Meet The Quarterfinalists At 2005 U.S. Women's Amateur
In-Kyung Kim, 17, Korea – Born 6/13/88 in Seoul, Korea … Captured the 2005 U.S. Girls’ Junior title by defeating 2002 Girls’ Junior champion In-Bee Park, 5 and 4, in the championship match…Competing in only second USGA championship…Earned stroke-play medalist honors with 36-hole total of 5-under-par 139, including a 68 in the first round…Has played the most holes of any of the quarterfinalists…Rallied from early three-hole deficit in opening match against Megan McChrystal to post 2-and-1 victory. Went 19 holes to beat Laura Matthews and 20 holes to oust defending champion Jane Park…Attends junior golf academy in Hilton Head Island, S.C., where her instructors are former PGA Tour player Hugh Royer III and Gary Gilchrist, who taught Michelle Wie before moving to Hilton Head…Won AJGA Hargray Invitational with 54-hole total of 206…Won IJGT Tour Championship at Grand Cypress with 54-hole score of 203…Spoke almost no English before arriving in the U.S. and now is speaking a little better…Lowest competitive score is a 66.
Jennie Lee, 18, Huntington Beach, Calif. – Born 11/6/86 in Seoul, Korea, but is a U.S. citizen…Competing in second U.S. Women’s Amateur and fifth USGA championship…Qualified for the 2004 U.S. Women’s Open and finished 50th…Will be attending Duke University in the fall…Advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2005 Women’s Trans-National at Mid-Pines in Southern Pines, N.C…Finished fifth at the 2005 AJGA Rolex Tournament of Champions…Finished third at the 2005 AJGA Mission Hills Desert Junior in Palm Springs…Won AJGA Polo Junior Classic in 2003, the only match play event on that circuit…Won the 2004 MCI Heritage Junior…Was first-team AJGA All-American in 2004…Also enjoys playing the piano…Lowest competitive score is a 65 shot at Cimarron Golf Club in 2001…Advanced to the quarterfinals with an 8-and-7 win over Whitney Simons, a 2-up victory over Eun Jung Lee and a 20-hole win over 2004 Women’s Amateur runner-up Amanda McCurdy.
Maru Martinez, 21, Venezuela – Born 1/28/84 in Caracas, Venezuela…Attends Auburn University, where she will be a senior this fall…Earned second-team All-America honors last season for the Lady Tigers…Competing in fourth U.S. Women’s Amateur…In 2002 at Sleepy Hollow Golf Club, she advanced to the semifinals before losing in extra holes to Brandi Jackson…Defeated Michelle Wie in the first round of the 2003 Women’s Amateur at Philadelphia Country Club…Selected to Who’s Who among college and university students for 2005…Named to the Southeastern Conference Academic Honor Roll in 2004 and 2005…First-team All-SEC selection for 2004-05 season…Three-time winner of the Venezuelan Junior National Championship (1998, ’99, 2000)…Four-time winner of the South American Junior Championship (1997-99 and 2001)…Winner of the 2000 Optimist International Junior Golf Championship…Winner of 1999 Doral Publix…Runner-up at 2000 British Junior Championship…Finished 16th at NCAA Championship at Sunriver, Ore., with rounds of 73-72-76-74…Lowest competitive round is 66 at 2003 NCAA East Regionals…Posted 14 birdies against two bogeys in wins over Annie Thurman-Young and Virginia Derby Grimes at ’05 Women’s Amateur…Needed only 41 holes to win three matches.
Angela Park, 16, Torrance, Calif. – Born 8/25/88 in Foz de Equach, Brazil. Is Brazilian citizen…Will be a senior at Torrance (Calif.) High…Competing in sixth USGA championship…Advanced to the second round of the 2005 U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links Championship, where she was the co-medalist. She was a semifinalist at the 2004 WAPL …Had second-lowest qualifying score at the 2005 U.S. Girls’ Junior, but lost first-round match to Kristina Wong…Missed the cut at the 2005 U.S. Women’s Open…Needed just 43 holes to win first three matches at the 2005 Women’s Amateur, including a 9-and-8 win over Jennifer Ackerson in the second round…Also defeated Hannah Jun (first round) and Nannette Hill (third round) by 4-and-2 and 3-and-1 scores, respectively…Lowest competitive round is a 63 shot in the second round of the 2005 U.S. Girls’ Junior…Tied for second at the 2005 AJGA Rolex Tournament of Champions in Hilton Head, S.C. … Also owns wins at MCI Junior Heritage, the AJGA Robert Trent Jones and the German Junior Masters…Had a hole-in-one at the Junior World competition in San Diego.
