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Kay Cockerill

Kay Cockerill, 21, of Los Gatos, California, defeated Kathleen McCarthy of Fresno, California, 9 and 7, at Pasatiempo Golf Club in Santa Cruz, California. The margin of victory was the largest in the Women's Amateur since 1962 when JoAnne Gunderson defeated Ann Baker, 9 and 8.

Pearl Sinn of Bellflower, California, and 1985 champion Michiko Hattori of Nagoya, Japan, shared medalist honors, each shooting 151, seven over par. Sinn advanced to the third round before losing to Carol Semple Thompson, 1 up. Hattori lost in the second round to British Curtis Cupper Trish Johnson, 2 up.

Cockerill trailed in only one match. In the second round, France's Marie de Lorenzi-Toya was 1 up at the 10th, but Cockerill recovered for a 3-and-2 victory. In her semifinal, Cockerill eliminated Flori Prono of Northridge, California, 2 and 1.

McCarthy was seriously challenged in the quarterfinals, where she downed Thompson, 1 up. She eliminated Danielle Ammaccapane of Phoenix, Arizona, 1 up, in the semifinals with a 20-foot birdie putt on the l8th hole. McCarthy won the first hole of the scheduled 36-hole final but did not win another until the 22d.

In the meantime, Cockerill had won four holes on the first nine and three more on the second to lead 6 up after the morning round. Still 6 up after 26 holes, Cockerill won the 27th, 28th and 29th to close out the match. The USGA accepted a record 387 entries for the 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: Old Warson Country Club will play at 6,422/6,468 yards and par of 35-36—71.

ARCHITECT: Old Warson Country Club was designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr. and opened in 1954.

COURSE SET-UP –The USGA Course Rating® for the Women’s Amateur Championship at Old Warson Country Club is 78.1 and USGA Slope Rating® is 140.

Tees and fairways, height of grass – 7/16 inch

Collars, height of grass – 0.2 inch

Putting greens, speed – 11.5-12 feet on USGA Stimpmeter

Intermediate Rough – 1.25 inches (3 feet width)

Primary Rough – 3 inches

FORMAT: The U.S. 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 PLAY: The U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship is open to female amateurs who have a USGA Handicap Index not exceeding 5.4.

ENTRIES: A total of 955 contestants entered the 2009 championship. The record of 969 was set in 2006.



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