Storylines For 2010 U.S. Women's Amateur August 7, 2010 By USGA

The average age of the 156 competitors in the field at the 2010 U.S. Women’s Amateur is 19.98.

There are 80 players in the field who are competing in their first U.S. Women’s Amateur. For 30 of those, it is their first USGA championship.

There are 32 states represented by the players in the field: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin.

In addition to the USA, there are 16 countries represented by the players in the 2010 U.S. Women’s Amateur: Australia, Canada, Colombia, England, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Northern Ireland, People’s Republic of China, the Philippines, Scotland, South Africa, Sweden, Chinese Taipei and Thailand.

Canada has 13 players in field – Christina Foster (14), Sara Maude Juneau (22), Anna Kim (16), Jennifer Kirby (19), Michelle Lee (18), Rebecca Lee-Bentham (18), Brittany Marchand (18), Lisa Maunu (23), Stephanie Simich (20), Ashley Smith (21), Jessica Wallace (19), Nicole Vandermade (20) and Nicole Zhang (18). The Philippines has five – Sarah Ababa (16), Love Lynn Guioguio (23), Beverly Mendoza (19), Mia Piccio (18) and Andrea Unson (15).

The youngest player in the field is 12-year-old Hannah O’Sullivan of Cupertino, Calif. There is one other 12-year-old in the field: Lilia Khatu Vu of Fountain Valley, Calif.

The oldest player in the field is 2009 USGA Senior Women’s Amateur runner-up Carolyn Creekmore, 58, of Dallas, Texas.

Creekmore, who won the 2004 USGA Senior Women’s Amateur Championship, is one of eight individual champions in the field. She is joined by Amy Anderson, 18, of Oxbow, N.D. (2009 U.S. Girls’ Junior); Doris Chen, 17, of Bradenton, Fla. (2010 U.S. Girls’ Junior); Martha Leach, 48, of Hebron, Ky. (2009 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur); Kristen Park, 17, of Buena Park, Calif. (2007 U.S. Girls’ Junior); Ellen Port, 48, of St. Louis, Mo. (1995, 1996, 2000 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateurs); Meghan Stasi, 32, of Oakland Park, Fla. (2006, 2007 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateurs); and Emily Tubert, 18, of Burbank, Calif. (2010 U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links).

There is also a USGA team champion in the field – Laura Coble, 46, of Augusta, Ga., who helped her home state win the 2005 and 2009 USGA Women’s State Team Championships.

Port and Stasi have both represented the USA at the Curtis Cup Match – Port in 1994 and 1996, and Stasi in 2008. 

Four members of the victorious 2010 USA Curtis Cup Team are in the field – Cydney Clanton, 21, of Rockwell, N.C.; Stephanie Kono, 20, of Honolulu, Hawaii; Jessica Korda, 17, of Bradenton, Fla.; and Tiffany Lua, 19, of Rowland Heights, Calif. Two members of the 2010 Great Britain and Ireland Team are also in the field – Holly Clyburn, 19, of England, and Sally Watson, 19, of Scotland, who also played in the 2008 Curtis Cup Match. 

Caroline Hedwall, 21, of Sweden, helped her country claim the title at the 2008 Women’s World Amateur Team Championship. There are five other players who have represented their country in the Women’s World Amateur Team Championship – JuliaBoland, 24, of Australia (2008); Moriya Jutanugarn, 16, of Thailand (2008); JulianaMurcia Ortiz, 22, of Colombia (2004, 2008); and Stephanie Sherlock, 23,of Canada (2008). Korda represented the Czech Republic at the 2006 Championship. She owns dual citizenship between the USA and Czech Republic.

There are also six players who have represented their country at the Copa de Las Americas – Creekmore of the USA (2005); Jennifer Kirby, 19, of Canada (2010); Korda of the USA (2010); Ortiz of Colombia (2005, 2010); Sherlock of Canada (2007, 2010);and Victoria Tanco, 16, of Argentina (2007, 2010).

Juneau, Kirby, Kono, Korda, Lee-Bentham, Ortiz, Tanco,Watson, Vandermade and Zhang are among the 26 players in the 2010 Women’s Amateur field who also played in the 2010 U.S. Women’s Open at Oakmont (Pa.) Country Club.

The others are: Brittany Altomare, 19, of Shrewsbury, Mass.; Sandra Changkija, 21, of Orlando, Fla.; Kaitlin Drolson, 20, of San Diego, Calif.; Courtney Ellenbogen, 19, of Blacksburg, Va.; Janine Fellows, 20, of Houston, Texas; Yueer Cindy Feng, 14, of the People’s Republic of China; Jaye Marie Green, 16, of Boca Raton, Fla.; Junthima Gulyanamitta, 21, of West Lafayette, Ind.; Ariya Jutanugarn, 15, of Thailand; Danielle Kang, 17, of Thousand Oaks, Calif.; Alison Lee, 15, of Valencia, Calif.; Tiffany Lim, 16, of San Jose, Calif.; Lisa McCloskey, 19, of Houston, Texas; Sun Gyoung Park, 18, of Vail, Ariz.; Lizette Salas, 21, of Asuza, Calif.; and Gabriella Then, 14, of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. McCloskey (T62nd), Kang (64th) and Lim (68th) made the cut.

There are three sets of sisters in the field: Ariya and MoriyaJutanugarn of Thailand; Daniela (17) and Isabelle (19) Lendl of Goshen, Conn.; and Katie (14) and Erynne (17) Lee of Silverdale, Wash.

