Five USA Curtis Cuppers, Defending
Champion Entered In 2008 WAPLMay 9, 2008E-mail address:
Far Hills, N.J. - Five members of the 2008 United States of America
Curtis Cup team will be competing in the 2008 U.S. Women's
Amateur Public Links Championship at Erin Hills Golf Course in
Erin, Wis., June 16-22, including defending champion Mina Harigae.
Harigae, 18, of Monterey, Calif., will attempt to become the
first repeat WAPL champion since Pearl Sinn in 1988-89. Only three
players have repeated since the WAPL's inception in 1977: Kelly
Fuiks (1977-78), Lori Castillo (1979-80) and Sinn.
|USA Curtis Cupper Mina Harigae will look to
become the fourth back-to-back WAPL champion in June. (USGA
Besides Harigae, the four other USA Curtis Cuppers entered are
Amanda Blumenherst, 21, of Scottsdale, Ariz., Tiffany Joh, 21, of
San Diego, Calif., Kimberly Kim, 16, of Hilo, Hawaii, and Jennie
Lee, 21, of Henderson, Nev. Joh defeated Kim to win the 2006 WAPL,
while Kim captured the 2006 U.S. Women's Amateur at the age of
14 to become that championship's youngest winner.
Another WAPL entrant, Michelle Thomson, 20, of Scotland, has
been chosen to play for the Great Britain and Ireland Curtis Cup
team, while Jennifer Song, 18, who was born in Ann Arbor, Mich.,
but now lives in Korea is a USA Curtis Cup alternate. The Curtis
Cup is scheduled May 30-June 1 at the Old Course in St. Andrews,
"The Erin Hills staff is not only honored to be hosting the
Women's Amateur Public Links....we are equally excited to see
that we will be having such a strong field," said Bob Lang,
the owner of Erin Hills.
The United States Golf Association accepted 678 entries for this
year's championship, compared to 735 in 2007. The record of
1,085 entries was set in 1986.
Sectional qualifying at 40 sites begins May 15 and runs through
May 31. Twenty-nine players were exempt from qualifying.
The youngest player to file an entry is Brooke Irion, 9, of
Battle Mountain, Nev., while the oldest player who listed her date
of birth on the entry is 71-year-old Sally Millbank of Sandy,
Four sets of twins have also entered qualifying: Monica and
Stephanie Fox, 18, of Holladay, Utah, Emily and Elise Houtz, 18, of
Manhattan, Kan., Rachael and Rochelle Schmidt, 20, of Elk River,
Minn., and Megan and Meryl Weaver, 18, of Canton, Ohio.
Entries came from 47 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto
Rico as well as 16 foreign countries, including Canada, Chile,
Chinese Taipei, Colombia, France, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico,
New Zealand, Philippines, Russia, Scotland, South Africa, Thailand
The Women's Amateur Public Links is one of 13 national
championships conducted annually by the USGA, 10 of which are
strictly for amateurs.
Here is the list of 29 players who are exempt from
qualifying for the 2008 U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links
Amanda Blumenherst, Scottsdale, Ariz.
Sarah Brown, Phillippsburg, N.J.
Wonjoo Choi, Murrieta, Calif.
Mari Chun, Pearl City, Hawaii
Brianno Do, Lakewood, Calif.
Stephany Fleet, Dewitt, Mich.
Mina Harigae, Monterey, Calif.
Selanee Henderson, Apple Valley, Calif.
Becca Huffer, Denver, Colo.
Ha-Na Jang, Korea
Pearl Jin, San Gabriel, Calif.
Tiffany Joh, San Diego, Calif.
Kimberly Kim, Hilo, Hawaii
Rebecca Kim, Tigard, Ore.
Stacey Kim, Columbus, Ga.
Stephanie Kono, Honolulu, Hawaii
Jennie Lee, Henderson, Nev.
Lee Lopez, Whittier, Calif.
Tiffany Lua, Rowland Heights, Calif.
Sydnee Michaels, Temecula, Calif.
Kayla Mortellaro, Phoenix, Ariz.
Ryann O'Toole, San Clemente, Calif.
Angela Oh, Maple Shade, N.J.
Victoria Park, Irvine, Calif.
Lizette Salas, Azusa, Calif.
Michelle Shin, Cape Coral, Fla.
Jennifer Song, Korea
Ashley Tait, Littleton, Colo.
Michele Thomson, Scotland