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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
Advanced to the quarterfinals with a 6-and-5 victory over Stephanie Sherlock … playing in her first U.S. Women’s Amateur … won the 2007 Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational … finished fourth at the 2008 Division I NCAA Championship to help lead the University of Southern California to the team title … a first-team NCGA All-American in 2007-08 and an honorable-mention selection in 2006-07 … finished third at the 2007 NCAA Central Regional … a first-team all-Pac-10 honoree in 2007-08 and an honorable mention pick in 2006-07 … had a successful summer in 2006, winning the British Ladies Open Amateur Championship and the Girls’ British Open Amateur Championship; the first since 1972 to win both titles in the same year … also won the 2006 International Ladies Amateur Championships … won the 2005 Junior International Championship of Spain … made the cut at the 2007 Women’s British Open … has represented Spain at the European Team Championship and the Vagliano Trophy … represented Spain at the 2006 Women’s World Amateur Team Championship and will again play for Spain at the 2008 championship … won the 2004 AJGA Thunderbird Invitational and the Doral-Publix Junior Classic … has a career-low round of 65, shot at the 2005 Spanish Amateur … has one career hole-in-one, on the 17th hole at the New Mexico Golf Course … a junior at the USC in 2008-09 … daughter of Isabel Palacios and Jesus Mozo … has one brother, Jesus … birth date: Sept. 25, 1988.

 

AZAHARA MUNOZ, 20, of Spain
Advanced to the quarterfinals with a 1-up victory over Tracy Nichols … playing in her second U.S. Women’s Amateur … made the cut at the 2007 championship … won the 2008 NCAA Division I individual title by making a 25-putt on the first playoff hole against two-time WAPL champion Tiffany Joh … also won the 2002 and 2005 Spanish Amateurs, the 2008 Open de Laudes and the 2007 European Championship … runner-up at the 2008 Spanish Amateur … Won the 2004 Girls' British Open Championship in Scotland and was runner-up the following year … the 2002 Spanish International Junior champion … collegiate runner-up finishes at the Las Vegas Founders Collegiate Showdown and the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge … a first-team NGCA All-American in 2007-08 … second-team NGCA All-American in 2005-06 and 2006-07 … earned first-team All Pac-10 honors in 2005-06, 2006-07 and 2007-08 ... 2008 Edith Cummings Munson Award recipient … represented Spain at the 2006 Women’s World Amateur Team Championship, where she finished third individually … will also play for Spain at the 2008 championship … a member of Europe’s Junior Solheim Cup team in 2002, 2003 and 2005 … has a career-low round of 63, shot in 2007 … a senior at Arizona State University in 2008-09 … daughter of Jose Munoz and Consuelo Guijarre … has one sister, Elena, and one brother, Jose … birth date: Nov. 19, 1987.

 

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.
Advanced to the quarterfinals with a 1-up victory over Stephanie Kono … playing in her first Women’s Amateur … earned medalist honors at her sectional qualifier in New Jersey … had missed qualifying for the Women’s Am by one stroke the three past years … played in two U.S. Girls’ Juniors, losing in the first round in both 2004 and 2005 … won the 2005 Signal Mountain Junior Invitational and the 2004 FCWT Laura Diaz Classic … runner-up at the 2006 Scott Robertson Memorial … three-time VSGA Junior Girls’ Championship runner-up, in 2004, 2005 and 2006 … played in the 2007 Topy Cup in Japan … named to the 2006-07 and 2007-08 All-ACC Academic Women’s Golf Team and ACC Honor Roll … named the 2005 Virginia State Golf Association Junior Golfer of the year … honored with the William Eacho Women’s Golf Award for UVA in 2008 … has a career-low round of 69, shot in the 2008 Women’s Western Amateur … has one hole-in-one, which she made at the 2005 Women’s Trans Amateur at her home course, Glenmore Country Club … a junior at the University of Virginia in 2008-09 … daughter of Myron and Susan (who is her caddie at Eugene this week) … has one sister, Jodi … birth date: May 6, 1988.

 

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.

 

 

 
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.).

COURSE SET-UP –
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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