NCAA Champion, Curtis Cup Teammates Blumenherst And Lee

Advance To Third Round

 

Carmel, Ind. – USA Curtis Cup and NCAA Division I championship teammates Amanda Blumenherst of Scottsdale, Ariz., and Jennie Lee of Henderson, Nev., led a group of 16 players who advanced Thursday to the third round of match play of the 2007 U.S. Women’s Amateur at Crooked Stick Golf Club.

Blumenherst, a 20-year-old Duke University junior, defeated 2006 Curtis Cup teammate Jenny Suh, of Fairfax, Va., 5 and 4.

She was the stroke-play equivalent of five under par through 14 holes and never trailed in dispatching Suh, who defeated her last month in the semifinals of the 2007 North and South Women’s Amateur.

"I just was playing well today,” Blumenherst said. “She played great. I just had a good day.”

Amanda Blumenherst reacts to a putt in her second-round victory at Crooked Stick Golf Club in Carmel, Ind. (Steven Gibbons/USGA)

Blumenherst, who also represented the USA at the 2006 Women’s World Amateur Team Championship, took a 4-up lead through eight holes with birdies on holes 2, 5, 7 and a bogey by Suh on the 8th. Suh birdied 10 to cut the lead to 3 up but Blumenherst birdied 13 and 14 for the win.

Blumenherst, who finished fourth individually this past spring when Duke won its third consecutive NCAA team championship, has Indiana roots and was followed a sizeable contingent of family and friends.  “You mean the bus full of Blumenhersts,” Suh said kiddingly.

Lee, also a 20-year-old Duke junior, defeated Auburn senior Margaret Shirley, 21, of Roswell, Ga., 3 and 1. Shirley gained a 2-up lead through six holes but Lee, who played on the 2006 USA Curtis Cup and World Amateur teams as well as the 2007 Copa de las Americas team, won four of the next six holes to a 2-up edge. She was the equivalent of even par through 17 holes.

"It was a tough match,” said Lee, of defeating Shirley who beat co-medalist Stacy Lewis. “Just getting through each match is tough. I was down and I got it back up. It feels good to be through two matches.”

Lee, who was tied for 7th at the 2007 NCAAs and the runner-up in 2006, is playing in her fourth U.S. Amateur.

"I feel pretty good,” Lee said. “I’ve made some putts and I’ve gotten to know the course a little bit better too. Hopefully, I can use those things for my next matches.”

In other matches of note, defending champion Kimberly Kim, of Hilo, Hawaii, survived with a 20-hole victory over Rikako Morita of Japan; co-medalist Kristina Wong of Vestal, N.Y., was eliminated by Vicky Hurst, of Melbourne, Fla., 3 and 1; 2007 Women’s Amateur Public Links champion Mina Harigae, of Monterey, Calif., made short work of Rebecca Kim of Tigard, Ore., 4 and 3; and North and South Women’s Amateur champion Alison Walshe of Westford, Mass., beat Catherine O’Donnell, of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., 6 and 5.

Carmel, Ind. – Results of Thursday’s second rounds of match play at the 2007 U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship played at the 6,580-yard, par-72 Crooked Stick Golf Club:

Upper Bracket

Vicky Hurst, Melbourne, Fla.  def. Kristina Wong, Vestal, N.Y., 5 and 4

Mina Harigae, Monterey, Calif.  def. Rebecca Kim, Tigard, Ore., 4 and 3

Maria Jose Uribe, Colombia def. Candace Schepperle, Birmingham, Ala., 2 and 1

Emma Jandel, Dayton, Ohio def. Sydnee Michaels, Temecula, Calif., 21 holes

Lizette Salas, Azusa, Calif.  def. Kira Meixner, Canada, 19 holes

Alexis Thompson, Coral Springs, Fla.  def. Pearl Jin, San Gabriel, Calif., 5 and 4

Ha Na Jang, Korea  def. Mi Jung Hur, Korea, 6 and 5

Tiffany Joh, San Diego, Calif.  def. Andrea Messer, Largo, Fla., 6 and 5

Lower Bracket

Jennie Lee, Henderson, Nev. def. Margaret Shirley, Roswell, Ga., 3 and 1

Sara-Maude Juneau, Canada def. Jane Rah, Torrance, Calif., 1 up

Amanda Blumenherst, Scottsdale, Ariz  def. Jenny Suh, Fairfax, Va., 5 and 4

Marci Turner, Tompkinsville, Ky.  def. Mallory Blackwelder, Versailles, Ky., 1 up

Jennifer Song, Korea def. Michelle Shin, Cape Coral, Fla., 1 up

Nicole Smith, Riverside, Calif. def. Shanshan Feng, Hilton Head Island, S.C., 1 up

Kimberly Kim, Hilo, Hawaii def. Rikako Morita, Japan, 20 holes

Alison Walshe, Westford, Mass. def. Catherine O'Donnell, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., 6 and 5

 

Story written by Pete Kowalski, USGA media relations manager. E-mail him with questions and comments at pkowalski@usga.org.

 

 

 
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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