Meet The 2007 U.S. Women's Amateur Quarterfinalists
Amanda Blumenherst, 20, Scottsdale, Ariz.
Playing in her third Women’s Amateur…previous appearances in 2005 and 2006…also played in two Women’s Opens, with best finish a tie for 10th in 2006 when she shared low-amateur honors with 2004 Women's Amateur champion Jane Park…semifinalist in 2007 North and South Women’s Amateur…member of NCAA Division I national championship team at Duke (2006, 2007)…will be a junior in the fall…finished fourth individually at the 2007 NCAAs…member of winning 2006 USA Curtis Cup team…member of 2006 USA World Amateur Team Championships squad…two-time National Player of the Year…two-time first-team GCAA All-American…two-time Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year…born Nov. 4, 1986 in Scottsdale, Ariz. but spent her middle-school years in Fort Wayne, Ind...Still has a lot of family living in Indiana...Uncle, Bill Blumenherst, serving as her caddie.
1st round – def. Amanda Costner, Edmond, Okla., 19 holes
2nd round – def. Jenny Suh, Fairfax, Va., 5 and 4
3rdr round – def. Marci Turner, Tompkinsville, Ky., 6 and 5
Mina Harigae, 17, Monterey, Calif.
Playing in her fifth Women’s Amateur…had advanced to the third round in 2004 and 2006…2007 Women’s Amateur Public Links champion at Kearney Hills Golf Links in Lexington, Ky….playing in her 16th USGA championship…her first USGA championship was the 2002 Women’s Public Links…has played in five WAPLs, five Girls’ Juniors (best finish of semifinals in 2003 and 2006)…was medalist at the Girls’ Junior in 2006…made the cut at the 2007 Women’s Open…won 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005 California Women’s State Championship…won 2007 Verizon Junior Heritage…two-time American Junior Golf Association All-American…will be a senior at The Stevenson School this fall…committed to attend Duke in 2008…caddie is Peter Flach…has played with Tom Watson (2004), and Tom Kite (2005 and 2006) at The First Tee Open…lowest competitive score of 62 at 2006 Polo Classic…born Nov. 1, 1989
1st round – def. Kristie Smith, Australia, 3 and 2
2nd round – def. Rebecca Kim, Tigard, Ore., 4 and 3
3rd round – def. Vicky Hurst, Melbourne, Fla., 1 up
Ha Na Jang, 15, Korea
Playing in her first Women’s Amateur but her fourth USGA championship of the summer…finished second in stroke play at the 2007 Girls’ Junior with rounds of 69 and 67 but lost in the first round of match play…finished T5th in stroke play at the Women’s Amateur Public Links and advanced to the third round of match play…played in the 2007 Women’s Open but did not make the cut..won the Callaway Junior Worlds in San Diego earlier this year at 15 under par…won Seoul Mayor’s Cup and Seoul Society Cup in 2007…also claims victories in the Korean Junior golf championship and the Korean Song Am Cup (2004)…played in the Korean LPGA Open in 2004 as a 12 year old and finished 42nd…middle school student in San Diego, Calif…holds Korean citizenship…her father, Chang Ho is her caddie…only career hole-in-one was in Thailand in 2005…born May 2, 1992 in Seoul, Korea.
1st round – def. Lindy Duncan, Daytona Beach, Fla., 22 holes
2nd round – def. Mi Jung Hur, Korea, 6 and 5
3rd round – def. Tiffany Joh, San Diego, Calif., 20 holes
Kimberly Kim, 15, Hilo, Hawaii
Playing in her second Women’s Amateur…defending champion and vying to become first repeat winner since Kelli Kuehne in 1995-96…fourth USGA championship of the summer…played in four Girls’ Juniors, with a best finish of quarterfinalist in 2007…medalist in 2007 shooting a U.S. Girls' Junior-tying mark of 62 in the first round. The score broke the competitive course record at Tacoma Country and Golf Club by three shots that was previously held by 2002 U.S. Women's Amateur champion Becky Lucidi …has played in the 2006 and 2007 Women’s Opens…played in the 2006 Women’s World Amateur Team Championship on the USA team and shot a team-low 66 in the third round..…schooled online and holds standing as a sophomore…Older sister Christine attends the University of Colorado...born Aug. 21, 1991 in Hilo, Hawaii.
