Meet The 2009 U.S. Women's Amateur Quarterfinalists
Jennifer Johnson, 18, of La Quinta, Calif.
Advanced to the quarterfinals with a 3-and-2 victory over Sydnee Michaels … playing in her second Women’s Amateur … advanced to second round of the 2008 U.S. Women’s Amateur … member of the victorious 2008 U.S. Junior Ryder Cup team …selected to represent the USA in next month’s Junior Solheim Cup … won the 2008 Rolex Tournament of Champions, the 2007 Mission Hills Desert Junior and the 2007 PING Phoenix Junior … runner-up at the 2009 Mission Hills Desert Junior … 2007 and 2008 AJGA Rolex All-America First Team … 2005 Rolex AJGA All-America Honorable Mention … lowest competitive score is a 65, shot in 2005 at the Kierland Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz. … an avid San Diego Chargers fan … considers lime-green tees her only golf superstition … will attend Arizona State University in the fall … daughter of Sue and Mike … born: August 2, 1991.
Han Jungeun, 16, of Korea
Advanced to the quarterfinals with a 5-and-4 victory over 2006 U.S. Women’s Amateur semifinalist Lindy Duncan … playing in her first USGA championship … represented Korea at the 2008 Women’s World Amateur Team Championship, finishing 40th individually … won the Korean Match Play Championship in 2006 and 2007 … shot 22-under par 200 to win the individual title and lead Korea to the team title at the Queen Sirikit Cup 2008-Asia-Pacific Ladies Invitational Golf Team Championship … won the 2007 Orange Bowl Junior … a member of the Korean National Team … a junior at Joung Mun School … her father, Kwan Seong Han, is her caddie this week … enjoys listening to music and mountain climbing … born: March 26, 1993.
Stephanie Kono, 19, of Honolulu, Hawaii
Advanced to the quarterfinals with a 2-up win over Allie White … playing in her third Women’s Amateur … has played in six U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links Championships and advanced to the semifinals in 2008 … also played in six U.S. Girls’ Junior Championships … advanced to the semifinals in 2007 … played in the 2006 U.S. Women’s Open, where she missed the cut … won the 2009 UCF College Invitational … medalist at the 2008 College Match Play … runner-up at the 2009 NCAA Central Regional … earned first-team NGCA All-American and Pac-10 honors in 2008-09 … won the 2007 Arizona Women’s Silverbelle, the 2005 PGA Westfield Junior and the 2005 Harder German Junior Masters … lowest competitive score is a 64, shot at Turtle Bay Golf Club in 2006 during the Hawaiian High School State Championship … owns five career holes-in-one … will be a sophomore at UCLA in 2009-10 … graduated from the Punahou School, the same high school President Barack Obama attended … daughter of Teruo and Lori … born: November 27, 1989.
Jessica Korda, 16, of Bradenton, Fla.
Advanced to the quarterfinals with a 2-and-1 win over 2008 Women’s Amateur semifinalist Erynne Lee … playing in her first Women’s Amateur … made the cut at the 2008 and 2009 U.S. Women’s Opens … finished 26th in 2009 … finished T-19 in 2008, when her final-round 69 was the only sub-70 score on the final Sunday … advanced to the third round of the 2009 U.S. Girls’ Junior … won the 2008 Betsy Rawls … runner-up at the Rolex Girls and Scott Robertson in 2009 … won the Bobcat Trail Open in 2007 on the FCWT Junior Golf Tour … two-time Junior Champion in Czech Republic … represented Czech Republic at the 2006 Women’s World Amateur Team Championship … youngest player to make a cut on the Ladies European Tour at age 13, during the opening round of the 2006 OTP Bank Ladies Central European Open … 2007 First Team FCWT All-American … gave up tennis and took up golf when she was nine because she did not like running … daughter of Petr and Regina … father is Petr Korda who played on the ATP Tour and won the 1998 Australian Open … mother was also a highly ranked tennis pro … has one sister, Nelly, and a brother, Sebastian … attends Bradenton Preparatory Academy … born: February 27, 1993.
Tiffany Lua, 18, of Rowland Heights, Calif.
Advanced to the quarterfinals with a 1-up victory over Michelle Shin … playing in her fourth Women’s Amateur … has played in five U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links Championships, advancing to the semifinals in 2008 … has played in three U.S. Women’s Opens and made the cut in 2008 … also played in five U.S. Girls’ Juniors … played for the West team in the 2008 Canon Cup and earned a 4-0 record … also played on the 2006 and 2009 Canon Cup teams and the 2007 PING Junior Solheim Cup … will again play for the USA in the 2009 Junior Solheim Cup … won the 2005 Future Legends and the 2004 Ashworth Junior at Hot Springs … the 2004 California Women’s Amateur runner-up … also runner-up at the 2008 AJGA Thunderbird and the Rolex Tournament of Champions … an AJGA Rolex Junior All-American since 2005 – first-team honors in 2008, second-team selection in 2005 and 2007 and honorable mention in 2006 … had a hole-in-one when she was 10 … has a career-low round of 67, shot during the 2007 Women’s Amateur Public Links … will be a freshman at UCLA in September … daughter of Donna and Michael … has two brothers, Matt and Chris … born: February 22, 1991.
