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.