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Mrs. Jay D. (Anne Quast) Decker, 23, of Mercer Island, Wash., established the USGA record for the largest margin of victory in a final match. She defeated Miss Phyllis Preuss, of Pompano Beach, Fla., 14 and 13, at the Tacoma Country and Golf Club, Tacoma, Wash.

This topped the previous record of 13 and 12 set by Mrs. Glenna Collett Vare in the final of the 1928 Women's Amateur.

Mrs. Decker also held a record 12-up lead after the morning round, surpassing the mark of 10-up established by Mrs. Vare in 1928. Mrs. Decker became the 11th two-time winner of the Championship; she won her first title in 1958.

Mrs. Decker played superlative golf all week and finished nine under par for 112 holes. She never finished any of her seven rounds worse than even par and lost only six holes during the Championship.

Miss Roberta Albers, of Temple Terrace, Fla., became the youngest player ever to reach the semi-finals. She was but 14 years 8 months. Miss Marlene Bauer was the youngest previously; she was 15 when she reached the semi-finals in 1949.

Miss JoAnne Gunderson, the defending Champion, was eliminated in the second round by Miss Mary Lowell, who had won the USGA Girls' Junior Championship the previous week. In the semifinals, Mrs. Decker defeated Mrs. Gaines Wilson, Jr., 5 and 4, and Miss Preuss defeated Miss Albers, 2 and 1. The entry was 107.

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.).

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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