Neumann Nirapathpongporn Qualify for Womens Open

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2004 U.S. WomenFAR HILLS, N.J. -- Past U.S. Womens Open winner Liselotte Neumann of Sweden and reigning U.S. Womens Amateur champion Virada Nirapathpongporn of Thailand lead the list of players who have earned spots in the 156-player field for the 2004 U.S. Womens Open through sectional qualifying.
 
Fifty-six players were fully exempt into the Championship, leaving 99 spaces open for qualifiers in the field. One place is still being held open for the winner of the next LPGA event. The USGA received a record 1,097 entries for the 59th U.S. Womens Open, which is scheduled for July 1-4, 2004 at the Orchards Golf Club, located on the campus of Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Mass.
 
The qualifier in Rochester, N.Y. will conclude Wednesday morning, with 10 players going for the final four spots in the field.
 
It will be the 18th consecutive Womens Open appearance for Neumann, who won the 1988 championship. Nirapathpongporn was originally exempt for the Womens Open as a result of her 2003 Womens Amateur victory but chose to turn professional, thus giving up her exemption. She will be playing in her third consecutive U.S. Womens Open.
 
In addition to Neumann and Nirapathpongporn, 13 other past USGA champions qualified for the 2004 U.S. Womens Open, led by 15-year-old In-Bee Park of Eustis, Fla., who won the 2002 U.S. Girls Junior. Other USGA champions in the field are: Beth Bauer (1998 Girls Junior); Brandie Burton (1989 Girls Junior); Catherine Cartwright (2000 Womens Amateur Public Links); Silvia Cavalleri (1997 Womens Amateur), Vicki Goetze-Ackerman (1989, 1992 Womens Amateurs), Emilee Klein (1991 Girls Junior); Kelli Kuehne (1994 Girls Junior and 1995 and 1996 Womens Amateurs); Jill McGill (1993 Womens Amateur; 1993 Womens Amateur Public Links); Nicole Perrot (2001 Girls Junior); Deb Richard (1984 Womens Amateur); Laurie Rinker (1980 Girls Junior); and Michelle Saiki (1983 Girls Junior).
 
Two members of the victorious 2004 USA Curtis Cup team, Paula Creamer, 17, of Pleasanton, Calif., and Erica Blasberg, 19, of Corona, Calif., also qualified for the championship.
 
Park, Creamer and Blasberg lead the list of teenagers who qualified for the Womens Open. They will be joined by Kyeong Eun Bae, 18, of Korea; Amie Cochran, 18, of Torrance, Calif.; Megan Grehan, 15, of Mamaroneck, N.Y.; Jennie Lee, 18, of Huntington Beach, Calif.; Seon Hwa Lee, 18, of Korea; Taylor Leon, 17, of Dallas, Texas; Brittany Lincicome, 18, of Seminole, Fla.; and Kim Shin, 18, of Shoreline, Mass.
 
The U.S. Womens Open is one of 13 national championships conducted annually by the USGA. Other championships include the U.S. Open, the U.S. Senior Open, and 10 national amateur championships.
 
Sectional Qualifying Results - 2004 U.S. Women's Open:
 
06/14/04
 
HEATHROW, FLA. - THE CC AT HEATHROW
In-Bee Park(a) - Eustis, Fla. 145
Brittany Lincicome(a) - Seminole, Fla. 145
Bernadette Luse - Orlando, Fla. 146
Kristin Tamulis - Naples, Fla. 147
Michelle Estill - Scottsdale, Ariz. 148
A - Maru Martinez(a) - Venezuela 148
A - Colleen Cashman-Mcsween - Plantation, Fla. 149
A - Leslie Spalding - Billings, Mont. 150
A - Carly Truitt(a) - Marysvile, Ohio 151
 
WEST BLOOMFIELD, MICH. - KNOLLWOOD CC
Kylie Pratt - Australia 144
Kyeong Eun Bae - Korea 144
Courtney Swaim - Duluth, Ga. 146
Allison Hanna - Portland, Ore. 146
Yvonne Cox - Charleston, W.Va. 147
Virada Nirapathpongporn - Thailand 147
Marianne Morris - Middletown, Ohio 147
Kim Augusta - Rumford, R.I. 147
Emily Bastel - Upper Sandusky, Ohio 147
Young Jo - Korea 148
Tina Miller(a) - Muskegon, Mich. 148
Allison Finney - Winnetka, Ill. 148
Seon Hwa Lee - Korea 150
Tiffany Faucette - Ormond Beach, Fla. 152
Jessica Lewis - Bethesda, Md. 152
A - Jennifer Greggain - Puyallup, Wash. 152
A - Michele Fuller - Jupiter, Fla. 152
A - Alena Sharp - Canada 152
A - Lauren Todd(a) - Phoenix, Ariz. 152
 
06/15/04
 
KAPOLEI, HAWAII - KO OLINA GC
Ria Quiazon - Union City, Calif. 143
A - Amanda Wilson(a) - Hilo, Hawaii 152
A - Julie Miyagi - Honolulu, Hawaii 153
A - Camie Hoshino - Hilo, Hawaii 156
 
