Date: August 12, 2008

Na-thing to it: Steph medals at US Women’s Amateur

National squad member Stephanie Na has been crowned dual-medallist at the 2008 US Women&aposs Amateur Championship, being played at the 6,484-yard, par-72 Eugene Country Club in Oregon. Na, 19, finished at 4-under par 140 to share medalist honours with Amanda Blumenherst, 22, of Scottsdale, Arizona. For Na, who has spent seven weeks in North America playing in events, perhaps the toughest part was making it through her sectional qualifier in Georgia last month, when she shot 72 to earn the last qualifying spot. Speaking to the USGA, Na said I was really nervous for the whole week and a half leading up to it. I have never really had to qualify to play in an event and if I hadn t qualified it would have cut my trip short. It was really relieving when I qualified, the Australian stroke play champion said. She has made the most of her chance thus far, following up her first-round 3-under 69 with a 1-under 71 Tuesday to earn a share of medalist honors in her first USGA event. T1.Amanda Blumenherst, Scottsdale, Arizona, 66-74–140 T1.Stephanie Na, Australia, 69-71–140 3.Kira Meixner, Canada, 72-69–141