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Vicki Goetze

In a match between two teenagers, Vicki Goetze, of Hull, Georgia, became the third youngest U.S. Women's Amateur champion by defeating Brandie Burton, 17, of Rialto, California, 4 and 3, on the No. 2 course of the Pinehurst Country Club, in Pinehurst, North Carolina.

A highschool junior, Miss Goetze was 16 years, 9 months and 19 days old on the day of the final. She was playing in her first U.S. Amateur Championship. A week earlier, Miss Burton had defeated Miss Goetze in a semifinal match in the Girls' Junior Championship. Miss Burton won the championship the next day.

Miss Goetze ended the scheduled 36-hole match by scoring birdies on the 34th and 36th holes. Miss Burton won three of the first four holes of the Women's Amateur final, but Goetze went ahead to stay at the 13th. Although a short hitter, Miss Goetze won five of the nine par 5s played, even though Miss Burton had chances to reach several of those holes in two shots. Miss Goetze's play around the greens made the difference.

She holed six birdie putts during the match, and was 1-under-par when it ended. Miss Goetze was one of the low qualifiers, and most of her matches were one-sided, except against Terri Thompson, of Savannah, Georgia. Miss Thompson had Miss Goetze two holes down with three to play, but Miss Goetze won the match with three consecutive birdies. Her birdie on the 18th hole was a 30-foot putt from off the green.

Pat Hurst, the 1986 Girls' Junior champion, led qualifying by shooting 69-74- 143, but lost in the first round of match play. ThreeOfficial Website Of The 2005 U.S. Women's Amateur Championship| Past Champions reached match play. The others were Carol Semple Thompson (1973), Anne Sander (1963), and Michiko Hattori (1985), who also won at 16. Mrs. Thompson lost to Miss Goetze in the semifinals.

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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