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1984

Deb Richard

Deb Richard, 21, of Manhattan, Kansas, defeated Kimberly Williams, 21, of Bethesda, Maryland, on the 37th hole at the Broadmoor Golf Club, in Seattle, Washington.

Miss Richard, a student at the University of Florida, qualified at 155, 11 strokes over par and 10 behind Claire Waite, of England, the medalist.

Miss Waite lost in the first round to Kandi Kessler, of Charlottesville, Virginia, even though she was even par for the 20 holes.

In the third round, against Heather Farr, of Scottsdale, Arizona, Miss Richard was 4 down after 15 holes, but she won the next five.

The 36-hole final match was even 12 times. Miss Richard led most of the forenoon, holding a 2-up advantage after nine holes, but Miss Williams won three of the last four holes and was ahead by one hole at the luncheon break.

Miss Richard carried a 2-up lead into the final nine holes in the afternoon, but Miss Williams caught her at the 17th.

The 18th was halved, but Miss Richard birdied the 37th hole while Miss Williams three-putted. It was her third bogey on that hole in the match.

Each player shot 157, Miss Williams scoring 73-78, plus her bogey 6, and Miss Richard shooting 75-78 plus her birdie 4.

This was only the second final match of the Women's Amateur Championship to go to extra holes. The Championship attracted a record 290 entries.

 
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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