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Donna Horton

Miss Donna Horton, of Jacksonville, Fla., defeated Miss Marianne Bretton, from San Diego, Calif., 2 and 1, in the 36-hole final at the Del Paso Country Club, Sacramento, Calif. Miss Horton reached the semifinals in 1973 and was runner-up in 1975, while Miss Bretton was appearing in her first Women's Amateur Championship.

Miss Beth Daniel, of Charleston, S.C., the 1975 Champion, was medalist with two-under-par 70, which tied the 18-hole qualifying record set by Miss Debbie Massey in 1974. Miss Daniel was eliminated in the first round by Miss Dale Shaw, of Sidney, British Columbia, Canada.

The losing semifinalists were Miss Rise Alexander, of Gresham, Ore., and Miss Pat Cornett, from Salinas, Calif. On her way to the final, Miss Bretton defeated former Women's Amateur Champions Miss Carol Semple and Miss Mary Budke.

In the final round Miss Bretton won the first two holes and was 3-up at the end of nine. The match turned around on the second nine where Miss Bretton had six bogies, four in succession on holes 15 through 18. The morning round ended with the match even.

In the afternoon, Miss Bretton began with another birdie on the first hole, to take the lead, 1-up, and she was still 1-up after 10 holes. Miss Horton then won the 11th with a par to pull even and holed a 10-foot putt for a birdie on the 13th to go ahead for the first time in the match.

She added another hole to her lead with a par on the 15th and led 2-up with three holes to play. Both women scored pars on the 16th, and the match ended when they both scored 6 on the 17th hole, a par 4. There were 157 entries, the highest number since 1958. The Championship was previously played at the Del Paso Country Club in 1957.

 
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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