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Juli Simpson Inkster

Mrs. Juli Simpson Inkster, 20, of Santa Cruz, California, a bride of three weeks, defeated Patti Rizzo, 20, of Hialeah, Florida, 2 up, in the 18-hole final match at the Prairie Dunes Country Club, in Hutchinson, Kansas.

Dorothy Lasker, of Hinsdale, Illinois, was medalist with a 36-hole score of 147, three over par. Miss Lasker reached the second round where she lost, 2 up, to Phyllis Preuss.

Mrs. Inkster and Miss Rizzo had scores of 150 and 151 respectively. Eight players were involved in a playoff to decide the final two places in match play.

On her way to the final, Mrs. Inkster defeated among others, Maureen Madill of Northern Ireland, the 1979 British Champion, 7 and 6; and Carol Semple, of Sewickley, Pa., the 1973 Women's Amateur Champion and 1974 British Champion, 2 and 1, in the semi-finals.

The 10th, a par 3, was a pivotal hole in the final match. Miss Rizzo was 2 down, but she had a short birdie putt. Mrs. Inkster, however, holed a downhill 20-foot putt for a birdie. Miss Rizzo made her putt for a half, and then won the 11th with another birdie.

Had she won the 10th, the match would have been even. Mrs. Inkster took a 2-up lead with a birdie on the 13th green, lost the 16th, and won the 18th with a par when Miss Rizzo's approach was short of the green.

The starting field of 150 included 15 past United States Curtis Cup team members, including Polly Riley, Barbara McIntire, and Mrs. Anne Quast Sander, each of whom played on six teams.

Miss McIntire, who won the 1964 Women's Amateur at Prairie Dunes, qualified for match play but lost her first round match. The USGA received a record 281 entries, surpassing the previous record of 273 in 1979.

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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