A Look At The Quarterfinalists
AMANDA BLUMENHERST, 21, of Scottsdale, Ariz.
Advanced to the quarterfinals with a 7-and-6 win over Ellen Mueller … runner-up at the 2007 U.S. Women’s Amateur … playing in her fourth Women’s Amateur … a member of the USA’s victorious 2006 and 2008 Curtis Cup teams … tied for low-amateur honors at the 2006 U.S. Women’s Open … also made the cut at the 2007 and 2008 U.S. Women’s Opens … represented the USA at the 2006 Women’s World Amateur Team Championship in South Africa … earned National Golf Coaches Association and Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year honors in 2005-06 … also named the NCGA and Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year in 2006-07 and 2007-08 … was named the 2005-06 Edith Cummings Munson Golf Award honoree, given to the All-America and Scholar All-America with the highest grade-point average in Division I women’s golf … a three-time first-team All-America honoree … won the 2006, 2007 and 2008 ACC Championships … runner-up at the 2006 NCAA Division I Central Regional and the 2007 NCAA East Regional … tied for ninth at the 2006 NCAA Division I Women’s Championship and fourth at the 2007 national collegiate championship … had two other wins during her freshman campaign – the Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invitational and the Mason Rudolph Women’s, her first collegiate event … had top-10 finishes in all 11 events she played as a freshman … earned three consecutive wins during her spring 2007 campaign – at the Wildcat Invitational, the UCF Challenge and the LSU/Cleveland Golf Classic … also won the 2007 Mason Rudolph and the 2007 Lady Tar Heel Invitational … honored with the 2007 and 2008 Nancy Lopez Award, which recognizes the top amateur female golfer … a member of two NCAA Division I national championship teams at Duke, in 2006 and 2007 … 2005 Women’s Western Amateur medalist … a semifinalist at the 2007 North and South Women’s Amateur … won 10 American Junior Golf Association events … also made the cut at the 2006 LPGA Wegman’s, finishing 17th … represented the USA at the 2007 Spirit International … registered a career-low 63 during the 2007 NCAA East Regional … has five career holes-in-one … a senior at Duke University in 2008-09 … daughter of Dave and Amy … has one brother, Drew, and one sister, Erica … birth date: Nov. 4, 1986.
CARLOTA CIGANDA, 18, of Spain
Advanced to the quarterfinals with a 2-and-1 victory over Jennifer Hirano … playing in her second Women’s Amateur … reached the third round of the 2006 championship, which was also played in Oregon (Pumpkin Ridge G.C. in North Plains) … won the 2004 European Championship and the 2007 British Ladies Open Amateur Championship … also won the 2008 Spanish Championship … runner-up at the 2008 Hossegor, Gran Prix des Laudes … named the Best Athlete from Navarra in 2007 … represented Spain at the 2006 Women’s World Amateur Team Championship and will again play for Spain at the 2008 championship … has a career-low round of 64, shot in Barcelona … has one hole-in-one, when she was eight years old … attends Sagrado Corazon … will attend Arizona State University starting in January of 2009 … daughter of Jesus and Jesus Nachinera … has one brother, Inigo … birth date: June 1, 1990.
ERYNNE LEE , 15, of Silverdale, Wash.
Advanced to the quarterfinals with a 19-hole victory over Kira Meixner … playing in her second Women’s Amateur … missed the cut a year ago … qualified for the 2008 U.S. Women’s Open, where she missed the cut … made the cut at the 2008 U.S. Girls’ Junior, where she lost in the first round … won the 2008 Kathy Whitworth Invitational … teamed with Chun-Ji Kim to win the 2008 I.R.I/Srixon Mixed Team Championship at Arizona National Golf Club in Tucson … won the Pacific Northwest Junior PGA Championship at Tumwater Valley Golf Course, shooting 68 and 69 to beat the field by six strokes … tied for second at the 2008 AJGA Rolex Girls and runner-up at the AJGA Traditions … won the 2008 Tacoma Junior Open by a stroke over her sister Katie … honored with the 2008 Principal’s Award and 2007 Student of the Year … named the 2008 Kitsap County Sports Player of the Year … career-low round is 68, shot at the AJGA Thunderbird Invitational in May 2008 … has two holes-in-one … a sophomore at Central Kitsap High School in 2008-09 … daughter of Brian and Debbie … father is her caddie at Eugene … has one sister, Katie … birth date: Feb. 13, 1993.
BELEN MOZO, 19, of Spain
AZAHARA MUNOZ, 20, of Spain
STEPHANIE NA, 19, of Australia
Advanced to the quarterfinals with a 1-up victory over Kristina Wong … playing in her first USGA championship … won the 2008 Australian Stroke Play … also won the 2008 Western Australian Stroke Play and the Victorian Stroke Play … winner of the Karrie Webb Series … has been in the U.S. for seven weeks … has played in the North & South Amateur, the Women’s Western Amateur and the Canadian Women’s Amateur and attended the 2008 U.S. Women’s Open as a guest of her native countrywoman Karrie Webb … will represent Australia at the 2008 Women’s World Amateur Team Championship, which is being played at her home course … career-low round is 11 under at the Grange Golf Course (West Course) in May of 2008 … a third-year student at Adelaide University in Australia … daughter of Anna and Jung … has two brothers, Justin and Andre … birth date: June 27, 1989.
WHITNEY NEUHAUSER, 20, of Barboursville, Va.
CHELSEA STELZMILLER, 19, of Placerville, Calif.
Advanced to the quarterfinals with a 2-and-1 victory over Megan McChrystal … playing in her first USGA championship … medalist at her sectional qualifier at Hacienda Country Club in La Habra Heights, Calif. … named the Big West Conference Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year in 2007-08 … won the 2007 New Mexico State Tournament … runner-up at the 2008 Big West Championships and the 2007 California State Fair … third at the 2008 Sacramento City Championship … runner-up for UC-Davis female athlete of the year honors … has a career-low round of 66 … has one hole-in-one, at her home course last summer … a sophomore at UC-Davis in 2008-09 … daughter of Morris and Mary Ann … father is her caddie for the championship … has three sisters, Megan, Maddy and Cassidy … birth date: Jan. 16, 1989.