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The gallery for Sunday’s final likely will be rooting for Amanda Blumenherst . She has Indiana roots and is American. Maria Jose Uribe is from Colombia and doesn’t have her family here this week. It’s just she and her coach/caddie, Pedro Rossi .


But the Hispanic grounds crew has definitely adopted Uribe as one of their own.  And she’s been a big hit with other Crooked Stick club employees. Earlier in the week, she signed photos for the staff.


And don’t be surprised to see a few Colombian flags on Sunday. Angie White , the wife of Crooked Stick member Eddie White , planned to hit a store Saturday night to purchase some Colombian flags for the grounds crew to waive for Sunday’s 36-hole final.


Colombia has never had a USGA champion, although Camilo Villegas and Marisa Baena have been runner-ups; Villegas at the 1999 U.S. Junior Amateur and Baena at the 1996 U.S. Women’s Amateur. Uribe also could be the second South American to win a USGA title this year, following Argentiina’s Angel Cabrera at the U.S. Open. Three years ago, Julieta Granada of Paraguay won the U.S. Girls’ Junior and Nicole Perrot of Chile took the 2001 U.S. Girls’ Junior.


While Korea has certainly been a dominant international force in the game, especially women’s golf, South America is producing large numbers of quality players.


Even if Uribe loses in the final, it’s likely we will hear a lot from this talented 17-year-old over the next few years. She will be a freshman at UCLA next month, bolstering what will be a very talented Bruins team with the likes of 2007 U.S. Women’s Amateur match-play qualifiers Sydnee Michaels and Tiffany Joh, along with Ryann O’Toole, who reached the quarterfinals at this year’s U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links Championship.


David Shefter

Family Matters

Having all your friends and relatives around can be a blessing and a distraction at the same time. Amanda Blumenherst is very close with her family and every summer they get together in Ft. Wayne to have the Blumie Open. That event will take place on Monday, a day after the U.S. Women’s Amateur final at Crooked Stick. This week, many family members are crammed into Amanda ’s grandparents’ house in Indianapolis .


“I get my own room, which is great,” she said. “But we have people all over the couches. I’m trying to eat breakfast and someone is on the floor next to me. And I think there’s one bathroom.”


Dinners have also been large gatherings. One night there were at least 16 people eating at one large table.


“You definitely have to plan for a two-hour dinner or a [90-minute] dinner,” said Blumenherst. “Everyone says, ‘Okay, do you want to go watch a movie?’ I said, ‘Well, I kind of want to practice a little.’ So it is everything that comes with being in a big group. Last night, I think we had a table for I think it was 16.”


David Shefter

Traveling Band

If you see a convoy of vehicles on the road headed south from Ft. Wayne to Carmel Sunday morning you can bet where they are headed: to watch Amanda Blumenherst in the final of the 2007 U.S. Women’s Amateur. Blumenherst spent part of her youth in Ft. Wayne and still has a lot of relatives in and around Indiana .


“I think a few elementary school teachers are thinking about coming,” she said after Saturday’s semifinal win over Kimberly Kim . “It will be great. I think, Erica , my little sister, and my cousin are going to make shirts. I think they want to be on TV, but it’s to support me, too.”


David Shefter

Semifinal Observations

Everyone expected the Amanda Blumenherst/Kimberly Kim match to be the closer of the two semifinals, but it looks like the Maria Jose Uribe/Ha Na Jang will be much more competitive. Blumenherst owns a 4-up lead through nine holes, while the Uribe/Jang match was all square through nine. Uribe holed a nice 10-foot birdie at No. 10 to take a 1-up lead. Jang also made an all-world par at the eighth after finding the water off the tee. She hit her third shot on the green and then made a 27-foot putt for par, while Uribe missed a 9-footer for par to lose the hole.

David Shefter


Quick Observations

Interesting that all four matches on Friday ended at the par-4 14th hole. Three finished in regulation and then Kimberly Kim beat Jennifer Song there in their extra-hole match. Because of television, the extra-hole matches started on No. 12 instead of going to the first tee like they did the first two days of match play. Kim birdied the hole both times on Friday, once in regulation to square the match and again later to win it.

The Golf Channel mentioned how poised 12-year-old Alexis Thompson has been all week. Indeed, she played like a veteran and is learning to deal with all the outside distractions of TV cameras, media and fan curiosity very well. I also remember an 11-year-old Michelle Wie beating Curtis Cupper Hilary Homeyere (now Lunke) in the second round of the 2001 U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links, 1 up, at Kemper Lakes.

