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Joanne Gunderson Carner

Mrs. Carner won her fifth Women's Amateur Championship by defeating Mrs. Welts, 5 and 4, at the Birmingham Country Club, Birmingham, Mich. Mrs. Carner thus had earned only one less Championship than Mrs. Glenna Collett Vare, who won six between 1922 and 1935; no one has won as many.

Mrs. Welts was a three-time Champion, and in 11 of the previous 13 years either she or Mrs. Camer reached the final round. Mrs. Welts had gone to at least the quarter-finals in 12 of the previous 14 Championships.

Mrs. Carner was 1 up after the morning 18-hole round, and 2 up after 11 holes in the afternoon. Mrs. Carner then scored consecutive birdies on the 12th and 13th and pitched to within 18 inches of the hole for a par and a win on the 14th, thus closing out the match.

Against Miss Catherine Lacoste, of Paris, France, Mrs. Carner put on a devastating finish to win her semi-final match. Miss Lacoste was even with Mrs. Carner after 11 holes. Mrs. Carner then scored with a par on the 12th and three consecutive birdies, winning, 4 and 3.

Mrs. Welts defeated Miss Joyce Kazmierski, of Detroit, 2 and 1, in the other semi-final match. Miss Lacoste was qualifying medalist with 143, one under par. This score equaled the record for 36-hole qualifying set by Miss Shelley Hamlin in 1966.

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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