U.S. WOMEN'S AMATEUR
Meet The 2011 U.S. Women’s Amateur Quarterfinalists August 10, 2011 By Beth Murrison, USGA

Casey Danielson, 16, of Osceola, Wis.  

Advanced to the quarterfinals with a 1-up victory in 19 holes over Lindy Duncan … also played in the 2010 Women’s Amateur, where she missed the cut by two strokes with rounds of 73-80 … lost in the second round of the 2010 U.S. Girls’ Junior and the first round of the 2011 Girls’ Junior … counts among her victories the 2008 and 2009 US Teens World Championships and the 2009 and 2010 Wisconsin State High School Tournaments … her sister Lindsay won the previous four state championships and her brother, Craig, won the boys title … runner-up at the 2010 AJGA Rush Creek … has a career-low round of 69, shot at the 2008 US Teens World Championship in Pinehurst, N.C. … will be a junior at Osceola High School … daughter of Craig and Liz … birth date: May 31, 1995.  

Austin Ernst, 19, of Seneca, S.C.  

Advanced to the quarterfinals with a 3-and-2 victory over Lee Lopez … also played in the 2008 Women’s Amateur, where she missed the cut … played in three U.S. Girls’ Junior Championships, in 2006, 2008 and 2009 … lost in the first round in 2008 and 2009 … won the 2011 NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Championship by three strokes at Traditions Club at Texas A&M … became the first LSU golfer in history to win the individual title … made her only career hole-in-one during the NCAAs, on the second hole in the final round … also won the 2011 Central District Invitational and the 2010 Carolinas Women’s Amateur Match Play … shot her career-low round of 64 during the 2010 Carolinas Women’s Amateur Match Play … a 2011 NGCA first-team All-American … named to the 2011 SEC All-Freshman team and earned second-team SEC honors … named to the 2011 NGCA All-Scholar Athlete Team and the 2011 Freshman SEC Academic Honor Roll … the 2007 state high school champion and runner-up in 2006 and 2009 … a two-time American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) All-American honorable mention selection, in 2007 and 2009 … claimed the 2010 Vicki DiSantis Junior Girls’ Championships and the a 2009 AJGA Player Representative to the Board of Directors … will be a sophomore at LSU … daughter of Mark and Melanie … has one older brother, Mark … birth date: Jan. 31, 1992.  

College bio: http://www.lsusports.net/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=5200&ATCLID=204956764 

Moriya Jutanugarn, 17, of Thailand  

Advanced to the quarterfinals with a 1-up victory over Victoria Tanco … playing in her second Women’s Amateur – lost in the second round in 2010 … earned low-amateur honors at the 2011 U.S. Women’s Open at The Broadmoor, finishing tied for 32nd … also played in the 2010 U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links, where she lost in the first round … won the 2011 Scott Robertson Memorial by 13 strokes … among her other victories are the 2011 AJGA Heather Farr Classic, the 2009 Duke of Young York Champions and the 2008 R&A Junior Open, where she became that event’s first female winner … also plays tennis … attends the Tremit School … daughter of Somboon and Narumon Tiwattamasuk … has a younger sister, Ariya, who won the U.S. Girls’ Junior last month … birth date: July 28, 1994. 

Danielle Kang, 18, of Westlake Village, Calif.  

Advanced to the quarterfinals with a 2-and-1 victory over Cindy Ha … is the defending Women’s Amateur champion … won the 2010 title at Charlotte (N.C.) Country Club … represented the USA at the 2010 Women’s World Amateur Team Championship, leading the Americans to a second-place finish. .. earned stroke-play medalist honors at the 2010 U.S. Girls’ Junior, where she advanced to the quarterfinals before losing to eventual champion Doris Chen also played in the 2007, 2008 and 2009 U.S. Girls’ Juniors, advancing to the second round each time … also earned medalist honors at the 2009 U.S. Women’s Amateur (lost in first round to Amelia Lewis) … also reached the first round of match play at the 2007 Women’s Amateur … made the cut at the 2010 U.S. Women’s Open at Oakmont (Pa.) C.C.. finishing 64th … also played in the 2007 and 2011 U.S. Women’s Opens, where she missed the cut … made the cut at recent Ricoh Women’s British Open…attended Pepperdine University … medalist at the 2010 Bruin Wave Invitational, her second collegiate tournament … runner-up at the 2010 and 2011 West Coast Conference Championships … runner-up at the 2011 UNLV Spring Invitational … earned WCC Freshman of the Year and All-WCC first-team honors in 2009-10 and 2010-11 … daughter of Grace Lee and K.S. Kang … has one brother, Alex, who is on the San Diego State men’s golf team … birth date: Oct. 20, 1992.  