I also remember 14-year-old Aree Song Wongluekiet advancing to the semifinals of the 2000 U.S. Women's Amateur at Waverly C.C. in Portland, Ore., where she gave eventuall winner Marcy Newton (now Hart) quite a tussle before losing, 1 up. Song remains the youngest player to ever reach the semifinals in the Women's Amateur.

Golf Channel Kay Cockerill made a great observation Friday when she said that when she was winning her two Women's Amateur titles, she never had to play teenagers. Her matches usually came against college juniors and seniors. That was the norm back in the 1980s. Ditto for Kellie Kuehne, who is the last player to successfully defend at thsi championship (1995-96). Kuehne was 19 when she won her second straight title. Now Kimberly Kim is on the verge of accomplishing the feat at 15. It's simply remarkable.

David Shefter


Semifinal Observations

It's interesting to see the juniors following the juniors and the college kids following the college kids. College players Tiffany Joh, Chris Brady, Lauren Hunt, Alison Walshe and Alison Whitaker were all watching the Amanda Blumenherst/Jennie Lee match. Whitaker is a Duke teammate of Blumenherst and Lee, but all the college players know each other from the various tournaments during the season.

Then you had juniors like Brianna Do watching her friends compete. She was out viewing the Mina Harigae/Maria Uribe match along with the Ha Na Jang/Alexis Thompson match.

During this year's U.S. Women's Open, many of the juniors found a game room inside the Pine Needles Lodge during the many weather delays. They ping pong and pool. That's where Thompson met Jang and even though they speak two different languages, they still enjoyed each other's company playing ping pong and pool.

In fact, Kimberly Kim had some heated ping pong games with her quarterfinal opponent Jennnifer Song, who was the low amateur at the U.S. Women's Open.

"We played for like three hours ... and she still won't admit that I beat her," said Kim with a smil. "But when we find a ping-poing table, I'll whip her (laughing)."

Song shared low-amateur honors at the Women's Open with Lee, but it's Kim who has a beat on a second consecutive Women's Amateur title. On Saturday, she'll play against 2006 Women's World Amateur teammate Blumenherst, who has looked unstoppable since surviving a 19-hole first-round match against Kristin Ingram of Pasadena, Calif.

And if you haven't had a chance to watch Uribe play, do so on Saturday. To me, she's a miniature version of Lorena Ochoa. She is always talking to her golf ball and loves to display emotion on the golf course.

David Shefter


En Fuego

Maria Uribe is on fire today. She posted a nifty 5-under-par 31 (with concessions) on the first nine of her quarterfinal match with 2007 U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links Champion Mina Harigae and owns a 4-up lead through 10 holes.

The run of Alexis Thompson could be coming to an end. The 12-year-old trails by 4 holes through 10 holes against 15-year-old Ha Na Jang. Thompson's tee shot found the water at the 10th and she lost the hole.

David Shefter

En Fuego

Maria Uribe is on fire today. She posted a nifty 5-under-par 31 (with concessions) on the first nine of her quarterfinal match with 2007 U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links Champion Mina Harigae and owns a 4-up lead through 10 holes.

The run of Alexis Thompson could be coming to an end. The 12-year-old trails by 4 holes through 10 holes against 15-year-old Ha Na Jang. Thompson's tee shot found the water at the 10th and she lost the hole.

David Shefter

Quarterfinal Observations

Amanda Blumenherst and Jennie Lee have to feel like a couple of retirees collecting Social Security checks. OK, so they are only 20 years old. But they are the elder statesmen of the eight remaining players in the 2007 U.S. Women's Amateur. We have a 12-year-old in Alexis Thompson, two 15-year-olds (defending champ Kimberly Kim and Korea's Ha Na Jang) and three 17-year-olds (Mina Harigae, Jennifer Song and Maria Uribe). Uribe is headed to college next month at UCLA, while Harigae and Song have verbally committed to attend Duke and Southern California, respectively. Then there's Thompson, who has yet to reach high school. Jang attends a middle school in the San Diego area.

The fact that only two players can actually vote is remarkable.

And after today, we're guaranteed to have just one 20-year-old left as Lee and Blumenherst face each other. It's conceivable that the semifinals will have a 12-year-old, 15-year-old, 17-year-old and 20-year-old.

