Interesting Women's Amateur Storylines

 

Susannah Aboff, 19, Huntington, N.Y. – Attends Princeton, will graduate in 2009.  Won the 2007 Trans-National.

Kate Ackerson, 19, Dallas, Texas – Her high school team won the Texas 5-A championship.  Her mother, Susan is her caddie.

Shelley Anderson, 33, Clarkesville, Tenn. – She’s a single mother with a 3 1/2 –year-old daughter.  She works as a private investigator.

Christi Athas, 21, Eldora, Iowa – Iowa State senior.  Her dad, Harry, is her caddie.  Won the Iowa High School Championship three years in a row.  Won various academic awards.

Youn Hee Bae, 20, Cetreville, Va. – Her golf pro, Hong Kim, is her caddie.  She’s a citizen of Korea. 

Lorraine Ballerano, 21, Myrtle Beach, S.C. – An office manager, she just graduated from North Carolina State.  Her dad, Robert, is her caddie.  She was on the Atlantic Coast Conference Honor Roll.

Amanda Blumenherst, 19, Scottsdale, Ariz. – Member of the USA Curtis Cup team.  John Wright, a friend, is her caddie.  Won the 2005 Women’s Western Amateur.  Every year her family conducts the “Blumenherst Open” and everyone plays, from her great-grandparents to her 5-year-old cousin.

Elise Brandt, 21, Langley, B.C. – Will graduate from Lynn University in 2007.  Her boyfriend, Hoyt McGarity, is her caddie and plays golf for the men’s team at Lynn.

Brianna Broderick, 21, Richmond, Mo. – She was a speed skater in national competition while growing up.

Jaclyn Burch, 21, Satellite Beach, Fla. – An incoming senior at Florida State University.  Either her mother or father will caddie for her.

Charlotte Campbell, 22, Heathron, Fla. – Graduated this year from Rollins.  Won 10 collegiate tournaments, played in the Women’s Open.  Has rhinestone golf shoes.

RemiJin Camping, 19, Hollywood, Fla. – Incoming junior at Barry Univ.  Says her first name “was a mistake, but turned out fine.”  She’s Phillipino-American.  Allergic to chocolate.

Emily Childs, 16, Alameda, Calif. – Her father, John, is her caddie. She had a 3.8 GPA and won the Scholastic/Athletic Award in 2005.

Irene Cho, 21, La Habra, Calif. – Is in her fifth year at USC.  She was low amateur at the European professional event, the KLM Open.  Won 2006 Honda Award as top female collegiate golfer.  Won the NCAA West Regional.  First team All-American.

Esther Choe, 16, Scottsdale, Ariz. - Qualified for Women’s Open but missed cut.  Ben Choe, her brother, is her caddie.  She was a competitive figure skater for four years before turning to golf.  Played a practice round with Annika Sorenstam before 2005 Women’s Open, her most memorable golf experience.

Mari Chun, 18, Pearl City, Hawaii – Attends Stanford.  Medalist in the 2004 U.S  Girls’ Junior and 2005 Women’s Amateur Public Links.  Hawaii Women’s Match Play champion this year.

Carlota Ciganda, 16, Pamplona,  Spain.  - Citizen of Spain.  Qualified by virtue of the 2004 European championship, which she won.  Won the amateur championships of France and Spain.

Cydney Clanton, 17, Concord, N.C. – Still a high school student.  Father Bobby will caddie for her.  Enjoys playing all sports.

Kasey Claussen, 17, Fort Collins, Colo. – Says she shares her birth date with Bill Clinton. Won the Honor-Athlete Award in high school 2003-2006.  Wears lucky socks for tournament play.

Amanda Costner, 21, Claremore, Okla. -  Incoming senior at University of Kansas.  Kevin Costner is a distant cousin and she has a cat named Seabisquit.  Plays guitar and drums.

Claire Coughlan, 26, Cork, Ireland.  - Citizen of Ireland.  Member of the 2006 GB&I Curtis Cup team.  She’s a gym instructor and lifeguard.  Runner-up in 2005 British Ladies Open Amateur.

Angela Daykin, 30, Thunder Bay, Canada – Runner-up in the Manitoba Women’s Amateur.

