Quick look at the U.S. Women’s Amateur

Here’s a short preview of the U.S. Women’s Amateur. I’ll tell you give you what you need to know and give you my picks.

U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship

  • Course: Charlotte Country Club
  • City: Charlotte, N.C.
  • Yardage: 6,560
  • Par: 72
  • Round 1 of stroke play begins: Monday
  • Round 1 of match play begins: Wednesday
  • Weather forecast: Get your sunscreen ready because it is going to be hot and sunny. The high for the week will be around 93 degrees and the low will be 74.
  • 2009 champion: Jennifer Song
  • Why you should watch: This year’s championship will be a wide open race.. Several of the big names in women’s amateur golf have turned pro – Jennifer Song, Alexis Thompson, Kimberly Kim and Jennifer Johnson. Both Johnson and Song were in the finals a year ago. There is no clear favorite heading this year, but there are several top players to watch. U.S. Curtis Cup participants Jessica Korda, Cydney Clanton, Tiffany Lua and Tiffany Kono highlight this year’s field. This will be a year that all brackets will be busted.
  • Wildman’s pick: Lisa McCloskey. I have thought long and hard about this one, but I am going with McCloskey. She has made it to two finals of match play tournaments this summer – the North & South Amateur and the U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links. Although McCloskey lost both, she knows how to compete. I don’t care what people say about upsets happening, fluke victories or a player executing poorly. If you can make it to two finals you are doing something right. I think the if McCloskey can make it to her third final match this summer. The third time will be the charm.
  • Sleeper pick: Julia Boland. The toughest part about match play is trying to find that one player with whom many amateur golf fans may not be too familiar. How about Aussie Julia Boland. She is a recent Texas A&M graduate and won three times last college season for the Aggies. I think Boland will be extremely comfortable being surrounded by several players she has competed with the last couple of years. In the fall of 2009 she had a scoring average of 72. I know that you need to make birdies out there to win matches, but I’ll take a player that can shoot for even par on a consistent basis. Besides, after a player gets a lead the formula the rest of the day is to play par golf into the clubhouse. I’d say a 72 average can do that just fine.
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