Then you watch these golfers swing a club and you say how can they be so young?

Should be some entertaining stuff this afternoon.

Yesterday, Tiffany Joh,  never one for a loss of words or humor, said she is often confused for being a 14-year-old, despite being a 20-year-old rising junior at UCLA. "Then people hear me talk and they think I'm 12," she said. Too bad Joh lost in extra holes in the third round to Jang. She remains one of the funniest people I have ever met while covering USGA events the last eight years.

David Shefter

Third Round Begins

The third round has begun and Alexis Thompson doesn't seem to be slowing down. She is 3 up on Lizette Salas of Azusa, Calif., through six holes. Last year we had a 14-year-old champion. Could we break another record in 2007?

I'm headed out to watch the Mina Harigae/Vicky Hurst match. These are two of the best 17-year-olds in the country. Harigae is headed to Duke in the fall of 2008 and rumors are circulating that Hurst plans to turn pro after she graduates next year. She certainly would have her pick of colleges should she choose to continue her education.

David Shefter


Hot, Hot
They just brought a fan into the media room as the air conditioning is not functioning properly. For awhile, it was almost as hot in here as it is on the golf course. Makes you really appreciate Freon.
Preview Of Second Round

The battle of pre-teens isn't the only great second-round match on the docket this morning. We have a lot of wonderful match-ups. The upper-half of the top bracket, which I have affectionately dubbed the Canon Cup Region because it featured six players who competed last week in the American Junior Golf Association Ryder Cup-style competition, has co-medalist Kristina Wong facing 2006 U.S. Girls' Junior runner-up and two-time Women's Open qualifier Vicky Hurst. Hurst shockingly missed the cut at the 2007 Girls' Junior, but it looks like she has regained the form that saw her win the McDonald's Betsy Rawls event just prior to the Girls' Junior.

And don't forget about Mina Harigae, the 2007 U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links winner. She would like to become the sixth player in history -- and second female -- to win two USGA events in a year. She has a tussle with Duke University's Rebecca Kim.

We have an all-Korean battle of teenagers with Mi Jung Hur, 17, taking on 15-year-old 2007 U.S. Women's Open qualifier Ha Na Jang.

I wonder if Andrea Messer will have any energy left after going 27 holes to oust Lauren Hunt Wednesday afternoon. She faces 2006 WAPL winner Tiffany Joh, who needed 21 holes to beat Spain's Azahara Munoz.

Margaret Shirley will look to continue the upset binge when she faces 2006 USA Curtis Cupper Jennie Lee. Shirley stunned co-medalist and 2007 NCAA Division I individual champion Stacy Lewis in the first round.

The best match in the lower bracket just might be Amanda Blumenherst against Jenny Suh. Both were members of the 2006 USA Curtis Cup team and Suh beat Blumenherst in the semifinals of the Women's North and South Championship a few weeks ago in Pinehurst. Suh is planning to turn pro after the Women's Amateur so this is her last shot at the Robert Cox Cup.

Keep an eye on Japan's Rikako Morita. The 17-year-old was one of low eight individuals at the 2006 Women's World Amateur Team Championship and she faces defending Women's Amateur champion Kimberly Kim, who also competed in South Africa and shot a team-low 66 in the third round.

Happy watching.

David Shefter 

Nothing To Be Ashamed Of

Although Ashley Tait is likely to get ribbed by her coaches and teammates back at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington for losing to 12-year-old Pearl Jin in the first round of the U.S. Women's Amateur, she shouldn't be embarrassed. It wasn't as if Tait played poorly. Jin played near-perfect golf for 10 holes and then just had enough to hold off the hard-charging Tait in the end, 2 and 1.

We should be getting used to this sort of stuff by now. Players are getting young and better. Technological advances in equipment certainly have helped. But so has instruction and the quality of junior/amateur events now available to young girls. These kids are now traveling the country and, in some cases, the world to seek out the best competitive events.

Last year Kimberly Kim beat someone nearly twice her age in the Women's Amateur final to become the youngest winner in the history of the championship. Today, one 12-year-old is going to advance to the round of 16 as Jin faces fellow pre-teen Alexis Thompson, who earlier this summer became the youngest-ever qualifier for the U.S. Women's Open.

Kristen Park won the U.S. Girls' Junior 11 days ago at the age of 14. It was her first match-play event.

These kids have no fear playing older, more-experienced players.

