Bools Competes At U.S. Women's Amateur Championship
Aug. 5, 2008
EUGENE, Ore. - East Carolina junior golfer Abby Bools carded an opening round of 73 at currently is tied for 17th after Monday's first round of stroke play at the 2008 U.S. Women's Amateur Championship, being played at the 6,484-yard, par-72 Eugene Country Club.
The 2008 Conference USA Golfer-of-the-Year carded a front nine 34 before posting a 39 on the back nine and currently sits three shots out of fifth place and seven behind the leader Amanda Blumenherst (Scottsdale, Ariz.).
Blumenherst, the U.S. Women's Amateur runner-up a year ago, used a 5-under 30 on the outward nine at Eugene Country Club, her second nine of the round, to take a two-stroke lead over her 2008 USA Curtis Cup teammate Alison Walshe, 23, of Westford, Mass. Blumenherst compiled seven birdies and one bogey.
Blumenherst's birdies did include a 30-footer for birdie on the 12th hole and a 20-footer on the third. On her final hole, the par-4, 402-yard ninth, Blumenherst made another 20-footer to put an exclamation point on the round.
After a second day of stroke play Tuesday, the U.S. Women's Amateur field will be reduced to 64 players for match play. The first round of match play is scheduled for Wednesday, the second and third rounds will be played Thursday and the quarterfinal matches are on Friday. The semifinals will be played Saturday and the 36-hole championship final will be played Sunday. Fans can follow all the action on www.USGA.org.
The U.S. Women's Amateur is one of 13 championships conducted annually by the United States Golf Association each year, 10 of which are strictly for amateurs.
Eugene, Ore. - Top 20 Results following Monday's first round of stroke play at the 2008 U.S. Women's Amateur Championship at the 6,484-yard, par-72 Eugene Country Club:
1. Amanda Blumenherst, Scottsdale, Ariz. - 30-36--66