Fact Sheet

2006 United States Women’s Amateur Championship
Aug. 7 – 13, 2006
Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club
North Plains, Ore.

HISTORY: The United States Women’s Amateur is one of the United States Golf Association’s original three championships. It was first conducted in 1895, shortly after the inaugural U.S. Amateur and U.S. Open. The Women’s Amateur has since been conducted every year except 1917-18, when it was temporarily suspended because of World War I, and 1942-45, when it was suspended because of World War II.

PAR & YARDAGE: Yardage for the Witch Hollow course of Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club will be set at 3,325-3,055/3091 – 6,380/6,416, par 71. The par-3 tenth hole can be played from one of two yardages, 158 yards or 194 yards, which accounts for the differing total yardages.

USGA COURSE RATING™ AND SLOPE RATING® — The USGA Course Rating for Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club at 6,380 yards is 79.1; Slope Rating is 148. At 6,416 yards, the Course Rating is 79.3; Slope Rating is 149.

ARCHITECT: The Witch Hollow course at Pumpkin Ridge was designed by golf architect Bob Cupp and opened in 1992.

PUMPKIN RIDGE’S WITCH HOLLOW COURSE HOLE-BY-HOLE:

No. 1, 379 yards, par 4; No. 2, 169 yards, par 3; No. 3, 382 yards, par 4; No. 4, 501 yards, par 5; No. 5, 163 yards, par 3; No. 6, 411 yards, par 4; No. 7, 562 yards, par 5; No. 8, 360 yards, par 4; No. 9, 398 yards, par 4. Front nine, 3,325 yards, par 36. No. 10, 158/194 yards, par 3; No. 11, 531 yards, par 5; No. l2, 127 yards, par 3; No. 13, 387 yards, par 4; No. 14, 393 yards, par 4; No. 15, 141 yards, par 3; No. 16, 405 yards, par 4; No. 17, 419 yards, par 4; No. 18, 494 yards, par 5. Back nine, 3,055/3,091, par 35. Total yardage, 6,380/6,416, par 71.

FORMAT: The Women’s Amateur is conducted with 36 holes of stroke-play qualifying. The low 64 scorers then advance to match play, with the champion determined by a 36-hole match-play final

CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE:

Monday, Aug. 7 – First round, stroke play (18 holes)
Tuesday, Aug. 8 – Second round, stroke play (18 holes). After conclusion of the 36 holes, the field will be cut to the low 64 scorers, who will advance to match play.
Wednesday, Aug. 9 – First round, match play (18 holes)
Thursday, Aug. 10 – Second round, match play (18 holes); Third round, match play (18 holes)
Friday, Aug. 11 – Quarterfinals, match play (18 holes)
Saturday, Aug. 12 – Semifinals, match play (18 holes)
Sunday, Aug. 13 – Final, match play (36 holes)

WHO CAN ENTER: The championship is open to female amateurs who have USGA handicap indexes not exceeding 5.4.

ENTRIES: When entries closed June 21, a record 969 contestants had entered the championship. The previous record entry was 873 in 2005.

THE CHAMPION RECEIVES:

  • A gold medal and custody of the Robert Cox Cup for the ensuing year.
  • A 10-year exemption from sectional qualifying for future U.S. Women’s Amateur Championships.
  • A 10-year exemption from sectional qualifying for future U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Championships, if otherwise eligible.
  • A 10-year exemption from sectional qualifying for future U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links Championships, if otherwise eligible.
  • An exemption from local and sectional qualifying for the next two U.S. Women’s Open Championships, if still an amateur.
  • An exemption from local qualifying for future U.S. Women’s Open Championships, if still an amateur.
  • An exemption from sectional qualifying for future USGA Senior Women’s Amateur Championships, if otherwise eligible.

2005 RECAP: Morgan Pressel, 17, of Boca Raton, defeated Maru Martinez, 21, of Venezuela, 9 and 8, in the final at the Settindown Creek Course of Ansley Golf Club in Roswell, Ga.

It was Pressel’s first victory in a USGA championship. She tied for second in the 2005 U.S. Women’s Open. Pressel has since turned professional and Martinez is a student at Auburn University.