Deborah Marie De Villa, 15, the Philippines, where she is a citizen – Won the 2006 Philippines Ladies Open and runner-up in the Malaysian Ladies Open.

Lindy Duncan, 15, Plantation, Fla. – Qualified for the U.S. Girls’ Junior in 2005 and 2006.  Also qualified for this championship and got through local qualifying of Women’s Open.

Naomi Edwards, 23, North Yorkshire, England – Member of the 2006 GB&I Curtis Cup team.  Shot 67 in the Scottish Open at Troon.  Won the Welsh Stroke-Play Championship in 2006.  Won the 2005 English Mid-Amateur.

Kathleen Ekey, 19, Wadsworth, Ohio – Won the 2005 Ohio Women’s Amateur.  Furman University’s MVP in 2006.

Courtney Ellenbogen, 15, Blacksburg, Va. – Qualified for Girls’ Junior and Women’s Amateur in 2005.  Her father played pro football.  She won the 2006 Virginia Girls’ Junior.

Amy Eneroth, 19, Spokane, Wash. – Incoming sophomore at Washington State.  Qualified for Girls’ Junior in 2003 and 2004, and for 2005 Women’s Amateur.  Says she’s a little clumsy.

Lauren Espinosa, 19, Hickory Creek, Texas – Qualified for Women’s Open but missed cut.  This is her seventh USGA championship.  Her golf coach since the age of 14, C.J. Goecks, is her caddie.  She likes to fish.

Beth Felts, 20, Chattanooga, Tenn. – She birdied the last hole to qualify.  Chattanooga Women’s Amateur champ in 2000.  Won 10 high school championships.

Whitney Frykman, 20, Alworth, Ga. – This is her third USGA championship.  She’s a junior at Purdue.  She’s a member of a business fraternity, Alpha Kappa Psi, and was Big 10 Freshman of the Year in 2005.

Sandra Gal, 21, of Germany – Incoming junior at the University of Florida.  Qualified for the U.S. Women’s Open.  Finished 4th in the NCAA Championship.  All-American in 2006.  Plays the violin.

Casey Gee, 19, Sacramento, Calif. – Will be a junior at the University of San Francisco.  Her mother, Julie Chinn, is her caddie.  She was on the dean’s list in 2004-2006.

Annie Giangrosso, 20, Overland Park, Kansas – Will be a junior at the University of Kansas.  Won the Kansas Women’s Amateur.  Plays the “Tiger Woods” game on Playstation.

Martina Gillen, 24, Ireland - Graduated from Kent State.  Member of the 2006 GB&I Curtis Cup team.  Won the Irish Strokeplay in 2006.

Megan Grehan, 17, Mamaroneck, N.Y. – Attends of Convent of the Sacred Heart.  This is her fourth USGA championship. Won the New York Women’s Amateur in 2002 and 2003.

Virginia Derby Grimes, 42, Meridian, Miss., -- Three time member of the USA Curtis Cup team, including 1998, 2000 and 2006 team.  Won the U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur in 1998 and was a member of the winning Alabama team in the 1997 USGA State Team Championship.  Graduate of Auburn University.  Won many titles, including the Southern and South Atlantic.

Anna Grzebien, 21, Narragansett, R.I. – Incoming Senior at Duke.  Played golf with Michael Jordan and practiced with Brad Faxon.  Won Northeast Women’s Amateur in 2004 and 2006.

Nicole Hage, 21, Coral Springs, Fla. – Incoming senior at Auburn.  Team won SEC in 2005.  Three-time All-American.  Says she’s very superstitious.

Mina Harigae, 16, Monterey, Calif. – Reached the semifinals of the U.S. Girls’ Junior in 2003 and this summer.  Has played with Tom Watson and Tom Kite.  Made third round of this championship in 2004.

Dana Harrity, 47, North Hampton, New Hampshire – First qualified for this championship in 1983.  This is her fourth Women’s Amateur.  She’s a buyer for Candia Woods Golf Links.  Twelve-time New Hampshire Women’s Amateur champion.

Sarah Harvey, 18, Forest, Va. – She also played in 2006 U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links.

Paige Haverty, 22, Greenville, N.C. – She’s golf assistant at the Currituck Club.  Qualified with a 66 in the Women’s Open local qualifying.  Won 13 college tournaments and 13 is her lucky number.

