June 15, 2004
Three victorious Curtis Cup 'Team USA' members set sights on '04 WAPL
The next stop for three of Team USA’s victorious Curtis Cup members is the Golden Horseshoe Golf Club, site of the 2004 Women’s Amateur Public Links (WAPL) championship.The six-day WAPL tees off here Tuesday, June 22 at the Rees Jones-designed Green Course.
Defending champion Michelle Wie will be joined in the 144-player WAPL field by Jane Park and Brittany Lang, two of her seven teammates on last weekend’s stirring win at the 33rd Curtis Cup at Formby Golf Club in Merseyside, England. Team USA retained the Curtis Cup by defeating the Great Britain/Ireland team to increase its overall lead in the biennial amateur competition to 24-6-3.
At 14, Wie is the youngest player ever to compete in the Curtis Cup. She now moves on to the WAPL, where last year she became the youngest champion in the 108-year history of United States Golf Association adult championships with a headline grabbing triumph at Ocean Hammock Golf Club in Palm Coast, Fla.
In the interim, Wie, from Honolulu, Hawaii, has competed in numerous amateur and professional events, finishing fourth at the LPGA’s 2004 Kraft Nabisco Championship, and coming within a shot of making the cut against the men at the PGA Tour’s Sony Open in her home state of Hawaii. Last month, Wie accepted a special exemption from qualifying for the 2004 U.S. Women’s Open Championship, to be played July 1-4 in South Hadley, Mass.
Lang, 18, recently completed her freshman year at Duke University, where she earned first-team All-America honors and was named national and Atlantic Coast Conference Freshman of the Year. In 2003, Lang, from McKinney, Texas, captured two of America’s most prestigious amateur competitions — the Women’s Western and the Women’s North and South.
Park, a 17-year-old Californian who just finished her junior year at Beaumont High School, was the runner-up the 2003 U.S. Women’s Amateur and tied for 30th at the 2003 U.S. Women’s Open. In addition, she earned American Junior Golf Association first-team All-America honors in 2002 and 2003.
The 2004 WAPL will mark the third USGA championship held at the Green Course, which opened in 1991. Previously, the par-72, 7,120-yard layout hosted 1998 USGA Senior Women’s Amateur and the 1999 USGA Women's State Team Championships. The WAPL Championship is making its first appearance in the state of Virginia.
The tournament begins with 18-hole, stroke-play qualifying rounds on Tuesday and Wednesday, June 22-23, to be followed by match-play rounds the next three days. The top two players will then move on to the 36-hole, match-play finals on Sunday, June 27.
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