Candace Schepperle, 21, of Birmingham, Ala.
Advanced to the quarterfinals with a 3-and-2 win over Maude-Aimee LeBlanc … playing in her fourth U.S. Women’s Amateur … made the cut at the 2009 U.S. Women’s Open … qualified for match play at the 2007 and 2009 U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links Championships … in 2009, played in the LPGA’s State Farm Classic and the Kraft Nabisco Championship … won the 2009 Dixie Amateur and the 2009 Harder Hall Invitational, where she recorded her career-low round of 65 … had two runner-up finishes in the 2008-2009 season while playing for Auburn at the Mason Rudolph Championship and the Central District Invitational … tied for eighth at the 2009 NCAA Division I East Regional … made the cut and tied for 78th at the 2008 CN Canadian Women’s Open … Monday qualified for the LPGA’s 2006 Florida’s Natural Charity Championship and made the cut, tying for 75th …earned medalist honors at the 2006 Alabama Women’s Amateur … was the low individual scorer at the 2005 USGA Women’s State Team Championship (6-under 213), helping Alabama to a runner-up finish … named the 2008-09 Southeastern Conference Golfer of the Year, first-team All-SEC honoree and a first-team All-American selection by the NGCA and GolfWeek …a second-team All-SEC selection in 2007 and 2008 …also named the 2007 SEC Freshman of the Year … an AJGA Rolex All-American selection in 2005 and 2006 … a senior at Auburn in 2009-10 … daughter of David and Kim … David is her caddie this week … her sister, Abigale, is a former member of the Auburn women’s golf team and reached match play at the 2005 U.S. Women’s Amateur … born: July 13, 1988.
Jennifer Song, 19, of Ann Arbor, Mich.
Advanced to the quarterfinals with a 2-and-1 victory over Cydney Clanton … playing in her third Women’s Amateur … a quarterfinalist at the 2007 Women’s Amateur … won the 2009 U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links Championship with a 7-and-6 win over Kimberly Kim … runner-up at the 2008 WAPL … earned low-amateur honors at the 2009 U.S. Women’s Open and shared low-amateur honors at the 2007 Women’s Open … also played in the 2008 Women’s Open, where she missed the cut … selected as an alternate for the 2008 USA Curtis Cup team … runner-up in the 2009 NCAA Championship … named Golfweek Magazine’s 2009 College Player of the Year … a member of the Korean National Team in 2007 and 2008 … has a career-low round of 66, shot during the 2006 Junior Pacific Championship in Singapore, which she won … also won the 2006 JungAm Cup … runner-up at the 2009 Pac-10 Championship and the 2009 NCAA West Regional … named the 2008-09 NCAA Freshman of the Year … will be a sophomore at the University of Southern California in 2009-10 … daughter of Museok Song and Jeeyeon Koong … her father is her caddie this week … has one brother, Albert … born: December 20, 1989.
Alexis Thompson, 14, of Coral Springs, Fla.
Advanced to the quarterfinals with a 2-and-1 victory over Cyna Marie Rodriguez … playing in her third Women’s Amateur … advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2007 Women’s Amateur, the youngest quarterfinalist in the history of the championship …won the 2008 U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship … has played in three consecutive U.S. Women’s Opens, 2007, 2008 and 2009 … made the cut at the 2009 championship … in 2007, as a 12-year-old, she became the youngest player in history to qualify for the U.S. Women’s Open; shot 76-82 and failed to make the cut … started the 2009 season with three consecutive prestigious amateur titles, the South Atlantic Amateur (SALLY), Ione D. Jones/Doherty and the Southern Amateur … won the 2009 Junior PGA by 12 strokes … lowest competitive score is 66 in winning the 2007 PGA Junior Championship, where she became the event's youngest champion … also won the 2007 AJGA At Traditions as well as the 2006 and 2007 Doral Publix … also won the 2008 Dixie Amateur … daughter of Scott and Judy … has two brothers, Nicholas and Curtis … Nicholas played on the 2005 USA Walker Cup team and is currently on the PGA Tour … Curtis has played in the 2007, 2008 and 2009 Junior Amateurs … born: February 10, 1995.
Profiles compiled by Beth Murrison, manager of communications for the USGA. E-mail her with questions or comments at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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: Old Warson Country Club will play at 6,422/6,468 yards and par of 35-36—71.
ARCHITECT: Old Warson Country Club was designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr. and opened in 1954.
COURSE SET-UP –The USGA Course Rating® for the Women’s Amateur Championship at Old Warson Country Club is 78.1 and USGA Slope Rating® is 140.
Tees and fairways, height of grass – 7/16 inch
Collars, height of grass – 0.2 inch
Putting greens, speed – 11.5-12 feet on USGA Stimpmeter
Intermediate Rough – 1.25 inches (3 feet width)
Primary Rough – 3 inches
FORMAT: The U.S. 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 PLAY: The U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship is open to female amateurs who have a USGA Handicap Index not exceeding 5.4.
ENTRIES: A total of 955 contestants entered the 2009 championship. The record of 969 was set in 2006.