Schepperle First-Round Clubhouse Leader In Weather-Delayed Women's Amateur

Carmel, Ind. – On a great scoring day, 26 players were under par when play was suspended, but Candace Schepperle, 19, of Birmingham, Ala., led them all, finishing at 5-under-par 67 in the first stroke-play round of the 2007 U.S. Women’s Amateur at the 6,497-yard, par-72 Crooked Stick Golf Club.

When play was suspended by weather, 13 players still on the course were at one under par or better.

On a day when the heat index reached 96, play began late and was suspended twice because of lightning in the area before it finally was called for the day at 7:15 p.m.

“I really didn’t have expectations,” said Schepperle, who finished among the early wave prior to the delays. “I went out there to have fun. I didn’t have a goal score or expectations for (Monday). It came out as it did.”

Schepperle had one bogey and six birdies, five of which came on her last nine holes, Crooked Stick’s front nine.

She credited solid putting, with only one three-putt green on the par-5 11th. Schepperle followed that bogey with a finishing stretch of seven straight pars and then turned to shoot 31 on the front nine.

Players and caddies pass the time by playing cards during one of the two afternoon weather delays. (Maureen Clark/Crooked Stick)

Jennifer Song and Mi Jung Hur, both of Korea, were at five under par with three holes remaining in their rounds.  Along with the other 76 players who failed to finish, they will resume play Tuesday morning at 7:30 a.m. EDT. The second round of stroke play is scheduled to begin at approximately 8:45 a.m.

At a length of slightly less than 6,500 yards, Crooked Stick is one of the longest courses in the 112-year history of this championship, but firm course conditions enabled players to hit longer tee shots.  Schepperle said she drove the ball so well that she frequently hit 8-iron approach shots on holes where she would normally use a 5-iron.

Five players, including Tiffany Joh, 20, of San Diego, Calif., the 2006 U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links champion, and newly crowned U.S. Girls’ Junior winner Kristen Park, 14, of Buena Park, Calif., trailed by two strokes at 3-under-par 69.

Joh, a junior-to-be at UCLA and a second-team All-America this past season, played a flawless round with no bogeys and three birdies.

“I felt pretty good, especially about my ball striking,” Joh said. “My putting could have been a little better. My ball striking was as good as I’ve seen it in recent memory. With the putting, I didn’t miss anything that I should have made. I’m not going to kill myself over it and go hit 900 3-footers.”

Those at 69 included a trio playing together for the first time.

The grouping of Jennifer Ackerson, 23, of Allen, Texas, Shanshan Feng, 17, of the Peoples Republic of China and Catherine O’Donnell, 17, of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., combined for 12 birdies and two eagles.

“It’s a lot easier to visualize your shot going into the hole when you have two other people hitting it close,” Ackerson said. “We kind of banked off each other.”

Ackerson holed a 7-iron on the par-4 seventh hole for an eagle and O’Donnell eagled the 15th after reaching the par-5 in two shots and sinking a 25-foot putt.

After 36 holes of stroke-play qualifying, the field will be cut to the low 64 scorers for match play.  The championship will conclude with a 36-hole final on Sunday.

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Carmel, Ind. – Partial results from the first round of stroke-play qualifying at the 2007 U.S. Women’s Amateur, being played on the 6,497-yard, par-72 Crooked Stick Golf Club. (Note: 78 players did not finish their rounds due to weather. The first round will resume at 7:30 a.m. EDT on Tuesday)

                Candace Schepperle, Birmingham, Ala. - 31-36--67

                Catherine O'Donnell, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. - 36-33--69

