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Vicki Goetze

Vicki Goetze, 19, of Watkinsville, Ga., became the fourth player, and first teenager, to hold NCAA and U.S, Women's Amateur titles simultaneously when she defeated Sweden's Annika Sorenstam, 1 up, to win the 92nd Women's Amateur at Kemper Lakes Golf Course, in Long Grove, Ill.

In a championship match between the last two NCAA champions, Goetze, who won the Women's Amateur in 1989, emerged with her second title

Goetze was 3-up with just six holes remaining in the 36-hole final, and 2-up with three holes left. But Sorenstam, the 1991 NCAA champion, took the par-4 16th with a bogey, then holed a 12-foot birdie putt at the par-3 17th to even the match.

Both players put their tee shots at the par-4 18th hole in the fairway, and Goetze, hitting first, reached the front of the green with a 5-wood. Sorenstam then hit a 6-iron into the water fronting the green.

After taking a drop, she put her fourth shot onto the fringe and made a 20-foot putt for a bogey. Goetze lagged her 50-foot birdie putt to within a foot, then made the short putt for par and the win.

Sorenstam started the match quickly, birdieing two of the first four holes for a 2-up advantage. A bogey at the fifth hole and a double bogey at No. 7 evened the match.

Although Sorenstam regained the lead with a birdie at No. 17, she bogeyed the 18th to square the match heading into the afternoon round.

In the semifinals, Goetze eliminated Carol Semple Thompson, a former Women's Amateur and Women's Mid-Amateur champion, 5 and 4, while Sorenstam breezed past Pat Cornett-Iker, of Corte Madera, Calif., 7 and 6.

Emilee Klein, of Studio City, Calif., and Debbie Parks, of Carefree, Ariz. shared medalist honors at 1 -under-par 143. Parks was upset in the opening round of matchplay by Tonya Gill, of Stone Mountain, Ga., and Klein won one match before losing to Wendy Ward, of San Antonio, Texas, 4 and 2.

A record 441 entries were accepted, and among those qualifying for the field at Kemper Lakes was 12-year-old Raeanna Staples, of North Miami Beach, tying Marlene Bauer (1946) as the youngest players ever to compete in the championship. Both Bauer (90-88) and Staples (80-86) failed to qualify for match play.

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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