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.