EXEMPT PLAYERS – There are 45 players fully exempt into the field for the 2006 U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship. They are (with exemption categories in parenthesis):

Jennie Arseneault of Grinnell, Iowa – 2006 U.S. Women’s Open qualifier
Lorraine Ballerano of Myrtle Beach, S.C. – 2005 Women’s Amateur round of 16
Amanda Blumenherst of Scottsdale, Ariz. – 2006 USA Curtis Cup team; 2006 U.S. Women’s Open qualifier
Charlotte Campbell of Heathrow, Fla. – 2006 U.S. Women’s Open qualifier
Irene Cho of La Habra, Calif. – 2006 USA Curtis Cup team alternate
Esther Choe of Scottsdale, Ariz. – 2006 U.S. Women’s Open qualifier
Carlota Ciganda of Spain – 200X International European Ladies champion
Claire Coughlan of Ireland – 2006 GB&I Curtis Cup team
Naomi Edwards of England – 2006 GB&I Curtis Cup team
Lauren Espinosa of Hickory Creek, Texas – 2006 U.S. Women’s Open qualifier
Martina Gillen of Ireland – 2006 GB&I Curtis Cup team
Megan Grehan of Mamaroneck, N.Y. – 2006 U.S. Women’s Open qualifier
Virginia Grimes of Meridian, Miss. – 2005 U.S. Women’s Amateur round of 16; 2006 USA Curtis Cup team
Nicole Hage of Coral Springs, Fla. – 2006 U.S. Women’s Open qualifier
Mina Harigae of Monterey, Calif. – 2006 USA Curtis Cup team alternate
Nannette Hill of Pelham Manor, N.Y. – 2005 U.S. Women’s Amateur round of 16
Vicky Hurst of Melbourne, Fla. – 2006 U.S. Women’s Open qualifier
Michelle Jarman of Wilmington, N.C. – 2006 U.S. Women’s Open qualifier
Tiffany Joh of San Diego, Calif. – 2006 U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links champion
Ayaka Kaneko of Honolulu, Hawaii – 2005 U.S. Women’s Amateur round of 16; 2006 U.S. Women’s Open qualifier
Taylore Karle of Scottsdale, Ariz. – 2006 U.S. Women’s Open qualifier
In-Kyung Kim of Korea – 2005 U.S. Women’s Amateur quarterfinalist; 2005 U.S. Girls’ Junior champion; 2006 U.S. Women’s Open qualifier
Kimberly Kim of Hilo, Hawaii – 2006 U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links runner-up; 2006 U.S. Women’s Open qualifier
Stacey Kim of Columbus, Ga. – 2006 U.S. Women’s Open qualifier
Ashley Knoll of The Woodlands, Texas – 2006 U.S. Women’s Open qualifier
Stephanie Kono of Honolulu, Hawaii – 2006 U.S. Women’s Open qualifier
Diane Lang of Weston, Fla. – 2005 USGA Senior Women’s Amateur champion
Jennie Lee of Huntington Beach, Calif. – 2005 U.S. Women’s Amateur quarterfinalist; 2006 USA Curtis Cup team; 2006 U.S. Women’s Open qualifier; 2005 U.S. Women’s Open (made cut)
Joanne Lee of San Carlos, Calif. – 2006 U.S. Women’s Open qualifier
Taylor Leon of Dallas, Texas – 2006 USA Curtis Cup team; 2006 Women’s Open qualifier
Paige Mackenzie of Yakima, Wash. – 2006 USA Curtis Cup team; 2006 U.S. Women’s Open qualifier; 2005 U.S. Women’s Open (made cut)
Maru Martinez of Venezuela – 2005 U.S. Women’s Amateur runner-up; 2004 Women’s World Amateur top eight; 2006 U.S. Women’s Open qualifier
Kiran Matthews of England – 2006 GB&I Curtis Cup team
Sydney Michaels of Temecula, Calif. – 2006 U.S. Women’s Open qualifier
Ryann O’Toole of San Clemente, Calif. – 2005 U.S. Women’s Amateur round of 16
Jane Park of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. – 2004 U.S. Women’s Amateur champion; 2003 U.S. Women’s Amateur runner-up; 2005 U.S. Women’s Amateur round of 16; 2004 and 2006 USA Curtis Cup teams; 2006 U.S. Women’s Open qualifier
Kerry Postillion of Burr Ridge, Ill. – 2005 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur runner-up
Jane Rah of Torrance, Calif. – 2005 U.S. Women’s Amateur round of 16; 2006 USA Curtis Cup team alternate; 2006 U.S. Women’s Open qualifier
Melissa Reid of England – 2006 GB&I Curtis Cup team
Dewi Claire Schreefel of The Netherlands – 2006 NCAA Division I individual champion
Jenny Shin of Torrance, Calif. - 2006 U.S. Girls' Junior champion
Jenny Suh of Fairfax, Va. – 2005 U.S. Women’s Amateur quarterfinalist; 2006 USA Curtis Cup team
Carol Semple Thompson of Sewickley, Pa. – 2005 USGA Senior Women’s Amateur runner-up
Ya-Ni Tseng of Chinese Taipei – 2004 Women’s World Amateur top eight; 2006 U.S. Women’s Open qualifier
Maria Jose Uribe of Colombia – 2005 U.S. Women’s Amateur quarterfinalist; 2006 U.S. Women’s Open qualifier
Alison Whitaker of Australia – 2005 U.S. Women’s Amateur semifinalist

