Aug. 7, 2008
NORMAN, Okla. - Completing her longest run at a U.S. Women's Amateur Championship, University of Oklahoma golfer Ellen Mueller was defeated by Duke University senior Amanda Blumenherst by a score of 7 and 6 in round three of match play on Thursday afternoon in Eugene, Ore.
Mueller advanced to the round of 16 by playing the final 12 holes of her Thursday morning match in 2-under-par fashion en route to a 3-and-1 defeat of Selanee Henderson.
Thursday afternoon, Mueller faced one of the top amateur golfers in the country in round three. Blumenherst, the reigning three-time National Player of the Year, birdied four of the first nine holes at the 6,516-yard, par-72 Eugene Country Club, taking a 6-up lead at the turn. After the pair both parred No. 10 and bogeyed No. 11, Blumenherst ended the match with a birdie at the 168-yard, par-3 12th.
The Evansville, Ind., native remained positive on the outcome of this year's tournament, as she holds respect for Blumenherst.
"It was a great tournament," Mueller said. "If I wanted to lose to anyone there, it would be Amanda and I hope she goes all the way. If there could be a good loss, that's what I would consider it to be."
Mueller's success in this week's U.S. Women's Amateur comes on the heels of advancing to the round of 32 at the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links Championship earlier this summer. Earning wins in match play of the two most prestigious amateur tournaments of the year, the OU sophomore hopes her success will continue as the school year and fall season approaches.
"It feels a lot better going into school from the tournament this year," Mueller said. "Last year (when I didn't advance out of stroke play at the U.S. Amateur) wasn't the same story. I can go in with a great feel about my game and hopefully it will keep going all the way to the first tournament."