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Kay Cockerill

Kay Cockerill, 21, of Los Gatos, California, defeated Kathleen McCarthy of Fresno, California, 9 and 7, at Pasatiempo Golf Club in Santa Cruz, California. The margin of victory was the largest in the Women's Amateur since 1962 when JoAnne Gunderson defeated Ann Baker, 9 and 8.

Pearl Sinn of Bellflower, California, and 1985 champion Michiko Hattori of Nagoya, Japan, shared medalist honors, each shooting 151, seven over par. Sinn advanced to the third round before losing to Carol Semple Thompson, 1 up. Hattori lost in the second round to British Curtis Cupper Trish Johnson, 2 up.

Cockerill trailed in only one match. In the second round, France's Marie de Lorenzi-Toya was 1 up at the 10th, but Cockerill recovered for a 3-and-2 victory. In her semifinal, Cockerill eliminated Flori Prono of Northridge, California, 2 and 1.

McCarthy was seriously challenged in the quarterfinals, where she downed Thompson, 1 up. She eliminated Danielle Ammaccapane of Phoenix, Arizona, 1 up, in the semifinals with a 20-foot birdie putt on the l8th hole. McCarthy won the first hole of the scheduled 36-hole final but did not win another until the 22d.

In the meantime, Cockerill had won four holes on the first nine and three more on the second to lead 6 up after the morning round. Still 6 up after 26 holes, Cockerill won the 27th, 28th and 29th to close out the match. The USGA accepted a record 387 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.).

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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