1st round – def. Ayaka Kaneko, Honolulu, Hawaii, 1 up
2nd round – def. Rikako Morita, Japan, 20 holes
3rd round – def. Alison Walshe, Westford, Mass., 4 and 3
Jennie Lee, 20, Henderson, Nev.
Playing in her fourth Women’s Amateur…previous appearances in 2004, 2005, and 2006…best finish was quarterfinals in 2005 and 2006…tied for low amateur at 2007 Women’s Open with Jennifer Song…member of NCAA Division I national championship team at Duke (2006, 2007)…will be a junior in the fall…tied for seventh individually at 2007 NCAAs….runner-up at 2006 NCAAs….member of winning 2006 USA Curtis Cup team…member of winning 2007 USA team at Copa de las Americas event in Canada in June …member of 2006 USA Women's World Amateur Team Championship squad…played in three Women’s Opens…two-time college All-American…medalist at 2006 North and South Women’s Amateur…low competitive score is 65 at 2003 Polo Junior Golf Classic…holds U.S. citizenship…born Nov. 6, 1986 in Seoul, Korea.
1st round – def. Katharina Schallenberg, Germany, 3 and 1
2nd round – def. Margaret Shirley, Roswell, Ga., 3 and 1
3rd round – def. Sara-Maude Juneau, Canada, 6 and 5
Alexis Thompson, 12, Coral Springs, Fla.
Playing in her first Women’s Amateur…youngest remaining player at 12 years old…youngest to advance to quarterfinals in Women’s Amateur history…was youngest qualifier in the history of the Women’s Open at Pine Needles this year but did not make the cut…advanced to the second round of the 2007 Girls’ Junior…home schooled student…believes that lady bugs bring her good luck…lowest competitive score is 66 in winning this year’s PGA Junior Championship, where she became the event's youngest champion …has two career holes-in-one…also won an AJGA event this summer as well as the 2006 Doral Publix…brother, Nick, plays on the Nationwide Tour and was a USA Walker Cup team member in 2005...Another brother, Curtis, qualified for the 2007 U.S. Junior…born Feb. 10, 1995 in Coral Springs, Fla.
1st round – def. Evan Jensen, Belleair, Fla., 3 and 2
2nd round – def. Pearl Jin, San Gabriel, Calif., 5 and 4 (Jin is also 12 years old)
3rd round – def. Lizette Salas, Azusa, Calif., 5 and 4
Jennifer Song, 17, Korea
Playing in her first Women’s Amateur…tied for low amateur at the 2007 Women’s Open with Jennie Lee…finished second at the 2007 Korean Women’s Amateur…captain of the 2007 Korean National Golf Team…made the cut at the 2007 Korean Women’s Open and tied for 45th…has won the 2006 Asia Pacific Junior Golf Championship and the 2005 Jung-Am Junior Match Play Invitational…lives in Korea and will be a senior at Taejeon Christian International School this coming school year…caddie is her father, Museok…Just verbally committed to attend the University of Southern California in the fall of 2008...lowest competitive score is 66 at Asian Pacific Junior Golf Championship in Singapore in 2006…born Dec. 20, 1989 in Ann Arbor, Mich. and holds dual citizenship.
1st round – def. Natalie Sheary, West Hartford, Conn., 5 and 4
2nd round – def. Michelle Shin, Cape Coral, Fla., 1 up
3rd round – def. Nicole Smith, Riverside, Calif., 2 up
Maria Jose Uribe, 17, Colombia
Playing in her third Women’s Amateur…quarterfinalist in 2005 as an alternate into the field and reached the round of 16 in 2006….played in the 2006 and 2007 U.S. Women’s Opens…also a quarterfinalist in the 2006 Women’s Amateur Public Links…played in four Girls’ Juniors, with a best finish of the round of 16 in 2004 and 2007…will attend UCLA as a freshman in the fall…won the 2006 and 2007 South American Junior and the 2005 and 2006 South American Amateur…also won the 2005 Colombian Girls Championship…loves salsa dancing…lowest competitive score is 62 in Bogota, Colombia in 2006…has two career holes-in-one…born Feb. 27, 1990 in Bucaramanga, Colombia…holds Colombian citizenship…caddie is Pedro Rossi, her coach.
1st round – def. Lee Lopez, Whittier, Calif., 1 up
2nd round – def. Candace Schepperle, Birmingham, Ala., 2 and 1
3rd round – def. Emma Jandel, Dayton, Ohio, 2 up
Compiled by Pete Kowalski of USGA media relations.