Carolyn Hill, 20, of Placentia, Calif., was nine under par in six matches
at the Memphis Country Club, Memphis, Tenn. Miss Hill defeated Patty Sheehan,
of Reno, Nev., 7 and 6, in the 36-hole final.
Kathy Baker, of Clover, S.C., was the medalist with an 18-hole qualifying
score of 71, one under par. Miss Baker, playing in her first Women's Amateur,
reached the quarter-finals where she lost, 4 and 3, to Miss Sheehan.
In the 18-hole qualifying round, 71 players had scores of 79 or better, the
lowest cut-off score in the history of the Championship. A playoff involving
17 players decided the final 10 places in match play. Miss Hill and Miss Sheehan
both qualified with scores of 73.
Miss Hill was three under par in defeating Beth Barry, a former Women's Amateur
runner-up; two under in her 5 and 4 victory over Lynn Connelly; even par in
eliminating Mitzi Edge, 2 and 1; one under in her 6 and 5 quarter-final victory
over Lori Castillo, the Women's APL Champion; and one over in defeating Peggy
Kirsch, 5 and 4, in the semi-finals.
Miss Sheehan was even par in defeating Bie-Shyun Huang with a birdie on the
20th hole; two under in her next two victories, over Laurie Reichenbach, 5 and
4, and Sue Ertl, 7 and 6; one under in defeating Kathy Baker in the quarter-finals;
and even par in eliminating Vicki Singleton, 4 and 3, in the semi-finals.
In the final, Miss Hill won the first hole with a par as Miss Sheehan three-putted.
Miss Hill was 2 up after the first nine holes. She stretched the lead to 5 up
after 14 holes. Miss Sheehan won the 16th and 17th, but lost the 18th and was
four down at lunch.
For the first 18 holes, Miss Hill had 71 and Miss Sheehan 74. Miss Hill played
the first nine holes of the afternoon in 33, three under par, and was 6 up.
She won the 10th with a par 3, and the match ended when they halved the 1lth
and 12th holes in pars.
Miss Hill was four under par and hit 21 of 23 fairways on the driving holes
in the final. The Championship drew a record 273 entries, exceeding the previous
high of 207 in 1978.