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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

Girls' Junior

PAR AND YARDAGE – For the U.S. Girls’ Junior, Trump National Golf Club’s Old Course will play at 6,203 yards and a par of 36-36—72. The New Course will play at 6,186/6,289 yards and a par of 36-36—72.

COURSE SETUP – The USGA Course Rating® and USGA Slope Rating® for the U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship are 77.1/146 (Old Course) and 78.1/148 (New Course).

ADMISSION – Admission is free. Tickets are not needed for this USGA championship and spectators are encouraged to attend.

ARCHITECT – Trump National Golf Club’s Old Course was designed by Tom Fazio and opened in 2004. The New Course was designed by Tom Fazio II (Tom’s nephew) and opened in 2008.

Monday, July 20 — First round, stroke play (18 holes) — Old Course

Tuesday, July 21 — Second round, stroke play (18 holes) — New Course

Wednesday, July 22 — First round, match play (18 holes) — Old Course

Thursday, July 23 — Second round, match play (18 holes); Third round, match play (18 holes) — New Course

Friday, July 24 — Quarterfinals, match play (18 holes), Semifinals, match play (18 holes) — New Course

Saturday, July 25 — Final, match play (36 holes) — New Course

ENTRIES – A record 999 contestants entered the 2009 U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship, surpassing the 929 entries in 2008.



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