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Miss Amy Alcott, Los Angeles, won in her fourth attempt, defeating Miss Mary Lawrence, Canton, N.Y., 6 and 5, in the final round at the Somerset Hills Country Club, Bernardsville, N.J. Miss Alcott first played in the Girls' Junior Championship in 1969, when she was defeated in the opening round by Miss Hollis Stacy, the eventual winner. Miss Stacy went on to win the Championship in 1970 and 1971. Miss Alcott had been a player of promise since 1971, when she was runnerup to Miss Stacy. She was medalist in 1972, but she lost in the quarter-finals.

Miss Nancy Lopez, Roswell, N.M., the defending Champion, was eliminated in the second round by Miss Becky Pearson, North Branch, Minn. Miss Pearson won, 1 up. Miss Lopez scored 71-73-144 in the qualifying rounds; both the 71 and the 144 total established new records. Miss Alcott was extended only by Miss Alice Miller, Marysville, Calif. Miss Miller, one of seven California girls who qualified in the field of 32, took Miss Alcott 19 holes in the third round. Miss Alcott won her other matches by the scores of 5 and 4; 5 and 3; and 6 and 5.

Miss Lawrence, on the other hand, was hard pressed to make the final round. She comes from a town close to the Canadian border where, because of the climate, the golf season is only about four months long. Her performance, therefore, was remarkable. Miss Alcott birdied the first and sixth holes and had a 6 up lead after nine holes. They halved the 10th and 11th, then Miss Lawrence won her first hole of the match-the par-3 12th-when Miss Alcott overshot the green into an unplayable lie and took a bogey. It was all over at the 13th, however, when Miss Alcott made a birdie, 3, striking a 5-iron from the rough to within six feet of the cup and holing the putt. Miss Lawrence could only make a par. The 6 and 5 victory tied the record for the widest winning margin in a final match, set in 1964 by Miss Peggy Conley over Miss Laura MacIvor. The entry was 98 girls.