Kelli Kuehne of McKinney, Texas, joined JoAnne Carner as the only other player
to follow a victory in the Girls' Junior one year with a Women's Amateur title
the next by defeating Australia's Anne Marie Knight in the 36-hole final match
by a 4-and 3-margin.
The Country Club, located in Brookline, Mass., and one of the USGA's founding
clubs, served as the host site this year.
Kuehne started her collegiate career last fall at the University of Texas.
The 24-year-old Knight, meanwhile, had quit her job in Adelaide to take a 10-week
vacation in the U.S. that would allow her to test her game against the top women
amateurs in the world.
The first 18 holes of the final match were closely contested. The players
alternated the last seven holes of the morning, with Kuehne holding a 1-up lead
It stood that way until the 21st hole, when Knight hit a perfect drive into
the heart of the fairway while Kuehne pushed her tee shot far right. The ball
finally came to rest some 40 yards above the sloping fairway, just a few paces
from the adjacent seventh green. A stand of trees seemingly blocked any kind
of direct path back toward the third green.
But Kuehne opted to gamble and used her favorite club, a 6-iron, to send her
ball whistling through the branches back to the fairway, only 77 yards from
the hole. She proceeded to hit her approach to nine feet and make her birdie
putt, somehow winning the hole for a 2-up lead.
Knight managed to trim the margin at the 26th hole, but Kuehne won the next
two holes to take a commanding lead and emerge victorious.