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Blumenherst, Na Share Lead Midway Through Second Round

 

Eugene, Ore. – Amanda Blumenherst, 21, of Scottsdale, Ariz., and Stephanie Na, 19, of Australia, both finished at 4-under 140 to share the lead midway through 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 Blumenherst 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. “I would have liked to have been low stroke, but I got into match play and tomorrow is when the tournament really begins.”

If Blumenherst does earn medalist honors, she will share it with Na, the reigning Australian Stroke-play champion who is playing in her first USGA event.

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. “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.

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 co-leaders pace was 22-year-old Canadian Kira Meixner, who followed up an even-par 72 with a 3-under 69.

Alexis Thompson, 13, of Coral Springs, Fla., who won the Girls’ Junior a week ago, shot a 1-under 71 to finish at 148 and should easily advance to match play. Another player hoping to become the seventh golfer in history to win a second USGA championship in the same season, Tiffany Joh, 21, of San Diego, Calif., had an afternoon starting time. Joh, who won her second U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links title in June, opened with a 2-over 74.

Blumenherst’s 2008 USA Curtis Cup teammate, Alison Walshe, 23, of Westford, Mass., who had a first-round 68, also had an afternoon starting time Tuesday, as did 2006 U.S. Women’s Amateur champion, Kimberly Kim, 16, of Pahoa, Hawaii, who opened with a 10-over 82.

After the conclusion of the second round of stroke play Tuesday afternoon, the U.S. Women’s Amateur field will be reduced to 64 players for match play. The first round of match play is scheduled for Wednesday, the second and third rounds will be played Thursday and 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.

 

 

 
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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