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1953

Mary Lena Faulk

Miss Mary Lena Faulk, of the Glen Arven Country Club, Thomasville, Ga., succeeded Mrs. Pung, who had turned professional. In sultry August heat at the Rhode Island Country Club, Miss Faulk played one of the fine rounds of the Championship, a 73, to take a six-hole lead over Miss Polly Riley in the first half of the final, and she held on to win, 3 and 2.

There was no qualifying round; 149 entrants who registered were drawn for match play by a blind draw, except, that 13 players of known quality were distributed among the quarters by a further draw. Miss Marlene Stewart, a Canadian who had won the British Championship earlier in the year, participated but lost her first match.

Miss Wiffi Smith, a 16-year-old who represented Mexico, went to the semi-finals. Mrs. Vare was in match play for the 23d time; she had won 59 matches, six Championships, two runnerup medals, four semi-finalist medals and six qualifying medals.

 
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.).

COURSE SET-UP –
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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