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Storylines For 2009 U.S. Women's Amateur

Youngest competitor: Yuerr (Cindy) Feng, 13, People’s Republic of China

Oldest competitor: Noreen Mohler, 55, Bethlehem, Pa.

Average age: 20.17

Foreign countries represented (18): Argentina; Australia; Canada; Chinese Taipei; Colombia; England; Germany; Jamaica; Korea; Northern Ireland; People’s Republic of China; Peru; Philippines; Puerto Rico; Scotland; South Africa; Sri Lanka; Thailand.

States represented (35): Alabama; Arizona; California; Colorado; Connecticut; Florida; Georgia; Hawaii; Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maine; Massachusetts; Michigan; Minnesota; Mississippi; Missouri; Nevada; New Jersey; New York; North Carolina; North Dakota; Ohio; Oklahoma; Oregon; Pennsylvania; South Carolina; Tennessee; Texas; Vermont; Virginia; Washington; Wisconsin.

Mid-Amateurs (25 and over) in field (9): Laura Coble (45); Virginia Grimes (45); Jill Hardy (28); Diane Lang (54); Noreen Mohler (55); Anna Schultz (53); Thuhashini Selvaratnam (33); Lynn Simmons (41); Meghan Stasi (31).

Juniors (17 and under) in field (40): Sarah Almond (17); Amy Anderson (17); Dottie Ardina (15); Sarah Brown (17); Casie Cathrea (13); Yuerr (Cindy) Feng (13); Alyssa Ferrell (17); Danielle Frasier (16); Ani Gulugian (17); Jennifer Hahn (15); Catherine Herrera (16); Cassy Isagawa (15); Ha Na Jang (17); Danielle Kang (16); Casey Kennedy (17); Kimberly Kim (17); Lauren Kim (14); Jessica Korda (16); Alison Lee (14); Erynne Lee (16); Esther Lee (14); Stephanie Meadow (17); Erin Michel (16); Grace Na (16); Jennifer Park (16); Jisoo Park (14); Kristen Park (16); Ri Hyang Park (16); Sun Gyuong Park (17); Cyna Marie Rodriguez (17); Kaitlyn Rohrback (17); Kyle Roig (17); Daffodil Sanchez (15); Jenny Shin (16); Alexandra Stewart (17); Victoria Tanco (15); Julia Thead (17); Alexis Thompson (14); Mariko Tumangan (15); Trisha Witherby (16).

USGA champions in field (12): Amy Anderson (2009 U.S.  Girls’ Junior); Laura Coble (2005 USGA Women’s State Team); Virginia Grimes (1998 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur, 1997 USGA Women’s State Team); Kimberly Kim (2006 U.S. Women’s Amateur); Diane Lang (2005, 2006 and 2008 USGA Senior Women’s Amateur); Kristen Park (2007 U.S. Girls’ Junior); Anna Schultz (2007 USGA Senior Women’s Amateur); Thuhashini Selvaratnam (2007 USGA Women’s State Team); Jenny Shin (2006 U.S. Girls’ Junior); Jennifer Song (2009 U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links); Meghan Stasi (2006 and 2007 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur); Alexis Thompson (2008 U.S. Girls’ Junior).

USA Curtis Cup members in field (4): Virginia Grimes (1998, 2000 and 2006); Kimberly Kim (2008); Noreen Mohler (1978); Meghan Stasi (2008).

Great Britain and Ireland Curtis Cup members in field (2): Jodi Ewart (2008); Sally Watson (2008)

Women’s World Amateur Team Championship competitors in field (14): Dottie Ardina (Philippines, 2006); Julia Boland (Australia, 2008); Jodi Ewart (England, 2008); Martina Gavier (Argentina, 2008); Han Jungeun (Korea, 2008); Kimberly Kim (USA, 2006) USA); Jessica Korda (Czech Republic, 2006); Maude-Aimee LeBlanc (Canada, 2008); Caroline Masson (Germany, 2006, 2008); Cyna Marie Rodriguez (Philippines, 2006); Kyle Roig (Puerto Rico, 2006 and 2008); Kelli  Shean (South Africa, 2006); Stephanie Sherlock (Canada, 2008); Pei-Ying Tsai (Chinese Taipei, 2008).

