Pearl Sinn, 21, of Bellflower, California, defeated Karen Noble of Convent
Station, New Jersey, 6 and 5, in the final at the Minikahda Club in Minneapolis,
Minn. Sinn is the first golfer to win the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links
and Women's Amateur Championships, and the first woman to win two USGA championships
in the same year.
Sinn won the qualifying medal with rounds of 71-69-140, and record for the
championship. Michiko Hattori of Nagoya, Japan, who had shared the qualifying
medal the past three years, placed second, three strokes behind Sinn.
Sinn was extended past the 16th hole only once on her way to the final. In
the quarterfinal round, Kelly Robbins of Mount Pleasant, Michigan, and Sinn
were all square through 18 holes.
After the 19th was halved with birdies, Sinn won the 20th with a par. Sinn
advanced to the final by eliminating Pat Milton of Akron, Ohio, who reached
the semifinals for the second consecutive year, 6 and 5.
Noble defeated three past U.S. Women's Amateur Champions in succession on
her way to the final match. She ousted Carol Semple Thompson, the 1973 champion,
in the third round, 1 up.
In the quarterfinals, she eliminated Anne Sander, who won the championship
in 1958, 1961 and 1963, 6 and 5. She then defeated Hattori, the 1985 champion,
with a birdie on the 19th hole.
In the final, Noble lost two of the first five holes, then won the sixth,
seventh and eighth to take a 1 -up lead. Sinn rebounded, winning four holes
in succession to give her a 3-up lead, which she held after the morning round.
Sinn won three holes with pars early in the afternoon round to go 6 up. She
won the match, 6 and 5, when the 13th was halved with birdies. The USGA accepted
357 entries for the championship.