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18 Questions With Women's Amateur Champion Amanda Blumenherst

Kent Zakour sat down with 2008 U.S. Women's Amateur champion Amanda Blumenherst and asked 18 questions about her life in and outside the game of golf.

Q: First thoughts when you hear U.S. Women’s Amateur Champion?

A: Yes! Just really excited and fist-pumping.

Q: Where did you get that unique fist pump?

A: I never really noticed until I saw it on TV yesterday. It’s kind of like a jab. But yeah, it’s my own. The Amanda Fist Pump.’

Q: Do you have a spot picked out either at home, school, or your home club for the trophy?

A: I haven’t talked to my parents yet. I know where it would be if it was at home. My dad would put it basically over the fireplace so everyone could see it. If it was at school – it would be in the trophy case. I’m not sure yet.

Q: Have you had a chance to look at all the names etched into the trophy?

A: I really haven’t looked, but I am aware of all the names. It’s really exciting.

Q: What's your most memorable moment of the week?

A: It would be the final putt [at the 35th hole] to win it.

Q: What did you do last night to prepare for the match and relax?

A: I had dinner with my family, talked on the phone with my boyfriend, played some cards, watched some TV and read some bit.

Q: Have you received any texts/voicemails yet?

A: [Takes out her phone] I can tell you how many I have. I have 24 new text messages and eight voice-mails. [laughs]

Q: Is you amateur career complete now that you have won an USGA championship?

A: It is. It is icing on the cake. I think it’s a great way to end my amateur career.

Q: Any big party celebration planned?

A: I wish I could. Maybe when I get back to school.

Q: What is your dream foursome on the golf course?

A: Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley, myself and Jim Carey.

Q: Who is your golf idol?

A: Nancy Lopez

Q: Outside of golf who is your role model?

A: My parents, for sure. They taught me to be well rounded, family-first and just be focused as well.

Q: You are the second Duke player to put her name on the Robert Cox Cup. Will you call 2003 Virada Nirapathpongporn anytime soon?

A: I don’t have her number, but maybe she will call me!

Q: What does this victory do for your golf career?

A: I am sure it is going to help. Create a little bit more a résumé for sponsors so it will be great.

Q: Generally, the U.S. Women's Amateur champion, if American, is selected for the Women's World Amateur Team Championship. What are your thoughts about likely playing in this prestigious competition for a second time?

A: Australia is going to be absolutely beautiful. I love being part of the team. The Curtis [Cup] was probably my favorite golf experience – well I mean [the U.S. Women’s Amateur] now. I almost [wish] golf was like that. It is fun to have a doubles partner.

Q: What is the funniest or most unusual thing that happened this week?

A: I walked into my bedroom and my brother was sitting on a chair. He was doing his fishing lures, but he had a huge butcher’s knife out rocking back and forth in the chair. It looked really weird. I knew what he was doing, but it was a little scary.

Q: What is the first thing you are going to do when you get home?

A: Well when I walk into the hotel it will definitely be – pop open the laptop and [my boyfriend] is playing in an all-star game tonight [in Cape Cod] and it’s elimination night. It will be good to see how he’s doing and read the text messages.

Q: Who is the one person you have obviously wanted to meet?

A: I’ve always wanted to meet Jim Carey. My favorite athlete is Michael Jordan and I’ve actually played a round with him. It would be cool to do it again.



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 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.).

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.



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