Blumenherst, the three-time NCAA Player of the Year, was 1-down after the morning 18 and still a hole behind through 27. She squared it with a birdie on the par-4 10th and took the lead with a par on the par-5 13th ' the 31st hole of the match.
Thats a lot of golf to have never been ahead, Blumenherst said. I think thats just a testament of how much patience thats required.
Blumenherst pulled two holes in front with a birdie on the par-5 16th. Both players parred 17 to end the match, with Munoz missing a 6-foot birdie try that would have extended the match and Blumenherst ending it with a 5-footer.
The two-time Curtis Cup player won the tournament a year after a 1-up loss to Maria Jose Uribe in the final at Crooked Stick.
Im so excited, Blumenherst said. Last year was really tough not winning. Im very proud of myself with how I played. I wanted this so much. I would have been crushed if I wouldnt have won it. If I hadnt had last years experience I may have given up a little bit or tried to force something.
Munoz, the Arizona State star from Spain, was trying to become the first player to win the NCAA Championship and Womens Amateur in the same season since Georgias Vicki Goetze in 1992.
Im happy because I played good, but, obviously, Im sad because I lost, Munoz said. I gave my best and thats all I could do.