2009 U.S. Women’s Open qualifiers in field (25): Ashleigh Albrecht; Marina Alex; Kaitlin Drolson; Lindy Duncan; Yuerr (Cindy) Feng; Mallory Fraiche; Ani Gulugian; Nannette Hill;  Stefanie Kenoyer; Alice Kim; Kimberly Kim; Jessica Korda; Alison Lee; Tiffany Lua; Kristen Park; Candace Schepperle; Michelle Shin, Jennifer Song; Meghan Stasi; Chelsea Stelzmiller; Haley Stephens; Victoria Tanco; Alexis Thompson; Mariko Tumangan; Allie White.

2009 U.S. Girls’ Junior qualifiers in field (26): Sarah Almond; Amy Anderson; Sarah Brown; Casie Cathrea; Yuerr (Cindy) Feng; Ani Gulugian; Jennifer Hahn; Cassy Isagawa; Jennifer Johnson; Danielle Kang; Casey Kennedy; Kimberly Kim; Jessica Korda; Alison Lee; Erynne Lee; Stephanie Meadow; Grace Na; Jisoo Park; Kristen Park; Kyle Roig; Daffodil Sanchez; Jenny Shin; Victoria Tanco; Julia Thead; Alexis Thompson; Mariko Tumangan.

2009 U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links qualifiers in field (35): Kate Ackerson; Sarah Almond; Leanne Bowdith; Sarah Brown; Alexandria Buelow; Cydney Clanton; Yuerr (Cindy) Feng; Allyssa Ferrell; Mallory Fraiche; Martina Gavier; Sara Grantham; Jennifer Hahn, Jill Hardy; Sara-Maude Juneau; Casey Kennedy; Stefanie Kenoyer; Alice Kim; Kimberly Kim; Stephanie Kono; Meghan Martinek; Sydnee Michaels; Ellen Mueller; Aimee Neff; Whitney Neuhauser; Jisoo Park; Sun Gyoung Park; Kristin Paulson; Madison Pressel; Paula Reto; Lizette Salas; Candace Schepperle; Thuhashini Selvaratnam; Lynn Simmons; Jennifer Song; Alexandra Stewart.

Players celebrating birthdays during week of championship: Olivia Lansing (turns 21 on Aug. 4); Daffodil Sanchez (turns 16 Aug. 5); Anna Schultz (turns 54 Aug. 8); Taylor Weaver (turns 19 Aug. 3). Two players celebrated birthdays on Aug. 2, the final practice round: Marina Alex (19) and Jennifer Johnson (18).

The following are some individual storylines:

When Kate Ackerson, 22, of Allen, Texas, won a state high school team championship, everyone on the squad wore green and dyed their hair green. Her cousin, Alison Cavanaugh, is also competing in the Women’s Amateur this week.

Ashleigh Albrecht, 18, of Murrieta, Calif., was the homecoming queen at her California high school. The 2009 U.S. Women’s Open qualifier will attend the University of Kentucky in the fall after being introduced to the golf coach during the 2008 U.S. Women’s  Amateur.

Amy Anderson, 17, of Oxbow, N.D., became the second golfer from Oxbow Country Club to win a USGA championship when she claimed the U.S. Girls’ Junior title on July 25 at Trump National Golf Club. Fellow Oxbow member Michael Podolak won the 1984 U.S. Mid-Amateur. She will attend North Dakota State in the fall.

Laura Anderson, 20, of Tompkinsville, Ky., began playing varsity high school in the fifth grade. She also helped her high school basketball team win the state title in her junior season, earning all-tournament honors. Became youngest champion of Kentucky Women’s Open in 2006 at the age of 17, and claimed the 2008 Kentucky Women’s Amateur.

Dottie Ardina, 15, of the Philippines won this year’s Philippine Women’s Amateur Open title. She also is a five-time U.S. Kids World Golf champion.

Molly Aronsson, 21, of Shelburne, Vt., played ice hockey and soccer along with golf until she graduated from high school. The University of Washington senior claimed Vermont Women’s Amateur titles in 2006 and 2007.

This fall, Ashley Bauer, 21, of Grand Blanc, Mich., will be one of three sisters on the University of Michigan women’s golf team. She will be joined by Meagan (19) and incoming freshman Shana (17).

Brooke Beeler, 19, of Butler, Ill., and her brother, Adam, hold the Illinois High School Association nine-hole record with 30 and 29, respectively. Brooke won the 2008 Illinois Women’s Amateur.

