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.