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Martha Wilkinson

Miss Martha Wilkinson, of Whittier, Calif., defeated Miss Cynthia Hill, of St. Petersburg, Fla., 3 and 2, in the final match at the Wee Burn Country Club, Darien, Conn. Miss Wilkinson and Miss Hill were close friends and had been travelling together and playing in tournaments since the Women's Open Championship in June.

Twice during the final round Miss Hill hit approaches to the 16th hole into a creek. She recovered the lost hole in the morning and went to lunch leading, 1 up. However, she was 2 down playing the 16th in the afternoon, and when she made 6 she had lost the match.

All four semi-finalists were members of the 1970 Curtis Cup Team. Miss Wilkinson defeated Miss Shelley Hamlin, of Fresno, Calif., 5 and 4, and Miss Hill defeated Miss Jane Bastanchury, 2 up.

Miss Wilkinson was medalist with 150, while both Miss Hill and Miss Hamlin had to survive a playoff to reach match play. All but one member of the British Isles Curtis Cup Team played, but none survived the second 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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