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Barbara Romack

The longest final in point of time in the history of USGA Championships, 29 hours 15 minutes occurred at the Allegheny Country Club, Sewickley, Pa., as Miss Barbara Romack, 22, of the Del Paso Country Club, Sacramento, Calif., defeated Miss Mary K. (Mickey) Wright, 19, of San Diego, Calif., 4 and 2.

The two girls were scheduled to start at 9:30 on a Saturday, but a thunder and lightning storm with heavy rain delayed them. As soon as the storm let up, the girls played away, but as they were walking after their drives on the second hole, the storm came on again and they marked their balls and retired to the clubhouse. They returned to finish the 18 holes Saturday afternoon, and the second round had to be played on Sunday afternoon.

The Championship again was conducted entirely at match play. The field included all members of the British and the United States Curtis Cup Teams and the Champions of Belgium, Canada, Cuba, and Mexico and a former Champion of Argentina, but no foreigner passed the fifth round.

Miss Mary Lena Faulk, the defender, reached the semi-finals, where Miss Wright stopped her with one-over-par golf. It was the best performance by a defender since Miss Betty Jameson won her second straight in 1940. Miss Faulk and Miss Wright subsequently turned professional.

 
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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