Storylines For 2007 U.S. Women's Amateur
Average Age of Field: 20.49
Youngest Player in Field: Pearl Jin (12 years, 1 month, 10 days)
Oldest Player in Field: Carolyn Creekmore (55)
Mid-Amateurs (25 and over) in Field: 14
First-Team NGCA Division I All-Americas In Field: Amanda Blumenherst; Jacqui Concolino; Stacy Lewis; Paolo Moreno; Alison Walshe
Second-Team NGCA Division I All-Americas In Field: Mari Chun; Tiffany Joh; Jennie Lee; Azahara Munoz
Honorable-Mention NGCA Division I All-Americans In Field: Nicole Smith; Jenny Suh; Marci Turner
Played the Women’s Open, WAPL, Girls’ Junior and Women’s Amateur: Shanshan Feng; Mina Harigae; Ha-Na Jang; Kimberly Kim; Tiffany Lua
Played the WAPL, Girls’ Junior and Women’s Amateur: Shanshan Feng; Mina Harigae; Becca Huffer; Ha-Na Jang; Kimberly Kim; Tiffany Lua; Michelle Shin
Played the WAPL, Women’s Open and Women’s Amateur: Amanda Blumenherst; Shanshan Feng; Mina Harigae; Ha-Na Jang; Kimberly Kim; Tiffany Lua; Marci Turner
Played the Girls’ Junior, Women’s Open and Women’s Amateur: Shanshan Feng; Courtney Ellenbogen; Mina Harigae; Vicky Hurst; Ha-Na Jang; Danielle Kang; Kimberly Kim; Tiffany Lua; Alexis Thompson; Jennifer Song, Maria Uribe
Played the Girls’ Junior and Women’s Amateur: Lila Barton; Lindy Duncan; Courtney Ellenbogen; Shanshan Feng; Mina Harigae; Jennifer Hirano; Becca Huffer; Vicky Hurst; Ha-Na Jang; Evan Jensen; Ayaka Kaneko; Danielle Kang; Taylore Karle; Kimberly Kim; Diane Kwon; Tiffany Lua; Andrea Messer; Kristen Park; Jane Rah; Jenny Shin; Michelle Shin; Jennifer Song; Katie Sylvan; Alexis Thompson; Maria Uribe; Tanya Wadhwa; Kristina Wong
Played the WAPL and Women’s Amateur: Taylor Barrett; Amanda Blumenherst; Melanie Boyles; Sara Brown; Ashley Childers; Jane Chin; Susan Choi; Mari Chun; Tamasin Clelland; Amanda Costner; Brianna Do; Lynette Duran; Shanshan Feng; Stephany Fleet; Mina Harigae; Ha-Na Jang; Tiffany Joh; Katie Kempter; Stefanie Kenoyer; Kimberly Kim; Rebecca Kim; Lee Lopez; Tiffany Lua; Ellen Mueller; Candace Schepperle; Anna Schultz; Michelle Shin; Ana Imelda Tanpico; Marci Turner; Carly Werwie; Juli Wightman-Erekson; Hillery Wilson
Here are some interesting tidbits about some of the competitors:
Taylor Barrett, 19, of York, S.C., won her spot in this championship with a birdie on the third playoff in sectional qualifying in Lexington, N.C.
Mary Kate Bird, 18, of Kansas City, Mo., will be a freshman at the University of Nebraska. Her main interests are history and politics, specifically public policy, diplomacy and foreign affairs.
Mallory Blackwelder, 20, of Versailles, Ken., is from a well-known golf family. Her mother, Myra Blackwelder, was a fine competitor on the LPGA tour and is the new women’s golf coach at the University of Kentucky. Her father, Worth Blackwelder, now caddies for two-time U.S. Women’s Open champion and three-time Women’s Amateur champion Juli Inkster.
