Clifton, N.J. Duke sophomore Amanda Blumenherst led the University of Central Florida Challenge wire-to-wire, earning her fifth career medalist honor and an exemption to the 2007 Sybase Classic presented by ShopRite. This marks the first time in LPGA Tour history that a sponsor’s exemption has been offered to a NCAA women’s golfer. The Sybase Classic presented by ShopRite is held May 14 20 at a new venue, Upper Montclair Country Club.
“I am honored to have received an exemption to the Sybase Classic. It is my dream to play on the LPGA Tour after I am through playing college golf,” said Blumenherst. “I have not decided if I will accept the invitation due to the conflict with the NCAA Championship, but will decide soon after talking with my family and Coach Brooks.”
Blumenherst was the only player in the UCF Challenge field to finish the 54-hole tournament under-par. She posted a 205, 11-under-par, on the par-72, 6,214-yard layout at the Villas of Grand Cypress in Orlando, Florida. She defeated her closest opponent, Jacqui Concolino (Vanderbilt), by 12 strokes.
“This is a very exciting time for the Tournament and the LPGA Tour,” said Tournament Director Michael Ryan. “We wanted to offer a deserving NCAA women’s golfer a chance to experience the excitement of the LPGA Tour. We hope she is able to take this opportunity and allow fans to see a glimpse into the bright future of this young lady.”
The UCF Challenge marked the second straight week that Blumenherst has led wire-to-wire. She was also the only player under-par at the Wildcat Invitational in Tucson, Arizona, posting a three-under-par score and winning by four strokes. Her second round score in Orlando, seven-under-par 65, was the low round of the tournament. She finished each round under-par, posting 70 in the first and final round.
Duke won the team competition with a 26-stroke victory over the current No. 1 ranked Georgia Bulldogs. The Blue Devils are the two-time defending NCAA champions.
2006 LPGA Rolex Player of the Year and AP Female Athlete of the Year Lorena Ochoa is the Tournament’s defending champion. Past champions include LPGA Tour and World Golf Halls of Famers Annika Sorenstam two-time champion, Betsy King two-time champion, Beth Daniel and Juli Inkster. The Sybase Classic was the first career win for 2005 LPGA Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year Paula Creamer.
Tournament ticket, sponsorship and volunteer information is available at www.sybaseclassic.com.
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About the Ladies Professional Golf Association
Featuring the world’s best women golfers, the LPGA’s membership includes touring, teaching and club professionals. The LPGA Tour in 2007 features 35 events, with total prize money of nearly $55 million. Since 1981, the LPGA and its tournaments have raised approximately $180 million for charity. From the dreams of its 13 founders in 1950, the LPGA has evolved into the world’s pre-eminent women’s professional sports organization.
The LPGA has grown from its roots as a playing tour into a non-profit organization involved in every facet of golf. The LPGA is headquartered in Daytona Beach, Fla. For more information, log on to www.LPGA.com.
About Octagon’s Golf Division
Octagon’s Golf Division manages two Champions Tour events, The ACE Group Classic and SAS Championship presented by Forbes; three LPGA Tour events, Sybase Classic presented by ShopRite, LPGA NW Arkansas Championship presented by John Q. Hammons, and SemGroup Championship presented by John Q. Hammons; and one Nationwide Tour event, Rex Hospital Open. Octagon’s Golf Division also represents nearly 20 golfing professionals including Chris Smith, Natalie Gulbis, Christina Kim, Meg Mallon, and Beth Daniel. Additionally, Octagon represents marketing rights to Davis Love III, Gary Koch, and brothers, Bobby and Lanny Wadkins.
Octagon is the world’s largest sports and entertainment representation and marketing agency with global expertise in consulting, athletes & personalities, event management, property representation, marketing solutions, licensing and merchandising and talent procurement. As part of The Interpublic Group (NYSE:IPG), one of the world’s leading organizations of advertising agencies and marketing services, Octagon employs more than 1,000 people in 60 offices around the world. For further information please visit: www.octagon.com.
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