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1985

Michiko Hattori

Michiko Hattori, 16, of Aichi, Japan, defeated Cheryl Stacy of Findlay, Ohio, 5 and 4, at Fox Chapel Golf Club in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

With the win, Hattori became the youngest Women's Amateur champion in 14 years and the first foreign-born winner of the championship in seven years.

She also became the eighth golfer to win on her first attempt. Hattori and Stacy shared medalist honors in the Championship, at seven-over-par 151.

Miss Hattori never played the 18th hole on her way to the final match. Her most severe test came in a 2 and 1 win over Pat Cornett of San Francisco, California, in the third round. Miss Hattori won by a 2 and 1 margin. She defeated Kim Gardner, 3 and 2, in the semifinal. Miss Stacy twice was extended to the 18th hole on her way to the final round.

She defeated Lisa Marino of West Allen Park, Michigan, 1 up, in the first round and edged 1985 Women's Amateur Public Links champion Danielle Ammaccapane of Phoenix, Arizona, 1 up, in the semi-finals.

In the final match, after losing the first hole with a double bogey, Stacy birdied the second and fourth holes to take a one-hole advantage. Hattori pulled even on the fifth, but Stacy regained the lead with a par on the seventh hole. She held that lead until the 12th when Hattori birdied to square the match.

Stacy regained the lead on the 13th, but bogeyed the 15th, 17th and 18th and trailed by two holes heading into the afternoon round. Hattori held off a game comeback effort by Stacy, who birdied the third, sixth, seventh and eighth holes in the afternoon, but still could not square the match.

Hattori held a 1-up lead after nine holes and increased it with a birdie at the 10th. Hattori parred the next four holes and closed out Stacy. The USGA accepted a record 329 entries for the 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.).

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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