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Kathy Baker, 24, a member of the U.S. Curtis
Cup Team and Women's World Amateur Team in 1982, shot 8-uner-280 to win
at Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, New Jersey for her first professional
victory. Miss Baker finished three strokes ahead of Judy Clark, who finished
second. Baker shared the first-round lead with Nancy Lopez and Janet Anderson
Seven playersóClark, Betsy King, Lori Garbacz,
Jackie Bertsch, Jan Stephenson and amateurs Kathleen McCarthy and Dottie
Pepperówere one stroke behind. At the close of the second day, Lopez held
the lead by herself after another round of 70. Vicki Alvarez and Janet
Coles each shot second-round 69s to pull within one stroke of the lead.
Baker trailed by two. She led by one after a third-round 68 put her at
six-under-par 210. Lopez and Clark were one stroke behind at 211.
Clark matched a Women's Open record with
her round of 65. Lopez bogeyed three of the first four holes in the final
round and fell out of contention, leaving Baker and Clark to battle for
the Championship. Baker birdied the seventh and eighth holes and held
a two-stroke lead after nine holes.
Clark parred the first six holes of the
second nine while Miss Baker birdied birdied the 11th and 15th, but bogeyed
the 10th and 14th, to hold onto her two-stroke advantage. At the 16th,
Baker sank a four foot birdie putt, while Clark bogeyed, giving Baker
a four-stroke advantage and ensuring the win.
McCarthy and Women's Amateur Public Links
Champion Danielle Ammaccapane shared low amateur honors at 297. The USGA
accepted a record 626 entries for the Championship.
Starts - 15
Best Finish - Winner in 1985
Rds - 46
Cuts Made - 8
Top 3 - 1
Top 5 - 1
Top 10 - 1
Top 25 - 3
Avg. - 75.09
Scores In 60s - 1
Rds Under Par - 4
Earnings - $60,708.84