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JoAnne Gunderson

In the longest final match in the history of the USGA, Mrs. JoAnne Gunderson Carner, of Seekonk, Mass., defeated Mrs. Marlene Stewart Streit, of Toronto, Canada, in 41 holes at the Sewickley Heights Golf Club, Sewickley, Pa., and won her fourth Championship.

Mrs. Streit might have defeated Mrs. Carner but her 13-foot putt on the 36th hole hit the back of the cup and bounced out.

In the extra holes, Mrs. Streit executed a series of remarkable recoveries to stay in contention until the 41st, where Mrs. Carner won with a par.

Losing semi-finalists were Mrs. Teddy Boddie, of Shreveport, La., who lost to Mrs. Carner, 1 down, and Miss Roberta Albers, of Temple Terrace, Fla., who lost to Mrs. Streit, 1 down. Mrs. Boddie defeated Mrs. Welts, 1 up, in the quarterfinals. Mrs. Welts had reached the quarterfinals 11 times in 12 years.

The Championship also brought to light Miss Shelley Hamlin, a 17-year-old schoolgirl from Fresno, Calif. Miss Hamlin scored 143 in the qualifying round, five strokes lower than the previous 36-hole qualifying record of 148, established by Miss Lida Fee Matthews in 1965.

Miss Hamlin had 73 in the first round and 70 in the second, another record.

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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