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Jill McGill

Jill McGill, of Denver, Colo., made a 45-foot birdie putt on the third hole and led the rest of the way in defeating Sarah LeBrun Ingram, of Nashville, Tenn., 1 up for the U.S. Women's Amateur title at San Diego Country Club.

McGill, 21, a senior at the University of Southern California, increased her margin to 4 up through 17 holes before Ingram rallied on the second 18 to cut the margin to 1 up on the 34th hole of the 36-hole final match.

"I think having no expectations coming into this week helped me," said McGill, who along with Ingram failed to qualify for match play a year ago. "I'm really excited because it shows a lot of progress in my game."

Ingram was the more experienced of the two, having played on the 1992 U.S. Curtis Cup and World Amateur Teams. She also won the 1991 U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur title and has played in nine Amateurs as compared to McGill's three.

"If I could have just brought it to 1 down a little earlier," said Ingram, who just missed a chip for birdie that would have squared the match on the final hole. "If I hadn't three putted that 13th hole. That probably was the killer right there."

Heidi Voorhees, of Valley Village, Calif., and McGill's college teammate, earned medalist honors with an even-par 146 for two days of stroke play qualifying. Voorhees lost in the third round of match play to Debbi Koyama, of Westlake Village, Calif.

A record 442 women entered the championship, including former winners Anne Sander, of Santa Barbara, Calif., and Carol Semple Thompson, of Sewickley, Pa. Both advanced to match play. Also among the 64 players advancing to the match play field with 154 was Moira Dunn, of Utica, N.Y., who had a hole-in-one on the second day of qualifying.

 
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.).

COURSE SET-UP –
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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