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Michiko Hattori

Michiko Hattori, 16, of Aichi, Japan, defeated Cheryl Stacy of Findlay, Ohio, 5 and 4, at Fox Chapel Golf Club in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

With the win, Hattori became the youngest Women's Amateur champion in 14 years and the first foreign-born winner of the championship in seven years.

She also became the eighth golfer to win on her first attempt. Hattori and Stacy shared medalist honors in the Championship, at seven-over-par 151.

Miss Hattori never played the 18th hole on her way to the final match. Her most severe test came in a 2 and 1 win over Pat Cornett of San Francisco, California, in the third round. Miss Hattori won by a 2 and 1 margin. She defeated Kim Gardner, 3 and 2, in the semifinal. Miss Stacy twice was extended to the 18th hole on her way to the final round.

She defeated Lisa Marino of West Allen Park, Michigan, 1 up, in the first round and edged 1985 Women's Amateur Public Links champion Danielle Ammaccapane of Phoenix, Arizona, 1 up, in the semi-finals.

In the final match, after losing the first hole with a double bogey, Stacy birdied the second and fourth holes to take a one-hole advantage. Hattori pulled even on the fifth, but Stacy regained the lead with a par on the seventh hole. She held that lead until the 12th when Hattori birdied to square the match.

Stacy regained the lead on the 13th, but bogeyed the 15th, 17th and 18th and trailed by two holes heading into the afternoon round. Hattori held off a game comeback effort by Stacy, who birdied the third, sixth, seventh and eighth holes in the afternoon, but still could not square the match.

Hattori held a 1-up lead after nine holes and increased it with a birdie at the 10th. Hattori parred the next four holes and closed out Stacy. The USGA accepted a record 329 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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