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Grace Park

Grace Park, 19, of Seoul, Korea, won the 1998 United States Women's Amateur Championship with a 7-and-6 victory over Jenny Chuasiriporn, 21, of Timonium, Md., in the scheduled 36-hole final at the 6,277-yard Barton Hills Country Club course in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Park used her length from the tee and a flurry of good putts against Chuasiriporn's cold putter to easily win the 103-year-old Robert Cox Cup.

Park's five birdies gave her a 3-up lead after the morning 18 over Chuasiriporn, who was runner-up in the 1998 U.S. Women's Open.

Park bogeyed the 22nd hole but birdied the 25th and 26th holes to gain a 6-up lead. She went 7 up on the 28th hole with a par when Chuasiriporn three-putted from three feet and bogeyed. The two players matched pars on the 29th and 30th holes to close out the match.

"I knew that Jenny is a great player and would come back strong," Park said. "She did, on some of the holes, but she made a few mistakes here and there. I just wanted to play solid and keep putting well."

"Exhaustion was probably a factor today," said Chuasiriporn, who was two over par for the 30 holes of the match. "My muscles weren't working the way they were supposed to."

Chuasiriporn was visibly tired after a summer that included the 20-hole Women's Open playoff, which she lost to professional Se Ri Pak, the Curtis Cup Match, and the nine rounds of golf required of finalists in the Women's Amateur.

An estimated 2,450 spectators watched the final match for a total of 10,162 for the week.

Park advanced to the final with a 2-and-1 semifinal victory over Marcy Newton, of High Point, N.C. Chuasiriporn took 21 holes to defeat Brandi Miller, of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., in the other semifinal match.

Kellee Booth, of Coto de Caza, Calif., smashed qualifying round records with 72-66-138. Booth's 66 broke the 18-hole record by two strokes and her 36-hole total broke the record by two strokes.

A record number of entries, 620, was received for the 1998 championship.

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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