NEWPORT, R.I. – For the second time since 2001, a Duke women’s golfer registered low amateur honors at the U.S. Women’s Open as rising sophomore Amanda Blumenherst carded two straight rounds of 73 to finish tied for 10th at the Newport Country Club in Newport, R.I. A 2003 Blue Devil graduate, Kristina Engstrom Tucker also collected the best finish of her career on the LPGA tour as she tied for 20th.
Blumenherst tied UCLA’s Jane Park with a four-day total of 293 with rounds of 70, 77, 73 and 73 to earn low amateur accolades. Blumenherst and Park were two of only four amateurs who made the 36-hole cut.
The 72-holes of golf wasn’t enough though to determine a champion on Sunday as Annika Sorenstam and Pat Hurst tied at even par, 284, and will face a 18-hole playoff on Monday beginning at 9:00 a.m.
A product of Scottsdale, Ariz. Blumenherst faced a daunting 36-hole final day on Sunday and handled it with flying colors posting four birdies and two consecutive rounds of 73. For the week, Blumenherst ranked tied for fifth with an average of 12 fairways hit per round and tied for fifth with an average of 12 greens hit in regulation. The top-20 finish marked the second straight week she has finished in the top-20 of an LPGA event as she was tied for 17th at the Wegmans LPGA last weekend.
Tucker, a 2003 Duke graduate and member of the Duramed FUTURES Golf Tour, finished the weekend with a 72-hole total of 296 with rounds of 72, 74, 74 and 76. Since turning professional in 2003, Tucker has played in 39 FUTURES Golf Tour events and totaled $13,260 in earnings, but over the weekend she is expected to earn much more than those earnings with her tied for 20th finish.
Earlier this season, Tucker competed in The Golf Channel’s Big Break V: Hawaii, but had only one top-20 finish in 10 events this season on the FUTURES Golf Tour. She is currently 65th on the FUTURES Tour with $3,711 earnings.
In 2001, Duke’s Candy Hannemann finished low amateur in Pinehurst, N.C. as she carded a tied for 30th finish.
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