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Eugene, OR Virginia junior golfer Whitney Neuhauser (Barboursville, Va.) defeated Kristen Park of Buena Park, Calif. to advance to the second round of match play at the 2008 U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship being held at the Eugene (Ore.) Country Club. Neuhauser won 3 & 2 and will face Lucy Nunn of Lawton, Okla. in Thursday’s round of 32 at 11:10 a.m. ET. If she wins Neuhauser will compete in the Round of 16 Thursday afternoon at 4:20 p.m. ET.

Nunn is a rising senior at Arkansas who won the Southern Amateur Championship earlier this year. She defeated UVa senior Kristen Simpson 4 & 3 in the quarterfinals of that tournament.

Seeded fourth in match play, Neuhauser shot 2-under 142 during the 36-hole stroke play portion of the tournament.

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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