'This is something you want from the time you start playing golf,' said Creekmore, who earned her first USGA championship. 'I've always heard people say, 'It hasn't sunk in,' I'm just numb. You think, 'Wow, how'd I do that!''
Creekmore, who never trailed during the 18-hole final match, took the lead for good when her 10-foot birdie putt at the 11th rimmed the cup before falling in. She was conceded a 6-footer for birdie at the 11th when Haines found trouble off the tee.
Haines answered at the 12th hole when she chipped in from behind the green to cut the margin to 1-down. The two traded wins, with Creekmore taking the 14th and Haines winning 15 with a birdie.
Haines had a chance to square the match at the last. Creekmore missed a 20-foot birdie putt and Haines had 6 feet to tie the contest. She missed the birdie try and Creekmore holed her par putt to win the title.
'I told myself, 'you don't have to make the first putt, just make sure you make the next putt,'' said Creekmore. 'I am playing better than ever. This is so exciting I can't even tell you.'
Haines made her first final match in 29 years of USGA Championships, but could not help but thinking about the 6-footer to win the 18th.
'I wish I had made that putt on 18,' admitted Haines. 'I took advantage of any mistakes Carolyn made and I played my best golf all week long. I'd like to think that when a match is this close that it could go either way.'