Deb Richard, 21, of Manhattan, Kansas, defeated Kimberly Williams, 21, of
Bethesda, Maryland, on the 37th hole at the Broadmoor Golf Club, in Seattle,
Miss Richard, a student at the University of Florida, qualified at 155, 11
strokes over par and 10 behind Claire Waite, of England, the medalist.
Miss Waite lost in the first round to Kandi Kessler, of Charlottesville, Virginia,
even though she was even par for the 20 holes.
In the third round, against Heather Farr, of Scottsdale, Arizona, Miss Richard
was 4 down after 15 holes, but she won the next five.
The 36-hole final match was even 12 times. Miss Richard led most of the forenoon,
holding a 2-up advantage after nine holes, but Miss Williams won three of the
last four holes and was ahead by one hole at the luncheon break.
Miss Richard carried a 2-up lead into the final nine holes in the afternoon,
but Miss Williams caught her at the 17th.
The 18th was halved, but Miss Richard birdied the 37th hole while Miss Williams
three-putted. It was her third bogey on that hole in the match.
Each player shot 157, Miss Williams scoring 73-78, plus her bogey 6, and Miss
Richard shooting 75-78 plus her birdie 4.
This was only the second final match of the Women's Amateur Championship to
go to extra holes. The Championship attracted a record 290 entries.