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Juli Simpson Inkster

Juli Simpson Inkster, 21, of Los Altos, California, became the first golfer to win consecutive Women's Amateur Championships since Betty Jameson in 1939 and 1940. Inkster captured a dramatic 1 up victory over Lindy Goggin, of Tasmania, Australia, at the Waverley Country Club in Portland, Oregon.

Patti Rizzo, of Hialeah, Florida, and Heather Farr, of Phoenix, Arizona, shared medalist honors with 36-hole scores of 147 to lead the 64 qualifiers for match play. Rizzo, the 1980 runner-up, was eliminated in the quarterfinals by Rose Jones, 2 and 1.

Farr, playing in her first Women's Amateur, lost in the first round to Karin Mundinger, of Canada, 3 and 2. Inkster and Goggin qualified with scores of 156 and 154, respectively. Eight players were involved in a playoff to decide the final seven places in match play.

To reach the semi-finals, Inkster defeated Tanna Lee, of Ft. Smith, Arkansas, and Helen Kirkland, of Colorado Springs, Colorado, by identical 3 and 2 margins; Penny Hammel, the 1979 Girls' Junior Champion, of Decatur, Illinois, 4 and 3; and in the quarterfinals, Curtis Cupper Lancy Smith, of Snyder, New York, 2 and 1.

Inkster's semi-final opponent, as in 1980, was Carol Semple, of Sewickley, Pennsylvania, her U.S. World Amateur teammate. Inkster defeated Semple, the former American and British Amateur Champion, 3 and 2.

Goggin, whose husband was her caddie, made a serious bid to become the first Australian to win the U.S. Women's Amateur. She defeated Mary Callaghan, of Los Angeles, California, 3 and 2; Julie Kintz, of Atlantis, Florida,1 up; Mary Beth Zimmerman, of Hillsboro, Illinois, 5 and 4; and, in the quarterfinals, Carol Hogan, of Delmar, California, 2 and 1.

In the semi-finals, Goggin was four down to Rose Jones with eight holes to play. She won the next five holes en route to a 1 up victory.

The final match, for the most part, was played on even terms. They halved 11 of the 18 holes. Neither managed more than a one-hole lead. Through 15 holes, the match was even. At the long par-3 16th, Inkster left her tee shot to the right of the green and lost the hole to Goggin's par.

One down, Inkster proceeded to birdie the final two holes and save her title. At the 17th, she made a birdie putt of 10 feet, then watched as Goggin missed from six feet. Inkster followed with a birdie putt of 12 feet on the final hole to clinch the victory. The USGA received 240 entries, short of the record 281 for the 1980 Championship.

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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