Julia Boland, 23, of Australia represented her country at the 2008 Women’s World Amateur Team Championship in Adelaide. She won the 2009 Australian Stroke Play Championship.

Abby Bools, 21, of Hickory, N.C., was named the 2008-09 Conference USA Player of the Year for East Carolina University.

Leanne Bowditch, 22, of Australia, met Greg Norman when she was 12 years old. The Pepperdine University graduate is working this year as an events coordinator for Autism Recovery Summit. Her older brother, Steven, played on the PGA/Nationwide Tour.  

Sarah Brown, 17, of Lopatcong Township, N.J., is the third-oldest of nine children. She finished as the runner-up at last week’s PGA Junior Championship and was a quarterfinalist at the 2007 U.S. Girls’ Junior. She also represented the U.S. at the 2008 Junior Ryder Cup.

Corrine Carr, 20, of Pinehurst, N.C., claims she is able to jump rope while riding a pogo stick. The University of South Carolina senior captured the 2001 North and South Girls’ Junior Championship.

Casie Cathrea, 13, of Livermore, Calif., is playing in her third USGA event of the summer. She was a quarterfinalist at the U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links and lost in the second round of the U.S. Girls’ Junior.

Alison Cavanaugh, 21, of Littleton, Colo., is the cousin of fellow U.S. Women’s Amateur competitor Kate Ackerson.

Cydney Clanton, 20, of Concord, N.C., was the runner-up at last month’s North and South Women’s Amateur at Pinehurst No. 2 and a quarterfinalist at the U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links Championship in June at Red Tail Golf Club in Devens, Mass.

Laura Coble, 45, of Augusta, Ga., helped Georgia to the 2005 USGA Women’s State team title. She is a seven-time Georgia State Match Play champion and a four-time winner of the Georgia Stroke Play Championship. She also won the 2004 Georgia State Open. She won the Georgia State Women’s Player of the Year honor 10 consecutive years.

Chelsea Curtis, 22, of Mashpee, Mass., showed courage after being hit in the head with a 4-wood and suffering a minor concussion at a college tournament. But she played all 36 holes that day because she wanted to play for her Georgetown University team. She won the New England Women’s Amateur title this summer and was runner-up at the 2008 North and South Women’s Amateur.

Catherine Dolan, 19, of Ballwin, Mo., should receive plenty of support this week. She attends Missouri State University in Springfield, and she captured the 2007 Missouri Girls High School golf title. She was named the 2008-09 Missouri Valley Conference’s newcomer of the year.

Kaitlin Drolson, 19, of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., prefers to have all her accessories “blinged out” in rhinestones, saying “it adds a little fun to everything.”

Lindy Duncan, 18, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., was a semifinalist at the 2006 U.S. Women’s Amateur.

Catherine Elliott, 21, of Malvern, Pa., can probably tell you anything about Walt Disney World. She has been to the theme park 37 times.

Jackie Evans, 19, of Wayne, Pa., got a good glimpse of what it takes to be a Women’s Amateur champion in 2003, when Virada Nirapathpongporn stayed with her family during her run to the title at Philadelphia Country Club.

Jodi Ewart, 21, of England, says she wants to pursue sports psychology after a potential professional so “I can help all those crazy people who try to play golf.” Since coming to the U.S. to play at the University of New Mexico, the 2008 Great Britain and Ireland Curtis Cup member has become addicted to Starbucks Coffee and peanut butter.

Yuerr (Cindy) Feng, 13, of People’s Republic of China was the youngest qualifier at this year’s U.S. Women’s Open and claimed two prestigious American Junior Golf Association titles in 2009: Thunderbird Invitational and McDonald’s Betsy Rawls Girls Championship.

Alysson Ferguson, 20, of Houston, Texas, won the 2009 Texas Women’s Open.

Shannon Fish, 20, of Spring, Texas, won the 2007 Texas Women’s Open and was named the team MVP for the University of Texas women’s squad this past season.

Mallory Fraiche, 21, of Metairie, La., won the 2009 Sun Belt Conference title for the University of Arkansas-Little Rock. She also qualified for the 2009 U.S. Women’s Open.

