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Jean Ashley

Miss Jean Ashley, of Chanute, Kansas, three down after 19 holes in the final, rallied to defeat Mrs. Welts, by 5 and 4, at the Lakewood Country Club, Denver, Colo.

Miss Ashley, 26, a third-grade teacher, was the runnerup in 1960. Her victory thwarted Mrs. Welts' bid to win the Championship for a fourth time.

From 1957 through 1964 the Championship had been won only by Mrs. Welts, Miss Barbara McIntire, and Miss JoAnne Gunderson. Miss McIntire, the defending Champion, lost to Miss Ashley in the quarter-final round. Miss Gunderson did not enter.

The defeated semi-finalists were Miss Connie June Day, of Chattanooga, Tenn., who lost to Miss Ashley by 2 and 1, and Miss Polly Riley, who lost to Mrs. Welts on the 19th hole.

Miss Riley, who had been an entrant 20 times, advanced to the quarter-final round or better on nine occasions. The medalist was Miss Lida Fee Matthews, of Portsmouth Ohio, with 74-74-148.

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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