So go easy on Ashley. She wasn't the first and won't be the last victim of a hotshot pre-teen. It's just the sign of the times.

David Shefter

Learning Match Play

It's always interesting to watch match-play first-timers. They don't always know how to concede putts or when to concede them. Take Pearl Jin, for example. The 12-year-old is competing in her first match-play competition this week and you could tell she was unsure of when to concede a putt to her first-round opponent Ashley Tait Wednesday. Sometimes Tait was putting 1- or 2-footers, but that was more from inexperience than gamesmanship.

"It was kind of hard for me in the beginning," said Tait, a 2-and-1 victim. "So I had to make her putt everything. She didn't know what to give me back. But she'll learn that."

Most junior and college events are contested at stroke play, so it's sometimes difficult to make the adjustment to the match-play format, even though USGA officials go over the nuances before each match heads to the first tee.

David Shefter

Staying Sharp In The Heat

There are many ways to describe the heat and humidity that envelop Carmel , Ind. this early August day.


Sultry. Oppressive. Steamy. Brutal. You don’t need to consult Mr. Roget ’s Thesaurus for more.


Players at the Women’s Amateur endure and find as many ways to beat the heat as to describe it.


One of the methods is NOT to continue to practice when you’ve already won a match during a grueling week.


Jenny Suh , of Fairfax , Va. , didn’t look for a cool escape. Rather, after dispatching Amanda Coster , of Edmond , Okla. , 7 and 6, Suh kept playing the course. She completed her match on the 12th hole and played her way in, which is allowable under the Rules of Golf.


“Just getting in a little practice,” said the soon-to-be University of Alabama graduate. “Why not?”


Suh, who played on the winning USA team at the 2006 Curtis Cup Match, is making her fourth appearance in the Women’s Amateur, her last hurrah. She plans to turn professional after the event, calling it “exciting and nerve-wracking at the same time.”


Her best finish showing came in 2005 when she reached the quarterfinals.


Her decision to practice under the intense Indiana sun might just reap some extra dividends.


Pete Kowalski


Drink Up

With temperatures in the 90s and triple-digit Heat Indexes, it's no wonder why the competitors at this week's U.S. Women's Amateur are going through water and Gatorade at a highly accelerated pace. According to Crooked Stick officials, 15,500 bottles of water and 6,000 bottles of Gatorade have been consumed through the first two days of the competition and the two official practice rounds. Those numbers are likely to double and triple before the week ends. Today's temperatures could reach 100, with a Heat Index expected at 107.

Just for you mathematicians out there, that comes out to 2,046.5 gallons of water.

David Shefter

Wednesday Morning Observations

Arrived about two hours before the scheduled first starting time for match play and already two players were on the practice putting green: Vicky Hurst of Melbourne, Fla., and Rebecca Kim of Tigard, Ore. Hurst is a practice-aholic. At the U.S. Girls' Junior 10 days ago, she missed the match-play cut, but stuck around the entire week working on her game. She would spend her mornings practicing and then would go out on the course and watch her friends still in the competition. And you wonder why 17-year-olds perform at such a high level. These kids simply work very hard at their games.

David Shefter

First Round By The Numbers

Just did some math on the first round and came up with some interesting numbers. The average age of the match-play field is 18.25. That's two years less than the average field for the entire championship.

The oldest to make match play is 27-year-old Katharina Schallenberg of Germany, who was the 2006 runner-up. The youngest is 12-year-old Pearl Jin of San Gabriel, Calif.

Nine of the 32 matches features two players who have yet to reach their 18th birthday. Ten other matches have both players who are 18 or older. That means 22 of the 32 matches have at least one player who is under the age of 18.

Wasn't the U.S. Girls' Junior played last month?

David Shefter

Let The Matches Begin

Phase II of the Women's Amateur is set to begin and there are some intriguing first-round matches. The best one, at least on paper, features defending champion Kimberly Kim of Hilo, Hawaii against Japanese-born Ayaka Kaneko who now lives in Honolulu. Kaneko was the runner-up at the U.S. Girls' Junior 10 days ago. You could call this one the Hawaiian Punch Match.

If Pearl Jin and Alexis Thompson should win their first-round matches Wednesday, the two 12-year-olds would face each other in what would be a battle of junior high students. It likely would be the youngest match-up in the 112-year history of the championship.

