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Final Nine With Women's Amateur Finalist Azahara Munoz

Stuart Hall sat down with 2008 U.S. Women's Amateur finalist Azahara Munoz asked nine questions 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: “Hopefully playing on the LPGA [Tour]. That’s what I really want.”

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

A: “I’m staying with Belen [Mozo] and Carlota [Cignanda, her two Spanish Golf Federation teammates], so we’re always having fun. When we’re in the room, we talk about guys and stuff. Belen talks about one guy and that’s kind of funny.”

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

A: “My driver, my 7-iron and my putter.”

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

A: “I don’t think I would change anything … well, I like the one about slow play and they should penalize more, but today they were pushing Belen and I so much, that I don’t know if I want it enforced.”

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

A: “I think at the beginning people look at me and think I’m really all serious. But I’m really not at all.”

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

A: “I do. There is this song called 'Tu Oportunidad' and it means 'your chance.' It’s by a Spanish group. I’ve listened to it a lot.”

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

A: “Swim fearless.”

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: “I get nervous, intimidated I guess. But it would be a pleasure and an honor.”

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

A: “I do. Oooo, I don’t know how many friends.”

[More than 100?]

“Oh yeah, maybe 1,000, 500, I don’t know. Just a lot.”



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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