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Front Nine With Women's Amateur Finalist Amanda Blumenherst

Stuart Hall sat down with finalist Amanda Blumenherst and asked nine questions about her life in and outside the game of golf.

1. Q: Where do you see yourself in the game of golf in five years?

A: “On the LPGA Tour — and hopefully having some success.”

2. Q: Still one day to go, but what’s been your favorite story — on or off the course — from this week?

A: “Probably when I made that short putt [on Saturday at No. 16] to get into the final.”

3. Q: If you could play with only three clubs in your bag, which three would you use?

A: “Driver, 8-iron and putter.”

4. Q: If you could be the Czar of golf, what one rule would you change or implement?

A: “You could move your ball out of a divot.”

5. Q: What’s one thing about yourself that would make people go “hmm … ?“ or find surprising?

A: “I don’t like chocolate.”

6. Q: Do you have an iPod? If so, what one song have you played the most this week?

A: “Yes, I have one. I actually haven’t listened to music on my iPod this week. But my songs are anything Rascal Flatts, ‘Life is a highway,’ ‘Mayberry.’ ”

7. Q: Is there a favorite quote that you adhere to or what’s the best advice you’ve been given?

A: “Definitely, the glass is always half full. Always having optimism.”

8. Q: Should you win on Sunday, you get a two-year exemption into the U.S. Women’s Open. When you hear U.S. Women’s Open, what immediately comes to mind?

A: “What comes to mind? … Winning.”

9. Q: Do you have a Facebook account and, if so, how many friends do you have?

A: “Yes. I actually don’t know how many friends I have. I just say yes to whoever asks.”



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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