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Blumenherst, Na Share Medalist Honors At U.S. Women’s Amateur

 

Eugene, Ore. – Amanda Blumenherst, 21, of Scottsdale, Ariz., and Stephanie Na, 19, of Australia, both finished at 4-under 140 to share medalist honors following Tuesday’s second round of stroke play at the 2008 U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship, being played at the 6,484-yard, par-72 Eugene Country Club.

Blumenherst followed up her first-round 6-under 66 with a 2-over 74. The three-time collegiate player of the year and 2007 Women’s Amateur runner-up ran into trouble with consecutive double bogeys on the 10th and 11th holes, but wasn’t discouraged by the round.

“I actually played well, I just had basically a train wreck on three holes,” said Blumenherst. “I really didn’t have any bogeys except for the doubles, so that’s going to put you back a few. I fought back, which is great, but a few things could have gone a little better.”

For the two-time USA Curtis Cupper, whose 66 on Monday tied the Women’s Amateur 18-hole scoring record, the most important result of her two days of stroke play qualifying was that she advanced.

“Match play is really the only part of the tournament that really matters,” said Blumenherst, who lost a 1-up heartbreaker to Maria Jose Uribe in the final of the 2007 championship.

For Na, who has spent seven weeks in North America playing in events, perhaps the toughest part was making it through her sectional qualifier in Georgia last month, when she shot 72 to earn the last qualifying spot.

“I was really nervous for the whole week and a half leading up to it,” said Na, the reigning Australian Stroke-play champion. “I have never really had to qualify to play in an event and if I hadn’t qualified it would have cut my trip short. It was really relieving when I qualified.”

She has made the most of her chance thus far, following up her first-round 3-under 69 with a 1-under 71 Tuesday to earn a share of medalist honors in her first USGA event.

Na came into Eugene after a disappointing week at the Canadian Amateur that included a final-round 84.

“The last day I completely fell apart,” said Na. “Nothing was working for me. It was hard to get my confidence back. But I took that that score out of me and it was good to get it out. I guess I just worked on a few things to get a few things back in line.”

One stroke off the pace was 22-year-old Canadian Kira Meixner, who followed up an even-par 72 with a 3-under 69. Another Canadian, 21-year-old Stephanie Sherlock, finished two strokes back, as did Whitney Neuhauser, 20, of Barboursville, Va.

Two golfers who have already won USGA championships in 2008 kept their hopes of becoming the seventh golfer in history to win two USGA titles in the same season by safely advancing to match play. Alexis Thompson, 13, of Coral Springs, Fla., who won the Girls’ Junior a week ago, shot a 1-under 71 to finish at 147, and Tiffany Joh, 21, of San Diego, Calif., who won her second U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links title in June, followed up her opening 74 with a 2-under 70 to advance.

One past champion was not so fortunate. Kimberly Kim, 16, of Pahoa, Hawaii, came back from her opening 82 with a 1-under 71, including a chip-in from a greenside bunker for birdie on her final hole, but missed the cut by one stroke. Kim’s victory in 2006, at age 14, made her the youngest Women’s Amateur champion in history.

Match play at the 2008 U.S. Women’s Amateur begins Wednesday with the first round and continues with the second and third rounds Thursday. The quarterfinal matches are on Friday, the semifinals will be played Saturday and the 36-hole championship final will be played Sunday.


The U.S. Women’s Amateur is one of 13 championships conducted annually by the United States Golf Association each year, 10 of which are strictly for amateurs.

Story written by Beth Murrison of USGA Media Relations. For questions or comments, contact her at bmurrison@usga.org.

Eugene, Ore. – Results following Tuesday’s second round of stroke play at the 2008 U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship at the 6,484-yard, par-72 Eugene Country Club (*=in playoff for final match-play spots):

