Medalist, Defending Champion Lead Second-Round Winners
Roswell, Ga. – Stroke-play medalist and reigning U.S. Girls’ Junior champion In-Kyung Kim and defending champion Jane Park were among the winners during Thursday morning’s second round of match play at the 105th U.S. Women’s Amateur, being played at Ansley Golf Club’s 6,341-yard, par-72 Settindown Creek Course.
Kim, 17, of Korea, needed 19 holes to beat Canada’s Laura Matthews, 25, while Park, 18, of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., had a much easier time in her 6-and-5 victory over Kimberly Donovan, 16, of Hopkinton, Mass.
Also advancing was 17-year-old Morgan Pressel of Boca Raton, Fla., who needed 19 holes to outlast Mina Harigae, 15, of Monterey, Calif. Pressel, the 2005 U.S. Women’s Open runner-up, avenged a loss in 19 holes to Harigae in the quarterfinals of the 2003 U.S. Girls’ Junior.
The match was an amazing display of shot making. Through the first 18 holes, both players were five under par (with the usual match-play concessions).
“It was a lot of fun,” said Pressel. “We both played extremely well. We were halving holes with birdies. I just hung in there.”
All square as they played the par-4 18th hole, Harigae missed a 10-foot birdie putt that would have given her the match. On the 19th hole, the par-5 first hole, Harigae pushed her tee shot into the right rough and was only able to advance her ball 15 yards. Pressel, meanwhile, was safely on the green in three, with an 18-footer for birdie. When Harigae missed her 20-foot par putt, she conceded the hole, and the match, to Pressel.
“That’s probably the best I’ve played this summer,” said Harigae. “She made the putts that she had to. She’s a great putter. She knows when she has to make it and she makes it. Not many players can pull that off.”
Pressel will face Jane Rah, 14, of Torrance, Calif., in Thursday afternoon’s third round. Rah ousted 2002 Girls’ Junior champion, In-Bee Park, 17, of Las Vegas, Nev. One other USGA champion was eliminated Thursday morning. Annie Thurman-Young of Highland, Utah, the 2002 U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links champion, lost to Venezuela’s Maru Martinez, 4 and 3.
Amanda McCurdy, 21, of El Dorado, Ark., the runner-up to Park a year ago, easily advanced with a 6-and-5 win over Amy Schmucker, of Cold Spring, Minn. Virginia Grimes, 41, of Montgomery, Ala., the 1998 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur champion, as well as a two-time USA Curtis Cupper, also moved on to the afternoon’s third round, 3 and 2 over Christi Athas of Eldora, Iowa.
Play continues Thursday with the third round. Match play continues throughout the week and ends with the 36-hole final on Sunday.
The Women’s Amateur is one of 13 conducted by the United States Golf Association. Ten are strictly for amateurs.
Story written by Beth Murrison of the USGA. E-mail her with questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Roswell, Ga. – Results from the second round of match play Thursday at the 2005 U.S. Women’s Amateur, being held at Ansley Golf Club’s 6,341-yard, par-72 Settindown Creek Course.
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
Roswell, Ga. – Pairings for the third round of match play Thursday at the 2005 U.S. Women’s Amateur, being held at Ansley Golf Club’s 6,341-yard, par-72 Settindown Creek Course.
Round of 16
1:15 p.m. In-Kyung Kim, Korea (139) vs. Jane Park, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. (146)
1:25 p.m. Nannette Hill, Pelham Manor, N.Y. (150) vs. Angela Park, Torrance, Calif. (144)
1:35 p.m. Jennie Lee, Huntington Beach, Calif. (141) vs. Amanda McCurdy, El Dorado, Ark. (145)
1:45 p.m. Morgan Pressel, Boca Raton, Fla. (142) vs. Jane Rah, Torrance, Calif. (152)
1:55 p.m. Maria Uribe, Colombia (149) vs. Ayaka Kaneko, Honolulu, Hawaii (146)
2:05 p.m. Ryann O'Toole, San Clemente, Calif. (153) vs. Alison Whitaker, Australia (151)
2:15 p.m. Maru Martinez, Venezuela (149) vs. Virginia Grimes, Montgomery, Ala. (145)
2:25 p.m. Lorraine Ballerano, Myrtle Beach, S.C. (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.