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Sandrine Mendiburu

Sandrine Mendiburu, 17, from St. Jean de Luz, France, birdied and won three consecutive holes on the second nine at Manasquan River Golf Club, in Brielle, New Jersey, to defeat Vicki Goetze, 17, of Hull, Georgia, 3 and 2, and become the Girls' Junior's first foreign champion. Miss Mendiburu, three times the French National Junior champion, made six birdies through 16 holes, and one-putted 11 greens.

She has 22 putts overall. Miss Goetze, who was medalist by four strokes, at 147, added another in a series of near misses at the Girls' Junior. She was a quarterfinalist at age 13, and a semifinalist in each of the next three years.

Both finalists had little trouble advancing through match play. Miss Mendiburu was challenged only once, in a 1 up victory over 13-year-old Erin O'Neill, of Zephyrhills, Florida, in the third round of match play.

Miss Goetze was never extended beyond the 16th hole in her five matches before the final Miss Mendiburu puled all square with a birdie at he ninth hole in the final, then birdied holes 11 through 13 to take a 3 up lead, which she held through the remaining holes.

Championship Facts

U.S. Girls' Junior

PAR AND YARDAGE – Tacoma Country and Golf Club will play at 6,363/6,391 yards with par of 72.

WHO CAN PLAY? – The U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship is open to female amateur players who will have not reached their 18th birthday on or before July 23, and who have a USGA Handicap Index not exceeding 18.4.

COURSE RATING AND SLOPE – The Course Rating for Tacoma Country and Golf Club is 77.1; Slope is 137.

ARCHITECT – The club originally opened in 1894, which makes it one of the oldest private clubs west of the Mississippi River. It relocated to its present site in 1904, and since that time a number of people have worked on the course. Former head professional Jim Barnes, the 1921 U.S. Open champion, was influential in the course layout. It was most recently redesigned by John Steidel in the 1980s.

COURSE LAYOUT – The fairways will measure a little more than 0.55" in height. The intermediate rough will measure 1 inch with a width approximately 6 feet. Depending on density, the primary rough will stand between 2 and 2½ inches high.

TICKETS – Admission for all six days of the championship is free of charge. Spectators are invited to walk the fairways behind the players, but no cameras are allowed during the days of competition.


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