Kono attended the Punahou School, the educational institution that produced President Barack Obama and LPGA Tour player and 2003 U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links champion Michelle Wie. Kacie Komoto, 15, of Honolulu, Hawaii, is currently a student at Punahou.

Three golfers from the University of Pennsylvania, an Ivy League school, are in the field: sophomore Isabel Han, 19, of Harrington Park, N.J.; recent graduate Meredith Kotowski, 22, of Marion, Mass.; and incoming freshman Michelle Lee, 18, of Canada. Han and Kotowski were members of the Penn team that won its first-ever Ivy League Championship last season.

There are also two golfers from Yale in the field, Sun Gyoung Park and Cassie Boles, 21, of Lakeland, Fla., There is also one from Princeton University – Kelly Shon, 18, of Port Washington, N.Y.

Altomare is one of five players from the University of Virginia in the field. She is joined by Nicole Agnello, 19, of Longwood, Fla.; Eleana Collins, 20, of Pinehurst, N.C.; Lauren Greenlief, 19, of Oakton, Va.; and Calle Nielson, 22, of Nashville, Tenn.

Vandermade and Lee-Bentham are two of five golfers from the University of Texas in the field. They are joined by Desiree Dubreuil, 19, of Santa Ana, Calif.; Madison Pressel, 19, of Boca Raton, Fla.; and Katelyn Sepmoree, 19, of Tyler, Texas. Pressel is the younger sister of 2005 U.S. Women’s Amateur champion Morgan Pressel.

There are two players in the field who have participated in an LPGA * USGA Girls’ Golf Program: Brianna Espinoza, 20, of Phoenix, Ariz. (Phoenix program)and Courtney Hooton, 16, of Del Mar, Calif. (San Diego program).

Other interesting player notes:

Jackie Chang, 18, of Paradise Valley, Ariz., was a four-time state doubles tennis champion in high school.

Casey Gee, 23, of Sacramento, Calif., is an auditor for Perry Smith LLP. Gee graduated from the University of San Francisco in 2008.

Jaye Marie Green, 16, of Boca Raton, Fla., is the daughter of Donnie Green, a PGA Teaching Professional at Broken Sound Club in Boca Raton.

Laura Greenlief, 19, of Oakton, Va., won a seven-hole playoff to defend her title at the 2010 Virginia State Golf Association Women’s Stroke Play. Greenlief birdied the last four holes to make the playoff.

Mina Hardin, 49, of Fort Worth, Texas, is a reinstated amateur. Hardin was the first Mexican player on the LPGA Tour, where she played from 1983-89. She was Mexico’s Sports Woman of the Year in 1982.

Caroline Hedwall, 21, of Sweden, plays for Oklahoma State University and won the 2010 NCAA Division I women’s individual title. She has a twin sister, Jacqueline, who plays golf for Louisiana State University. Together the sisters play for the Swedish Golf Team and have paired to win two European Team Championships. She also was the low amateur at the 2010 Women’s British Open.

Courtney Hooton, 16, of Del Mar, Calif., and
her three sisters founded a national magazine for female junior golfers called Golfer Girl Magazine. The circulation grew to 10,000 with subscribers in 50 states, Canada and Mexico. 

Kenoyer, 21, of Lighthouse Point, Fla.,
lived on a sailboat in the Bahamas with her entire family when she was young.

There are two players named Stephanie Kim in the field at Charlotte C.C. Stephanie A. Kim is 18 years old and from Whitestone, N.Y. Stephanie Y. Kim, age 20, was born in Korea and now resides in Tempe, Ariz.

Stephanie Liu, 13, of Fernandina Beach, Fla., earned her first degree Tae Kwon Do black belt at age 7.

Lisa Maunu, 23, of Canada, played competitive hockey for 14 years. She played five sports in high school.

Stacey Miller, 22, of Bloomington, Ill., just came from her best friend's wedding in South Bend, Ind., to the Women's Amateur. She drove through the night to make it to her practice round on Sunday.

Juliana Murcia Ortiz, 22, of Colombia, is an artist and deals with topics such as cross-cultural misunderstandings, male chauvinism, stereotypes and feminism on her website: http://julianamurciaortiz.wordpress.com/ 

Catherine O’Donnell, 20, of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., was a goalie for her high school soccer team, which won the state championship in Florida in her sophomore and senior years.

Milena Savich, 20, of Carmel, Ind., won the 2010 Indiana State Amateur in dramatic fashion, finishing eagle-par -birdie on her last three holes to win by one stroke.

Margaret Shirley, 24, of Athens, Ga., is an assistant women's golf coach at the University of Georgia.

Marissa Steen, 20, of West Chester, Ohio, marched in the 2008 Rose Bowl Parade.

Victoria Trapani, 17, of Hollywood, Fla., mows lawns to pay for her golf.

Joy Trotter, 20, of Chino Hills, Calif., has a humorous nickname for her father, Jim. During the 2008 U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links Championship, her father touched the green to determine the grain, which cost Joy a two-stroke penalty. Her father has since been known as two-stroke.

Mariko Tumangan, 16, of San Jose, Calif., has competed all over the world for abacus math competitions. She recorded her first hole-in-one at the recent U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship at The Country Club of North Carolina.

Kristin Walla, 23, of Aspen, Colo., is an avid skier who won the gold medal in Upright Aerials at the 2003 and 2004 Junior Olympics for Freestyle.

Compiled by Beth Murrison, manager of championship communications for the USGA.