|Amanda Blumenerst earned redemption after last year's heartbreaking championship-final defeat by winning the 2008 U.S. Women's Amateur at Eugene Country Club Sunday over Spain's Azahara Munoz, 2 and 1. (Steven Gibbons/USGA)
Live television coverage of the championship begins with the first round of match play on The Golf Channel (All times EDT).
- Aug. 6 First Round 4-6 p.m.
- Aug. 7 Second and Third Rounds 4-6 p.m.
- Aug. 8 Quarterfinals 4-6 p.m.
- Aug. 9 Semifinals 4-6 p.m.
- Aug. 10 Final 5-7 p.m.
Blumenherst Defeats Munoz To Win 2008 U.S. Women's Amateur Championship
Eugene, Ore. – Amanda Blumenherst, 21, of Scottsdale, Ariz., added a national championship to her impressive amateur résumé after winning the 2008 U.S. Women’s Amateur, which concluded Sunday at the 6,516-yard, par-72 Eugene Country Club.
Blumenherst, the three-time national collegiate player of the year, earned a 2-and-1 victory over the reigning NCAA Division I individual champion, Azahara Munoz, 20, of Spain.
With the victory, Blumenherst becomes the sixth in history to win the U.S. Women’s Amateur the year after losing in the final. She lost the 2007 championship final, 1 down, to Colombia’s Maria Jose Uribe.
Transcript Of Interview With Champion Amanda Blumenherst
Transcript Of Interview With Runner-Up Azahara Munoz
From Exasperation To Elation: Blumenherst
Family Gets Happy Ending
Eugene, Ore. – Dave Blumenherst couldn’t exactly reveal the number of miles he has walked since his daughter Amanda first started playing competitive golf tournaments 11 years ago.
You could say he’s been through plenty of sneakers, blisters, heartaches, hand-slaps and other various forms of victory celebrations.
But he had not been through anything as gut-wrenching as this week’s U.S. Women’s Amateur at Eugene Country Club. It’s not like if this was Amanda’a first rodeo in arguably the world’s most prestigious female amateur competition. It was only last year when Amanda reached the final at Crooked Stick Golf Club in Carmel, Ind., only to see Maria Jose Uribe play just a little bit better.
18 Questions With Champion Amanda Blumenherst
Eugene, Ore. – Kent Zakour sits down to ask Women's Amateur champion Amanda Blumenherst of Scottsdale, Ariz., 18 questions about her life on and off the golf course.
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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 Eugene Country Club will be set at 6,484 (stroke play) / 6,516 (match play) yards, par 72.
ARCHITECT: Opened in 1926, the course was designed by H. Chandler Egan. In 1967, Robert Trent Jones Sr. reversed the routing of the original Egan design (i.e., No. 18 tee essentially became the first tee, etc.).
COURSE SET-UP –
Fairways – Cut to ˝ inch
Tees and collars of greens – Cut to 3/8 inch
Putting greens – Prepared to be firm and fast to measure approximately 11 to 11 1/2 feet on the USGA Stimpmeter
Intermediate rough – Cut to 1 ˝ inches, approximately 6 feet wide along fairways
Primary rough – Cut to 2 ˝ to 3 inches
Player courtesy walks – Cut to 1 ˝ inches, approximately 6 feet wide
The championship setup results in a USGA Course Rating™ of 78.1 and a Slope Rating® of 144
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.
WHO CAN ENTER: The championship is open to female amateurs who have USGA handicap indexes not exceeding 5.4.
ENTRIES: Entries for the 2008 U.S. Women’s Amateur closed on June 18. There were 960 entries received for the 2008 championship, just shy of the record 969 entries received for the 2006 U.S. Women’s Amateur.