                Jennifer Ackerson, Allen, Texas - 35-34--69

                Kristen Park, Buena Park, Calif. - 33-36--69

                Shanshan Feng, Hilton Head Island, S.C. - 36-33--69

                Tiffany Joh, San Diego, Calif. - 34-35--69

                Marci Turner, Tompkinsville, Ky. - 37-33--70

                Michelle Shin, Cape Coral, Fla. - 34-36--70

                Dolores White, Lakeland, Fla. - 36-35--71

                Lisa McCloskey, Montgomery, Texas - 35-36--71

                Mari Chun, Pearl City, Hawaii - 34-37--71

                Rikako Morita, Japan - 38-33--71

                Alexis Thompson, Coral Springs, Fla. - 34-38--72

                Emma Jandel, Dayton, Ohio - 37-35--72

                Lindy Duncan, Daytona Beach, Fla. - 38-34--72

                Mallory Blackwelder, Versailles, Ky. - 35-37--72

                Nicole Smith, Riverside, Calif. - 36-36--72

                Vicky Hurst, Melbourne, Fla. - 39-33--72

                Carly Truitt, Marysville, Ohio - 38-35--73

                Danielle Kang, Oak Park, Calif. - 35-38--73

                Evan Jensen, Belleair, Fla. - 36-37--73

                Jane Rah, Torrance, Calif. - 35-38--73

                Katie Miller, Jeannette, Pa. - 36-37--73

                Natalie Sheary, West Hartford, Conn. - 37-36--73

                Sydney Burlison, Salinas, Calif. - 36-37--73

                Calle Nielson, Nashville, Tenn. - 41-33--74

                Jacqui Concolino, Orlando, Fla. - 37-37--74

                Jennie Lee, Henderson, Nev. - 35-39--74

                Joanne Lee, San Carlos, Calif. - 37-37--74

                Katie Kempter, Albuquerque, N.M. - 37-37--74

                Lizette Salas, Azusa, Calif. - 38-36--74

                Victoria Park, Irvine, Calif. - 38-36--74

                Bethany Leclair, Scottsdale, Ariz. - 35-40--75

                Erynne Lee, Silverdale, Wash. - 38-37--75

                Jessi Gebhardt, Bellingham, Wash. - 37-38--75

                Lauren Showers, Kokomo, Ind. - 38-37--75

                Margaret Shirley, Roswell, Ga. - 37-38--75

                Megan Grehan, Mamaroneck, N.Y. - 37-38--75

                Pearl Jin, San Gabriel, Calif. - 36-39--75

                Thuhashini Selvaratnam, Tempe , Ariz. - 37-38--75

                Azahara Munoz, Spain - 38-38--76

                Dawn Woodard, Franklin, Tenn. - 40-36--76

                Katharina Schallenberg, Germany - 40-36--76

                Kimberly Kaufman, Clark, S.D. - 39-37--76

                Kristina Rothengatter, Germany - 39-37--76

                Shannon Fish, Spring, Texas - 38-38--76

                Taylor Barrett, York, S.C. - 39-37--76

                Ashley Childers, Provo, Utah - 40-37--77

                Ashley Edwards, Oakley, Calif. - 37-40--77

                Carolyn Creekmore, Dallas, Texas - 41-36--77

                Kathleen Ekey, Wadsworth, Ohio - 41-36--77

                Kathryn Tewell, Greenwood, Ind. - 38-39--77

                Lila Barton, Dallas, Texas - 38-39--77

                Sarah Thead, Poway, Calif. - 36-41--77

                Christina Jones, Jensen Beach, Fla. - 39-39--78

                Cindy Lacrosse, Tampa, Fla. - 40-38--78

                Cristina Corpus, San Leandro, Calif. - 40-38--78

                Lacey Jones, Idabel, Okla. - 42-36--78

                Mary Bird, Kansas City, Mo. - 40-38--78

                Melanie Boyles, Tempe, Ariz. - 37-41--78

                Sara Brown, Tucson, Ariz. - 41-37--78

                Sarah Dodson, Dallas, Texas - 40-38--78

                Stephany Fleet, Dewitt, Mich. - 43-35--78

                Hillery Wilson, Hudson, Ohio - 40-39--79

                Lindsey Haupt, St. Louis, Mo. - 39-40--79

                Stefanie Page, The Woodlands, Texas - 37-42--79

                Tamara Surtees, Waikoloa, Hawaii - 41-38--79

                Allisyn Terry, Leesburg, Va. - 41-39--80

                Jane Chin, Huntington Beach, Calif. - 37-43--80

                Marisa Milligan, Normal, Ill. - 36-44--80

                Meghan Gockel, Dallas, Texas - 40-40--80

                Nicole Schachner, Libertyville, Ill. - 41-39--80

                Patty Chawalitmetha, Bellflower, Calif. - 39-41--80

                Stefanie Kenoyer, Lighthouse Point, Fla. - 38-42--80

                Chris Brady, Stanley, N.C. - 38-43--81

                Kylene Pulley, Kokomo, Ind. - 41-40--81

                Sara Hemingway, Kingwood, Texas - 40-41--81

                Tamara Campbell, Lawton, Okla. - 41-42--83

                Abby Bools, Hickory, N.C. - NC-35--NC

                Alina Lee, Athens, Ga. - 42-NC--NC

