11 feet on the USGA Stimpmeter. Intermediate rough: 1", width approximately 72" along fairways, width approximately 30" wide around putting greens. Primary rough: 2 1/4".

FUTURE WOMEN’S AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP SITES – The 2006 U. S. Women’s Amateur will be conducted at Pumpkin Ridge G.C., North Plains, Ore., Aug. 7 – 13.

MEDIA CONTACT – The Media Center for the U.S. Women’s Amateur will be located in the main clubhouse at Ansley Golf Club. Rhonda Glenn and Beth Murrison will be the USGA staff members on site. The Media Center phone numbers are (678)639-7488 and (678)639-7494.


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