Blumenherst, Uribe All Square After Morning 18 Of U.S. Women's Amateur Final
Carmel, Ind. – Amanda Blumenherst, 20, of Scottsdale, Ariz., and Maria Uribe, 17, of Colombia, are all square after the morning 18 holes of the scheduled 36-hole final match of the 2007 U.S. Women’s Amateur Sunday at Crooked Stick Golf Club.
Both players posted the stroke-play equivalent score of 5 under par with the usual match-play concessions. Blumenherst logged five birdies and no bogeys while Uribe made four birdies, an eagle and one bogey.
Neither player gained more than a 1-up lead, Blumenherst, the two-time college player of the year at Duke, took an early advantage on the first hole when Uribe could not save par from the greenside bunker. However, the 2006 USA Curtis Cup squad member lost her lead when her second shot to the second green bounded over and into a grove of trees. Uribe, an incoming freshman at UCLA, on the green in regulation, was conceded a birdie when Blumenherst’s third shot stayed in the tree line.
Blumenherst, who grew up in nearby Fort Wayne, Ind., edged ahead with a birdie on the par-5 fifth. She held that lead for the next six holes, until Uribe holed a 30-foot eagle putt on the par-5 11th hole to square the match.
The match stayed square until Blumenherst, much to the delight of her sizeable group of supporters, converted a curling, downhill 35-footer birdie on the 16th to take a 1-up lead.
Uribe squared the match on the par-4 18th with an uphill 16-foot birdie putt. Blumenherst’s birdie attempt from 12 feet was unsuccessful.
Blumenherst and Uribe hit 11 of 14 fairways. Uribe was 16 of 18 in greens in regulation and Blumenherst was 15 of 18.
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 vying to become the first player from Colombia to win a USGA championship. She is the third Colombian in a final, following Camilo Villegas at the 1999 Junior Amateur and Marisa Baena at the 1996 Women’s Amateur.
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 Pete Kowalski of USGA media relations. E-mail him with questions or comments at email@example.com