SPARTANBURG, S.C. - CC OF SPARTANBURG
Niloufar Aazam-Zanganeh(a) - Switzerland 143
Leah Hart - Australia 144
Joan Pitcock - Fresno, Calif. 146
A - Violeta Retamoza(a) - Mexico 148
A - Patricia Martinson - Marion, Iowa 148
A - Joan Delk - Alpharetta, Ga. 148
A - Rachel Bates - Farragut, Tenn. 149
 
06/17/04
 
WILLIAMSBURG, VA. - WILLIAMSBURG CC
Janice Moodie - Scotland 138
Briana Vega(a) - North Aandover, Mass. 143
Lynnette Brooky - New Zealand 144
Anne-Marie Knight - Australia 144
A - Karine Icher - Switzerland 144
A - Lara Tadiotto - Belgium 145
A - Brittany Lang(a) - McKinney, Texas 145
A - Lisa Ferrero(a) - Lodi, Calif. 147
 
06/21/04
 
DALLAS, TEXAS - TPC FOUR SEASONS
Taylor Leon(a) - Dallas, Texas 145
Elisa Kase - Albuquerque, N.M. 145
Jennifer Ackerson(a) - Allen, Texas 146
A - Stefanie Page(a) - The Woodlands, Texas 147
A - Carrie Roberts - Farmington, Utah 148
A - Stacy Lewis(a) - The Woodlands, Texas 148
A - Jennifer Tannehill - Oklahoma City, Okla. 148
 
EGG HARBOR TWSP, N.J. - HIDDEN CRK/BLUE HER
Carin Koch - Sweden 140
Paula Creamer(a) - Pleasanton, Calif. 141
Liselotte Neumann - Sweden 142
Deb Richard - Ponte Verda Beach, Fla. 142
Audra Burks - Little Rock, Ark. 142
Amy Langhals - Lakeland, Fla. 142
Silvia Cavalleri - Italy 143
Shani Waugh - Australia 143
Joanne Mills - Australia 143
Dawn Coe-Jones - Canada 143
Charlotta Sorenstam - Sweden 143
Laura Myerscough - Charleston, Ill. 144
Kris Tschetter - Sioux Falls, S.D. 144
Chiharu Yamaguchi - Japan 144
Soo-Young Moon - Korea 145
Jill McGill - San Diego, Calif. 145
Jean Bartholomew - Garden City, N.Y. 145
Cathy Johnston-Forbes - Kitty Hawk, N.C. 145
Victoria Goetze-Ackerman - Valrico, Fla. 146
Tina Barrett - Scottsdale, Ariz. 146
Megan Grehan(a) - Mamaroneck, N.Y. 146
Kristal Parker-Manzo - Cable, Ohio 146
Beth Bader - Eldridge, Iowa 146
Alicia Dibos - Peru 146
A - Kathi Poppmeier - Austria 146
A - Stephanie Louden - Las Vegas, Nev. 147
A - Cheryl Anderson - Stamford, Conn. 147
A - Jackie Gallagher-Smith - Jupiter, Fla. 147
 
6/22/04
 
SAN GABRIEL, Calif. -- SAN GABRIEL C.C.
(a) Jennie Lee, Huntington Beach, Calif. (143)
Hong Mei Yang, China (144)
(a) Kim Shin, Shoreline, Wash. (146)
Lisa Chang, Los Angeles, Calif. (146)
(a) Erica Blasberg, Corona, Calif. (146)
Li Ying Ye, China (147)
(a) Amie Cochran, Torrance, Calif. (148)
A ' (a) Sydnee Michaels, Temecula, Calif. (148)
A ' (a) Irene Cho, Los Angeles, Calif. (149)
A ' Wendy Modic, Pasadena, Calif. (149)
A ' Stella Lee, Irvine, Calif. (149)
 
6/22/04
 
ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- WEBSTER G.C./ONTARIO G.C.
Kelli Kuehne, Dallas, Texas (143)
Nicole Perrot, Chile (143)
Michelle Bell, Melrose, Mass. (143)
Loraine Lambert, Australia (144)
Luciana Bemvenuti, Brazil (145)
Linda Ishii, Los Angeles, Calif. (145)
Marilyn Lovander, Punta Gorda, Fla. (145)
Young-A Yang, South Korea (145)
Johanna Head, England (145)
Russamee Gulyanamitta, Thailand (145)
Kate Golden, Jasper, Texas (145)
Eva Dahllof, Sweden (145)
Jenna Daniels, San Diego, Calif. (145)
Emilee Klein, Graegle, Calif. (146)
Siew-Ai Lim, Malaysia (146)
Cindy Figg-Currier, Austin, Texas (146)
Mardi Lunn, Australia (147)
Liz Earley, Canada (147)
Kris Lindstrom, Richfield, Minn. (147)
Jamie Hullett, Mesquite, Texas (147)
Mee Lee, Korea (148)
Michelle Ellis, Australia (148)
Katherine Hull, Australia (148)
Beth Bauer, Tampa, Fla. (148)
Ji Yeon Lee, Korea (148)
Smriti Mehra, India (149)
Catherine Cartwright, Bonita Springs, Fla. (149)
Michele Saiki, Las Vegas, Nev. (149)
Laurie Rinker, Stuart, Fla. (149)
A.J. Eathorne, Canada (149)
Brandie Burton, San Bernandino, Calif. (149)
Moira Dunn, Utica, N.Y. (149)