Huarte Adavances to Semifinals of U.S. Amateur

Aug. 13, 2004

ERIE, Pa. - Cal's Sarah Huarte advanced to the semifinals of the 104th-annual U.S. Women's Amateur Championships Friday at the Kahkwa Club.Huarte, the 15th-seed, defeated Morgan Pressel of Boca Raton, Fla., 1 up, in the quarterfinals of match play. A product of Shingle Springs, Calif., Huarte was down two holes through six before winning holes seven and eight to even the contest. The duo played each other even until Pressel earned a one-hole advantage on the par-3 15th hole with a birdie to Huarte's par.Huarte, who is competing in her third U.S. Women's Amateur, proceeded to capture holes 16 and 17 to go 1 up. The match ended with each player recording a par on the par-4 18th hole.Saturday's semifinals matches feature Huarte, 22, and Jane Park, 17, of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., teeing off at 10:15 a.m. ET, and Paula Creamer, 18, of Pleasanton, Calif., vs. Amanda McCurdy, 20, of El Dorado, Ark., at 10 a.m. ET. Park was the runner-up at the 2003 U.S. Amateur to Virada Nirapathpongporn, 2 and 1, at Philadelphia Country Club.ESPN2 will provide coverage of the semifinals from 2-4 p.m. ET. Sunday's final will be carried from 3-5 p.m. ET on ESPN2.As a senior in May, Huarte claimed the NCAA Division 1 women's golf individual title by one shot over Oklahoma State's Karin Sjodin. Huarte later earned the Honda Collegiate Women's Sports Award for Golf, which is presented annually to the nation's top golfer. She completed her eligibility with the Bears in the spring and will graduate in December with a degree in American studies.