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1974

Cynthia Hill

Miss Cynthia Hill, of Colorado Springs, Colo., twice runnerup, defeated Miss Carol Semple, the defending Champion from Sewickley, Pa., 5 and 4 in the 36-hole final round at the Broadmoor Golf Club, Seattle, Wash.

Miss Hill had lost in the final round in both 1970 and 1972. Miss Semple was attempting to become the first to win consecutive Championships since Betty James in 1939 and 1940.

Earlier in 1974 she had won the British Ladies' Championship. Medalist was Miss Debbie Massey, of Bethlehem, Pa., with a two-under par 70. She was eliminated in the semi-final round by Miss Hill, 4 and 2. The other semi-finalist was Miss Peggy Conley, from Spokane, Wash. Miss Conley, runnerup in the 1963 Championship, was eliminated by Miss Semple, 3 and 1.

In the morning round of the final match Miss Hill was seven over par and Miss Semple 12 over, with Miss Hill 3 up. The afternoon produced much better golf. Miss Hill was two under par with 12 pars and two birdies on the 14 holes played, while Miss Semple was even par, with two birdies offsetting two bogies.

Miss Hill did not let up after establishing her 3-up lead in the morning, and went 4 up on the first hole of the final 18, where Miss Semple three-putted. Miss Hill won the short par-3 fifth hole with a birdie to go 5 up, then birdied the par-4, 315-yard eighth hole to stand 6 up.

Miss Semple came back on the 369-yard ninth hole with a birdie 3 to cut Miss Hill's lead to 5 up, but lost the par-3 11th with a bogie to Miss Hill's par 3, to go 6 down again.

Miss Semple birdied the 13th to stand 5 down with five to play, and Miss Hill ended the match by matching Miss Semple's par 3 on the 14th hole. The entry was 121.

 
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.).

COURSE SET-UP –
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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