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Mary Lou Dill

Miss Mary Lou Dill, 19, of' Houston, Texas, defeated Miss Ashley, 5 and 4, in the final at the Annandale Golf Club, Pasadena, Calif. It was the third time Miss Ashley had been to the final, and the first time for Miss Dill.

Miss Ashley was the 1965 Champion. Miss Dill took a lead of 6 up in the first 18 holes and never permitted the result to come into doubt.

Twice Miss Dill was taken 19 holes before winning-by Mrs. Nancy Roth Syms, of Hollywood, Fla., in the first round, and by Miss Peggy Conley, of Spokane, Wash., in the semi-finals. Miss Dill was 3 down with 6 to play against Miss Conley, won four of the next five, lost the 18th and won with a par on the 19th.

Mrs. Carner, the defending Champion, was eliminated in the first round by 16-year-old Miss Marianne Cox, of Santa Ana, Calif., 2 and 1. Miss Phyllis Preuss, of Pompano Beach, Fla., had the low qualifying score of 76-72-148.

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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