Amanda Blumenherst

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Amanda Blumenherst
— Golfer —
Personal information
Born (1986-11-04) November 4, 1986 (age 27)
Scottsdale, Arizona, U.S.
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Nationality  United States
Residence Scottsdale, Arizona
Spouse Nate Freiman
Career
College Duke University
Turned professional 2009
Current tour(s) LPGA Tour (joined 2010)
Best results in LPGA Major Championships
Kraft Nabisco C'ship 30th: 2008
LPGA Championship 71st: 2010
U.S. Women's Open T10: 2006
Women's British Open T54: 2011
The Evian Championship 74th: 2013
Achievements and awards
(For a full list of awards, see here)

Amanda Blumenherst (born November 4, 1986) is an American professional golfer who plays on the U.S.-based LPGA Tour. She was a three-time National Player of the Year at Duke University and won the U.S. Women's Amateur title in 2008. In 2013, she announced that she would take a leave from professional golf to spend more time with her husband, major league baseball player Nate Freiman.

Early life and personal life[edit]

Blumenherst was born in Scottsdale, Arizona, the daughter of Amy (McClure) and David Blumenherst.[1][2] She began playing golf at the age of four. She attended high school at Xavier College Preparatory in Phoenix, where she was a four-time Rolex All-American and was the third-ranked national recruit as a senior. She led Xavier College Prep to the 5A state championships for four straight years. She held Arizona's 5A High School Girl's Golf State Tournament record with a score of 69–66=135 (−9).

Blumenherst married 6 feet 8 inches (2.03 m) tall Oakland A's baseball player Nate Freiman in December 2012.[3][4] He holds Duke University's career home run record, and the school's second-highest all-time batting average. The two were Duke's ACC Senior Male and Female Athletes of the Year in 2009.[5]

Freiman has caddied for her seven times at LPGA tournaments.[3][6] He remarked:

"I'm probably more nervous than she is. I don't choose the clubs, but I have to give her the yardage. I'm adding up all of the numbers, and I better be right. It's nerve-wracking, but a lot of fun."[7]

In August 2013, at the age of 26 and eight months after being married, and after six top-10 finishes in her first three years on the LPGA Tour, she announced that she would take a leave from professional golf at the end of 2013 to spend more time with her husband.[8][9] She said: "I don't want to say I'm retiring, because you never know what will happen. Maybe I'll decide in a couple years to come back, and this will just be a little break, you never know."[9]

Amateur career[edit]

College[edit]

2005–06 (Freshman)[edit]

At Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, Blumenherst was named the National Freshman of the Year by numerous publications. She had the lowest stroke average by a Duke freshman, 71.62, and was the second freshman at Duke to win her first collegiate golf tournament. She set a Blue Devil freshman record with a 54-hole total of 208 at the Mason Rudolph Championship.

2006–07 (Sophomore)[edit]

Blumenherst was named the NGCA National Player of the Year for the second year in a row. She won the Golfstat Cup to join Lorena Ochoa as the only two-time winners. She set a school-record 71.00 stroke average, and tied an NCAA record with a 63 (−9) at the NCAA East Regionals.

2007–08 (Junior)[edit]

Blumenherst won her second consecutive Honda Sports Award for golf as the best collegiate female golfer, which put her in the running for the Honda-Broderick Cup award as the collegiate Female Athlete of the Year. She was named the ACC Player of the Year for the third consecutive year, and had 30 career top 10 finishes. She won her third straight individual ACC championship in Daytona Beach, Florida, and finished fifth at the NCAA championships at Albuquerque. She led the Blue Devils to a second-place team finish at the NCAA East Regional and a third-place national finish in New Mexico. Blumenherst won an unprecedented third "NCGA" National Player of the Year award.

2008–09 (Senior)[edit]

In her senior year, Blumenherst saw less impressive results, winning only once during the regular season, while still being named the ACC Co-Player of the Year.[10] She graduated magna cum laude with a 3.84 GPA from Duke in May 2009 with a degree in history and minors in English and Theater.