PAST CHAMPIONS: Glenna Collett Vare, with six victories (1922, ’25, ’28, ‘29, ’30, ’35) leads the list of past Women’s Amateur champions, followed by JoAnne Gunderson Carner with five (1957, ’60, ’62, ’62, ‘68). Patty Berg (1938), Babe Zaharias (1946, Louise Suggs 1947), Marlene Stewart Streit (1956), Anne Quast (1958, ’61 ’63), Barbara McIntire (1959, ’64), Catherine Lacoste (1969), Carol Semple Thompson (1973), Beth Daniel (1975, ’77), Juli Inkster (1980, ’81, ’82), Pat Hurst (1990), Wendy Ward (1994), Grace Park (1998), Dorothy Delasin (1999) and Jane Park (2004).

WELCOME BACK: This will be the sixth USGA championship hosted by Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club. The 1996 U.S. Amateur, the 1997 and 2003 U.S. Women’s Open and the 2000 U.S. Junior Amateur and U.S. Girls’ Junior were previously played at the club.

TELEVISION COVERAGE: Television coverage of the championship begins with the first round of match play on The Golf Channel.

Aug. 9 – First Round 7 - 9 p.m.
Aug. 10 – Second and Third Rounds 7 - 9 p.m.
Aug. 11 – Quarterfinals 7 - 9 p.m.
Aug. 12 – Semifinals 7 - 9 p.m.
Aug. 13 – Final 7 - 9 p.m.

GROUPINGS AND STARTING TIMES: Groupings and starting times will be posted on the USGA’s Web site at www.usga.org prior to the championship.

WWW.USGA.ORG: Complete coverage and feature stories from the championship will be available on the USGA Web site, www.usga.org.

FUTURE WOMEN’S AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIPS: The U.S. Women’s Amateur will be conducted at Crooked Stick Golf Club in Carmel, Ind., Aug. 6-12 in 2007. The 2008 championship will be conducted at Eugene Country Club in Eugene, Ore., Aug. 4-10.

USGA COMMUNICATIONS/MEDIA RELATIONS CONTACTS: Prior to the championship contact Rhonda Glenn at (352) 347-1932 or Beth Murrison at (908) 234-2300.

 

 
Championship Facts

U.S. Women's Amateur

HISTORY: The United States Women’s Amateur is one of the United States Golf Association’s original three championships. It was first conducted in 1895, shortly after the inaugural U.S. Amateur and U.S. Open. The Women’s Amateur has since been conducted every year except 1917-18, when it was temporarily suspended because of World War I, and 1942-45, when it was suspended because of World War II.

PAR & YARDAGE: Yardage for the Witch Hollow course of Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club will be set at 3,325-3,055/3091 – 6,380/6,416, par 71. The par-3 tenth hole can be played from one of two yardages, 158 yards or 194 yards, which accounts for the differing total yardages.

USGA COURSE RATING™ AND SLOPE RATING® — The USGA Course Rating for Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club at 6,380 yards is 79.1; Slope Rating is 148. At 6,416 yards, the Course Rating is 79.3; Slope Rating is 149.

ARCHITECT: The Witch Hollow course at Pumpkin Ridge was designed by golf architect Bob Cupp and opened in 1992.

CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE:

Monday, Aug. 7 – First round, stroke play (18 holes)
Tuesday, Aug. 8 – Second round, stroke play (18 holes). After conclusion of the 36 holes, the field will be cut to the low 64 scorers, who will advance to match play.
Wednesday, Aug. 9 – First round, match play (18 holes)
Thursday, Aug. 10 – Second round, match play (18 holes); Third round, match play (18 holes)
Friday, Aug. 11 – Quarterfinals, match play (18 holes)
Saturday, Aug. 12 – Semifinals, match play (18 holes)
Sunday, Aug. 13 – Final, match play (36 holes)

TELEVISION COVERAGE: Television coverage of the championship begins with the first round of match play on The Golf Channel.

Aug. 9 – First Round 7 - 9 p.m.
Aug. 10 – Second and Third Rounds 7 - 9 p.m.
Aug. 11 – Quarterfinals 7 - 9 p.m.
Aug. 12 – Semifinals 7 - 9 p.m.
Aug. 13 – Final 7 - 9 p.m.

WHO CAN ENTER: The championship is open to female amateurs who have USGA handicap indexes not exceeding 5.4.

ENTRIES: When entries closed June 21, a record 969 contestants had entered the championship. The previous record entry was 873 in 2005.

 

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