When Danielle Frasier, 16, of Encinitas, Calif., was 13, she was diagnosed with a heart condition known as SVT, the same ailment that plagued two-time U.S. Women’s Open champion Meg Mallon and David Toms that year, and she underwent a cardiac ablation to alleviate the problem. Winning 2008 PGA Junior Championship earned her a spot on the 2008 USA Junior Ryder Cup team.

Cara Freeman, 20, of Queen Creek, Ariz., had open heart surgery when she was only nine months old, but has been able to play a variety of sports, including golf, basketball and softball. One of her superstitions is she has three balls in her bag that she has not used since she was 11 years old.

Alexandra Gibson, 20, of Peru won the Mexican National Junior Championship at 14. While born in Peru, she learned to play golf in Guadalajara, Mexico, the hometown of Lorena Ochoa.

Sara Grantham, 20, of Wilsonville, Ala., loves the great outdoors, which not only includes playing golf, but bass fishing and deer and bird hunting. She also can play the guitar.

Virginia Derby Grimes, 45, of Meridian, Miss., had a college golf tournament named in her honor in 1988. The Derby is hosted by Auburn University, her alma mater. She was inducted into the Auburn Sports Hall of Fame in 2004.

Ani Gulugian, 17, of Irvine, Calif., insists she must eat pasta the night before a round. She is also working on starting a non-profit organization for underprivileged kids.

Jennifer Hahn, 15, of Henderson, Nev., loves to play a variety of instruments (guitar, piano, keyboard) and sing, while also participating in her church band.

Jill Hardy, 28, of Canada is a pharmacist at Cancer Care in Manitoba. She was named the Manitoba Golfer of the Year in 2004.

Ha Na Jang, 17, of Korea, once had a lesson from Tiger Woods on Je Ju Island in Korea. It must have helped because Jang has already qualified for a U.S. Women’s Open and was a semifinalist at the 2007 U.S. Women’s Amateur at Crooked Stick.

Taylore Karle, 19, of Scottsdale, Ariz., has a few talents of the golf course that include playing classical piano and speaking Spanish. At the 2005 U.S. Girls’ Junior she established a 36-hole stroke-play qualifying scoring record (130) that included a 63.

Stacey Keating, 23, of Australia won the 2008 Canadian Women’s Amateur, which earned her an exemption into the CN Canadian Women’s Open on the LPGA Tour.

Stefanie Kenoyer, 20, of Lighthouse Point, Fla., was named the Southern Conference’s Player of the Year in 2009. The Furman junior also qualified for the 2009 U.S. Women’s Open, where she shot an even-par 71 in the second round.

Alice Kim, 19, of Walnut, Calif., is one of two players from UC Davis in the field (Chelsea Stelzmiller is the other). Kim, a 2009 U.S. Women’s Open qualifier, has a soft spot for frozen yogurt.

Kimberly Kim, 17, of Hilo, Hawaii, became the youngest champion in U.S. Women’s Amateur history three years ago at Pumpkin Ridge. She has already played in two USGA amateur finals this summer (WAPL and U.S. Girls’ Junior).

Lauren Kim, 14, of Los Altos, Calif., won the 2009 California Junior Girls  State Championship at Monterey Peninsula Country Club.

Stephanie Kono, 19, of Honolulu, Hawaii, is competing in her 16th USGA championship. The UCLA sophomore was a semifinalist at the 2007 U.S. Girls’ Junior and 2008 U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links. She also was the stroke-play medalist at this year’s WAPL. She also graduated from the same high school (Punahou) in Honolulu as President Barack Obama and LPGA Tour player Michelle Wie.

Jessica Korda, 16, of Bradenton, Fla., is the daughter of 1998 Australian Open tennis champion Petr Korda. She has shot 69 in the final round of the last two U.S. Women’s Opens. Her mom, Regina, also was also a highly ranked professional tennis player.

Diane Lang, 54, of Jamaica, was the first golfer from her country to play on the LPGA Tour. Since regaining her amateur status, Lang has won three USGA Senior Women’s Amateur titles (2005, 2006 and 2008).

Olivia Lansing, 20, of Dellwood, Minn., got a chance to visit Scotland this summer and played the Old Course at St. Andrews with her father and younger sister, Natalie. “The history of the city is remarkable,” she wrote.

Rachel Larson, 22, of Longmont, Colo., ran a half-marathon (first ever) on June 2 in 2 hours, 10 minutes, and she has climbed four 14,000-foot mountains in Colorado.

