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Match-Play Cut Offers Two Different Tales

By Kent Zakour, USGA

Eugene, Ore. – After finishing her round with a heartbreaking bogey, 18-year old Joanna Coe of Mays Landing, N.J., slowly walked to the scoring tent and received a consolatory hug from her father and caddie, Michael.

Coe, the 2008 NCAA Division II national champion, was in the mix to advance to match play at the U.S. Women’s Amateur by carding a 2-over par 74 on Monday, but Tuesday’s 79 left her one stroke off the cut.

Players did a lot of scoreboard watching Tuesday to see if they were in or out of the match-play draw at the U.S. Women's Amateur. (Steve Gibbons/USGA)

“I was hoping to be safe and go back to the hotel,” said Coe, a sophomore at Rollins

College in Winter Park, Fla. “[Nine over par was] not what we were looking for.”

The 64-player match-play cut came at 8-over par 152 with a 10-for-6 playoff.

As she approached reporters an emotional Coe fought back tears, but was able to compose herself and respond to questions like a seasoned professional.

“It’s obviously a great experience and I’ll be looking forward to doing it again and doing like the U.S. [Women’s] Open qualifying,” said Coe, who competed in her first USGA championship. “I am disappointed. I felt really good after yesterday’s round, felt really good after warming up, [but I] just left so many shots out there. It’s ridiculous.”

As a multi-talented athlete, Coe did not focus exclusively on golf until she entered college and discovered a lot about herself after playing in the most prestigious golf championship of her career.

“I learned that my short game [was awful]!” said Coe, who holds Oakcrest High School’s soccer record for goals and assists. “[Mid-range shots] are the most boring part of the game for me to practice. I hate putting, I hate chipping and I hate doing all that stuff because I’ve done all these sports all my life and that’s not really the athletic part of golf.

Coe now heads back to New Jersey and will continue to work on her game until school starts in a few weeks.

“You know these players out here; they just putt it; they stroke it in; they chip it close,” said Coe. “I just wasted so many shots and they didn’t do that.”

On the opposite side of the cutline was Michelle Shin, 17, Cape Coral, Fla., who made the cut comfortably after being tense after her morning round. Shin shot 74-75 to finish stroke play at 5-over 149.

“I left a lot of shots out there, said Shin, who reached the round of 32 at the 2007 U.S. Women’s Amateur and was a semifinalist at the ’07 U.S. Girls’ Junior and Women’s Amateur Public Links. “But it doesn’t really matter as long as you make the cut.”

While signing her scorecard Shin, who missed the cut in her final U.S. Girls’ Junior two weeks ago, asked where this cutline was going to be. At the time, it stood at six over, but  that number was fluid with half the field still on the course.

Instead of scoreboard watching, Shin passed the time by “chill-axing, eating a lot, checking out the locker rooms and checking on the candy.”

Other notables not making the cut included 2006 U.S. Women’s Amateur champion Kimberly Kim of Pahoa, Hawaii, 2006 U.S. Girls’ Junior champion Jenny Shin of Torrance, Calif., and two-time reigning U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur champion Meghan Bolger of Oakland Park, Fla.

Kent Zakour is the USGA Media Relations summer intern. Contact him at with any questions or comments.



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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