College bio:http://www.pepperdinesports.com/sports/w-golf/mtt/kang_danielle00.html 

Stephanie Kono, 21, of Honolulu, Hawaii  

Advanced to the quarterfinals with a 3-and-2 victory over Tiffany Lua … is playing in her 22nd individual USGA championship … played in the 2006, 2008, 2009 and 2010 Women’s Amateurs … lost to eventual champion Jennifer Song in the quarterfinals of the 2009 championship … has played in three U.S. Women’s Opens, in 2006, 2010 and 2011, missing the cut each time … has played in eight U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links (2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011) … a semifinalist in 2008 and a quarterfinalist in 2007 and 2010 … lost to the eventual champion both times she lost in the quarterfinals … WAPL stroke-play medalist in 2009 … also played in six Girls’ Juniors (2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007) … lost in the semifinals of the 2007 Girls’ Junior to eventual champion Kristen Park … has made the cut at every USGA championship she’s played in except the 2002 Girls’ Junior, where she was in a playoff for the final match-play spots … represented the USA at the 2010 Curtis Cup Match, where she went 2-1-1 to help lead the Americans to victory … will be a senior at UCLA …  a member of UCLA’s 2011 NCAA Division I Championship-winning team … among her collegiate victories are co-medalist honors at the 2011 NCAA Central Regional, the 2008 World Match Play Championship, 2009 UCF Challenge and 2010 Ping/ASU Invitational … runner-up at the 2011 Pac-10/SEC Challenge … a three-time NGCA first team All-American and first-team All-Pac-10 selection … won the 2010 ASU Invitational and 2009 UCF Challenge … has a career-low round of 64, shot at Turtle Bay Golf Club in 2006 … daughter of Teruo and Lori … birthday is November 27, 1989.
College bio: http://www.uclabruins.com/sports/w-golf/mtt/kono_stephanie00.html 

Erynne Lee, 18, of Silverdale, Wash. 

Advanced to the quarterfinals with a 1-up victory in 19 holes over Annie Park … advanced to the semifinals of the 2008 U.S. Women’s Amateur, where she lost to eventual champion Amanda Blumenherst, and the quarterfinals of the 2010 Women’s Amateur, where she was a stroke-play tri-medalist … lost in the third round of the 2009 Women’s Amateur and missed the cut in 2006 … played in the 2008 and 2011 U.S. Women’s Opens, where she missed the cut … advanced to the second round in the 2009 U.S. Girls’ Junior and the first round of the 2008 and 2010 Girls’ Juniors … five-time AJGA All-America honoree – first team in 2007; second team in 2009 and 2010 and honorable mention in 2006 and 2008 … represented the West team at the 2008 and 2010 Canon Cups … represented the USA at the 2008 Junior Ryder Cup … also a member of Team USA at the 2007 Evian Junior Cup in France … won the 2010 AJGA Laredo Energy, the 2008 and 2009 Kathy Whitworth Invitationals and the 2008 AJGA at Wenatchee … runner-up at the 2008 and 2009 AJGA Texas A&M and the 2008 Rolex Girls’ Championship … also runner-up at the 2009 and 2009 AJGA Laredo Energy … named the Pacific Northwest Golf Association and Washington State Golf Association Women’s and Girls’ Player of the Year in 2008 and 2009 … has two holes-in-one and a career-low round of 65, shot at Skagit Golf and Country Club in April, 2011 … will be a freshman at UCLA … daughter of Brian and Debbie … has one sister, Katie, who has also played in the Girls’ Junior and Women’s Amateur … birth date: Feb. 13, 1993. 

Brooke Pancake, 21, of Chattanooga, Tenn.  

Advanced to the quarterfinals with a 4-and-3 victory over Nicole Morales … also played in the 2010 U.S. Women’s Amateur, where she lost in the first round to Corinne Carr (20 holes) after earning the No. 4 seed … won the 2010 Tar Heel Invitational for her first collegiate victory … earned first-team NGCA All-American honors in 2010-11 … a two-time SEC Women’s Golf Scholar-Athlete of the Year, a three-time NGCA All-American Scholar and a three-time All-SEC selection … won the 2011 Edith Cummings Munson Golf Award, which goes to an upperclassman who is an NGCA All-American Scholar and NGCA All-American … runner-up at the 2011 Tennessee Women’s Open … won four consecutive Tennessee State High School Championships, from 2005 to 2008 … has a career-low round of 64, shot during the 2007 high school championship at Old Fort Country Club … the 64 is a record for the lowest 18-hole score in any Tennessee girls’ state tournament … also holds the state 36-hole record of 138 … inducted into the Tennessee Women’s Golf Hall of Fame in 2010 … will be a senior at the University of Alabama … was selected for the NCAA Elite 88 Award at the 2010 NCAA Championships as the player with the highest grade point average ... daughter of Debbie Pancake … has three sisters, Blaire Ashley, Debbie Erin and Alexis Victoria … birth date: June 6, 1990.

College bio: http://www.rolltide.com/sports/w-golf/mtt/pancake_brooke00.html 

Demi Frances Runas, 19, of Torrance, Calif.  

Advanced to the quarterfinals with a 1-up victory in 19 holes over Lisa McCloskey … also played in the 20078 and 2009 U.S. Girls’ Juniors … lost in the third round in 2007 … lost in the first round at the 2008 and 2011 U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links Championships … runner-up at the 2010 Juli Inkster Spartan Invitational … has a career-low round of 68, shot at the Turtle Bay Resort (Fazio Course) in Hawaii … one career hole-in-one, which she made at Tijeras Creek Golf Club during the 2011 Big West Conference Championship … the 2011 Big West Conference Player of the Year and a 2011 NCAA All-Region team selection … will be a junior at the University of California-Davis … helped lead her high school (Torrance High) to three state championships and one runner-up finish (same school that produced 2006 U.S. Girls’ Junior champion Jenny Shin) … a two-times Ocean League medalist … daughter of Lydia and Arnulfo … has one older sister, Lairessa, and two older brothers, Alvin-Joseph and Arn … birth date: Aug. 20, 1991.

College bio: http://www.ucdavisaggies.com/sports/w-golf/mtt/runas_demi00.html