Nannette Hill, 19, Pelham Manor, N.Y. – She’ll be a sophomore at Wake Forest, where she’s on the Dean’s List.  This is her fifth Women’s Amateur.  Advanced to the round of 16 last year.  Likes to wear her Wake Forest hat.

Kay Hoey, 19, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. – Will be a junior at Long Beach State.  Her college teammate, Beth Holtermann, is her caddie.  Won back to back college tournaments.  Wears a lucky bracelet saying, “Golf is Life.”

Jen Hong, 19, Evanston, Ill. – Will be an incoming sophomore at Northwestern. Won the 2005 Women’s Western Amateur and was a finalist this year.  Academic All-American.

Lauren Hunt, 19, Little River, S.C. – Sophomore at U. of N.C.  Her teammate and best friend, Sydney Crane, is her caddie.  She says she loves to color.  “I usually color before late-afternoon rounds to occupy my time and free my mind.  Won the 2005 Carolina Women’s Amateur.

Mi Jung Hur, 16, Korea – High School student.  Qualified with four birdies in the last nine holes.  Member of the Korean national team.  Says she drinks a lot of milk.

Vicky Hurst, 16, Melbourne, Fla. – High school student.  This is her second Women’s Amateur.  Qualified for Women’s Open through tropical storm Alberto.  Florida Women’s State Golf Association Junior Player of the Year in 2005.  Plays billiards, soccer, speed bag, basketball and tennis.

Jang Hana, 14, Korea – Middle school student.  Likes to ski and ride horses.  Won the Korean Girls’ Junior.  Likes Tae Kwan do.

Michelle Jarman, 21, Wilmington, N.C. -- She’s a graduate student at the University of North Carolina.  Qualified for the 2006 Women’s Open.  Loves gossip magazines.  Three-time runnerup in the Carolina Women’s Match Play Championship.

Tiffany Joh, 19, San Diego, Calif. – Won the 2006 U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links.  Incoming sophomore at UCLA.  Says she has the reflexes of a very old and slow cat.  Says she is Jane Park’s official chauffer and foot slave.

Emily Johnson, 17, Warsaw, Ind. – Will be a high school senior.  Won the sectional qualifying medals for the Girls’ Junior and Women’s Amateur this year.  Was the first freshman to win the Indiana Girls’ High School Championship.  Says one of her hobbies is eating.

Katie Johnson, 21, Lexington, Kentucky – Will be a senior at the University of Kentucky.  Was on the SEC Honor Roll.

Lauren Michelle Johnson, 19, The Woodlands, Texas – She’ll be a sophomore at Texas A & M.  Grew up in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia.  Learned to play golf on a sand and oil golf course.  Academic All-American.

Ayaka Kaneko, 16, Japan – Lives in Honolulu.  Was in top 16 in last Women’s Amateur. Hawaii’s 2005 State Junior Golf Association Player of the Year.  Her coach, David Ishii, gave her a lucky coin.  Likes reading Japanese comic books.

Taylore Karle, 16, Scottsdale, Ariz. – was medalist in 2005 U.S. Girls’ Junior.  Plays the piano to relax.  Stellar performer in junior events.  Made the Dean’s List with a 4.0 GPA this year.  Member of the USA 2006 Curtis Cup team.

Katie Kempter, 19, Albuquerque, N.M. – Incoming sophomore at the University of Denver.  Won the New Mexico State 5A Championship.  Was Sundia High School drum major in 2005.  Has a tortoise necklace that reminds her to “keep it slow and steady.”

Victoria Kidder, 18, Boston, Mass. –Will be a freshman at the University of Richmond.  Won High Distinction academically in 2003, 2004, 2006,  Red Sox fan

Alice Kim, 21, Beverly Hills, Calif. – This is her fifth USGA championship.  Incoming senior at Northwestern University.

In Kyung Kim, 18, Korea – High school student.  Won the 2005 U.S. Girls’ Junior.  Quarterfinalist in 2005 Women’s Amateur. Studying English as her second language.

Kimberly Kim, 17, Pahea, Hawaii – Runner-up in the 2006 U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links.  Qualified for the Women’s Open.  Loves any sport.

