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Carol Semple

Miss Carol Semple, of Sewickley, Pa., won the Championship at Montclair Golf Club, Montclair, N.J., defeating Mrs. Anne Quast Sander, of Seattle, Wash., 1 up. In six previous attempts, Miss Semple had never advanced beyond the second round.

Miss Semple was able to win only one of her matches before the 17th hole, while Mrs. Sander did not go beyond the 15th hole before the final.

Miss Semple defeated Miss Mary Budke, the defending Champion from Dundee, Ore., 2 and 1, and Miss Bonnie Lauer, the National Women's Intercollegiate Champion from Union Lake, Mich., 1 up. Against Miss Lauer she was 2 down with three holes to play, but finished birdie-par-birdie to win all three holes and the match.

In the final round, Miss Semple won the first three holes and was 1 up after nine. Mrs. Sander then won four holes against two for Miss Semple on the second nine and held a 1 up lead after 18 holes. In the afternoon round, Miss Semple won the first hole with a par and the match was even. Miss Semple then played some loose golf and was 3 down after five holes.

The sixth was halved and then Miss Semple birdied three of the next four holes to pull even once again. Mrs. Sander won the 11th, but lost the 15th when she drove into a fairway bunker. They halved the 16th in par 3s and Miss Semple went ahead with a par 4 on the 17th where Mrs. Sander drove into the rough and made 5. The 18th was halved in par 5s.

The presentation was unusual in that Lynford l,ardner, Jr,, President of the USGA, stepped aside so that Miss Semple could receive the Championship trophy from her father, Harton S. Semple, a USGA Vice-President.

This was the 14th time in the last 19 Championships that Mrs. Sander reached at least the quarter-final round. The entry was 154.

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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