Chris Brady, 22, of Stanley, N.C., lists numerous hobbies, including basketball, tennis, running, slaloming, wakeboarding, snowboarding, snow skiing, swimming, watching baseball, soccer, working out, shopping, dancing, surfing, the beach, the lake, trying new restaurants and laughing. Whew!
Sydney Burlison, 17, of Salinas, Calif., lists playing with Arnold Palmer and Fuzzy Zoeller in the 2003 First Tee Open as her most memorable golf experience.
When she was young, Susan Choi, 23, of Natick, Mass., won a hot-dog-eating contest against “these really big men,” eating 15 hot dogs at one sitting.
Amanda Costner, 22, of Edmond, Okla., is a distant cousin of actor Kevin Costner.
Lynne Cowan, 44, of Davis, Calif., is the assistant golf coach of the University of California-Davis.
Carolyn Creekmore of Dallas, Texas, is the oldest player in the field at 55 and raises horses. Creekmore won the 2004 USGA Senior Women’s Amateur.
Kaitlin Drolson, 17, of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., was medalist at the Minnesota qualifying site at the same time as her younger sister won a bronze medal for volleyball in the Junior Olympics in the same state.
Courtney Ellenbogen, 16, of Blacksburg, Va., is the daughter of Bill Ellenbogen, who played for the New York Giants in the NFL. She qualified for the 2007 U.S. Women’s Open.
Virginia Derby Grimes, 43, of Meridian, Miss., was the oldest player on the victorious 2006 USA Curtis Cup team. Grimes won the 1998 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur and was the runner-up at the same event in 2004.
Mina Harigae, 17, the 2007 Women’s Amateur Public Links champion from Monterey, Calif., played with Tom Watson in the 2004 First Tee Open and with Tom Kite in 2005 and 2006. She is competing in her 16th USGA championship.
Sara Hemingway, 18, of Kingwood, Texas, is distantly related to author Ernest Hemingway.
Emma Jandel, 19, of Dayton, Ohio, was 6 holes down with 13 to play in the final of the 2007 Ohio Women’s Amateur. She won the match with a birdie on the 37th hole.
Evan Jensen, 17, of Beloleair, Fla., has a number of interests, including racquetball, watching collegiate football and basketball, and also caddies at Belleair Country Club on weekends.
Tiffany Joh, 20, of San Diego, Calif., when asked about possible stories of interest about herself, said, “While I cannot hit 1,500 golf balls a day like a typical Korean golfer, I have been known to eat at least that many Skittles in one sitting.” Joh won the 2006 U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links.
Sydnee Michaels, 19, of Temecula, Calif., is playing in her second Women’s Amateur. She advanced to the round of 16 in 2006 and qualified for both the 2006 and 2007 Women’s Open. She won the NCAA East Regionals as a freshman this year at UCLA. Michaels has played in three LPGA events.
Katie Miller, 22, of Jeannette, Pa., is a recent graduate of North Carolina. A two-time All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection in golf, she is a delegate to the 2008 Miss Pennsylvania USA Pageant. She also is interested in black and white photography.
Marisa Milligan, 21, of Normal, Ill., owns a second-degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do and ‘can break cement.’
Rikako Morita, 17, of Japan, finished second individually at the 2006 Women’s World Amateur Team Championship, which made her exempt from qualifying.
Calle Nielson, 19, of Nashville, Tenn., locked herself in the bathroom on her first day of kindergarten. The fire department was called to get her out. She can finish the story: “That bathroom has a sign saying ‘Adults Only’ for the last 13 years because of me.”
Erin Packer, 28, of Tyrone, Ga., has great golf bloodlines. Her father, Allen Doyle, is a two-time Senior Open champion and a three-time USA Walker Cup team member. Packer’s sister, Michelle, will caddie for the practice rounds and her husband, Brandt, will carry during the championship. She is playing in her third Women’s Amateur.
Korean-born Inah Park, 21, of Canada, eagled the fifth playoff hole at Bellingham (Wash.) Golf and Country Club in qualifying to grab the last of seven spots.