Amanda Blumenherst, Scottsdale, Ariz., 66-74--140

Stephanie Na, Australia, 69-71--140

Kira Meixner, Canada, 72-69--141

Stephanie Sherlock, Canada, 69-73--142

Whitney Neuhauser, Barboursville, Va., 70-72--142

Alison Walshe, Westford, Mass., 68-75--143

Azahara Munoz, Spain, 75-68--143

Carlota Ciganda, Spain, 70-73--143

Julia Potter, Granger, Ind., 73-70--143

Lindy Duncan, Ft Lauderdale, Fla., 74-69--143

Sara-Maude Juneau, Canada, 74-69--143

Victoria Tanco, Argentina, 74-69--143

Jennifer Song, Korea, 72-72--144

Mina Harigae, Monterey, Calif., 74-70--144

Paola Moreno, Colombia, 71-73--144

Tiffany Joh, San Diego, Calif., 74-70--144

Tiffany Lua, Rowland Heights, Calif., 75-69--144

Allie White, Lancaster, Ohio, 72-73--145

Cindy Lacrosse, Tampa, Fla., 74-72--146

Stephanie Kono, Honolulu, Hawaii, 73-73--146

Alexis Thompson, Coral Springs, Fla., 76-71--147

Belen Mozo, Spain, 73-74--147

Breanne Loucks, Wales, 72-75--147

Megan McChrystal, Stuart, Fla., 73-74--147

Chelsea Stelzmiller, Placerville, Calif., 74-74--148

Christine Song, Fullerton, Calif., 70-78--148

Erica Moston, Belmont, Calif., 77-71--148

Ha-Na Jang, Korea, 76-72--148

Junthima Gulyanamitta, West Lafayette, Ind., 75-73--148

Lisa McCloskey, Montgomery, Texas, 74-74--148

Nikki Koller, Lewisburg, Ky., 72-76--148

Stefanie Kenoyer, Lighthouse Point, Fla., 75-73--148

Sydney Burlison, Salinas, Calif., 73-75--148

Alice Kim, Walnut, Calif., 77-72--149

Jennifer Hirano, Pinole, Calif., 75-74--149

Jennifer Johnson, La Quinta, Calif., 76-73--149

Lucy Nunn, Lawton, Okla., 75-74--149

Michelle Shin, Cape Coral, Fla., 74-75--149

Natalie Sheary, West Hartford, Conn., 71-78--149

Ryann O'Toole, San Clemente, Calif., 71-78--149

Shannon Fish, Spring, Texas, 77-72--149

Sydnee Michaels, Temecula, Calif., 75-74--149

Ayaka Kaneko, Honolulu, Hawaii, 73-77--150

Ellen Mueller, Bartlesville, Okla., 75-75--150

Erynne Lee, Silverdale, Wash., 75-75--150

Jane Chin, Mission Viejo, Calif., 74-76--150

Julie Yang, Phoenix, Ariz., 72-78--150

Kristina Wong, Vestal, N.Y., 75-75--150

Lauren Doughtie, Suffolk, Va., 77-73--150

Pennapa Pulsawath, Ames, Iowa, 74-76--150

Sara Hurwitch, Potomac Falls, Va., 76-74--150

Selanee Henderson, Temecula, Calif., 75-75--150

Sydney Crane, Jamestown, N.C., 76-74--150

Alison Lee, Valencia, Calif., 79-72--151

Caroline Kim, Canada, 75-76--151

Dottie Ardina, Philippines, 74-77--151

Pearl Jin, San Gabriel, Calif., 80-71--151

Tracy Nichols, Rocklin, Calif., 77-74--151

*Jaclyn Sweeney, Bradenton, Fla., 78-74--152 (3)

*Tara Goedeken, Dodge City, Kan., 75-77--152 (3)

*Kristen Park, Buena Park, Calif., 81-71--152 (3)

*Jennie Lee, Henderson, Nev., 76-76--152 (4,3)

*Lizette Salas, Azusa, Calif., 76-76--152 (4,3)

*Kelley Louth, Corpus Christi, Texas, 78-74--152 (4,4,2)

Failed to Qualify

*Cyna Rodriguez, Philippines, 74-78--152 (4,4,4)

*Garrett Phillips, St Simons Island, Ga., 78-74--152 (4,4,3)

*Karen Chung, Livingston, N.J., 75-77--152 (4,4,3)

*Taylor Barrett, York, S.C., 76-76--152 (5)

Abby Bools, Hickory, N.C., 73-80--153

Austin Ernst, Seneca, S.C., 75-78--153

Cydney Clanton, Concord, N.C., 77-76--153

Danielle Cvitanov, Sacramento, Calif., 77-76--153

Haley Wilson, Fort Mitchell, Ala., 76-77--153

Jenny Shin, Torrance, Calif., 79-74--153

Joanna Coe, Mays Landing, N.J., 74-79--153

Kaitlin Drolson, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., 77-76--153

