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Patricia Lesser

Miss Patricia Lesser, 22, of the Sand Point Country Club, Seattle, Wash., a senior at Seattle University, defeated Miss Jane Nelson, 27, of Indianapolis, Ind., a school teacher, 7 and 6, at the Myers Park Country Club, Charlotte, N.C. Miss Lesser, the first former Girls' Junior Champion to win the Women's Amateur Championship, approximated two over par for the 119 holes of the event, which was played entirely on bermudagrass and in high temperatures and humidity.

Miss Elizabeth Price and Miss Jacqueline Gordon, of England, paid a welcome visit, but both were eliminated in the third round. Miss Barbara Romack, the defender, was eliminated in the second round. Miss Polly Riley was a semi-finalist, after having lost in the quarter-finals the previous year and in the final two years earlier; she had been a quarter-finalist on three other occasions and for nine successive years had always made at least the round of 16.

The tournament was sprinkled with some remarkable young golfers, among them Miss Anne Quast, of Everett, Wash., 17, who went to the quarter-finals; Miss Margaret (Wiffi) Smith, 18, of St. Clair, Mich., who also was in the quarter-finals; and Miss Clifford Ann Creed, of Opelousas, La., 16, who was one of the last 16. The event again was conducted entirely at match play.

 
Championship Facts

U.S. Women's Amateur

HISTORY: 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.

PAR & YARDAGE: Yardage for the Eugene Country Club will be set at 6,484 (stroke play) / 6,516 (match play) yards, par 72.

ARCHITECT: Opened in 1926, the course was designed by H. Chandler Egan. In 1967, Robert Trent Jones Sr. reversed the routing of the original Egan design (i.e., No. 18 tee essentially became the first tee, etc.).

COURSE SET-UP –
Fairways – Cut to ˝ inch
Tees and collars of greens – Cut to 3/8 inch
Putting greens – Prepared to be firm and fast to measure approximately 11 to 11 1/2 feet on the USGA Stimpmeter
Intermediate rough – Cut to 1 ˝ inches, approximately 6 feet wide along fairways
Primary rough – Cut to 2 ˝ to 3 inches
Player courtesy walks – Cut to 1 ˝ inches, approximately 6 feet wide
The championship setup results in a USGA Course Rating™ of 78.1 and a Slope Rating® of 144

FORMAT: The Women’s Amateur is conducted with 36 holes of stroke-play qualifying. The low 64 scorers then advance to match play, with the champion determined by a 36-hole match-play final.

WHO CAN ENTER: The championship is open to female amateurs who have USGA handicap indexes not exceeding 5.4.

ENTRIES: Entries for the 2008 U.S. Women’s Amateur closed on June 18. There were 960 entries received for the 2008 championship, just shy of the record 969 entries received for the 2006 U.S. Women’s Amateur.

 

 
 

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