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February 27, 2004

Michelle Wie to Defend Golf Title at Golden Horseshoe

Teenage golf phenomenon Michelle Wie has committed to defend her Women’s Amateur Public Links (WAPL) title June 22-27 at Colonial Williamsburg’s Golden Horseshoe Golf Club Green Course in Williamsburg, Va.

“I am so thrilled to defend the U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links title this year. This USGA championship is very special to me for a number of reasons. I qualified for the WAPL when I was 10 years old. It was my first national championship to participate in. In the first year, I made it to the first round of the match play. In the second year, I advanced to the third round. In the third year, I was the youngest semi-finalist. Finally, I became the youngest winner at my fourth try. I am really looking forward to defending in June,” Wie said from her home in Hawaii.

In 2003, Wie, then 13, became the youngest champion in the 108-year history of United States Golf Association adult championships when she won the WAPL at Ocean Hammock Golf Club in Palm Coast, Fla. Since that time, Wie has competed in numerous amateur and professional events, including most notably the recent PGA Tour’s Sony Open in her home state of Hawaii, where she missed the cut by only one stroke. In other USGA Championships she made the cut in the U.S. Women’s Open at Pumpkin Ridge, finishing 39th and advanced to match play in the U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship.

Rees Jones designed Colonial Williamsburg’s Green Course, which opened in 1991 and will be hosting its third USGA championship with the WAPL. Previously, the 1998 USGA Senior Women's Amateur and the 1999 USGA Women's State Team Championships were conducted on the Green Course. The course has been the site of numerous Virginia State Golf Association and Mid-Atlantic championship events.

“I am pleased the Women’s Amateur Public Links will be played on the Green Course, which has matured in 10 years and offers a definite challenge,” said Rees Jones. “It fits the lay of the land so well, has many natural water hazards and its par-3s shouldn’t be taken for granted. I’m honored to have been asked to be the championship’s honorary chairman and look forward to welcoming Michelle Wie to defend her title.”

Jones fashioned the layout from the mature forests and ravines of eastern Virginia. Characteristic features of the Green Course include many inherent to links courses, especially pot bunkers, tightly mown fairways and rough, and “bump-and-run alleys” that make putting surfaces accessible to shots with a variety of trajectories. Shoulder mounds line many fairways helping to bring errant shots back into play. More typical of contemporary trends in golf course architecture, the Green Course also completes the first father-son tandem of side-by-side layouts, with the nearby Gold Course, designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr., celebrating its 40th anniversary this year.

Golf is just a chip shot from Colonial Williamsburg's 301-acre Historic Area, the restored 18th-century capital of Virginia, where throughout the year visitors discover America's past recreated in presentations, guided and self-guided tours, and reenactments of significant historical events and daily colonial activities.

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