Pressel, Medalist Kim Advance to Quarterfinals Of U.S. Women’s Amateur
Roswell, Ga. – Morgan Pressel, 17, runner-up in the 2005 U.S. Women’s Open runner-up, and In-Kyung Kim, 15, the reigning U.S. Girls’ Junior champion, advanced to the quarterfinal round of the U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship at the 6,341-yard, par-72 Settindown Creek Course of Ansley Golf Club.
Defending champion, Jane Park, 18, of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., fell to Kim on the 20th hole in the afternoon’s third-round match. Kim, 15, of Korea, faced a five-foot birdie putt that would clinch the match.
“It was the same putt I missed this morning when Jane and I played this as the second hole,” said Kim. This time she made it and ended Park’s hope of retaining the trophy she won in 2004.
“I tried as hard as I could,” said Park. “I just didn’t make many putts.”
Pressel, 17, of Boca Raton, Fla., credited her putting in her two match-play victories. She defeated Mina Harigae, 15, of Monterey, Calif., in a morning match that yielded 13 birdies and ended on the 19th hole. She defeated Jane Rah, 14, of Torrance, Calif., 4 and 2, in the afternoon.
Brazilian-born Angela Park of Torrance, Calif., also advanced after a 3-and-1 victory over Nannette Hill of Pelham Manor, N.Y. Jennie Lee of Huntington Beach, Calif., eased into the quarterfinals after a 20-hole win over Amanda McCurdy, of El Dorado, Ark. McCurdy was runner-up in 2004.
The lower bracket has an international flavor. Maria Uribe of Columbia defeated Japanese-born Ayaka Kaneko of Honolulu, Hawaii, 1 up, to advance. Australia’s Alison Whitaker edged Ryann O’Toole of San Clemente, Calif., 2 and 1. And Maru Martinez of Venezuela defeated Virginia Grimes of Montgomery, Ala., 7 and 6.
Grimes made a par on each of the 12 holes of the match, but Martinez birdied seven holes on the front nine. Her putts were from eight feet, 20 feet, slightly under one foot, three putts of 15 feet and a curling 30-footer on the ninth hole.
Nearly giddy with her success on the greens in post-round interviews, Martinez said, “That’s the first time I’ve ever made seven birdies in nine holes. I’ve been working on my golf swing but especially on my short game.”
The afternoon’s final match was the third one to go extra holes when Jenny Suh of Fairfax, Va., defeated Lorraine Ballerano of Myrtle Beach, S.C., on the 20th hole.
In Friday’s quarterfinal round, Kim faces Angela Park while Pressel takes on Jennie Lee. Uribe faces Whitaker in an international battle and Martinez plays Suh.
Match play continues throughout the week with the 36-hole final scheduled to be played on Sunday.
The U.S. Women’s Amateur is one of 13 national championships conducted by the United States Golf Association. Ten are strictly for amateurs.
Story written by Rhonda Glenn of the USGA. E-mail her with questions and comments at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Roswell, Ga. – Results of the second and third round of match play in the U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship at the 6,341-yard, par-72 Settindown Creek Course of Ansley Golf Club.
Round of 32
In-Kyung Kim, Korea (139) def. Laura Matthews, Canada (149), 19 holes
Jane Park, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. (146) def. Kimberly Donovan, Hopkinton, Mass. (146), 6 and 5
Nannette Hill, Pelham Manor, N.Y. (150) def. Kristina Rothengatter, Germany (152), 5 and 4
Angela Park, Torrance, Calif. (144) def. Jennifer Ackerson, Allen, Texas (150), 9 and 8
Jennie Lee, Huntington Beach, Calif. (141) def. Eun Jung Lee, Murrieta, Calif. (149), 2 up
Amanda McCurdy, El Dorado, Ark. (145) def. Amy Schmucker, Cold Spring, Minn. (147), 6 and 5
Morgan Pressel, Boca Raton, Fla. (142) def. Mina Harigae, Monterey, Calif. (148), 19 holes
Jane Rah, Torrance, Calif. (152) def. In-Bee Park, Las Vegas, Nev. (147), 4 and 3
Maria Uribe, Colombia (149) def. Ashley Knoll, The Woodlands, Texas (141), 2 up
Ayaka Kaneko, Honolulu, Hawaii (146) def. Paige Mackenzie, Yakima, Wash. (146), 2 up
Ryann O'Toole, San Clemente, Calif. (153) def. Jenna Pearson, Wheaton, Ill. (148), 3 and 1
Alison Whitaker, Australia (151) def. Amanda Blumenherst, Scottsdale, Ariz. (145), 19 holes
Maru Martinez, Venezuela (149) def. Annie Thurman-Young, Highland, Utah (141), 4 and 3
Virginia Grimes, Montgomery, Ala. (145) def. Christi Athas, Eldora, Iowa (147), 3 and 2
Lorraine Ballerano, Myrtle Beach, S.C. (149) def. Tiffany Lua, Rowland Heights, Calif. (153), 2 and 1
Jenny Suh, Fairfax, Va. (145) def. Tiffany Joh, San Diego, Calif. (147), 2 up
Round of 16
In-Kyung Kim, Korea (139) def. Jane Park, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. (146), 20 holes
Angela Park, Torrance, Calif. (144) def. Nannette Hill, Pelham Manor, N.Y. (150), 3 and 1
Jennie Lee, Huntington Beach, Calif. (141) def. Amanda McCurdy, El Dorado, Ark. (145), 20 holes
Morgan Pressel, Boca Raton, Fla. (142) def. Jane Rah, Torrance, Calif. (152), 4 and 2
Maria Uribe, Colombia (149) def. Ayaka Kaneko, Honolulu, Hawaii (146), 1 up
Alison Whitaker, Australia (151) def. Ryann O'Toole, San Clemente, Calif. (153), 2 and 1
Maru Martinez, Venezuela (149) def. Virginia Grimes, Montgomery, Ala. (145), 7 and 6
Jenny Suh, Fairfax, Va. (145) def. Lorraine Ballerano, Myrtle Beach, S.C. (149), 20 holes
Roswell, Ga. – Pairings for the quarterfinal round of match play in the 2005 U.S. Women’s Amateur at the 6,341-yard, par-72 Settindown Creek Course of Ansley Golf Club.
1:45 p.m. In-Kyung Kim, Korea (139) vs. Angela Park, Torrance, Calif. (144)
1:55 p.m. Jennie Lee, Huntington Beach, Calif. (141) vs. Morgan Pressel, Boca Raton, Fla. (142)
2:05 p.m. Maria Uribe, Colombia (149) vs. Alison Whitaker, Australia (151)
2:15 p.m. Maru Martinez, Venezuela (149) vs. Jenny Suh, Fairfax, Va. (145)
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.