Morgan Pressel, 17, Boca Raton, Fla. – Born 5/23/88 in Tampa, Fla…Has already competed in three U.S. Women’s Opens, two U.S. Women’s Amateurs and six U.S. Girls’ Juniors…Tied for second at 2005 U.S. Women’s Open at Cherry Hills Country Club, where she nearly became the youngest major champion in the history of golf and just the second amateur to win that event…Youngest to ever qualify for a Women’s Open when she did so as a 12-year-old in 2002…Semifinalist at the 2002 U.S. Girls’ Junior…Mother Kathy died of breast cancer in 2003…Has a younger sister Madison who also plays…Grandfather Herb Krickstein, whose son Aaron was a professional tennis player, is Morgan’s chaperone to all of her competitions…Has won all five of the American Junior Golf Association major events, including the 2005 Betsy Rawls and Thunderbird Invitational…Youngest champion of the North and South Women’s Amateur at age 16 (2204)…Three-time AJGA First-Team All-American…Honors student at St. Andrews School…Missed only one math question on the SAT…Has verbally committed to attend Duke University in fall of 2006, but is contemplating going to LPGA Tour School in the fall…Lowest competitive score is a 62 shot in Florida State High School Finals in October 2004 at PGA Reserve Pete Dye Course…Lists 3-and-2 win over Michelle Wie at 2003 Girls’ Junior as one of her most memorable moments along with tie for second at ’05 Women’s Open.
Jenny Suh, 19, Fairfax, Va. – Born 8/18/85 in Alexandria, Va…Second-team All-America this past season at Furman University, but she is transferring to Alabama this fall to be with her coach Mic Potter. Potter left Furman for the opening at Alabama. Will be a junior this fall…Had never advanced beyond the second round of match play at two previous USGA competitions (2004 WAPL and ’04 Women’s Amateur)…Lowest competitive score is a 66 shot at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa…Won the 2005 Southern Conference title and the 2005 Lady Gamecock tournament hosted by the University of South Carolina…Always turns her ballmarker birdie side up…Is working with her mom this summer at her café back home in Virginia as a cashier and delivery girl…Says she has a good sense of humor and loves to laugh and smile…Rallied from 3-down deficit on the back nine to defeat Lorraine Ballerano in the third round (20 holes)…Defeated Tiffany Joh in the second round, 2 up, and Jackie Beers in the first round, 2 and 1.
Maria Uribe, 15, Colombia – Born 2/27/90 in Bucaramanga, Colombia…Competing in first U.S. Women’s Amateur, but has played in two U.S. Girls’ Juniors. Advanced to the third round of the 2004 Girls’ Junior before losing to Morgan Pressel. Got into that event as an alternate when Carmen Bandea withdrew…Got into 2005 Women’s Amateur as first alternate from qualifying site…Was informed she was in six days prior to the start of the championship. Actually flew back from the Girls’ Junior in Idaho and was home less than a week before flying back to the U.S…Shot 73 at qualifier in Atlanta and needed three playoff holes to secure first-alternate status…Caddie is Pedro Russi, who is her coach back in Colombia…Still has two more years of high school at La Qunta del Puerte before graduating in 2007…Wants to someday play college golf in the U.S…Defeated Lauren Mielbrecht in first round, 1 up, then No. 2 qualifier Ashley Knoll in round two, 2 up, before beating fellow 15-year-old Ayako Kaneko, 1 up.
Alison Whitaker, 19, Australia – Born 11/23/85 in Melbourne, Australia. Currently resides in Beaumaris, Victoria, Australia, where she is a member of the Victorian Institute of Sport. It is a sports academy for elite athletes. The institute produced golfers Stuart Appleby, Robert Allenby and Aaron Baddeley…Also attends Deakin University and is majoring in applied sciences…Competing in first USGA event…Came over to the U.S. for eight-week stint…Played in the Women’s Western Amateur in Indiana as well as the Colorado Women’s Open and Colorado Stroke Play (11th-place finish)…Semifinalist at the 2005 Victorian Amateur…Winner of the 2005 Victorian Country Championship…Runner-up at the 2002 Australian Schoolgirls Championship and ’04 New South Wales Amateur…Member of the 2005-06 Australian National Team…Named captain of the 2004-05 Victorian Senior State Team…Says she often throws tea parties with friends whenever she gets to Melbourne…At age of 13, competed against professional Shanni Waugh in a Melbourne-based tournament…Advanced to quarters with 1-up win over New Zealander Claire Dury; 19-hole victory over Amanda Blumenherst and 2-and-1 win over Ryann O’Toole, taking six holes in a row starting at 12 after being 4-down at the turn.
Bios compiled by USGA staff writer David Shefter
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.