Emily Tubert wins her first national championship.
South Bend, IN (Sports Network) - Emily Tubert defeated Lisa McCloskey, 3 & 2, in Saturday's 36-hole final to win the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links Championship.
Tubert, 18, used an amazing run on the front nine during the first 18 holes to take a commanding lead. She was 2-down after a McCloskey birdie at the fifth, but Tubert won the next seven holes to move 5-up and played those seven holes in five-under par.
McCloskey made up one hole and was 4-down at the break at the Warren Golf Course at Notre Dame. continue>>
LPGA - U.S. Women's Open Preview
From The Sports Network
Dates: Thursday, July 8th through Sunday, July 11th Site: Oakmont Country Club, Oakmont, Pennsylvania Course Architects: Henry Clay Fownes/William C. Fownes Jr(1903); Renovation - Robert Trent Jones Sr, Arnold Palmerand Ed Seay, Arthur Hills and Associates, Tom Fazio Golf Course Designers,Inc. (2002-present) Par: 71 Yardage: 6,598
Course Set-Up: The fairways will range in width from approximately 25 to 35 yards. On eitherside of the fairways, a six-foot wide swath of intermediate rough running thelength of each hole will be set to 1 1/2 inches. Then, there will be an 21-foot band of first cut of primary rough (height to be determined) and a secondcut of deepest rough left and right of the landing areas (height to bedetermined). The greens will be set to run at 12 1/2 to 13 1/2 feet on theStimpmeter for the duration of the championship. Annual: 65th Television: ESPN2- Thursday/Friday -- 3-7 p.m. (et), NBC - Saturday/Sunday -- 3-6 p.m. (et) Defending Champion: Eun Hee Ji Runner(s)-Up: Candie Kung Tournament Record: 272 (Annika Sorenstam, 1996 - Pine Needles - Par 70) Tournament Record: 274 (Alison Nicholas, 1997 - Pumpkin Ridge GC - Par 71; Meg Mallon, 2004 - Orchards Golf Club - Par 71) Tournament Record: 272 (Juli Inkster, 1999 - Old Waverly GC - Par 72) 54-Hole Record: 201 (Juli Inkster, 1999 - Old WaverlyGC) 36-Hole Record: 132 (Helen Alfredsson, 1994 -Indianwood Golf and CC) 18-Hole Record: 63 (Helen Alfredsson, 1994 - IndianwoodGolf and CC) 9-Hole Record: 30 (Pamela Wright, 1994 - IndianwoodGolf and CC; Juli Inkster, 1997 - Pumpkin Ridge GC; Raquel Carriedo, 2002 - Prairie Dunes CC; Brittany Lincicome (a), 2004 - Orchards Golf Club) Total Purse: $3,250,000 Shares: 1st Place - $585,000; 2nd Place - $355,000; 3rd-Place- $235,000
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Past U.S. Women's Open Winners
Winner (Score) -- Runners-Up (Site)
Eun Hee Ji(284) -- Candie Kung (Saucon Valley Country Club (Old Course), Bethlehem, Pennsylvania)
Inbee Park(283) -- Helen Alfredsson (Interlachen Golf Club, Edina, Minnesota)
Cristie Kerr(279) -- Angela Park, Lorena Ochoa (Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club, Southern Pines, North Carolina)
*AnnikaSorenstam (284) -- Pat Hurst (Newport Country Club, Newport, Rhode Island)
Birdie Kim(287) -- Morgan Pressel (a), Brittany Lang (a) (Cherry Hills Country Club, Cherry Hills Village, Colorado)
Meg Mallon(274) -- Annika Sorenstam (Orchards Golf Club, South Hadley, Massachusetts)
*HilaryLunke (283) -- Angela Stanford, Kelly Robbins (Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club (Witch Hollow Course), North Plains, Oregon)
Juli Inkster(276) -- Annika Sorenstam (Prairie Dunes Country Club, Hutchinson, Kansas)
Karrie Webb(273) -- Se Ri Pak (Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club, Southern Pines, North Carolina)
NOTES: The most coveted trophy on the women's calendar takes center stage as the bestplayers in the world converge upon Oakmont, Pennsylvania for the 65th editionof the U.S. Women's Open Championship. Plenty of story lines abound this week.Will the No. 1 player in the world, Cristie Kerr, win her second U.S. Women'sOpen and second straight major title? Will Jiyai Shin, Suzann Pettersen, orAnna Nordqvist win their second major? Will Americans Paula Creamer andMichelle Wie or world No. 2 Ai Miyazato break through and capture their firstmajor championship? Or will Karrie Webb win this event for the third time andfirst since her back-to-back triumphs in 2000-01?
Last year, Eun-Hee Ji rolled in a 25-foot birdie putt on the final hole toearn her first major championship at this event. Ji shot an even-par 71 in thefinal round to finish at even-par 284. Candie Kung was warming up for apotential playoff when Ji made her putt. Kung carded her second under-parround of the weekend, a two-under 69 on Sunday, but came up one short at plus-one. Ji walked to the 18th tee at Saucon Valley with a chance to win outright.Ji landed in the fairway, then hit her approach 25 feet left of the stick. Jicalmly rolled in her birdie effort for her first major title and her secondLPGA Tour victory. All it took for Ji to get her first major was three birdiesin her last six holes. It was exactly what was required since she trailed bythree with six to go.