Mindy Kim, 17, Korea – High School student.  Qualified for the U.S. Girls’ Junior.  Lives in Diamond Bar, Calif.  Won the 2006 L.A. City Championship.

Rebecca Kim, 18, Tigard, Ore. – Incoming freshman at Duke. Won three straight 4-A state high school championships.

Stacey Kim, 15, Columbus, Ga. – This is her 4th USGA championship.  High School student.  Has a 4.0 GPA.

Mackinzie Kline, 14, Encinitas, Calif. – Used an oxygen bottle between shots during qualifying and was given a special permission to use a motorized golf cart by the USGA in this championship because of a heart defect.  Spokesperson for the Children’s Heart Foundation.

Ashley Knoll, 21, The Woodlands, Texas – Incoming senior at Texas A & M.  Made the cut at the Women’s Open.

Stephanie Kono, 16, Honolulu, Hawaii – Student at the Punahou School in Hawaii.  Quarterfinalist in the Girls’ Junior.  Qualified for the Women’s Open. 2006 Hawaii High School Champion.

Diana Kwon, 16, Freemont, Calif. – High School student. Won the San Francisco city championship in 2006.

Diane Lang, 51, Weston, Fla. – Graduate of Florida Atlantic University (1980).  Made the cut in the 1985 Women’s Open.  Current USGA Senior Women’s Amateur Champion. Former professional from Jamaica. Reinstated as an amateur in 1989.  Realtor.

Meaghan Leblanc, 21, Canada – Graduate this year of Bradley University.  Tied for sixth in the Canadian Amateur.

Jennie Lee, 19, Henderson, Nev. – Member of the 2006 USA Curtis Cup team.  Incoming sophomore at Duke University.  Quarterfinalist in 2005 Women’s Amateur.  Plays the piano.

Joanne Lee, 17, San Carlos, Calif. – Qualified for the Women’s Open. Won the 2005 Northern California Junior Girls’ Championship.

Seo-Jae Lee, 17, Korea – High school student.  Used to play golf in the snow in Korea. 2006 Korean Junior Girls’ Champion.  Likes to roller blade and ski.

Isabelle Lendl, 15, Bradenton, Fla. – One of five daughters of tennis great Ivan Lendl.  Lost in the third round of match play in the 2006 U.S. Girls’ Junior.  Has won several junior tournaments.  She’s a twin (Caroline).

Taylor Leon, 19, Dallas, Texas – Member of the 2006 USA Curtis Cup team.  Sophomore at the Univ. of Ga.  Quarterfinalist at the 2004 U.S. Girls’ Junior.  Won Women’s Southern Amateur and 2005 Doherty.

Stacy Lewis, 21, The Woodlands, Texas – Junior at University of Arkansas.  Won Women’s Western and runner-up in Women’s Southern.  Won Harder Hall Invitational in 2006.  Academic All-American last two years.

Tzu-Chi Lin, 16, Taiwan – High School student.  Won the 2005 Taiwan Women’s Amateur.

Amy Loughney, 20, Macungie, Pa. – Junior at Bucknell.  All-Big South Academic Team this year.  Has an aversion to green vegetables.  Waitress at Friendly’s.  Solves puzzles like Sudoku.

Laura Luethke, 19, Clovis, Calif. - Junior at Fresno States.

Paige Mackenzie, 23, Yakima, Wash. -- Graduate of U. of Washington. Member of USA Curtis Cup team. Won the 2005 Trans-National.  Likes peanut butter and bananas on toast every morning for good luck.

Jill Marcum, 20, Clarinda, Iowa – Junior at University of Iowa.  Member of the Student Advisory Committee. Second in the Iowa Women’s Amateur but won the Iowa State High School Championship in 2004.

Allison Martin, 20, Waco, Texas – Played in four U.S. Girls’ Junior Championships (2000-2003).  Semifinalist in 2002.  Senior at Baylor.

Kiran Matharu, 17, England – Member of the GB&I 2006 Curtis Cup team.  Second in the 2005 Junior Orange Bowl.

Catherine Matranga, 20, Fort Worth, Texas – Senior at TCU.  Qualified for U.S. Girls’ Junior.

Megan McChrystal, 18, Stuart, Fla. – High school student.

