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Kay Cockerill

Kay Cockerill of Los Gatos, California, successfully defended her U.S. Women's Amateur title, defeating Tracy Kerdyk of Coral Gables, Florida, the 1987 Women's APL champion, 3 and 2, at the Rhode Island Country Club in Barrington.

She became the first to win consecutive Women's Amateurs since Juli Inkster won the championship in 1980-81-82.

Kerdyk and Michiko Hattori of Nagoya, Japan, shared medalist honors at three over-par 141, one stroke ahead of Susan Ginter of Appleton, Wisconsin. It was Hattori's third consecutive qualifying medal in this championship. She was eliminated by Carol Semple Thompson in the third round, 4 and 3.

Cockerill defeated Thompson in the quarterfinals, then ousted Nanci Bowen of Tifton, Georgia, 3 and 1, to reach the final. Kerdyk was extended to 22 holes by Kim Saiki of Redwood City, California, in the third round, then downed Leslie Shannon and Pat Milton to earn her trip to the final.

Cockerill won the first three holes of the final, but Kerdyk played the sixth through the ninth in two under par and made the turn 1 up Cockerill birdied the 12th to even the match and took the lead with a par at the 13th. She won the 15th, 16th and 17th, played in a driving rain, and was 4 up after the morning round.

Play was suspended after Cockerill and Kerdyk had played their approaches to the 19th green. Play was resumed the following day. Cockerill sank a 35-foot putt at the 19th to go 5 up. Kerdyk reduced the lead to four holes on three occasions and got it to three at the 31st. Cockerill parred the lost three holes to win the match.

The USGA accepted 359 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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