Another potential second-round matchup: co-medalist Stacy Lewis against Katherina Schallenberg of Germany. The two met last year in the semifinals, with Schallenberg prevailing in extra holes.

We also could have an all-Curtis Cup match with Jenny Suh of Fairfax, Va., facing Amanda Blumenherst of Scottsdale, Ariz. The two were USA teammates in 2006 at Pacific Dunes. Suh won the 2006 Women's North and South and was the runner-up this year, while Blumenherst is a two-time NCAA Division I Player of the Year.

Two elite Korean juniors also could meet up in round two with Mi Jung Hur facing Ha Na Jang. Jang is competing in her fourth USGA championship of the summer, having qualified for the Women's Amateur Public Links, Women's Open, Girls' Junior and Women's Amateur.

Ah the beauty of match play. We can dream about these potential matchups, but sometimes our wishes are not met. Let's see how round one plays out on Wednesday.

Pearl Jam

Pearl Jin shot a 2-under-par 70 to easily make the match-play cut. The 12-year-old from San Gabriel, Calif., who is the youngest player in the field, finished stroke play at 1-over 143. That's quite remarkable for a girl who will be in seventh grade this fall. Jin was an alternate in sectional qualifying, but was given a spot in the field because both U.S. Girls' Junior finalists, Ayaka Kaneko and Kristen Park, were already in the Women's Amateur. The USGA holds two spots for the Girls' Junior finalists since the championship match takes place after the close of entries.

By the way, Jin was beaten out for low-12-year-old by Alexis Thompson, who carded a 71 for a 1-under 143 total. Thompson became the youngest Women's Open qualifier in June.

You have to feel bad for 2007 U.S. Girls' Junior champion Kristen Park, who shot an 83 Tuesday after a brilliant 69 Monday. She will likely miss the cut by one stroke.

I also was informed that two players who finished at eight over could have been at seven over had they not been penalized a stroke for violating the pace-of-play policy. I guess they only have themselves to blame for that.

David Shefter


It is looking like the cut is going to come at 7-over 151. A few more players are still on the course, so the number still could change. If there's a playoff for the final match-play spots, it will take place on Wednesday morning. Match play is scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m. EDT.

David Shefter


Comeback Kid

Kudos to Kylene Pulley of Kokomo, Ind., for not giving up and let it serve as a lesson to others as well. Pulley shot a disappointing 81 on Monday, but came back with a 3-under-par 69 Tuesday to tie for the lowest round of the day. Not only that, she birdied her final three holes (seven, eight and nine) to shoot a 4-under 32 on Crooked Stick's first nine (her second nine) to make the match-play cut at 6-over 150.

The same can be said for Canada's Sara-Maude Juneau, who shot a 2-under 70 Tuesday after a 79 in round one.

Earlier this year at the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship, defending champion Casey Watabu shot an opening-round 80 that included a 10 on a par 5. He rallied with a 68 to easily make match play.

It's easy to give up when things are not going right, but the great players always give it their all until the final putt drops. And in the case of Pulley and Juneau, it worked out quite nicely.

Pulley, by the way, will be the only Indiana resident to make the cut of the four who competed this week.

David Shefter

Youth Is Served

Both 12-year-olds in the field are in good position to make the cut. Alexis Thompson, who became the youngest qualifier in Women's Open history in June, is even par overall through 10 holes, while Pearl Jin of San Gabriel, Calif., the youngest player in this year's Women's Amateur field, is even par today through 13 holes and is just three over for the championship. Now what would be really cool is to see Jin play Thompson in the first round of match play.

David Shefter

Heating Up

Scores are definitely going up in round two. Twenty-five players broke par in the first round, but that number likely will go down in round two as the pressure to make the match-play cut heats up right along with the temperatures and Heat Index. Defending champion Kimberly Kim is struggling. She is four over through the first nine holes of her second round after shooting a 73 in round one. But 2006 USA Curtis Cupper Amanda Blumenherst has recovered nicely from a first-nine 40 in round one. She rallied for a 75 and is now even par through 11 holes of her second round.

David Shefter

Going Low

Right now, the 2007 U.S. Women's Amateur could have the lowest cut in the championship's 112-year history. The previous low was 151, but we could break the 150 mark this week, thanks to all the low scores. The U.S. Girls' Junior had a record-low cut of 151, but after the first day, it looked like the cut might come in at 146 or 147. Scores went up for the second round of stroke play. We'll see if that same form holds true today.

