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Vicki Goetze

Vicki Goetze, 19, of Watkinsville, Ga., became the fourth player, and first teenager, to hold NCAA and U.S, Women's Amateur titles simultaneously when she defeated Sweden's Annika Sorenstam, 1 up, to win the 92nd Women's Amateur at Kemper Lakes Golf Course, in Long Grove, Ill.

In a championship match between the last two NCAA champions, Goetze, who won the Women's Amateur in 1989, emerged with her second title

Goetze was 3-up with just six holes remaining in the 36-hole final, and 2-up with three holes left. But Sorenstam, the 1991 NCAA champion, took the par-4 16th with a bogey, then holed a 12-foot birdie putt at the par-3 17th to even the match.

Both players put their tee shots at the par-4 18th hole in the fairway, and Goetze, hitting first, reached the front of the green with a 5-wood. Sorenstam then hit a 6-iron into the water fronting the green.

After taking a drop, she put her fourth shot onto the fringe and made a 20-foot putt for a bogey. Goetze lagged her 50-foot birdie putt to within a foot, then made the short putt for par and the win.

Sorenstam started the match quickly, birdieing two of the first four holes for a 2-up advantage. A bogey at the fifth hole and a double bogey at No. 7 evened the match.

Although Sorenstam regained the lead with a birdie at No. 17, she bogeyed the 18th to square the match heading into the afternoon round.

In the semifinals, Goetze eliminated Carol Semple Thompson, a former Women's Amateur and Women's Mid-Amateur champion, 5 and 4, while Sorenstam breezed past Pat Cornett-Iker, of Corte Madera, Calif., 7 and 6.

Emilee Klein, of Studio City, Calif., and Debbie Parks, of Carefree, Ariz. shared medalist honors at 1 -under-par 143. Parks was upset in the opening round of matchplay by Tonya Gill, of Stone Mountain, Ga., and Klein won one match before losing to Wendy Ward, of San Antonio, Texas, 4 and 2.

A record 441 entries were accepted, and among those qualifying for the field at Kemper Lakes was 12-year-old Raeanna Staples, of North Miami Beach, tying Marlene Bauer (1946) as the youngest players ever to compete in the championship. Both Bauer (90-88) and Staples (80-86) failed to qualify for match play.

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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