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Kelli Kuehne

Kelli Kuehne of McKinney, Texas, joined JoAnne Carner as the only other player to follow a victory in the Girls' Junior one year with a Women's Amateur title the next by defeating Australia's Anne Marie Knight in the 36-hole final match by a 4-and 3-margin.

The Country Club, located in Brookline, Mass., and one of the USGA's founding clubs, served as the host site this year.

Kuehne started her collegiate career last fall at the University of Texas. The 24-year-old Knight, meanwhile, had quit her job in Adelaide to take a 10-week vacation in the U.S. that would allow her to test her game against the top women amateurs in the world.

The first 18 holes of the final match were closely contested. The players alternated the last seven holes of the morning, with Kuehne holding a 1-up lead at lunch.

It stood that way until the 21st hole, when Knight hit a perfect drive into the heart of the fairway while Kuehne pushed her tee shot far right. The ball finally came to rest some 40 yards above the sloping fairway, just a few paces from the adjacent seventh green. A stand of trees seemingly blocked any kind of direct path back toward the third green.

But Kuehne opted to gamble and used her favorite club, a 6-iron, to send her ball whistling through the branches back to the fairway, only 77 yards from the hole. She proceeded to hit her approach to nine feet and make her birdie putt, somehow winning the hole for a 2-up lead.

Knight managed to trim the margin at the 26th hole, but Kuehne won the next two holes to take a commanding lead and emerge victorious.

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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