She was awarded the Dinah Shore Trophy by the LPGA Foundation for the second consecutive year.[11] The award is presented to the female collegiate golfer who excels in both academics and athletics, while also demonstrating outstanding leadership skills and community service. In 2009, Blumenherst was a semi-finalist (one of twelve) for the Sullivan Award given annually to the world's most outstanding amateur athlete. She was also one of nine finalists for the 2009 NCAA Woman of the Year Award.

Other amateur golf achievements[edit]

In 2008 Blumenherst finished 30th at the LPGA Kraft Nabisco Championship on the LPGA Tour, and in 2006 and 2008 she helped the U.S. win the Curtis Cup. At the 2006 U.S. Women's Open, she finished tied for tenth and shared low amateur honors with Jane Park. The following year she finished tied for 50th at the 2007 U.S. Women's Open, one of four amateurs to make the cut. She advanced to the second round of match play at the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links (WAPL), and at the North and South Women's Amateur. Blumenherst was the runner-up at the 2007 U.S. Women's Amateur, falling 1 up to Mariajo Uribe in 36 holes. In 2008, she again made the cut at the U.S Women's Open and finished tied for 38th. A month later she won the 2008 U.S. Women's Amateur in Eugene, Oregon, with a 2 & 1 victory over NCAA champion, Azahara Muñoz, in the 36-hole final on August 10.

Professional career[edit]

2009[edit]

On May 27, 2009, Blumenherst announced that she turned professional and had signed with the IMG sports management company and with Nike Golf as a paid member of its touring staff. Her amateur accomplishments qualified her for membership of the Futures Tour and she played in six Futures Tour events in the summer of 2009, with three top-10 finishes. Blumenherst was the medalist at the first stage of the LPGA Qualifying Tournament in September; she was 16 under par over four rounds to win by six strokes. Later that month Blumenherst, entered on a sponsor's exemption, finished tied for 5th at the CVS/Pharmacy LPGA Challenge in California. In December at Daytona Beach, she won the five-round LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament by two strokes to earn her tour card for 2010.[12]

2010[edit]

Blumenherst played the first two tournaments of the 2010 LPGA season, the Honda PTT LPGA Thailand and the HSBC Women's Champions, as sponsors' invites. She finished T18 and 62nd, respectively, but as a sponsor invite her earnings did not count on the official LPGA money list. She went on to play in 22 tournaments and finished 51st on the 2010 money list and 4th in the LPGA Rookie of the Year standings, won by Muñoz.

Results in LPGA majors[edit]

Tournament 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Kraft Nabisco Championship DNP DNP 30 LA DNP DNP T41 T70 CUT
LPGA Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP 71 CUT CUT CUT
U.S. Women's Open T10 TLA T50 T38 T52 CUT CUT CUT DNP
Women's British Open DNP DNP DNP DNP CUT T54 CUT DNP
The Evian Championship ^ 74

^ The Evian Championship was added as a major in 2013.
LA = Low Amateur
DNP = did not play
T = tied
CUT = missed the half-way cut
Yellow background for top-10.

Summary[edit]

Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Kraft Nabisco Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 3
LPGA Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 1
U.S. Women's Open 0 0 0 0 1 1 7 4
Women's British Open 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1
The Evian Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
Totals 0 0 0 0 1 1 19 10
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 6 (2006 U.S. Open – 2010 LPGA)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 1

LPGA Tour career summary[edit]

Year Tournaments
played
Cuts
made*
Wins 2nd 3rd Top 10s Best
finish
Earnings
($)
Money
list rank
Scoring
average
Scoring
rank
2006 3 2 0 0 0 1 T10 n/a 72.00 n/a
2007 1 1 0 0 0 0 T50 n/a 74.00 n/a
2008 2 2 0 0 0 0 30 n/a 73.87 n/a
2009 5 4 0 0 0 1 T5 74,0251 n/a 71.56 n/a
2010 22 15 0 0 0 2 T7 178,1812 51 72.86 64
2011 22 15 0 0 0 1 T9 164,930 54 73.16 66
2012 23 12 0 0 0 1 T5 105,668 76 74.11 114
2013 16 6 0 0 0 0 T13 49,182 102 73.72 124
  • official as of November 24, 2013[13][14]

