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Pat Hurst

Pat Hurst, 21, of San Leandro, California, scored a par 4 on the first extra hole and defeated Stephanie Davis of Bainbridge Island, Washington, at the Canoe Brook Country Club, in Summit, New Jersey.

Three holes down after the morning round, Miss Hurst rallied and won four of the first eight holes in the afternoon round to go 1 up. Miss Davis then birdied the next to last hole to draw all square, and each player parred the final hole, sending the match to extra holes.

The Women's Amateur is Miss Hurst's second USGA title; she had won the 1986 Girls' Junior. Miss Hurst defeated three members of the 1990 Curtis Cup team to reach the semifinals. From the second round through the quarterfinals, she defeated, in order, Katie Peterson, 3 and 1; Robin Weiss, 7 and 6; and Vicki Goetze, 1 up.

Miss Hurst defeated Delphine Bourson 2 up in her semifinal match, using a strong second nine to gain the lead, just as she had done many times in the championship.

A senior at San Jose State University, Miss Hurst capped her summer by playing for the United States in the U.S. Women's World Amateur Team Championship, in Christchurch, New Zealand. The United States won.

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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