Uribe Wins 2007 U.S. Women's Amateur Championship

Carmel, Ind. – Maria Uribe, 17, of Colombia, survived one of the most hard-fought finals in recent history Sunday to defeat Amanda Blumenherst, 20, of Scottsdale, Ariz., 1 up, and win the U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship at the 6,497-yard, par-72 Crooked Stick Golf Club.

“This is the salary that I get because of all the hard work,” Uribe said.  “I haven’t won a tournament in the States, and I win this one. That’s great for me. I’ll take it.”

Amanda Blumenherst and her caddie/uncle Bill Blumenherst try to get the right line during Sunday's Women's Amateur final. (Steve Gibbons/USGA)

Uribe and Blumenherst were never separated by more than a one-hole margin in their 36-hole match. They were all square after the morning 18. Blumenherst finally gave Uribe the winning edge on the 193-yard, par-3 35th hole. 

With the match all square, Blumenherst hit a 5-iron 18 feet short of the hole. Uribe followed with a towering 5-iron shot to 7 feet. With Uribe so close to the hole, Blumenherst said she believed she had to make her birdie putt. She rammed it six feet past the hole.

“I definitely got out of my game,” Blumenherst said. “I thought she was going to make it.  I thought I needed to and I wanted it…I just hit it way too hard.”

Uribe missed the birdie putt. Blumenherst had to make her six-footer or risk going to the 36th tee one hole down. She missed. Uribe knocked in the short putt for a winning par and was 1 up with one hole to play.

Uribe made sure she avoided the water hazard down the right side of the fairway on the par-4 18th, but hooked her drive 35 yards into the left rough, a spot she had visited three times in this championship. She recovered with a 7-iron shot to the front of the green, 55 feet from the hole.

In the desperate position of having to win the 36th, Blumenherst drove into the fairway, then powered an 8-iron 150 yards toward the flagstick. Her ball hit 5 feet from the hole but trickled into the back fringe.

Uribe left her approach putt 5 feet short and Blumenherst then chipped to within a foot of the hole.

Uribe’s 5-footer was for the title.  “It was in my hands to finish the tournament,” Uribe said. “I didn’t need her to miss any putt.  I just needed to make that one. That is the best part of my game, the five-footers and four-footers.”

Uribe’s putt went in and she won the match, becoming the 12th foreign player to win the Women’s Amateur championship.

The new champion said she felt relief, “because it was over.  And, I was just excited.  You think that you are going to be so happy but you don’t realize what you have done. I think it’s going to take awhile.”

Blumenherst was philosophical, saying: “This just gives me more confidence in my game, saying, all right, a whole week of solid golf, one round after another…I started off slow, and I ended up being in the final group.”

The pair recorded 17 birdies, one eagle and only six bogeys in the 36-hole match. With the usual match-play concessions, Uribe was 7 under par for 36 holes and Blumenherst was 6 under. Blumenherst led during 13 holes of the match. Uribe led just four times but her most important 1-up lead was at the end.

Blumenherst, who spent much of her childhood in Indiana, enjoyed strong spectator support but the gallery generously applauded the good shots of both players. Hispanic members of Crooked Stick Golf Club’s grounds crew cheered loudly for Uribe.

Both players played for their respective countries at the 2006 Women’s World Amateur Team Championships. Colombia finished third and the USA was ninth.

Uribe is also the third consecutive international player to advance to the final. She follows Katharina Schallenberg of German in 2006 and Maru Martinez of Venezuela in 2005

The winner receives a golf medal and the custody of the Robert Cox Cup for the ensuing year as well as a 10-year exemption for the Women’s Amateur and a two-year exemption for the Women’s Open.

Story written by Rhonda Glenn, manager of communications for the USGA. E-mail her with comments or questions at rglenn@usga.org.

Carmel, Ind. -- Final result of the 36-hole championship match of the 2007 U.S. Women's Amateur Championship, being played at 6,497-yard, par-72 Crooked Stick Golf Club:

Maria Jose Uribe, Colombia def. Amanda Blumenherst, Scottsdale, Ariz., 1 up

 

 

 

 

 
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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