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Amy Fruhwirth

Amy Fruhwirth, 23, of Phoenix, Ariz., and the medalist, took a commanding lead with birdies on four consecutive holes and went on to defeat Heidi Voorhees, 18, of Valley Village, Calif., 5 and 4, in the final match at Prairie Dunes Country Club, in Hutchinson, Kan.

With the 36-hole final all square after four holes, Fruhwirth went ahead for good by winning five of the next six holes, four of them with birdies, to go 5 up after 10 holes.

Her lead was trimmed to 3 up at the end of the morning 18, and to 2 up after 25 holes, but Fruhwirth then birdied the next four holes to assume a commanding 6 up advantage,

Fruhwirth advanced to the final by defeating Martha Leach, of Austin, Texas, 7 and 6; Voorhees eliminated Martha Lang, of Geneva, Ill., 3 and 2. Of the three former champions who advanced to match play, none managed to advance past the second round.

Anne Sander was beaten in the first round by Italy's Catarina Quintarelli, and Carol Semple Thompson and Vicki Goetze each won one match before losing in the round of 32.

Fruhwirth won the qualifying medal with a 36-hole score of even-par 144, one stroke better than 17-year-old Emilee Klein, of Studio City, Calif., who captured the U.S. Girls' Junior title the previous week.

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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