                Alison Walshe, Westford, Mass. - NC-NC--NC

                Alison Whitaker, Australia - 36-NC--NC

                Allyson Ferguson, Houston, Texas - 40-NC--NC

                Amanda Blumenherst, Scottsdale, Ariz. - 40-NC--NC

                Amanda Costner, Edmond, Okla. - NC-39--NC

                Ana Imelda Tanpinco, Philippines - 41-NC--NC

                Andrea Messer, Largo, Fla. - 42-NC--NC

                Anna Jang, Aiea, Hawaii - NC-NC--NC

                Anna Schultz, Rockwall, Texas - NC-38--NC

                Ashley Tait, Littleton, Colo. - NC-37--NC

                Ayaka Kaneko, Honolulu, Hawaii - 36-NC--NC

                Becca Huffer, Denver, Colo. - 37-NC--NC

                Benedikte Grotvedt, Orlando, Fla. - 40-NC--NC

                Beth Felts, Chattanooga, Tenn. - 41-NC--NC

                Blair Lamb, Flat Rock, N.C. - NC-NC--NC

                Brianna Do, Lakewood, Calif. - 39-NC--NC

                Carly Werwie, Kenosha, Wis. - NC-39--NC

                Catherine Fortin, Canada - 40-NC--NC

                Chaneng Joe, Poway, Calif. - NC-NC--NC

                Chelsea Schriewer, St. Charles, Mo. - NC-39--NC

                Christine Ryckman, Canada - 39-NC--NC

                Courtney Ellenbogen, Blacksburg, Va. - NC-35--NC

                Diane Kwon, Fremont, Calif. - NC-NC--NC

                Diane Lang, Weston, Fla. - NC-NC--NC

                Dori Carter, Valdosta, Ga. - 38-NC--NC

                Ellen Mueller, Evansville, Ind. - NC-38--NC

                Emily Rapp, Simpsonville, S.C. - NC-NC--NC

                Erin Packer, Tyrone, Ga. - NC-40--NC

                Esther Moon, Nashville, Tenn. - 44-NC--NC

                Garrett Phillips, Athens, Ga. - NC-37--NC

                Ha Na Jang, Korea - NC-34--NC

                Inah Park, Canada - NC-41--NC

                Isabel Han, Harrington Park, N.J. - NC-NC--NC

                Jennifer Hirano, Pinole, Calif. - NC-42--NC

                Jennifer Song, Korea - 33-NC--NC

                Jenny Suh, Fairfax, Va. - 34-NC--NC

                Juli Wightman-Erekson, Chicopee, Mass. - 44-NC--NC

                Julie Tomlinson, Hilsboro, Ore. - NC-NC--NC

                Kaitlin Drolson, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. - NC-42--NC

                Karly Pinder, Canada - NC-NC--NC

                Katie Sylvan, San Diego, Calif. - NC-41--NC

                Kay Hoey, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. - NC-41--NC

                Kim Shin, Mountlake Terrace, Wash. - NC-40--NC

                Kimberly Kim, Hilo, Hawaii - 38-NC--NC

                Kira Meixner, Canada - 37-NC--NC

                Kristie Smith, Australia - NC-NC--NC

                Kristin Ingram, Pasadena, Calif. - NC-34--NC

                Kristina Wong, Vestal, N.Y. - 34-NC--NC

                Laura Kueny, Whitehall, Mich. - NC-38--NC

                Lauren Hunt, Little River, S.C. - NC-36--NC

                Lee Lopez, Whittier, Calif. - 35-NC--NC

                Lynette Duran, Lakewood, Colo. - NC-NC--NC

                Lynne Cowan, Davis, Calif. - 37-NC--NC

                Maria Jose Uribe, Colombia - NC-36--NC

                Martha Leach, Hebron, Ky. - 40-NC--NC

                Meghan Bolger, Oxford, Miss. - 38-NC--NC

                Mi Jung Hur, Korea - NC-32--NC

                Michelle Piyapattra, Corona, Calif. - 40-NC--NC

                Michelle Regan, Prairie Village, Kan. - NC-NC--NC

                Mina Harigae, Monterey, Calif. - NC-35--NC

                Nannette Hill, Pelham Manor, N.Y. - NC-38--NC

                Rebecca Kim, Tigard, Ore. - NC-38--NC

                Sara-Maude Juneau, Canada - NC-NC--NC

                Sarah Bejgrowicz, Lancaster, Pa. - NC-40--NC

                So Yeon Ryu, Korea - 34-NC--NC

                Stacy Lewis, The Woodlands, Texas - 35-NC--NC

                Stephanie Connelly, Pasadena, Md. - 36-NC--NC

                Susan Choi, Natick, Mass. - 41-NC--NC

                Sydnee Michaels, Temecula, Calif. - 39-NC--NC

                Tamasin Clelland, New Zealand - NC-36--NC

                Tanya Wadhwa, McKinney, Texas - 38-NC--NC

                Taylore Karle, Scottsdale, Ariz. - NC-34--NC

                Tiffany Lua, Rowland Heights, Calif. - NC-NC--NC

                Veronique Drouin, Canada - 36-NC--NC

                Victoria Fallgren, Lakewood, Calif. - NC-41--NC

                Virginia Grimes, Meridian, Miss. - NC-39--NC




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.

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


  • 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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