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Virginia Van Wie

Sixty-four qualified for match play for the first time, but none could stop Miss Van Wie, who defeated Mrs. Vare in the semi-finals, 3 and 2, and Miss Dorothy Traung in the final, 2 and 1.

The Championship was played at the Whitemarsh Valley Country Club, near Philadelphia. Miss Van Wie thus became the fifth three-time winner, after Miss Beatrix Hoyt, Miss Margaret Curtis, Mrs. Dorothy Campbell Hurd and Mrs. Alexa Stirling Fraser.

Miss Van Wie was also the fourth to win three in succession, after Miss Hoyt, Mrs. Fraser and Mrs. Glenna Collett Vare. Mrs. Vare, of course, had won five titles.

Mrs. Vare, Mrs. Leona Cheney and Miss Lucille Robinson tied for the medal with 82s. The British Curtis Cup Team participated; five of them qualified but only Miss Wanda Morgan went as far as the third round.

Mrs. Opal S. Hill defeated Mrs. L.D. Cheney on the 24th hole of a quarter-final match after having been 3 down and 5 to play.

It was the second 24-hole match in the history of the Championship and both were in the quarter-finals. Miss Van Wie retired from competitive golf after this victory.

Championship Facts

U.S. Women's Amateur

HISTORY: The U.S. Women’s Amateur is one of the United States Golf Association’s original three championships. It was first conducted in 1895, shortly after the inaugural U.S. Amateur and U.S. Open. The Women’s Amateur has since been conducted every year except 1917-18, when it was temporarily suspended because of World War I, and 1942-45, when it was suspended because of World War II.

PAR & YARDAGE: Yardage for the Eugene Country Club will be set at 6,484 (stroke play) / 6,516 (match play) yards, par 72.

ARCHITECT: Opened in 1926, the course was designed by H. Chandler Egan. In 1967, Robert Trent Jones Sr. reversed the routing of the original Egan design (i.e., No. 18 tee essentially became the first tee, etc.).

Fairways – Cut to ˝ inch
Tees and collars of greens – Cut to 3/8 inch
Putting greens – Prepared to be firm and fast to measure approximately 11 to 11 1/2 feet on the USGA Stimpmeter
Intermediate rough – Cut to 1 ˝ inches, approximately 6 feet wide along fairways
Primary rough – Cut to 2 ˝ to 3 inches
Player courtesy walks – Cut to 1 ˝ inches, approximately 6 feet wide
The championship setup results in a USGA Course Rating™ of 78.1 and a Slope Rating® of 144

FORMAT: The Women’s Amateur is conducted with 36 holes of stroke-play qualifying. The low 64 scorers then advance to match play, with the champion determined by a 36-hole match-play final.

WHO CAN ENTER: The championship is open to female amateurs who have USGA handicap indexes not exceeding 5.4.

ENTRIES: Entries for the 2008 U.S. Women’s Amateur closed on June 18. There were 960 entries received for the 2008 championship, just shy of the record 969 entries received for the 2006 U.S. Women’s Amateur.



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