Juli Simpson Inkster
Mrs. Juli Simpson Inkster, 22, of Los Altos, California, become the fifth
player to win the Women's Amateur Championship in three consecutive years, joining
Beatrix Hoyt (1896-97-98), Alexa Stirling (1916-1919-20-World War I cancelled
this Championship in 1917-1918), Glenna Collett Vare (1928-29-30), and Virginia
Van Wie (1932-33-34).
Her 18 consecutive match-play victories in this championship are one short
of the 19 consecutive matches won by Miss Stirling and Mrs. Vare.
Mrs. Inkster won with a 4 and 3 victory over Cathy Hanlon, of Palos Verdes
Estates, California, on the South Course of the Broadmoor Golf Club, in Colorado
Springs, Colorado. Both Mrs. Inkster and Miss Hanolon were members of the 1982
Curtis Cup Team.
Penny Hammel, of Decatur, Illinois, tied the 36-hole qualifying record with
143, one under par, matching the score shot in 1966 by Shelley Hamlin and equaled
two years later by Catherine Lacoste.
Amy Benz, of Clearwater, Florida, shot 69 on the second day, matching the
18-hole record set by Barbara Fay White Boddie in 1969. The misses Hammel and
Benz both lost in the quarterfinals. Mrs. Inkster and Miss Hanlon qualified
with scores of 148 and 151, respectively.
Mrs. Inkster's first opponent nearly ended her quest for a third title. Matched
against Caroline Gowan, of Greenville, South Carolina, Mrs. Inkster was three
down after four holes. She fought back to go 1 up after 16, but lost the 17th
to square the match. On the 18th, a par 4, Miss Gowan drove into a fairway bunker,
then played a remarkable shot over the trees to within eight feet of the hole.
Mrs. Inkster left her approach just short of the green, chipped poorly, but
holed a 15-foot putt to save par. Miss Gowan missed her short birdie putt by
an inch, and they went to extra holes. Mrs. Inkster birdied the 19th to win
In the second round, Mrs. Inkster eliminated Carol Semple, of Sewickley, Pennsylvania,
3 and 1. It marked the third consecutive year that Mrs. Inkster had defeated
Miss Semple, a fellow Curtis-Cupper and former Women's Amateur Champion.
Mrs. Inkster then ousted Robin Wohltman, of Independence, Kansas, 6 and 5;
medalist Penny Hammel, 2 and 1, in the quarterfinals; and Lisa Kluver, of Alexandria,
Minnesota, 3 and 2, in the semi-finals.
Miss Hanlon did not lose a single hole in three of her first five matches
before the final. In those five matches she won 32 holes, halved 32, and lost
only four. Mrs. Inkster's play throughout the week on the par 5s was awesome.
Of the 28 she played, she earned conceded eagles twice, birdied 13, had par
on 10, and bogeyed only three.
In the final, she was 2 up after the first 18 holes. Miss Hanlon rallied after
lunch, winning the first two holes of the afternoon round, and the match was
even again. She won only one more hole all day, the ninth, with a par 5.
Mrs. Inkster, meanwhile, birdied the fourth, sixth, eighth (a chip-in), 10th
(halving the hole), and 11th holes to go three up with seven holes left. Her
dominance of the par 5s was clearly demonstrated on the 12th hole. After a long
tee shot, she played a 4-iron shot from 239 yards away that landed just short
of the green, bounced towards the flagstick, and stopped just eight inches from
Miss Hanlon conceded the eagle. They halved the 13th, 14th, and 15th holes
and the match was over. Mrs. Inkster was five under par. During the 33 holes
of the match, Mrs. Inkster made 10 birdies and one eagle.
Miss Hanlon was one under; she made six birdies. The USGA received 262 entries,
short of the record 281 set in 1980.