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Catherine Lacoste

Miss Catherine Lacoste climaxed a profound year by winning the United States Women's Amateur Championship at the Las Colinas Country Club, Irving, Texas. Miss Lacoste defeated Miss Shelley Hamlin, of Fresno, Calif., 3 and 2.

Miss Lacoste already had won the 1969 British Ladies Championship, the French and the Spanish ladies' titles and in 1967 had become the only amateur ever to win the United States Women's Open Championship.

Miss Lacoste took a three-hole lead over Miss Hamlin after nine holes of the first round. Miss Hamlin then played the next 25 holes in even par, but made up no ground. Miss Lacoste surrendered nothing to this fine scoring and closed out the match on the 34th hole.

Miss Lacoste was three down to Mrs. Welts after 10 holes of their semi-final match, but rallied to win, 2 and 1. Mrs. Welts then had reached at least the quarter-final round in 13 of 15 championships.

Mrs. Carner, the 1968 Champion, lost in the first round to Mrs. Sam Furrow, of Concord, Tenn., and became a professional before the 1970 Championship was played. Miss Nancy Hager, 16, of Dallas, reached the semi-final round and lost, 1 up, to Miss Hamlin.

Mrs. Teddy Boddie, of Shreveport, La., scored 147 and led the qualifying round. Her 69 in the first round of qualifying was a record single-round score for the qualifying round.

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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