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Pearl Sinn

Pearl Sinn, 21, of Bellflower, California, defeated Karen Noble of Convent Station, New Jersey, 6 and 5, in the final at the Minikahda Club in Minneapolis, Minn. Sinn is the first golfer to win the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links and Women's Amateur Championships, and the first woman to win two USGA championships in the same year.

Sinn won the qualifying medal with rounds of 71-69-140, and record for the championship. Michiko Hattori of Nagoya, Japan, who had shared the qualifying medal the past three years, placed second, three strokes behind Sinn.

Sinn was extended past the 16th hole only once on her way to the final. In the quarterfinal round, Kelly Robbins of Mount Pleasant, Michigan, and Sinn were all square through 18 holes.

After the 19th was halved with birdies, Sinn won the 20th with a par. Sinn advanced to the final by eliminating Pat Milton of Akron, Ohio, who reached the semifinals for the second consecutive year, 6 and 5.

Noble defeated three past U.S. Women's Amateur Champions in succession on her way to the final match. She ousted Carol Semple Thompson, the 1973 champion, in the third round, 1 up.

In the quarterfinals, she eliminated Anne Sander, who won the championship in 1958, 1961 and 1963, 6 and 5. She then defeated Hattori, the 1985 champion, with a birdie on the 19th hole.

In the final, Noble lost two of the first five holes, then won the sixth, seventh and eighth to take a 1 -up lead. Sinn rebounded, winning four holes in succession to give her a 3-up lead, which she held after the morning round.

Sinn won three holes with pars early in the afternoon round to go 6 up. She won the match, 6 and 5, when the 13th was halved with birdies. The USGA accepted 357 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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