A Look At The Women's Amateur Quarterfinalists

Jennie Arseneault, 18, of Grinnell, Iowa

Playing in her first U.S. Women’s Amateur … was exempt after qualifying for the 2006 U.S. Women’s Open, where she missed the cut … played in the 2004 U.S. Girls’ Junior, where she lost in the second round … represented Iowa at the 2005 USGA Women’s State Team Championship … the 2004 and 2005 Iowa Women’s Amateur champion … counts among her other victories the 2003 and 2004 Little Peoples, the 2004 AJGA Midwest Junior and the 2004 IJGT Championship … an AJGA honorable mention in 2004 and second-team honoree in 2005 … advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2006 Women’s Western Amateur … played on the victorious 2005 Junior Solheim and the West Canon Cup team … has a career-low round of 65, shot at the 2005 Iowa Amateur … will be a sophomore at the University of Virginia … daughter of David and Ellie … her father is her caddie at the Women’s Amateur … has one brother, David … birth date: May 17, 1988.

Lindy Duncan, 15, of Plantation, Fla.

Playing in her first U.S. Women’s Amateur … has played in two U.S. Girls Juniors … advanced to the third round in 2006, and lost in the first round in 2005 … was medalist at her 2006 local U.S. Women’s Open qualifier … won the 2006 AJGA TPC Tampa Bay and finished second at the 2006 AJGA Mirasol … was the 2005 Sun-Sentinel and Miami Herald Girls Athlete of the Year for golf … has a career-low round of 66, shot at Lago Mar in November of 2005 … made a hole in one on her home course using a range ball … attends the University of Miomio Online High School … daughter of Debbie Beckett and David Duncan … has one sister, McKenzie … birth date: Jan. 16, 1991.

Ayaka Kaneko, 16, of Honolulu, Hawaii

Qualified for the 2006 U.S. Women’s Open, where she missed the cut … advanced to the third round in the 2005 U.S. Women's Amateur, where she lost, 1 up, to Maria Jose Uribe … was runner-up in the 2005 Jennie K. Wilson Championship (lost in playoff) ... named the 2005 Hawaii State Jr. Golf Association Player of the Year ... earned a sponsor's exemption in the 2006 LPGA Takefuji Classic and Shop Rite Classic ... finished tied 77th in the Shop Rite Classic ... keeps a coin given to her by David Ishi, a professional golfer and her coach, as a lucky charm ... born in Tokyo, Japan … will be a junior at Sacred Hearts Academy … daughter of Katsumi and Reiko … her father is her caddie at the Women’s Amateur … has one sister, Ayumi … birth date: Jan. 24, 1990.

Kimberly Kim, 14, of Hilo, Hawaii

Is playing in her fourth USGA event this year … also played in the U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links, where she was the runner-up; the Women’s Open, where she was the youngest to make the cut; and the Girls’ Junior, where she lost in the second round … also played in the U.S. 2004 and 2005 Girls' Juniors and the 2003 U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links (2003) ...Two-time winner of the Junior World Championship (2000, 2004)...became the youngest to win an AJGA championship when she won the 2004 Sun Willows Junior as a 12 year old … lowest round recorded is a 65 at the Westfield Junior PGA qualifier held at Turtle Bay Resort on Oahu ... one hole-in one, at 11 years old at Waiakaloa Kings 6th hole with a 6-iron from 160 yards out ... just moved to the Phoenix area, where she will be a sophomore at Queen Creek High School … moved from Hawaii to make it easier to compete in national tournaments on the mainland … daughter of Arlene Kim and Young Soo … has one sister, Christine … birth date: Aug. 23, 1991.

Jennie Lee, 19, Huntington Beach, Calif.

Advanced to the quarterfinals of the U.S. Women’s Amateur for the second consecutive year … lost to eventual champion Morgan Pressel in the quarterfinals a year ago … advanced to the second round of the 2005 U.S. Women’s Am … a member of the USA’s victorious 2006 Curtis Cup team … clinched the winning point for the USA with her singles victory over the GB&I’s Melissa Reid … went 2-0 in singles and 0-1 in foursomes at the Curtis Cup … finished second at the 2006 NCAA Division I Championship … made the cut at the 2004 U.S. Women’s Open and also qualified for the 2006 Women’s Open, where she missed the cut … reached the quarterfinals of the 2005 U.S. Women’s Amateur before falling to eventual champion Morgan Pressel … earned honorable mention NGCA All-America and first-team ACC honors for 2005-06 … won six AJGA events during her junior years, including the 2004 Polo Junior Classic … played on two Canon Cup teams … enjoys playing the piano … a sophomore at Duke University in 2006-07 … born in Seoul, Korea but is now a U.S. citizen … birth date: Nov. 6, 1986.

Stacy Lewis, 21, of The Woodlands, Texas

Playing in her second USGA event … missed the cut at the 2001 Girls’ Junior … won the 2005 SEC Championship as a freshman … won the 2006 Women’s Western Amateur with a 9-and-7 victory over Jennifer Hong … lost in the semifinals of the 2006 North and South Amateur runner-up at the 2006 Women’s Southern Amateur … won the 2006 Harder Hall Invitational … earned first-team all-National Golf Coaches Association honors in 2004-05 and an honorable mention nod in 2005-06… earned first-team All-SEC honors in 2004-05 and 2005-06 and was the conference Freshman of the Year in 2004-05 … a two-time Academic All-American, in 2005 and 2006 … has one hole-in-one, which she made at The Woodlands Country Club in 2001 … has a career-low round of 66, shot twice, including the NCAA Championship in May … had back surgery in June of 2003 and could not play golf for six months … will be junior at the University of Arkansas … daughter of Dale and Carol … her father is her caddie at the Women’s Amateur … has two sisters, Beth and Janet … birth date: Feb. 16, 1985.

Katharina Schallenberg, 26, of Germany

Playing in her first USGA event … won the 2005 and 2006 International German Amateur Championships … also a two-time winner of the German Match Play Championship, in 2005 and 2006 … won the 2006 Sherry Cup … was the runner-up at the 2006 St. Rules Trophy at St. Andrews and finished fifth at the Ladies British Amateur Open … has recorded two holes-in-one, both at the same event – the German Team Championship, a match-play event, in 2005 and 2006 … has a career-low round of 65, shot in Italy … attended the University of Paderborn … graduated as a bank clerk and worked an apprenticeship in a bank … daughter of Heinrich and Elisabeth … has two sisters, Franziska and Angela … birth date: July 27, 1980.

Eileen Vargas, 21, of Colombia

Playing in her second U.S. Women’s Amateur … lost in the first round at the 2005 championship … missed the cut at the 2005 U.S. Women’s Open by one stroke … a three-time Colombian Open champion, in 1999, 2000 and 2001 … also a three-time winner of the AJGA Junior World, in 1994, 1995 and 2001 … won the 2005 New Mexico Dick McGuire … runner-up at the 2004 Las Vegas Invitational … finished fourth at the 2006 NCAA Championship … won the 2000 Andes Cup … a three-time Colombia Player of the Year, in 1999, 2000 and 2001 … the Colombian Female Athlete of the Year in 2001 … has one hole-in-one, at Macarena Country Club in 2001 … has a career-low round of 65, shot in 2001 at Llano Grande Country Club … will be a junior at Pepperdine University … daughter of Harvey Vargas and Edelmira Alvarez … has two sisters, Paola and Daniela … birth date: Nov. 6, 1984.

 

 

 

 
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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