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July 29, 2005

Louise Stahle


PAUL ROVNAK: Thanks for coming in and speaking with us. You had a fabulous round today, 7 under today and 6 under for the tournament, and you're at the top of the leaderboard right now. Just some thoughts on that and your fine play today.

LOUISE STAHLE: Yeah, I just felt really good today. I had a good pairing, I think that's one of the keys. I played with Juli and Laura, and they were really nice to me. And my putting was great today, so that's all the birdies. Yeah, I'm really happy.

PAUL ROVNAK: Can you take us over your score card, on the birdies?

LOUISE STAHLE: Well, I got a good start on the first hole, my birdie. I had a 5 iron and I was only two feet away, and that's a good start.

Q. How far was the 5 iron?

LOUISE STAHLE: Probably, I do meters, maybe 160 or something.

4, I hit a 6 iron to like three or four feet.

5, I hit a 3 iron off the tee and a wedge to 15 feet maybe.

12, I hit 7 iron to about 15 feet, 15, 20 feet and made the putt.

14, I hit a 6 iron to about five feet.

15, I hit a driver and 5 wood and just a little chip and made a 15 foot putt.

18, I hit a driver, 5 wood to the front of the green and then 2 putted. I hit it to ten yards but was short.

Q. Inaudible?


Q. Can you talk about the difference in the course from yesterday? Is it playing easier?

LOUISE STAHLE: Yeah, definitely. Hardly any wind today. Some holes maybe one or two clubs, but definitely a lot easier today with no rain, too. I thought the putting in general was the key today. I made all of the necessary putts.

Q. Inaudible?

LOUISE STAHLE: I had a good year, my freshman year at Arizona State, I won three times and became Player of the Year. It feels good because I'm leading now and it feels good.

Q. Any plans to turn professional?

LOUISE STAHLE: Yeah, next week I turn pro and play in Sweden, I'll stay in Europe for a couple of weeks and then I go to Q School.

Q. Inaudible?

LOUISE STAHLE: I don't know, if I get an invitation, it's kind of hard to get in it no, I haven't got in. It was tough. There's only one or two that I could play. So I'm staying in Europe for a little while.

Q. What university?

LOUISE STAHLE: Arizona State.

Q. Who else went there?

LOUISE STAHLE: Grace Park, Annika Sorenstam.

Q. Inaudible?

LOUISE STAHLE: She went to the rival school in Tucson. It was a great freshman year, I had a hope for that. The competition is really tough and Annika was always my idol.

Q. Inaudible?

LOUISE STAHLE: Yeah, everyone in the spring. I only went one year.

Q. Inaudible?

LOUISE STAHLE: I wasn't really I was playing mostly golf.

Q. What's your lowest round?

LOUISE STAHLE: It's 64, at a college event in Tucson. I think it was a par 72, but it's definitely the lowest in a professional event.

Q. Inaudible?

LOUISE STAHLE: Well, I couldn't turn pro I wanted to turn before this tournament obviously, but I had my invite from the British Amateur in June. So I had to stay amateur and obviously you want to play. The professional thing, I kind of wanted, you know, since last year, so I kind of knew.

Q. Inaudible?

LOUISE STAHLE: Yeah, I have a really high goal. It's tough, but you have to believe in it. You have to aim high I think if you want to accomplish something. And definitely I think also watching the U.S. Open with Morgan and Brittany up on the top, that's an inspiration.

I won two British Amateurs on links courses and I'm really happy in England.

Q. Inaudible?

LOUISE STAHLE: Well, I think this is I feel this is like St. Andrews, more bumpy than I thought it would be. You have to land it short and just plan your course strategy. I have a really good caddie on my bag, so she's helping me a lot.

She's been out here for a long time. It seems to be going well so she's sticking with me.

Q. Will you be signing a series of contracts in the next few weeks?

LOUISE STAHLE: No, I don't think so. I think all of the contracts will be for next year. Just going to play a couple of events and then try to get my card, LPGA card for next year, so I think everything will happen in the off season.

Q. Do you think you can focus on the next day or two or will you be nervous; winning three times at University should help?

LOUISE STAHLE: I think I enjoy the pressure and the people watching. I think it's fun and makes you play better. I've never been in this situation before, so I don't know. Just going out there and have fun and make some putts.

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