Maude-Aimée Leblanc, 20, of Canada, won the 2009 Big Ten Championship as a freshman at Purdue this past spring. She also has claimed three consecutive Quebec Women’s Amateur titles (2007-09) and won the Canadian Junior and International Junior Orange Bowl titles in 2006.

Alison Lee, 14, of Valencia, Calif., shot a final-round 70 at this year’s U.S. Women’s Open, where she was the youngest player to make the cut. Lee has never missed the match-play cut in four USGA amateur championship appearances (2007, 2008 and 2009 U.S. Girls’ Junior) and 2008 Women’s Amateur.

Erynne Lee, 16, of Silverdale, Wash., advanced to the semifinals of the 2008 U.S. Women’s Amateur, where she lost to eventual winner Amanda Blumenherst. Her first of two holes-in-one came when she was 9 years old at Hawks Prairie in Washington from 100 yards out.

Heather Lemaster, 23, of Sacramento, Calif., is also an accomplished equestrian rider who only took up golf five years ago.

Amelia Lewis, 18, of Jacksonville, Fla., got some good advice from a Hall of Famer last week when she visited with Louise Suggs. Suggs gave the University of Florida incoming freshman short-game pointers for this week’s Women’s Amateur. Last month, Lewis won the North and South Women’s Amateur at Pinehurst No. 2.

Tiffany Lua, 18, of Rowland Heights, Calif., is competing in her 17th USGA championship, a list that includes three U.S. Women’s Open appearances (made cut in 2008) and a semifinal showing at the 2008 U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links.

Caroline Masson, 20, of Germany helped her squad win the 2009 European Team Championship in a playoff. The Oklahoma State sophomore is a two-time German Ladies Amateur champion (2007 and ’08) and two-time winner of the German Girls’ Championship (2005 and ’06). She represented Europe in the Junior Solheim Cup in 2005 and 2007.

Lyndsay McBride, 21, of Bristol, Ind., started a non-profit organization in 2007 that raises scholarship money for students in the African country of Liberia. This past may, McBride won the NCAA Division III individual title for the University of Indianapolis.

Stephanie Meadow, 17, of Northern Ireland, helped win the European Girls Team Championship in Finland. She also posted back-to-back rounds of 69 to win the International Junior Golf Tour’s Tournament of Champions in Orlando, Fla.

Kira Meixner, 23, of Canada led her country to a fourth-place finish at the 2008 Women’s World Amateur Team Championship in Australia. She is a two-time winner of the British Columbia Women’s Amateur (2007 and 2008) and won the Mid-America Conference title in 2007 playing for Kent State.

Sydnee Michaels, 21, of Temecula, Calif., has been to the quarterfinals of the U.S. Girls’ Junior, U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links and U.S. Women’s Amateur. She also has made the cut at a U.S. Women’s Open. Off the course, she plays the guitar and writes her own music.

Erin Michel, 16, of Mason, Ohio, had both hips pinned at the age of 9, which is the reason she quit soccer and focused on golf.

Noreen Mohler, 55, of Bethlehem, Pa., was a semifinalist at the 1975 U.S. Women’s Amateur, where she lost to eventual champion Beth Daniel in 19 holes. The 2010 USA Curtis Cup captain owns the Marblehead Grille and Chowder House in Easton, Pa., with her husband, Jeff.

Mandi Morrow, 20, of Kent, Ohio, plays golf for her father, Mike, at Kent State University. He will serve as her caddie at this week’s U.S. Women’s Amateur.

Aimee Neff, 20, of Carmel, Ind., won the 2008 Illinois Open and the 2009 Indiana Open. One of her four holes-in-one came in front of LPGA Tour legend Kathy Whitworth at the Kathy Whitworth Invitational in a practice round.

Whitney Neuhauser, 21, of Barboursville, Va., helps out on the 1,500-acre farm her father manages by driving the tractor and performing other key duties. She was a quarterfinalist at the 2008 U.S. Women’s Amateur. She also says she can’t drink orange juice before playing golf because it makes her “too hyper.”

Jisoo Park, 14, of Korea was a semifinalist at this year’s U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links.

Japanese-born Ri Hyang Park, 16, of Hilton Head, S.C., was named the International Junior Golf Tour’s Player of the Year for 2008-09.

