North and South Women's Amateur Championship

PINEHURST, NC (August 13, 2005) -- Morgan Pressel found herself in unfamiliar territory today on Course No. 2. Having not been down more than one hole or for more than one hole during match play, Pressel had to fight back from a 2 down deficit that lasted from the 8th hole until the 18th hole. Megan Bolger turned around an early 1 down margin by winning the 3rd and 4th holes to take a 1 up advantage. Pressel squared the match on the par three 6th hole when her birdie two was conceded. Bolger again assumed command when she birdied the par five 8th hole to go 1 up for the second time in the match. Bolger won again on the 10th when she made a 20-foot birdie putt to go 2 up. She held Pressel at bay through the 15th hole.

Pressel made a run beginning at the 16th when she got up and down from in front of the 16th green for birdie and the win. On the par three 17th, Pressel hit her tee shot to within five feet behind the hole. Reminiscent of the 1999 U.S. Open where Payne Stewart and Phil Mickelson hit stellar shots to the 17th, Bolger answered with an equally impressive tee shot to just outside of Pressel. Bolger playing first just missed her six-foot birdie attempt and was conceded par. Pressel calmly rolled in her birdie put to square the match for the first time since the 7th hole. On the 18th, both players missed birdie putts to send the match to the 19th hole all square.

On the first extra hole, Pressel just missed her birdie attempt. Bolger having hit the green in regulation, made a lengthy par putt to continue the match. On the 20th hole, again both players hit the green in regulation. Bolger’s 35-foot birdie putt just missed and her par conceded. Pressel, who had missed opportunities throughout the round, capitalized on an 8-foot birdie putt for the win on the 20th hole. Pressel’s medal score for 18 holes was three under par 70 while Bolger carded an even par 73 including a double bogey at the 6th.

In the second semifinal match, Paige MacKenzie found herself in unfamiliar territory as well. Ya-Ni Tseng jumped out to a 2 up advantage through two holes. MacKenzie, the #3 ranked amateur, square the match by winning the 6th and 7th holes. Tseng was not ready to give up the lead as she won the 10th with a biride four. MacKenzie again squared the match at the 12th with a par four. The next three holes were halved. On the 16th, MacKenzie took her first advantage of the match with a two-putt birdie. Tseng, only 16 years old, showed great resolve as she hit her tee shot on the 17th to three feet. MacKenzie made an incredible up and down from the deep greenside bunker to force Tseng make her birdie putt to square the match. On the 18th with the match all square, Tseng got up and down from just off of the green while, MacKenzie two putted for par. At the 19th hole, both players hit the green in regulation. MacKenzie’s long birdie attempt slid by the hole. Tseng’s birdie attempt came up short and was conceded. MacKenzie’s six-foot par attempt broke just outside the hole for the Tseng win.

In Sunday’s final, Pressel will attempt to repeat as Champion and join Beth Bauer who was the last to accomplish such a run. She will also join past repeat Champions such as Barbara McIntyre, Pat O’Sullivan, Estelle Lawson Page, Maureen Orcutt, and Dorothy Campbell Hurd. She can also join Meredith Duncan in winning the North and South Amateur and the U.S. Women’s Amateur in the same summer. Tseng can become the first Taiwanese born player to win the North and South. The final pits two teenagers against one another. Pressel became the youngest player to win the North and South last year at age 16. Tseng won the U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links at age 14 two years ago.

The final match is scheduled for 36 holes. The morning round will begin at 7:30 a.m. on Course No. 2. The contestants will take a break for lunch at the conclusion of the morning round and resume play at approximately 11:30 a.m.

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