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Vicki Goetze, 19, of Watkinsville, Ga., became the fourth player, and first
teenager, to hold NCAA and U.S, Women's Amateur titles simultaneously when she
defeated Sweden's Annika Sorenstam, 1 up, to win the 92nd Women's Amateur at
Kemper Lakes Golf Course, in Long Grove, Ill.
In a championship match between the last two NCAA champions, Goetze, who won
the Women's Amateur in 1989, emerged with her second title
Goetze was 3-up with just six holes remaining in the 36-hole final, and 2-up
with three holes left. But Sorenstam, the 1991 NCAA champion, took the par-4
16th with a bogey, then holed a 12-foot birdie putt at the par-3 17th to even
Both players put their tee shots at the par-4 18th hole in the fairway, and
Goetze, hitting first, reached the front of the green with a 5-wood. Sorenstam
then hit a 6-iron into the water fronting the green.
After taking a drop, she put her fourth shot onto the fringe and made a 20-foot
putt for a bogey. Goetze lagged her 50-foot birdie putt to within a foot, then
made the short putt for par and the win.
Sorenstam started the match quickly, birdieing two of the first four holes
for a 2-up advantage. A bogey at the fifth hole and a double bogey at No. 7
evened the match.
Although Sorenstam regained the lead with a birdie at No. 17, she bogeyed
the 18th to square the match heading into the afternoon round.
In the semifinals, Goetze eliminated Carol Semple Thompson, a former Women's
Amateur and Women's Mid-Amateur champion, 5 and 4, while Sorenstam breezed past
Pat Cornett-Iker, of Corte Madera, Calif., 7 and 6.
Emilee Klein, of Studio City, Calif., and Debbie Parks, of Carefree, Ariz.
shared medalist honors at 1 -under-par 143. Parks was upset in the opening round
of matchplay by Tonya Gill, of Stone Mountain, Ga., and Klein won one match
before losing to Wendy Ward, of San Antonio, Texas, 4 and 2.
A record 441 entries were accepted, and among those qualifying for the field
at Kemper Lakes was 12-year-old Raeanna Staples, of North Miami Beach, tying
Marlene Bauer (1946) as the youngest players ever to compete in the championship.
Both Bauer (90-88) and Staples (80-86) failed to qualify for match play.