2005 U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship Fact Sheet

Aug. 1 – 7, 2005

Ansley Golf Club, Settingdown Creek Course
Roswell, Ga.

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.

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

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

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 ten 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 Championship, if otherwise eligible; an exemption from sectional qualifying for the next two U.S. Women’s Open Championships, if still an amateur and an exemption from local qualifying for future U.S. Women’s Open Championships, if still an amateur.

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.

LAST YEAR – Jane Park, 17, a California high school student, won the 104th United States Women’s Amateur Championship at The Kahkwa Club. Jane, the runner-up in 2003, defeated Amanda McCurdy, 20, of El Dorado, Ark., in the 36-hole final, 2 up. On a brilliant summer day the Park-McCurdy contest lured more than 4,000 spectators to a match that went the distance. It was Park’s first national title after reaching the final in three USGA championships; this championship, the 2003 Women’s Amateur and the 2004 U.S. Girls’ Junior.

"Coming in second twice, that’s pretty awesome, I think," said Park. "Coming in first is a whole new thing … and to be able to finally break through. I can’t even put into words how happy I am. I’m just not an emotional girl; it’s all inside of me."

McCurdy was three holes down with four holes to play and made a valiant attempt to square the match. She captured two of the next three holes and was one hole down going into the 36th green. Then, with Park facing a birdie putt of 12 feet, McCurdy took three putts from 45 feet, made bogey, and saw her dream come to an end. She conceded Park’s birdie putt and Park won, 2 up.

"Of course I wish I could have won," said McCurdy. "I’m a competitor and I hate to come this far and not come out on top, but second place isn’t always that bad … She’s a great champion."

ON A ROLL – Several Women’s Amateur champions have recorded three consecutive wins. Glenna Collett Vare, 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).

GEORGIA AND THE USGA – The 2005 U.S. Women’s Amateur is the 23rd USGA championship in Georgia. The state has previously hosted two Women’s Amateur Championships. The first, in 1950, was at Atlanta Athletic Club. The last, at Atlanta C.C., in Marietta, was in 1971.

HISTORY OF THE SETTINDOWN CREEK COURSE AT ANSLEY G.C. – Ansley Golf Club, founded in 1912, is located in downtown Atlanta’s landmark residential area of Ansley Park, where the club continues its original nine-hole golf course. The Settindown Creek Course opened in Roswell in1986. It was designed by golf course architect Bob Cupp, heralded for his Pumpkin Ridge design in Oregon, which was modeled after the Settindown course. The Settindown Creek Course has been the scene of two Nationwide Tour championships, the Georgia State Match Play Championship, U. S. Senior Open Qualifying, and the Georgia State Open. It has been the site for the U. S. Open Sectional Qualifying in Georgia

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".

Hole-by-hole summary: (1) 517/546 yds., par 5 (2) 312/347 yds., par 4 (3) 374 yds., par 4 (4) 473 yds., par 5 (5) 160 yds., par 3 (6) 422 yds., par 4 (7) 119 yds., par 3 (8) 339 yds., par 4 (9) 355 yds., par 4 (10) 554 yds., par 5 (11) 361 yds., par 4 (12) 198 yds., par 3 (13) 344 yds., par 4 (14) 417 yds., par 4 (15) 389 yds., par 4 (16) 487 yds., par 5 (17) 142 yds., par 3 (18 378/406 yds., par 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.

USGA GRANT PROGRAMS IN ATLANTA AREA – The First Tee of Atlanta.

In the Fall of 1998, Jimmy Gabrielsen and his wife formed Friends of John A. White Park (FJW) under the national "The First Tee" program of the World Golf Foundation. With help from the National Minority Golf Foundation, they found a 107-acre golf facility/park, located in southwest Atlanta, which was built in 1929. Originally, John A. White Park began as nine holes, but in 1979, a new tennis facility was constructed in a corner of the facility, rendering four holes unusable. Until 1999, the course operated with five regulation holes and four other makeshift holes, all of which had slowly deteriorated due to the lack of city funding. After FJW was offered the land for a long-term lease at $1 per year, the organization successfully raised $1.8 million to renovate and reconstruct the John A. White Park Golf Course (JAWGC) and formed The First Tee of John A. White (TFTJW), which is now known as The First Tee of Atlanta (TFTA). TFTA opened in April of 2000, with its goal being "to provide the facilities and the experiences that will enable kids from every walk of life to partake of a game that teaches values for life." The facility now contains a nine hole golf course, driving range, and short game area and is available to community youth, ages 7-17, at no charge. The facility served over 170 participants in its core program and countless others who played on-course TFTA received a $100,000 construction grant in 1999 and a $20,000 program grant in 2004. For more information on the program, contact greenneal@aol.com.

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.

 

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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