Sydney Michaels, 18, Temecula, Calif. – Student at UCLA.  Quarterfinalist in 2005 Girls’ Junior.  Loves theater and performing.

Lauren Mielbrecht, 19, Gulf Steam, Fla. – Goes to University of Virginia.  All-Atlantic Coast Conference Team.  Won 2002 Fla. State High School Championship.

Christina Miller, 14, Bradenton, Fla. – In ninth grade at Bradenton Prep Academy.  Was a competitive figure skater for six years before turning to golf three years ago.

Katie Miller, 21, Jeannette, Pa. – Senior at UNC. On Student Athlete Advisory Council. 
Won 3 Pennsylvania State High School Championships.   Tied for 3rd in the Eastern Women’s Amateur.

Adrienne Millican, 23, Fuquay Varina, N.C. – Graduate of East Carolina Univ.  Advanced to Women’s Western Amateur quarterfinals.   Likes to fish.

Miho Murata, 30, Japan – Lives in Champions Gate, Fla. Graduate of the University of Washington.  Just started playing golf three years ago. Was medalist at her local qualifying site.

Whitney Myers, 20, East Berlin, Pa. – Sophomore at the University of Florida.  Played in 2003 Junior Solheim Cup.

Nonko Nakazaki, 21, Hanover Park, Ill. – Senior at Notre Dame. Gave up the violin, viola and piano to focus on golf.  Runner-up in the Big East Conference tournament.

Rachel Newren, 21, Sandy, Utah – Played in Girls’ Junior at Pumpkin Ridge. Loves to dance. Won Utah Women’s Amateur in 2005.

Angela Oh, 17, Maple Shade, N.J. – This is her fifth USGA championship. Won New Jersey Girls’ Championship in 2005 and 2006.

Jennifer Osborn, 19, Huntington Beach, Calif. – Sophomore at Arizona State.  Qualified for 2004 Women’s Amateur.  Won 2005 California Women’s Amateur.

Jane Park, 19, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. – Finished freshman year at UCLA.  2004 U.S. Women’s Amateur Champion, runner-up in 2003.  Finalist in 2003 U.S. Girls’ Junior.  Tied for low amateur in 2006 U.S. Women’s Open.  Member of 2004 and 2006 USA Curtis Cup team.  Her cousin, Jung Park, is her caddie.  Led 2006 Women’s Open after first round.

Kerry Postillion, 42, Burr Ridge, Ill. – Runner-up in 1996 and 2005 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur.  Former professional.  Won four Illinois Women’s Amateur Championships.

Corinna Rees, 17, Pebble Beach, Calif. – This is her first USGA championship.  Birdied the last hole to qualify.  Was on the boys high school golf team and captain in her junior and senior year.  Team was fourth in Northern California championship.  Wears bracelets supporting Darfur awareness and support, and two for support of fight against cancer.

Michelle Regan, 20, Prairie Village, Kan. – Won duck calling contest at age 4. Kansas Women’s Amateur champ at age 16.  Played with Tom Watson in a tournament.  Member of an All-State Soccer team and All-State softball team as well as All-State golf team.

Shannon Rouillard, 33, Eugene, Ore. – Women’s golf coach at Univ. of Oregon, ten years after she was a walk-on.  Has a 3-year-old son.  First major amateur event since mid-1990s.

Onnarin Sattayabanphot, 22, Thailand – Born in Bangkok.  Lives in West Lafayette, Ind. Graduated this year from Purdue. Finalist in 2005 Women’s Western Amateur.  Didn’t learn to speak English until coming to the University, but was All-Academic All-American in 2006.

Katharina Schallenberg, 26, Germany – Apprenticed in a bank.  Won 2005 German Women’s Amateur.

Amy Schmucker, 22, Cold Springs, Minn. – This is her fourth USGA Championship.  She’d love to have her own cooking show one day.  Senior at University of Michigan.

Dewi Clarre Schreefel, 20, Netherlands – Junior at USC.  Won 2006 NCAA Individual Championship.  Won Dutch Junior Open in 2005.  Also plays field hockey.

Jenny Shin, 13, Torrance, Calif. – Second youngest winner of U.S. Girls’ Junior (2006).  Incoming high school freshman.  Won 2nd place in a singing contest.

 

 

 

 
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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