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.