David Shefter


The oppressive heat has claimed its first victim. Kay Hoey of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., withdrew Tuesday morning from heat exhaustion. Hoey had to receive an IV Monday night for dehydration. Temperatures are expected to be in the 90s for an eighth straight day today, with a Heat Index headed toward triple digits.

David Shefter



Day Is Done

Unfortunately, the weather never cleared and play has been suspended for the day. The first round will resume on Tuesday morning at 7:30 EDT, with the second round expected to begin around 8:45 a.m. Hopefully, we'll get through Tuesday without any delays and we can start the match play on Wednesday morning.

David Shefter

In The Gallery

Four noted golfers from earlier eras watched the action today at the Women’s Amateur.  Two-time USGA Senior Women’s champion and 1970 USA Curtis Cup player Alice Dye was a spectator at her home course.


The 1954 Women’s Amateur champion and three-time USA Curtis Cup player Barbara Romack was working out of the media center.  Seven-time USGA titleholder and 12-time USA Curtis Cup player Carol Semple Thompson, who won this championship in 1973, was assessing players in her role as USA captain for the 2008 Curtis Cup Match. Also on hand was Phyllis Semple, Carol’s 85-year-old mother, a many-time winner of the Pennsylvania Women’s Senior, Pennsylvania Women’s Amateur and West Penn titles.  Semple trumped all three of her fellow champions when she made two holes-in-one in a round on Feb. 4th. And 63-year-old Nancy Fitzgerald, the 1997 USGA Senior Women's Amateur champion, was out walking with 2004 Senior Women's Amateur champion Carolyn Creekmore, the oldest competitor in this year's field at age 55. Creekmore shot a very respectable 77.


Rhonda Glenn 

A Golf Hat Trick

Three players pulled off a hat-trick of sorts when, playing in the same group, all three shot 69 and are two strokes off the first-round lead at the 2007 U.S. Women's Amateur at Crooked Stick.


Jennifer Ackerson , 23, of Allen , Texas , Catherine O’Donnell , 17, of Ponte Vedra Beach , Fla. , and Shanshan Feng , 18, of the Peoples Republic of China, all fired 3-under-par rounds.  The three combined for 12 birdies and two eagles.

O’Donnell eagled the 15th on a 25-foot putt and Ackerson knocked a 7 iron into the hole from 134 yards to eagle the par-4 seventh.  “It’s easy to visualize your shot going into the hole when the other two are hitting it close,” Ackerson said.  “We just cruised right along.  It was easy.  We fed off each other.”

O’Donnell agreed.  “It was friendly, the atmosphere,” O’Donnell said. “We were all talking.  It wasn’t so serious.”


Rhonda Glenn

Young Helpers

Crooked Stick initiated a program called “Little Sisters” today.  Erica Blumenhurst , 12, the younger sister of 2006 USA Curtis Cupper Amanda , and Alissa Cook , 11, whose sister Christina narrowly missed qualifying and whose father is the club president, have been given volunteer jobs escort players from the ninth green to the 10th tee.  The younger sisters of competitors, with little to do during championship rounds, sometimes become a bit bored so the club’s committee people organized the program to get them more involved.


Rhonda Glenn 


Keeping Cool

Those seeking to stay cool at Crooked Stick for the Women's Amateur can hang out near the clubhouse where a couple of fans have been hooked up. The fans are blowing mist so people can cool off from the expected 90-plus degree temperatures that are expected most of the week.

Women's Amateur Underway

Following a 30-minute delay for an early morning thunderstorm, we are finally underway at the 2007 U.S. Women's Amateur at Crooked Stick Golf Club. It looks like it is going to be a very muggy and sticky day. Temperatures are expected to rise into the 90s, and the Heat Index could reach triple digits this week.

Three exempt players withdrew prior to the start of the competition, including 2006 U.S. Girls' Junior champioin Jenny Shin of Torrance, Calif. Word has it that Shin had a family emergency. She competed at last week's Canon Cup in Tennessee after missing the match-play cut at the Girls' Junior at Tacoma Country and Golf Club.

Also withdrawing were 2007 U.S. Women's Open qualifiers Paola Moreno of Colombia and Taryn Durham of Glasgow, Ky. All three were replaced by alternates. One alternate who got into the field was Lauren Showers from nearby Kokomo, Ind. Showers plays for Butler University in Indianapolis.

David Shefter
USGA Staff Writer



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