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Carolyn Hill

Carolyn Hill, 20, of Placentia, Calif., was nine under par in six matches at the Memphis Country Club, Memphis, Tenn. Miss Hill defeated Patty Sheehan, of Reno, Nev., 7 and 6, in the 36-hole final.

Kathy Baker, of Clover, S.C., was the medalist with an 18-hole qualifying score of 71, one under par. Miss Baker, playing in her first Women's Amateur, reached the quarter-finals where she lost, 4 and 3, to Miss Sheehan.

In the 18-hole qualifying round, 71 players had scores of 79 or better, the lowest cut-off score in the history of the Championship. A playoff involving 17 players decided the final 10 places in match play. Miss Hill and Miss Sheehan both qualified with scores of 73.

Miss Hill was three under par in defeating Beth Barry, a former Women's Amateur runner-up; two under in her 5 and 4 victory over Lynn Connelly; even par in eliminating Mitzi Edge, 2 and 1; one under in her 6 and 5 quarter-final victory over Lori Castillo, the Women's APL Champion; and one over in defeating Peggy Kirsch, 5 and 4, in the semi-finals.

Miss Sheehan was even par in defeating Bie-Shyun Huang with a birdie on the 20th hole; two under in her next two victories, over Laurie Reichenbach, 5 and 4, and Sue Ertl, 7 and 6; one under in defeating Kathy Baker in the quarter-finals; and even par in eliminating Vicki Singleton, 4 and 3, in the semi-finals.

In the final, Miss Hill won the first hole with a par as Miss Sheehan three-putted. Miss Hill was 2 up after the first nine holes. She stretched the lead to 5 up after 14 holes. Miss Sheehan won the 16th and 17th, but lost the 18th and was four down at lunch.

For the first 18 holes, Miss Hill had 71 and Miss Sheehan 74. Miss Hill played the first nine holes of the afternoon in 33, three under par, and was 6 up. She won the 10th with a par 3, and the match ended when they halved the 1lth and 12th holes in pars.

Miss Hill was four under par and hit 21 of 23 fairways on the driving holes in the final. The Championship drew a record 273 entries, exceeding the previous high of 207 in 1978.

 
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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