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Eugene, OR – Virginia junior golfer Whitney Neuhauser (Barboursville, Va.) advanced to the match play portion of the 2008 U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship being held at the Eugene Country Club in Eugene, Ore. Neuhauser finished the 36-hole stroke play portion of the tournament Tuesday tied for fourth overall at 2-under 142. She shot 2-under 70 during Monday’s first round and carded a 72 Tuesday. There were 155 players in the field for the event.

Stephanie Na of Australia tied with Duke’s Amanda Blumenherst for first place after stroke play at 4-under 140.

The 64-player match play competition begins Wednesday and continues until the 36-hole final on Sunday.

The U.S. Women’s Amateur is one of the United States Golf Association’s original three championships. It was first conducted in 1895, shortly after the inaugural U.S. Amateur and U.S. Open. The Women’s Amateur has since been conducted every year except 1917-18, when it was temporarily suspended because of World War I, and 1942-45, when it was suspended because of World War II.

The championship is open to female amateurs who have USGA handicap indexes not exceeding 5.4

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