Lewis, Wong Share Lead At Halfway Point Of Second Day Of Stroke Play

Carmel, Ind. – Stacy Lewis, of The Woodlands, Texas, and Kristina Wong, of Vestal, N.Y., share the lead by a stroke at the halfway point of the second round of stroke-play qualifying at the 2007 U.S. Women’s Amateur at Crooked Stick Golf Club.

Both players shot 2-under-par 70 in Monday’s first round and followed with 69s on Tuesday for a 36-hole total of 5-under-par 139.

Lewis, 22, the 2007 individual NCAA Division I champion who plays at Arkansas, posted five birdies and two bogeys. However, her focus was on moving into match play not winning the qualifying medal.

"The medalist hasn’t had that much success,” said Lewis, who was on the winning USA team at the 2007 Copa de las Americas in Canada in June. “I was just playing for par and I got the putter rolling.”

Wong, 16, is playing in her fourth U.S. Women’s Amateur.

"My main goal is to make the cut and take it one step at a time,” said Wong, who will be a high school junior in the fall. “It was good to have that experience because I knew the field was tough and the courses are always difficult so staying patient was the main thing.”

Like Lewis, she realizes the fleeting fame of winning the medal.

"That would be awesome but after (Tuesday) it’s a brand new tournament,” Wong said of winning the medal. "Being medalist would be cool but I couldn’t get too hung up on it.”

A trio of 17-year-olds from Korea trail Lewis and Wong at 4-under-par 140. They are:

So Yeon Ryu (71-69), Jennifer Song (67-73) and Mi Jung Hur (68-72).

"My putting has been good,” Hur said. “The score is not a liar.”

Song, the co-low amateur at the 2007 Women’s Open, had tied Candace Schepperle, 19, of Birmingham, Ala., for the low round of the championship with her 5-under-par 67 Tuesday morning after three weather delays on Monday.

Schepperle, the Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Year honors from Auburn, had an afternoon starting time.

A pair of USGA champions – 2006 Women’s Amateur Public Links winner Tiffany Joh of San Diego, Calif. and 2007 Girls’ Junior winner Kristen Park of Buena Park, Calif. – also started in the afternoon.

Defending champion Kimberly Kim, 15, of Hilo, Hawaii (73-73—146) and Mina Harigae, of Monterey, Calif., the 2007 Women’s Amateur Public Links champion (72-72—144), safely advanced to match play.

Story written by Pete Kowalski, USGA Manager of Media Relations. E-mail him with questions or comments at pkowalski@usga.org.

 

 

 

 
Championship Facts

U.S. Women's Amateur

HISTORY:The U.S. 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 Crooked Stick Golf Club will be set at 6,595 yards, par 72.

ARCHITECT: Opened in 1964, the course was designed by Pete Dye. Crooked Stick is hosting its fifth USGA championship. It also hosted the 1991 PGA Championship, won by John Daly, and the 2005 Solheim Cup Matches.

COURSE SETUP
Fairways – Cut to ½ inch
Tees and collars of greens – Cut to 3/8 inch
Putting greens – Prepared to be firm and fast to measure approximately 10 ½ to 11 feet on the USGA Stimpmeter
Intermediate rough – Cut to 1 ½ inches, approximately 6 feet wide along fairways
Primary rough – Cut to 2 ½ to 3 inches
Player courtesy walks – Cut to 1 ½ inches, approximately 6 feet wide
The Championship setup will result in a new USGA Course Rating ™ of 78.8 and a Slope Rating ® of 143.

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. 6 – First round, stroke play (18 holes)
  • Tuesday, Aug. 7 – 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. 8 – First round, match play (18 holes)
  • Thursday, Aug. 9 – Second round, match play (18 holes). Third round, match play (18 holes)
  • Friday, Aug. 10 – Quarterfinals, match play (18 holes)
  • Saturday, Aug. 11 – Semifinals, match play (18 holes)
  • Sunday, Aug. 12 – Final, match play (36 holes)

 

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