Madison Pressel, 18, of Boca Raton, Fla., is the younger sister of 2005 U.S. Women’s Amateur champion and current LPGA Tour star Morgan Pressel. She will attend the University of Texas in the fall.

Alexa Rancourt, 18, raised $3,000 for Ladder Company 3 in New York City when she was in fifth grade. The company had lost more than half of their men in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. The fundraiser was an exhibit in Portland, Maine at her parents’ art gallery and she hand-delivered the check with her father to the firemen.

Corinna Rees, 20, of Pebble Beach, Calif., got a chance to hit a tee shot at the age of 11 in front of Jack Nicklaus on the 10th hole of Pebble Beach Golf Links during a practice round for the 2000 U.S. Open, which was Nicklaus’ final appearance. It was arranged through Johnny Miller, whom she met four years earlier at a junior golf clinic. Her tee shot went right down the middle of the fairway and Nicklaus signed the ball.

Besides playing golf, Rachel Rohanna, 18, of Waynesburg, Pa., was a second baseman/pitcher for her high school softball team. She will attend Ohio State in the fall on a golf scholarship. Her cousin, Robert, was a semifinalist at the 2007 U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship.

Kaitlyn Rohrback, 17, of Crofton, Mo., organized a junior girls’ tournament in memory of her mother, who died from pancreatic cancer. Proceeds from the event benefited the John’s Hopkins Pancreatic Research Fund.

Kyle Roig, 16, of Puerto Rico can speak four languages, possesses a 4.9 GPA and has lived in Brazil and Puerto Rico. She currently resides in Pembroke Pines, Fla.

Lizette Salas, 20, of Azusa, Calif., shot a 63 at her Pasadena, Calif., sectional qualifier, the lowest qualifying score of anyone for the 2009 Women’s Amateur. Salas earned All-America honors in her first two seasons at the University of Southern California, including first team in 2009.

Daffodil Sanchez, 15, grew up in the jungles of the Philippines before moving to the United States at the age of 6 when her mom married an American. She won a two-hole playoff with three other girls to qualify for her first Women’s Amateur. She received the Filipino-American Journal Award of Excellence from the Philippine Ambassador to the United States.

Chelsea Schriewer, 22, of St. Charles, Mo., is a two-time Missouri Women’s Amateur champion (2008 and 2009) who says she can’t live without satellite radio.

Both parents of 53-year-old Rockwell, Texas, resident Anna Schultz were born in Poland and were survivors of concentration camps in World War II. Her father was sent to Auschwitz and the two met in a displacement camp, got married and came to America where they started a successful machining business in Dallas. Schultz won the 2007 USGA Senior Women’s Amateur and was runner-up at the 2000 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur and 2006 Senior Women’s Amateur.

Thuhashini Selvaratnam, 33, of Sri Lanka still holds the Guinness Book of World Record for being the youngest woman to win a national title when she claimed the Sri Lanka Women’s Open Amateur Championship at 12 in 1989. She currently is the assistant golf coach/director of advancement, special events at Xavier Prep in Phoenix.

Kelli Shean, 21, of South Africa led her country to the 2006 Women’s World Amateur Team title that was held in South Africa.

Natalie Sheary, 20, of West Hartford, Conn., won a stock market game contest when she was in fifth grade, which earned her a trip to the World Trade Center in 1999.

Claire Sheldon, 21, of Milton, Mass., helped Harvard claim its first-ever Ivy League women’s golf title in 2008. She also won the 2007 Massachusetts State Amateur. She graduated high school with 14 varsity letters, the most in school history (3 field hockey; 5 in ice hockey and 6 in golf).

Stephanie Sherlock, 22, of Canada won the 2007 Canadian Women’s Amateur and represented her country at the 2008 Women’s World Amateur Team Championship in Australia.

Michelle Shin, 18, of Cape Coral, Fla., is playing in her 12th USGA championship. She was a semifinalist at the 2007 U.S. Girls’ Junior and 2007 U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links.

Lynn Simmons, 41, of Phoenix, Ariz., was the runner-up at the 2008 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur. The 1996 reinstated amateur works as a fitness trainer.

Jennifer Song, 19, of Ann Arbor, Mich., was the low amateur at the 2007 (shared with Jennie Lee) and 2009 U.S. Women’s Opens. She also won the 2009 U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links title and was the runner-up at the 2009 NCAA Division I Women’s Championship. Her WAPL title ended a three-year victory drought.