In 2008, Inbee Park shot rounds of 72-69-71-71 to win her first professionaltitle at this event. Park completed the championship at nine-under-par 283 fora four-stroke win over Helen Alfredsson. It was her second USGA title, as shealso captured the 2002 U.S. Girls' Junior. She also finished second in thatevent twice. The 19-year-old Park carded her fourth sub-par round of the weekto become the youngest winner in U.S. Women's Open history. Her closing 71 wasthe only sub-par round in the final nine twosomes on Sunday and she was theonly player with four sub-par rounds on the week.
In 2007, Kerr closed with a one-under 70 in the final round to win her firstmajor championship at this event. Kerr fended off Lorena Ochoa and Angela Parkby two strokes. She completed the championship at five-under-par 279.
Annika Sorenstam carded a one-under-par 70 in an 18-hole playoff back in 2006to knock off Pat Hurst and claim her third U.S. Women's Open title and 10thmajor championship crown. Hurst three-putted for bogey on the first at NewportCountry Club and three-putted for double-bogey on the sixth en route to afour-over 75. Sorenstam previously won this title in 1995 and 1996. The 10years between wins at the U.S. Women's Open is the second-longest stretch inOpen history. Meg Mallon went 13 years between her wins in 1991 and 2004.
Birdie Kim holed a bunker shot on the final hole in 2005 for birdie to captureher first event in only her 14th career start. Kim defeated 17-year-oldamateur Morgan Pressel, who was tied for the lead in the 18th fairway untilKim's hole-out, and 19-year-old amateur Brittany Lang by two shots. With herbirdie on the final hole, Kim became the first player since Lauri Merten in1993 to birdie the final hole and win this event.
In 2004, Mallon used a hot putter in the final round to roll to a two-strokewin at this event. Mallon fired a final-round, six-under 65, the lowest finalround score by a winner in tournament history. Mallon closed the event at 10-under-par 274, as she held off a hard-charging Sorenstam. Mallon played thefinal 25 holes at minus-nine, without a bogey. In the final round, Mallonposted 10 one-putts. She had no three-putts over the four rounds. Mallon, whoalso won the 1991 U.S. Women's Open at Colonial Country Club, became the thirdoldest champion at the age of 41.
When Hilary Lunke won in 2003, she became the first qualifier of any kind towin this event in an 18-hole playoff over Kelly Robbins and Angela Stanford.
Webb was the last player to capture two straight titles when she won in2000-01. Other players to accomplish the feat are: Sorenstam (1995-96), MickeyWright (1958-59), Donna Caponi (1969-70), Susie Berning (1972-73), HollisStacy (1977-78) and Betsy King (1989-90). The only player to win threestraight U.S. Open titles was men's champion Willie Anderson back in 1903-05.Wright and Betsy Rawls share the record for most U.S. Women's Open wins withfour each.
Nancy Lopez is the only player in tournament history to shoot all four roundsin the 60s when she finished second to Alison Nicholas in 1997. Although nevera winner of this major, Lopez has finished second four times. Lopez competedin her final U.S. Women's Open in 2002 and missed the cut.
Besides the prize money, the champion receives a gold medal, custody of theHarton S. Semple Cup for the ensuing year and an exemption from sectionalqualifying for the next 10 U.S. Women's Opens.
JoAnne Carner is the only player to participate in two playoffs, winning in1976 and losing in 1987. In case of a tie after 72 holes, a three-hole playoffwill be held after the round. The championship used to use the 18-hole playoffformat and there were ten of them in the history of this event.
This is the third major championship of the LPGA season. Yani Tseng capturedthe Kraft Nabisco Championship in early April, while Kerr won the LPGAChampionship last month.
The 2010 U.S. Women's Open will be the 80th USGA championship conducted inPennsylvania. The state of Pennsylvania has hosted more USGA championshipsthan any other state. The 2010 U.S. Women's Open will be the eighth Women'sOpen conducted in Pennsylvania. The previous championships were in 1952 atBala Golf Club in Philadelphia (won by Louise Suggs); 1959 at Churchill ValleyCountry Club in Pittsburgh (won by Mickey Wright); 1968 at Moselem SpringsGolf Club in Fleetwood (won by Berning); 1971 at the Kahkwa Club in Erie (wonby JoAnne Gunderson Carner); 1976 at Rolling Green Golf Club in Springfield(won by Gunderson Carner); 1992 at Oakmont Country Club (won by PattySheehan); and 2009 at Saucon Valley Country Club in Bethlehem (won by Eun-HeeJi).
This championship will be the 15th USGA championship held at Oakmont CountryClub. The club most recently hosted the 2007 U.S. Open, won by Angel Cabrera.Oakmont previously hosted the 1992 U.S. Women's Open, won by Sheehan in aplayoff over Juli Inkster.
