An Interview With Angela Park
Q. Can you talk about the way you played today?
ANGELA PARK: I don't know, I played -- I played fine out there. I didn't have any bogeys, so I'm not upset with myself. I think a lot of putts should have gone in. They just went by the edge. That would have really changed the match around, other than that, I mean.
RHONDA GLENN: You were never up in the match after the fourth hole, like you were always struggling, coming from behind.
ANGELA PARK: I didn't feel like I was struggling at all. I just tried to keep up with her. I know she's a great player, I know she's going to make all the putts. So, I mean, no, I didn't feel like I was struggling.
I did struggle with putting a little bit, but other than that.
RHONDA GLENN: On 16, a very makeable birdie putt to halve the hole.
ANGELA PARK: It broke a lot, actually. I looked left edge, and it was like a centimeter left of the hole. I putted again and read more break and it went in.
RHONDA GLENN: How long was the putt, would you say? Two and a half, three feet?
ANGELA PARK: Three feet.
Q. Did you feel that the 10 was a big turning point obviously when she holed that for eagle there?
ANGELA PARK: When that went in, I was like, okay, I'm going to have to work really hard on this nine, because I put it to two feet and she holed it out. It's like, you know, that's match play, you have to go on anyways.
Q. When you were playing, were you assuming she was going to make everything like you had been the rest of the week?
ANGELA PARK: Yes, but really, my putts would not drop.
Q. Is that the difference you think in previous rounds for you?
ANGELA PARK: Yes, like I didn't three-putt at all, but I didn't make the birdie putts that I really needed to catch up with her. So I think I let that slip by a little bit.
Q. Did you see any difference in Morgan's game this year than last year? You play a lot of the same tournaments with her.
ANGELA PARK: I don't know, she's always been a really good putter. I've always seen her putt really well, but I think she's not really accurate with her irons. She'll go for it, I think that's where she's improved a lot.
RHONDA GLENN: 16 was a very difficult hole location on the downslope.
ANGELA PARK: I saw her hit and I was like, maybe I could pull out like a hole-in-one, one from like 50, 60 yards.
RHONDA GLENN: Congratulations on your play this week.
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.