Meghan Stasi, 31, of Oakland Park, Fla., enjoyed a big thrill at last month’s U.S. Women’s Open when she was grouped with 1987 U.S. Women’s Open champion Laura Davies. Stasi is a two-time U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur champion (2006 and 2007) and was a member of the victorious 2008 USA Curtis Cup team that competed on the Old Course at St. Andrews, where her husband, Danny, proposed to her.

Chelsea Stelzmiller, 20, of Placerville, Calif., has never been on a rollercoaster. But she did get to play a practice round with World No. 1 Lorena Ochoa at last month’s U.S. Women’s Open. Stelzmiller swam competitively for 10 years and played two years of varsity basketball before enrolling at UC Davis.

Haley Stephens, 18, of Greer, S.C., plays out of the same golf club as current U.S. Open champion Lucas Glover, Champions Tour player Jay Haas and PGA Tour player Charles Warren. She was the 2008 South Carolina Junior Player of the Year and 2007 and ’08 Carolinas Junior Player of the Year.

Kayla Stewart, 22, of Cookeville, Tenn., loves to go four-wheeling and owns a pit bull that looks just like a tiger.

Jaclyn Sweeney, 20, of Andover, Mass., helped Arizona State to the 2009 NCAA Division I women’s team title at Caves Valley.

Victoria Tanco, 15, of Argentina was the 2008 American Junior Golf Association Player of the Year. She also won the 2009 Rolex Tournament of Champions in Cape Girardeau, Mo., in late June just prior to playing in her second U.S. Women’s Open.

Alexis Thompson, 14, of Coral Springs, Fla., became the youngest to qualify for a U.S. Women’s Open when she did so at 12 years, 4 months in 2007. Last week, the 2008 U.S. Girls’ Junior champion won the PGA Junior Championship by 12 strokes. Her older brother, Nicholas, is a member of the PGA Tour.

Samantha Troyanovich, 19, of Grosse Pointe Shores, Mich., competed on two boys teams in high school: golf and swimming. She also is a past Michigan Junior Girls Amateur champion.

Carly Truitt, 23, of Marysville, Ohio, is working on getting her Masters degree in kinesiology at the University of Virginia. She redshirted last year, so she’ll still get to compete on the team as a grad student. She also spent spring break in Nicaragua for a service trip and last week she served as a counselor at a Fellowship of Christian Athletes golf camp.

Mariko Tumangan, 15, of San Jose, Calif., competes nationally in abacus competitions. She qualified for last month’s U.S. Women’s Open.

Lauren Varnas, 19, of Chatham, N.J., played on two state-championship field hockey teams in high school. She got into the field as an alternate when Isabel Han withdrew on Friday. She won the 2009 New Jersey Women’s Public Links title.

Vanessa Vela, 23, of Colombia works as a new projects director for an investment development company in Florida. She graduated with cum laude honors from Rollins College in 2008 with an international business degree.

Kelsey Verbeten, 21, of New Franken, Wis., plays golf left-handed but does everything else right-handed. She also won the 2009 Wisconsin Women’s Match Play title.

Sally Watson, 18, of Scotland lives 12 miles from St. Andrews and is able to play the Old Course year-round for $350. She did play the Old Course in 2008 as a member of the Great Britain and Ireland Curtis Cup team. The Old Course also was the site of the 2007 Women’s British Open, where she made the cut and tied for 50th. She also is a past member of the European Junior Solheim Cup team.

Trisha Witherby, 16, of Richmond, Ind., won the Indiana state high school individual championship as a sophomore, which included a state-record round of 66.

Kristina Wong, 18, of Vestal, N.Y., was the co-medalist at the 2007 U.S. Women’s Amateur and semifinalist at the 2008 U.S. Girls’ Junior, losing a 26-hole match to Karen Chung. This year, she won the New York State Women’s Amateur, was runner-up at the Eastern Amateur and reached the semis at the Women’s Western Amateur.

Cheyenne Woods, 19, of Phoenix, Ariz., is the niece of World No. 1 golfer Tiger Woods. She was a two-time Arizona high school champion in 2007 and ’08, and was given a sponsor’s invite to play in the LPGA Wegmans Rochester event in June, where shot rounds of 75-74 (MC).    

Compiled by USGA Digital Media staff writer David 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: 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.

 

 
 

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