The U.S. Women's Open is open to any professional or amateur female golfers.Amateur golfers must maintain a USGA Handicap Index not exceeding 4.4. Thedeadline for entries for the 2010 U.S. Women's Open was May 5, with a record1,296 entries received. The previous record was in 2009, with 1,278 entries.
Fifteen players have combined to win 35 of the previous 64 Women's Opens. Twoplayers have won four Women's Opens: Rawls (1951, 1953, 1957, 1960) and Wright(1958, 1959, 1961, 1964). Four players have won three Women's Opens: BabeZaharias (1948, 1950, 1954), Berning (1968, 1972, 1973), Stacy (1977, 1978,1984) and Sorenstam (1995, 1996, 2006). Eight players have won two Women'sOpens each. They are Suggs (1949, 1952), Caponi (1969, 1970), Carner (1971,1976), King (1989, 1990), Sheehan (1992, 1994), Inkster (1999, 2002), Webb(2000, 2001) and Mallon (1991, 2004).
Next year's U.S. Women's Open will be held at The Broadmoor Golf Club inColorado Springs, Colorado. The LPGA moves to Europe in two weeks for theEvian Masters in France, as Ai Miyazato defends her title.
Greensboro, NC (Sports Network) - Lion Kim defeated David McDaniel, 6 & 5 in Saturday's 36-hole final of the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship at Bryan Park.
There was a nearly seven-hour weather delay, but, at 9:06 p.m. (et), Kim holed the winning putt for his first USGA title.
Kim was 2-up through 12 holes on Saturday when the horn sounded, stopping play. After a second storm rolled through the area, the delay lasted even longer, but just before 5:00 p.m., the championship resumed and Kim pounced. continue>>
Ada, MI (Sports Network) - Jim Liu earned a 4 & 2 victory over Justin Thomas on Saturday to become the youngest winner in the history of the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship.
Liu rallied from an early deficit and never trailed after the seventh hole of their scheduled 36-hole match play final.
The 14-year-old from Smithtown, N.Y., beat Tiger Woods' record to become the youngest winner in championship history.
Woods, who won three straight U.S. Juniors from 1991-93, set the previous mark at 15 years, six months and 28 days when he captured his first championship. Liu doesn't turn 15 until the middle of August. continue>>
Doris Chen won the title after making the stroke-play cut on Tuesday.
Village of Pinehurst, NC (Sports Network) - Doris Chen defeated Katelyn Dambaugh, 3 & 2, on Saturday to win the U.S. Girls' Junior Championship.
Chen, a 17-year-old from Bradenton, Fla., wrapped up the victory when both players birdied the par-three 16th at The Country Club of North Carolina. It was the 34th hole of their scheduled 36-hole match play final.
Riding a wave of momentum that increased throughout the week, Chen won the title after making the stroke-play cut on Tuesday by only a shot. It marked her second consecutive strong showing at the championship following a semifinal loss in 2009. continue>>
Meghan Stasi clinched the match with a par on the last hole.
Wichita, KS (Sports Network) - Meghan Stasi defeated Carol Robertson, 2-up, on Thursday to capture the U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur for a record-tying third time.
Stasi, a 32-year-old from Oakland Park, Fla., never trailed in the scheduled 18-hole final at Wichita Country Club. She clinched the match with a par on the last hole, becoming just the third player to win this championship three times.
"To have three is incredible," Stasi said. "The win today ranks up there with all the other wins. It's been an incredible journey." continue>>
Orlando, FL (Sports Network) - Paul Simson defeated stroke-play medalist Pat Tallent, 2 & 1, to win the USGA Senior Amateur Championship on Thursday for his third national title of the year.
Simson never trailed in the 18-hole final at Lake Nona, but he needed to fend off a late rally from Tallent, a familiar opponent, to win the championship.
A four-foot birdie putt at No. 9 gave Simson a 4-up lead around the turn. He protected that advantage for three holes until Tallent knocked his tee shot at the par-three 13th to six feet for a birdie. continue>>
Fort Myers, FL (Sports Network) - Mina Hardin defeated Alexandra Frazier, 2 & 1 on Thursday to win the USGA Senior Women's Amateur Championship at Fiddlesticks Country Club.
This was the first USGA victory for Hardin, 50, but ended a great run from Frazier.
She was the last qualifier for the match-play portion of the championship and knocked off medalist Leigh Klasse on Monday, then knocked off defending champion Shelly Herman on Wednesday. Frazier could've been the first No. 64 seed to win a USGA championship, but Hardin was too much for her on Thursday. continue>>
Buenos Aires, Argentina (Sports Network) - South Korea etched its name into the record book Saturday en route to a huge victory at the Women's World Amateur Team Championship.
The team shot a five-under 139 in the final round and finished at 30-under 546 to establish a new tournament scoring record, obliterating the former mark of 558 set by the United States in 1998.
The South Koreans won by an eye-opening 17 strokes over the U.S., but their margin of victory only tied the second-largest ever in championship history. The '98 American team won by a shocking 21 shots. continue>>