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Fact Sheet

August 4 - 10
Eugene Country Club
Eugene, Ore.

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.

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Total
Par 4 3 4 4 3 5 3 5 4 35
Yards 375 183 377 390 155/ 187 522 145 466 402 3,015/ 3,047
 
  10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Total
Par 4 4 3 5 4 4 5 4 4 37
Yards 383 362 168 521 399 385 485 342 424 3,469

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 ½ 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 ½ inches, approximately 6 feet wide along fairways
Primary rough – Cut to 2 ½ to 3 inches
Player courtesy walks – Cut to 1 ½ 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.

CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE:

  • Monday (Aug. 4) – First round, stroke play (18 holes)
  • Tuesday (Aug. 5) – Second round, stroke play (18 holes). After conclusion of the 36 holes, the field will be cut to the low 64 scorers, who will advance to match play.
  • Wednesday (Aug. 6) – First round, match play (18 holes)
  • Thursday (Aug. 7) – Second round, match play (18 holes); Third round, match play (18 holes)
  • Friday (Aug. 8) – Quarterfinals, match play (18 holes)
  • Saturday (Aug. 9) – Semifinals, match play (18 holes)
  • Sunday (Aug. 10) – Final, match play (36 holes)

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.

THE CHAMPION RECEIVES:

  • A gold medal and custody of the Robert Cox Cup for the ensuing year.
  • A 10-year exemption from sectional qualifying for future U.S. Women’s Amateur Championships.
  • A 10-year exemption from sectional qualifying for future U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Championships, if otherwise eligible.
  • A 10-year exemption from sectional qualifying for future U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links Championships, if otherwise eligible.
  • An exemption from local and sectional qualifying for the next two U.S. Women’s Open Championships, if still an amateur.
  • An exemption from local qualifying for future U.S. Women’s Open Championships, if still an amateur.
  • An exemption from sectional qualifying for future USGA Senior Women’s Amateur Championships, if otherwise eligible.

2007 RECAP: Maria Uribe, 17, of Colombia survived one of the most hard-fought finals in recent history to defeat 20-year-old Amanda Blumenherst of Scottsdale, Ariz., 1 up, to win the 2007 U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship at the 6,497-yard, par-72 Crooked Stick Golf Club in Carmel, Ind.

Uribe and Blumenherst were never separated by more than a one-hole margin in their 36-hole match. They were all square after the morning 18. Blumenherst finally gave Uribe the winning edge on the 193-yard, par-3 35th hole.

With the match all square, Blumenherst hit a 5-iron 18 feet short of the green. Uribe followed with a towering 5-iron shot to 7 feet. With Uribe so close to the hole, Blumenherst said she believed she had to make her birdie putt. She rammed it 6 feet past the hole. Uribe missed the birdie putt. Blumenherst had to make her 6-footer or risk going to the 36th tee one hole down. She also missed. Uribe knocked in the short putt for a winning par and was 1 up with one hole to play.

After the two players traded pars on the final hole, Uribe earned a 1-up victory to become the first Colombian champion in USGA history.

EXEMPT PLAYERS – There are 41 players fully exempt into the field for the 2008 U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship. They are (with exemption categories in parenthesis):

Sarah Almond of Albermarle, N.C. – 2008 Women’s Open qualifier

Mallory Blackwelder of Versailles, Ky. – 2008 USA Curtis Cup team alternate

Amanda Blumenherst of Scottsdale, Ariz. – 2006, 2008 USA Curtis Cup teams; 2006, 2007, 2008 U.S. Women’s Opens; 2007 U.S. Women’s Amateur runner-up

Meghan Bolger of Oxford, Miss. – 2006 and 2007 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur champion; 2008 USA Curtis Cup team

Karen Chung of Livingston, N.J. – 2008 U.S. Girls' Junior runner-up

Carlota Ciganda of Spain – 2007 Ladies’ British Open Amateur champion

Cydney Clanton of Concord, N.C. – 2008 U.S. Women’s Open qualifier

Carolyn Creekmore of Dallas, Texas – 2005 USA Copa de las Americas team

Lauren Doughtie of Suffolk, Va. – 2008 U.S. Women’s Open qualifier

Lindy Duncan of Daytona Beach, Fla. – 2006 U.S. Women’s Amateur semifinalist

Kathleen Ekey of Wadsworth, Ohio – 2008 U.S. Women’s Open qualifier

Tara Goedeken of Dodge City, Kan. – 2008 U.S. Women’s Open qualifier

Virginia Grimes of Meridian, Miss. – 2006 USA Curtis Cup team

Mina Harigae of Monterey, Calif. – 2007 U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links champion; 2007, 2008 U.S. Women’s Open; 2007 U.S. Women’s Amateur round of 16; 2008 USA Curtis Cup team

Emma Jandel of Dayton, Ohio – 2007 U.S. Women’s Amateur Round of 16

Ha-Na Jang of Korea – 2006 U.S. Women’s Amateur Round of 16; 2007 Women’s Amateur semifinalist; 2008 U.S. Women’s Open qualifier

Tiffany Joh of San Diego, Calif. – 2006, 2008 U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links champion; 2008 USA Curtis Cup team; 2007 Women’s Amateur round of 16

Sara-Maude Juneau of Canada – 2007 U.S. Women’s Amateur round of 16

Taylore Karle of Scottsdale, Ariz. – 2008 USA Curtis Cup team alternate

Kimberly Kim of Hilo, Hawaii – 2006 U.S. Women’s Amateur champion; 2007 Women’s Amateur semifinalist; 2008 USA Curtis Cup team; 2006 USA Women’s World Amateur Team Championship; 2006 Women’s Open (made cut), 2008 U.S. Women’s Open

