Bienvenue! My name is Jamie and I like golf. I grew up playing tennis in eastern Massachusetts, but fell in love with the game after watching Se Ri Pak defeat Jenny Chausiriporn at the 1998 U.S. Womens Open. I studied Hospitality & Tourism Management (with a focus on Event, Tourism, and Convention Management) at the Isenberg School of Management, University of Massachusetts Amherst. Tennis is my first love, but golf is a very close second. I believe style should equal substance, and the latter is nothing without the former.
Before you could finish saying the Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic presented by Kroger, the pairings for the 65th U.S. Women’s Open Championship have been released. You can check them out over here. Below are some of the most intriguing pairings in my mind:
Thursday Hole 1 7:33 a.m./Friday Hole 10 1:03 p.m.
All three of these ladies have famously finished runner-up at major championships (with Pressel being the only one who has been able to bounce back and win one). Morgan famously fell to the miraculous birdie bunker shot by Birdie Kim at the 2005 U.S. Women’s Open. Candie Kung felt the heartbreak last year when Eun-Hee Ji managed to to sink a birdie putt on the 72nd hole to avoid a playoff. Maria lost at the 2008 LPGA Championship to a precocious rookie named Yani Tseng in extra innings. This group could feed off each other and set a good pace early.
Thursday Hole 10 7:33 a.m./Friday Hole 1 1:03 p.m.
Wow. I don’t think there’s much to add to this pairing. Wie was formally a given contender for any major championship, let’s hope she can bring that form this week.
Thursday Hole 10 7:44 a.m./Friday Hole 1 1:14 p.m.
Expect a log jam in the galleries around these two groups. Stanford, Pettersen, and Creamer are all looking for their first win of 2010 with Stanford playing good, not great golf, Pettersen playing great, but not winning, and Creamer just coming back from injury. Paula did well two weeks in her debut tournament, but failed to make the cut last week at the Jamie Farr.
Thursday Hole 1 7:44 a.m./Friday Hole 10 1:14 p.m.
Hee Kyung Seo
Let us not forget about Seo’s non-member win earlier in 2010 at the Kia Classic presented by J Golf. She chose not to accept membership on the LPGA tour for 2010, but is in the field this week. Sakura Yokomine is the highest money winner on the 2010 JLPGA so far this year, and Linciome is a former major winner, and conveniently forgotten when talking about the future of American golf.
Thursday Hole 1 7:55 a.m./Friday Hole 10 1:25 p.m.
Na Yeon Choi
Kristy is one of the best Americans on tour without a win, Blumenhurst has had an impressive rookie campaign and is in a tight race with Azahara Munoz currently for Rolex Rookie of the Year. Choi obviously is coming in hot after her victory at the Farr Owens.
Thursday Hole 1 8:06 a.m./Friday Hole 10 1:36 p.m.
The low amateur from 2009, paired with the Women’s British Open Championship, and the defending U.S. Women’s Open Champion. Song had an impressive professional debut on the Duramed Futures Tour winning her first event as a professional. Ji is slowly snapping out of her U.S. Women’s funk, and Matthew has had a solid if unimpressive year so far.
Thursday Hole 1 1:03 p.m./Friday Hole 10 7:33 a.m.
Thompson, like Song recently turned professional. If any of these three were near the top of the LPGA five years from now, I would not be shocked.
Thursday Hole 1 1:14 p.m./Friday Hole 10 7:44 a.m.
Tseng & Kerr won the first two majors of 2010, and Tseng is the next breath in the conversation for World #1 (just behing Kerr, Miyazato, and Shin). Nordqvist has two top 10s in 2010 coming off an impressive rookie year that saw her win the LPGA Championship and the Tour Championships.
Thursday Hole 10 1:14 p.m./Friday Hole 1 7:44 a.m.
Jee Young Lee
Expect the hometown fans to be rooting squarely for Juli and Christina this week, and Jee Young Lee seems to always be smiling on course. This would be a very fun group to follow.