Kimberly Kim, Hilo, Hawaii, 82-71--153

Mari Chun, Pearl City, Hawaii, 75-78--153

Marika Lendl, Bradenton, Fla., 76-77--153

Megan Grehan, Mamaroneck, N.Y., 77-76--153

Nannette Hill, Pelham Manor, N.Y., 80-73--153

Sarah Thead, Poway, Calif., 78-75--153

Chelsey Cothran, Springdale, Ark., 76-78--154

Emma Jandel, Dayton, Ohio, 81-73--154

Jane Rah, Torrance, Calif., 77-77--154

Janine Fellows, Houston, Texas, 80-74--154

Kendall Dye, Edmond, Okla., 80-74--154

Kristen Svicarovich, Hillsboro, Ore., 79-75--154

Christina Stockton, Auburn, Calif., 77-78--155

Christine Cho, La Crescenta, Calif., 80-75--155

Jenelle Gomez, San Jose, Calif., 76-79--155

Joy Trotter, Chino Hills, Calif., 77-78--155

Kate Ackerson, Allen, Texas, 79-76--155

Kathleen Ekey, Sharon Center, Ohio, 84-71--155

Milena Savich, Carmel, Ind., 74-81--155

Mina Hardin, Ft Worth, Texas, 79-76--155

Nicole Ferrero, Lodi, Calif., 75-80--155

Stacey Keating, Australia, 76-79--155

Susannah Aboff, Huntington, N.Y., 78-77--155

Thuhashini Selvaratnam, Sri Lanka, 78-77--155

Amy Eneroth, Spokane, Wash., 77-79--156

Casey Kennedy, Venice, Fla., 79-77--156

Meghan Bolger, Oakland Park, Fla., 84-72--156

Tessa The, Los Altos, Calif., 81-75--156

Cristina Corpus, San Leandro, Calif., 77-80--157

Kathy Schowe, La Quinta, Calif., 77-80--157

Lindsey Haupt, St Louis, Mo., 76-81--157

Mallory Blackwelder, Versailles, Ky., 79-78--157

Anna Keith, Moultrie, Ga., 81-77--158

Annie Park, Levittown, N.Y., 81-77--158

Kate Hildahl, Tualatin, Ore., 78-80--158

Kimberly Kaufman, Clark, S.D., 81-77--158

Sadena Parks, Puyallup, Wash., 78-80--158

Stacey Miller, Bloomington, Ill., 81-77--158

Ashley McKenney, Scottsdale, Ariz., 79-80--159

Jaclyn Jansen, Effingham, Ill., 80-79--159

Julianna Uhrik, Corvallis, Ore., 81-78--159

Nicole Forshner, Canada, 81-78--159

Amelia Lewis, Jacksonville, Fla., 77-83--160

Carolyn Creekmore, Dallas, Texas, 85-75--160

Emily Powers, Quincy, Ill., 82-78--160

Cyd Okino, Honolulu, Hawaii, 84-77--161

Heather Lemaster, Sacramento, Calif., 77-84--161

Lindsey Solberg, Middleton, Wis., 79-82--161

Mayule Tomimbang, Kissimmee, Fla., 79-82--161

Sarah Whitney, Hingham, Mass., 82-79--161

Taryn Kuida, Redondo Beach, Calif., 79-82--161

Anna Schultz, Rockwall, Texas, 81-81--162

Gabriella Then, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., 82-80--162

Haley Millsap, Pace, Fla., 82-80--162

Joanne Lee, San Carlos, Calif., 82-80--162

Maria Castellanos, Stuart, Fla., 85-77--162

Olivia Lansing, Dellwood, Minn., 79-83--162

Amber Lundskog, San Diego, Calif., 86-77--163

Laura Coble, Augusta, Ga., 83-80--163

Taylore Karle, Scottsdale, Ariz., 87-76--163

Jade Bollinger, Wellington, Fla., 86-78--164

Megan Pak, Bradenton, Fla., 83-81--164

Rebecca Lederhausen, Hinsdale, Ill., 83-81--164

Robyn Puckett, Irvine, Calif., 83-81--164

Victoria Fallgren, Lakewood, Calif., 85-79--164

Marissa Steen, West Chester, Ohio, 79-86--165

Katie Rogner, Hartford, Ohio, 81-85--166

Madison Marcolla, Chillicothe, Mo., 90-77--167

Sarah Almond, Albemarle, N.C., 83-84--167

Christine Curley, Vienna, Va., 83-85--168

Dawn Shockley, Estes Park, Colo., 81-87--168

Jessica Potter, Canada, 85-83--168

Linda Olsen, La Quinta, Calif., 87-81--168

Stephanie Wagstaff, Asheville, N.C., 86-82--168

Monica Villarreal, Yorba Linda, Calif., 86-83--169

Andrea Kaelin, Orange Park, Fla., 84-88--172

Ashleigh Albrecht, Murrieta, Calif., 89-84--173

Paige Rachor, Bellingham, Wash., 88-88--176

Kati Scholten, Brookings, S.D., 84-95--179

 