Erynne Lee of Silverdale, Wash. – 2008 U.S. Women’s Open qualifier

Jennie Lee of Henderson, Nev. – 2006, 2008 USA Curtis Cup teams; 2006 USA Women’s World Amateur Team Championship; 2006, 2007 U.S. Women’s Amateur Round of 16; 2007 U.S. Women’s Open (made cut); 2008 U.S. Women’s Open qualifier

Joanne Lee of San Carlos, Calif. – 2008 U.S. Women’s Open qualifier

Breanne Loucks of Wales – 2006, 2008 GB&I Curtis Cup tea

Tiffany Lua of Rowland Heights, Calif. – 2007, 2008 U.S. Women’s Open qualifier

Sydnee Michaels of Temecula, Calif. – 2008 U.S. Women’s Open qualifier

Paola Morena of Colombia – 2008 U.S. Women’s Open qualifier

Belen Mozo of Spain – 2006 Ladies’ British Open Amateur champion; 2006 International European Ladies Championship

Azahara Munoz of Spain – 2006 Women’s World Amateur Team Championship top eight

Cyd Okino of Honolulu, Hawaii – 2008 U.S. Women’s Open qualifier

Kristen Park of Buena Park, Calif. – 2007 U.S. Girls’ Junior champion; 2008 U.S. Women’s Open qualifier

Emily Powers of Quincy, Ill. – 2008 U.S. Women’s Open qualifier

Robyn Puckett of Irvine, Calif. – 2007 USGA Senior Women’s Amateur runner-up

Lizette Salas of Azusa, Calif. – 2007 U.S. Women’s Amateur round of 16

Anna Schultz of Rockwall, Texas – 2007 USGA Senior Women’s Amateur champion

Jenny Shin of Torrance, Calif. – 2006 U.S. Girls’ Junior champion; 2008 U.S. Women’s Open qualifier

Nicole Smith of Riverside, Calif. – 2007 U.S. Women’s Amateur round of 16

Jennifer Song of Korea – 2007 U.S. Women’s Open (made cut); 2008 U.S. Women’s Open qualifier; 2007 U.S. Women’s Amateur round of 16; 2008 USA Curtis Cup team alternate; 2008 U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links runner-up

Victoria Tanco of Bradenton, Fla. – 2008 U.S. Women’s Open qualifier

Alexis Thompson of Coral Springs, Fla. – 2007 U.S. Women’s Amateur (round of 16); 2008 U.S. Women’s Open qualifier; 2008 U.S. Girls' Junior champion

Alison Walshe of Westford, Mass. – 2008 USA Curtis Cup team; 2007 U.S. Women’s Amateur round of 16; 2008 U.S. Women’s Open qualifier


PAST CHAMPIONS: Glenna Collett Vare, with six victories (1922, ’25, ’28, ‘29, ’30, ’35) leads the list of Women’s Amateur champions, followed by JoAnne Gunderson Carner with five (1957, ’60, ’62, ’62, ‘68. Patty Berg (1938), Babe Zaharias (1946), Louise Suggs (1947), Marlene Stewart Streit (1956), Anne Quast (1958, ’61 ’63), Barbara McIntire (1959, ’64), Catherine Lacoste (1969), Carol Semple Thompson (1973), Beth Daniel (1975, ’77), Juli Inkster (1980, ’81, ’82), Pat Hurst (1990), Wendy Ward (1994), Grace Park (1998), Dorothy Delasin (1999), and Kimberly Kim, who with her victory at the 2006 Women’s Amateur became the youngest winner, at age 14, in the championship’s history.

WELCOME BACK TO EUGENE: This will be the fourth USGA championship hosted by Eugene Country Club. The previous USGA championships at the club are: 1964 U.S. Junior Amateur (won by John Miller); 1993 U.S. Mid-Amateur (won by Jeff Thomas); and the 2002 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur (won by Kathy Hartwiger).

OREGON AND THE USGA: The state of Oregon is hosting its 31st USGA championship and its fourth Women’s Amateur. Waverley Country Club in Portland has hosted three Women’s Amateurs, in 1952, 1981 and 2000. Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club in North Plains hosted the 2006 Women’s Amateur.

TELEVISION COVERAGE: Live television coverage of the championship begins with the first round of match play on The Golf Channel (All times PDT).

  • Aug. 6 First Round 1-3 p.m.
  • Aug. 7 Second and Third Rounds 1-3 p.m.
  • Aug. 8 Quarterfinals 1-3 p.m.
  • Aug. 9 Semifinals 1-3 p.m.
  • Aug. 10 Final 2-4 p.m.

GROUPINGS AND STARTING TIMES: Groupings and starting times will be posted on the USGA’s Web site at www.usga.org prior to the championship. Complete coverage and feature stories from the championship will be available on the USGA Web site, www.usga.org.

FUTURE WOMEN’S AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIPS: The 2009 championship will be contested at Old Warson Country Club in St. Louis, Mo., Aug. 3-9 and the 2010 championship will be played at Charlotte (N.C.) Country Club, Aug. 9-15.

USGA COMMUNICATIONS/MEDIA RELATIONS CONTACTS: Beth Murrison and David Shefter will be the USGA media relations contacts on-site during the championship. The phone number in the media center is (908) 382-6574 or they can be reached via e-mail at bmurrison@usga.org (Murrison) or dshefter@usga.org (Shefter).

 

 
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 ½ 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 ½ inches, approximately 6 feet wide along fairways
Primary rough – Cut to 2 ½ to 3 inches
Player courtesy walks – Cut to 1 ½ 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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