USGA Championship Database

1986 U.S. Women's Amateur

August 16, 1986
Pasatiempo Golf Club Santa Cruz, CA
Kay Cockerill
Kay Cockerill, 21, of nearby Los Gatos, won the championship with a 9 and 7 victory over Kathleen McCarthy of Fresno at the 6,005-yard Pasatiempo G.C. in Santa Cruz, Calif. A record 387 players entered and 10 of the 64 qualifiers were from foreign countries, aided by the fact that the Curtis Cup match against Great Britain & Ireland had been played just before the championship.

Pearl Sinn of Bellflower, Calif., and defending champion Michiko Hattori of Japan were co-medalist at 148. Tish Preuss and three-time champion Anne Quast Sander, a member of the 1986 Curtis Cup team, failed to make match play. The only former champions in the field were Hattori and Carol Semple Thompson. Hattori lost in the second round to Patricia Johnson of Wales, 2 up.

Cockerill eliminated two foreign players on her march to the final, beating Marie de Lorenzi-Taya, 4 and 2, in the second round and Cecilia Mourgue d’Algue, 3 and 1, in the third. Both were from France.

McCarthy had the toughest bracket and was forced to get past Missie McNamara, Kathleen Kostas, the 1985 runner-up Kim Gardner, and then Thompson in the quarterfinal, 1 up. Her semifinal against Danielle Ammaccapane was the match of the championship. McCarthy battled back after falling 2 holes down at the eighth to be all square on the 18th tee, one of the few par-3 finishing holes on a championship course. McCarthy saved the match by holing a 25-foot birdie putt to get to the final.

As is often the case, players can be wearied by a pressure-packed semifinal and McCarthy had nothing left for the final. Cockerill, whose best showing had been as a quarterfinalist in the Women’s Trans-National, was very sharp. She was 6 up at lunch with a medal score of 74 to McCarthy’s 80.

Cockerill won the ninth, 10th and 11th in the afternoon, mercifully ending it on the 29th green, 9 and 7. It was the most lopsided final since JoAnne Gunderson Carner defeated Ann Baker in 1962, 9 and 8.

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