Eugene, Ore. – Pairings for Wednesday’s first round of match play at the 2008 U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship at the 6,484-yard, par-72 Eugene Country Club:

Round of 64

Upper Bracket

9:30 a.m.             Stephanie Na, Australia (140) vs. Kelley Louth, Corpus Christi, Texas (152)

9:40 a.m.             Sydney Burlison, Salinas, Calif. (148) vs. Erica Moston, Belmont, Calif. (148)

9:50 a.m.             Mina Harigae, Monterey, Calif. (144) vs. Lauren Doughtie, Suffolk, Va. (150)

10:00 a.m.           Tiffany Lua, Rowland Heights, Calif. (144) vs. Kristina Wong, Vestal, N.Y. (150)

10:10 a.m.           Azahara Munoz, Spain (143) vs. Alison Lee, Valencia, Calif. (151)

10:20 a.m.           Ha-Na Jang, Korea (148) vs. Shannon Fish, Spring, Texas (149)

10:30 a.m.           Sara-Maude Juneau, Canada (143) vs. Tracy Nichols, Rocklin, Calif. (151)

10:40 a.m.           Breanne Loucks, Wales (147) vs. Michelle Shin, Cape Coral, Fla. (149)

10:50 a.m.           Whitney Neuhauser, Barboursville, Va. (142) vs. Kristen Park, Buena Park, Calif. (152)

11:00 a.m.           Lisa McCloskey, Montgomery, Texas (148) vs. Lucy Nunn, Lawton, Okla. (149)

11:10 a.m.           Tiffany Joh, San Diego, Calif. (144) vs. Jane Chin, Mission Viejo, Calif. (150)

11:20 a.m.           Stephanie Kono, Honolulu, Hawaii (146) vs. Julie Yang, Phoenix, Ariz. (150)

11:30 a.m.           Stephanie Sherlock, Canada (142) vs. Tara Goedeken, Dodge City, Kan. (152)

11:40 a.m.           Christine Song, Fullerton, Calif. (148) vs. Sydnee Michaels, Temecula, Calif. (149)

11:50 a.m.           Lindy Duncan, Ft Lauderdale, Fla. (143) vs. Sara Hurwitch, Potomac Falls, Va. (150)

12:00 p.m.           Belen Mozo, Spain (147) vs. Ayaka Kaneko, Honolulu, Hawaii (150)

Lower Bracket

12:10 p.m.           Amanda Blumenherst, Scottsdale, Ariz. (140) vs. Lizette Salas, Azusa, Calif. (152)

12:20 p.m.           Nikki Koller, Lewisburg, Ky. (148) vs. Natalie Sheary, West Hartford, Conn. (149)

12:30 p.m.           Jennifer Song, Korea (144) vs. Selanee Henderson, Temecula, Calif. (150)

12:40 p.m.           Allie White, Lancaster, Ohio (145) vs. Ellen Mueller, Bartlesville, Okla. (150)

12:50 p.m.           Carlota Ciganda, Spain (143) vs. Caroline Kim, Canada (151)

1:00 p.m.            Junthima Gulyanamitta, West Lafayette, Ind. (148) vs. Jennifer Johnson, La Quinta, Calif. (149)

1:10 p.m.            Victoria Tanco, Argentina (143) vs. Pearl Jin, San Gabriel, Calif. (151)

1:20 p.m.            Alexis Thompson, Coral Springs, Fla. (147) vs. Jennifer Hirano, Pinole, Calif. (149)

1:30 p.m.            Kira Meixner, Canada (141) vs. Jennie Lee, Henderson, Nev. (152)

1:40 p.m.            Stefanie Kenoyer, Lighthouse Point, Fla. (148) vs. Ryann O'Toole, San Clemente, Calif.  (149)

1:50 p.m.            Paola Moreno, Colombia (144) vs. Erynne Lee, Silverdale, Wash. (150)

2:00 p.m.            Cindy Lacrosse, Tampa, Fla. (146) vs. Pennapa Pulsawath, Ames, Iowa (150)

2:10 p.m.            Alison Walshe, Westford, Mass. (143) vs. Jaclyn Sweeney, Bradenton, Fla. (152)

2:20 p.m.            Chelsea Stelzmiller, Placerville, Calif. (148) vs. Alice Kim, Walnut, Calif. (149)

2:30 p.m.            Julia Potter, Granger, Ind. (143) vs. Dottie Ardina, Philippines (151)

2:40 p.m.            Megan McChrystal, Stuart, Fla. (147) vs. Sydney Crane, Jamestown, N.C. (150)

 

 

 
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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