* Includes matchplay and other events with no cut.
1 Blumenhurst turned pro in May 2009 and was not an LPGA member; earnings were unofficial for the 2009 LPGA money list.
2 Earnings at the 2010 Honda PTT LPGA Thailand ($16,156) and 2010 HSBC Women's Champions ($3,251) were unofficial under LPGA rules and are not included.

Awards[edit]

Junior golf and high school[edit]

  • Rolex Junior All-American (2002–2005)
  • Two-time Arizona 5A State Player of the Year (2003–2004)
  • Phoenix Women's Sports Association H.S. Scholar-Athlete of the Year (2004)
  • Arizona Female High School Senior Scholar-Athlete of the Year (2005)

College and amateur career[edit]

  • NGCA National Freshman of the Year (2006)
  • Golf Week National Freshman of the Year (2006)
  • Edith Cummings Munson Golf Award (2006)
  • ACC Freshman of the Year (2006)
  • Golfstat Cup winner (2006–2008)
  • NGCA First Team All-American (2006–2008)
  • Honda Sports Award Golf (2006–2008)
  • Golf Week First Team All-American (2006–2008)
  • ACC Player of the Year (2006–2008)
  • ACC First Team (2006–2008)
  • NGCA National Player of the Year (2006–2009)
  • Nancy Lopez Award (2007–2009)
  • Golf Week National Player of the Year (2007)
  • NGCA Scholar All-American (2007)
  • ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American (2007, 2009)
  • ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District III (2008)
  • Golf World Player of the Mid-Year (2008)
  • NCAA Woman of the Year Finalist (2009)
  • Sullivan Award Semi-Finalist (2009)
  • ACC Co-Player of the Year (2009)

Team appearances[edit]

Amateur

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1][dead link]
  2. ^ "Company Relocates To Fort Wayne". Fort Wayne News Sentinel. June 14, 1993. Retrieved September 30, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b McTaggart, Brian (February 18, 2013). "Towering Freiman looks to make big impression". MLB.com. Retrieved March 12, 2013. 
  4. ^ Pave, Marvin (January 3, 2013). "Former Wellesley High baseball star Nate Freiman moves on to Astros". Boston.com. Retrieved March 12, 2013. 
  5. ^ Tomko, Michael (May 8, 2009). "Blumenherst, Freiman Are Duke's Senior Male and Female Athletes of the Year". Duke University Blue Devils. Retrieved March 12, 2013. 
  6. ^ LaWell, Matt. "A Swing and a Drive". A Minor League Season. Retrieved March 12, 2013. 
  7. ^ Brock, Corey (October 25, 2012). "Padres prospect Freiman looks to raise his game; First baseman enjoys the competition in World Classic, Arizona Fall League". MLB.com. Retrieved March 12, 2013. 
  8. ^ Crouse, Karen (September 27, 2013). "Golfer Picks Ballplayer Husband Over L.P.G.A. Tour". The New York Times. 
  9. ^ a b Mell, Randall (August 29, 2013). "Blumenherst leaving LPGA to spend more time with husband". Golf Channel. Retrieved September 28, 2013. 
  10. ^ GoDuke.com – Lee & Blumenherst Earn All-ACC; Blumenherst Named Co-Player of the Year – May 4, 2009
  11. ^ GolfWeek.com – women's college golf – May 22, 2009
  12. ^ LPGA.com – 2009 Final Qualifying Tournament – results – December 6, 2009
  13. ^ "Amanda Blumenherst stats". LPGA. Retrieved November 25, 2013. 
  14. ^ Yahoo! Sports, Amanda Blumenherst – 2009 LPGA Tournament Results Retrieved October 16, 2011.

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