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.