Stops Jerman Momentarily
By Alex Miceli
Hutchinson, Kan. -- Good and bad
things have happened to Angela Jerman when she has come to Kansas.
A Georgia native, Jerman arrived
in Kansas last year to play in the U.S. Women's Amateur, just
up the road in Wichita, and made it to the quarterfinals. During
that week, Jerman got a nosebleed that required medical attention
in the form of some medicine and ice.
In the third round of the U.S.
Women's Open, Jerman experienced another nosebleed, but this
time it occurred on the course. It forced her to stop play.
"I felt it coming on 17, and I
was like 'Oh, this is not going to be good,' and then it decided
to pour," said Jerman of the nosebleed.
After taking the same medicine
she took in Wichita -- applying an icepack and sitting for five
to 10 minutes on the 17th green -- Jerman was ready to go.
"It happens in really humid weather;
today was perfect conditions for it," said Jerman.
Getting to the 18th green, Jerman
had a 45-footer to make for birdie. The putt found its way into
the middle of the hole and possibly saved her from another gushing.
"I think it would have started
bleeding, because subconsciously after I putt, I breathe through
out of my nose and that could have been even more disastrous,"
Going into Saturday’s third round,
Jerman was only one of two amateurs left in the field. After
54 holes she was the low amateur, over Aree Song Wongluekiet,
by one stroke.
"I felt really comfortable," said
Jerman. "And playing with Meg [Mallon] -- I had met her the
other day -- that was really comforting for me to know someone.
It was fun; it was a good feeling today."
Jerman knows that her fellow Curtis
Cup teammates are behind her in her quest not only to play well,
but also to win low amateur.
"I wish there were more, because
they are all very talented," said Jerman of the lack of her
teammates in the final two days. "Any one of them deserves
to be where I am today. I think with golf you just get
your lucky bounces, and I know I have a couple of lucky bounces
out here this week."
Jerman has one last semester left
at the University of Georgia, but her college playing career
is over. After the Amateur and Curtis Cup Jerman
is off to LPGA Qualifying School in the fall. When she gets
to the Curtis Cup later this year, Jerman will be a seasoned
veteran of a U.S. Women's Open, and will take those experiences
forward in her career.
"You're learning from pressure
situations; you're learning each shot is not the shot,
it is just a shot. But as long as you don't compound errors
you can stay away from those doubles," said Jerman of some of
her learning experiences this week.
A final note, Jerman marks her
golf ball in a particular way: a red A on one side of the logo
and J on the other. On the other side she marks the letters
H and F the same way in remembrance of the late Heather Farr,
who died of cancer.
Mallon, a good friend of Farr's
asked for one of Jerman's balls as a keepsake.
Aree Song Wongluekiet was born
on May 1, 1986. At 16 years old she is the
youngest competitor in the 57th U.S. Women's Open. The first
two days of competition, Wongluekiet had her twin sister Naree
on the bag and was officially listed as being from Thailand.
Living in Bradenton, Fla., Wongluekiet
spends most of the time working on her golf game.
In Saturday's third round, Aree
dumped sister Naree as caddie. Instead, her father was on the
bag, and somehow her nationality changed from Thailand to Korea.
The reason for the change in caddies
was that her sister will be playing in the Giant Eagle LPGA
Classic and her foot was bothering her. The change in nationality
is a little more tricky.
"The first day they said I was
from Bradenton," said Aree of when she was announced on
the tee to start her round. "The next day no one said anything
and then today I was from Korea. I guess it's nice
to play from different places. I think I am sticking with
Wongluekiet has dual citizenship
-- her mother is from Thailand and her father is from Korea.
"She is supposed to follow my nationality,"
said Aree's father, In-Jong. "In the future she will be changing
to my surname, Song."
It turns out that Aree's father
saw the listing on the Internet and thought it should be changed. He,
along with Aree, went to the USGA championship office on Saturday
morning and requested the change. USGA policy is to honor such
The change from Wongluekiet to
Song will not occur Sunday, but in the future, most likely when
the twins turn pro.
Move over Jay Williams.
Eagles Have Landed
Amy Fruhwirth had one of the three
eagles in Saturday's third round.
Using a U or gap wedge, after a
driver and a 5-wood, Fruhwirth found the hole for an eagle 3
on the 512-yard, par-5 seventh hole.
"I had 95 yards in," said Fruhwirth. "Just
gripped it and it went a little right of the pin and it kicked
left into the hole."
The other two eagles came form
Shani Waugh on the same par-5 seventh and Michelle Redman, on
the par-4 ninth.
The eagle on the ninth was extremely
impressive, since that hole played the fourth-toughest hole
of the day with a stroke average of 4.319.
Alex Miceli is a freelance
writer whose work has appeared previously on www.uswomensopen.com.