Kristina Rothengatter, 23, of Irving, Texas, was born in Germany. She attends SMU and her most memorable sports event is ‘skiing with Tiger Woods.’
Nicole Schachner, 19, of Libertyville, lll., won the 2007 Illinois Women’s Open in a 10-hole playoff. She will be a sophomore at Florida. Her brother, Michael, plays college golf at Duke, and shot a 60 in the third round of the NCAAs this past June.
Candace Schepperle, 19, of Hoover, Ala., was the low individual scorer at the 2005 USGA State Team Championship. A sophomore at Auburn, where she won 2007 Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Year honors, Schepperle was the medalist at the 2007 Women’s North and South Amateur at Pinehurst.
Anna Schultz, 51, of Rockwall, Texas, is a two-time USGA runner-up – the 2006 Senior Women’s Amateur and the 2000 Women’s Mid-Amateur. In addition, she was a semifinalist at the 2001 Women’s Mid-Amateur. Both of her parents were born in Poland and both were interred in concentration camps during World War II. All three of her sons played or are playing college golf.
Thuhashini Selvaratnam, 31, of Tempe, Ariz., is a native of Sri Lanka. She was runner-up at the 2006 Women’s Mid-Amateur. She is an assistant golf coach at Arizona State.
Katharina Schallenberg, 27, of Germany, was the runner-up at the Women’s Amateur in 2006. She won the Spanish Ladies Amateur this year and competed for Germany at the 2006 Women’s World Amateur Team Championship in South Africa.
Jennifer Song, 17, of Korea, shared low-amateur honors at the 2007 U.S. Women’s Open. She holds dual citizenship. She lists standing next to Cristie Kerr at the post-round ceremony as her most memorable golf moment.
Allisyn Terry, 40, of Leesburg, Va., is making her second appearance in the Women’s Amateur but her first since 1995. Since that first appearance, she has had three children: twin daughters and a son. She has played in the Women’s Mid-Amateur six times.
Kathryn Tewell, 22, of Greenwood, Ind., is playing in her first Women’s Amateur. She will be a fifth-year senior at Franklin (Ind.) College this fall. She won the 2006 Women’s Indiana Amateur and was runner-up in 2005. She won nine college events in 2007 and was the Division III National Player of the Year.
Alexis Thompson, 12, of Coral Springs, Fla., was the youngest qualifier in the history of the U.S. Women’s Open in 2007. She advanced to the second round of match play at the 2007 Girls’ Junior. She won the 2007 PGA Junior/Westfield, becoming the youngest winner of that event. Her brother, Nicholas, plays on the Nationwide Tour and was a member of the 2005 USA Walker Cup team. Another brother, Curtis, qualified for the 2007 U.S. Junior Amateur.
Julie Tomlinson, 23, of Hillsboro, Ore., made the most out of her first Women’s Amateur appearance at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club. She interviewed for a job with Nike Golf during last year’s event. Following major shoulder surgery (after the interview), she was offered the job and re-located to Oregon. She was unable to swing a club for five months and this is her first competitive event since the surgery.
Maria Jose Uribe, 17, of Colombia, is playing in her third Women’s Amateur and her ninth USGA championship. She was a quarterfinalist at Pumpkin Ridge in 2006 and will be a freshman at UCLA next month. She has qualified for the last two Women’s Opens and competed for Colombia at the 2007 Women’s World Amateur Team Championship in South Africa.
Tanya Wadhwa, 14, of McKinney, Texas, is playing in her first Women’s Amateur. Born in India, she was a quarterfinalist at the 2007 Girls’ Junior. She is also a black belt in Tae Kwon Do.
Dawn Woodard, 32, of Franklin, Tenn., was the medalist at the 2006 Women’s Mid-Amateur. She is playing in her first Women’s Amateur. She is a stay-at-home mother with three daughters.
Storylines compiled by USGA staffers Rhonda Glenn, Pete Kowalski and David Shefter.