June 28, 2013
An interview with:
CHRISTINA LANCE: We are here with Angela Stanford who today
returned a 4-under 68, six birdies, two bogeys here in her 14th U.S. Women's
Open. Angela, you looked pretty comfortable
out there today. Tell us how you felt?
ANGELA STANFORD: Felt
good. I hit the ball really solid. That usually helps me, and then my putting
was really good too. So overall it just
felt really good out there.
CHRISTINA LANCE: If you wouldn't mind walking us through those
six birdies and two bogies.
ANGELA STANFORD: Just
right off the bat, number 1, if you can
that was my hybrid to like three feet.
If you can play the back of that green properly, you can get it close to
that flag. 2, I hit it just pin high,
probably 15, 18 feet, made that. The
bogeys on 5 and 6, I would say are caused by tee shots. I lost
on the fifth hole, I lost that drive in the bunker, fairway bunker.
6, I kind of lost it right.
It was in the fairway, but funny lie.
It should have probably gone in the bunker. So I was actually lucky to make bogey there.
Birdie on 10.
Actually got to watch Lizette putt before me. We were on similar lines, so I hit it to like
maybe 10, 12 feet there. 11, I hit two
great shots to like 25 feet, and I was happy that putt hit the back of the
14, hit, again, two solid shots, and actually had to putt up
over a ridge, so that was probably 35, 40 feet, maybe, and that was a really
good putt. And once again, I kind of
learned something from this Lizette's putt on that hole.
And 15, 15, 15…why can't I remember 15? Par 5.
Oh, yeah, yeah. Happy that putt
hit the back of the hole too. That was like
18 feet, and it was moving when it got to the hole.
Q. It's been ten years since you lost the
playoff to Hilary Lunke; I wonder if that left you with more of a burning
desire to win one of these things, and how has that gone as the years have gone
Well, I'm still waiting, but, you know, my answer to this question
hasn't changed. I feel very fortunate to
have had that opportunity, and that experience.
But I'm also very fortunate that I'm still playing and still competing
at U.S. Opens. Obviously, I'd love to
have that trophy, and I'm very blessed with where I am now, and I know my
time's coming; I just don't know when.
Q. You referenced it a little bit, not that 30
something is very old, but with everybody in this game and everybody around
you, there are so many young players coming up.
How difficult is that to try to stave these girls off and get your piece
of the pie, so to speak?
ANGELA STANFORD: I'm
trying to be smarter. But these younger
kids now, I mean, they hit the ball farther; they are more mature and they are
smarter about the game. They're just a
lot better than when I was 18 to 22. But
I still have a passion for the game, and I think that's what helps me hang
around these kids. I still love playing
just got a few more years on them.
Q. You were really able to keep your head after
those two bogeys on the front nine. Can
you just talk about how big it was to just kind of keep your head going into
the back nine?
Well, like I said, I learned a very quick lesson from yesterday. When I turned yesterday, I missed kind of a
short putt on 18, and I let it bother me and doubled the 1st and bogeyed the
2nd. I don't think I ever really
recovered from that. I kind of fought it
the rest of the way. So I kind of told
myself today to knock it off and don't make the same mistake. I've already done it once.
It was still going to be a long day. I mean, we had only played six holes, so I had
to kind of get back in it. So I think
yesterday really helped today.
Q. When you first came here, did you like this
place? Did it suit your eye immediately
or did it take some warming up?
ANGELA STANFORD: I
really like it. The very first time a
couple years ago I remember thinking when I left I loved this place. But if the USGA has its way here, we could
all look very foolish.
I think they've been generous so far. This course could get a lot harder. So I love it.
I love just visually it's beautiful.
You have to hit different shots.
I'm not crazy about the greens, but I don't know. I told my dad on the phone, I'm like, Dad, I
shouldn't like a place like this. It
seems to be very linksy, and I'm not into linksy type courses. But for some reason, I don't know, maybe it's
the big American flag flying up there, but I love it. There is just something about it that is really
Q. All players from Texas are supposed to be
good wind players. Do you like it when
it starts to blow like this?
ANGELA STANFORD: I
love this question. I hate the
wind. I do. And I think it's just I told my caddie
yesterday because I started hitting it lower, and the ball was going farther
into the wind.
I said, subconsciously it just happens. I just
something happens that I don't know it's happening. My body just starts doing whatever it does to
make the ball go lower. I don't like it,
but I think I just know what to expect more than others.
Q. How do you keep yourself from wanting this
too much and trying too hard?
Well, I you know, my caddie
said something to me last week because we were talking about another event, and
he said something that's made a world of difference. We talk about I mean, he's great when it comes to holding
me accountable for you know, I get
really negative and he's really positive.
And he's like, you know, you've just got to pray for acceptance. And I was like, whoa. I didn't see that one coming.
Like I just need to accept certain things, and I think I've
been very upset that I haven't won a major.
I think that it's just I need to accept some things. Like I was saying earlier, I'm very fortunate
to still be playing.
So I think there is a level of peace right now and it's
different. I'm not as mad as I usually
am. I have a lot of great things to be
thankful for, so I'm trying to enjoy this week, and I'm trying to enjoy the
scenery. But I'm trying to accept things
a little bit better.
CHRISTINA LANCE: Well, you've got a great mindset and a great
round today. Thank you so much.
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