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Marlene Stewart

Miss Marlene Stewart, 22, of Fonthill, Ontario, became the first Canadian winner by defeating Miss JoAnne Gunderson, 17, of Seattle, Wash., 2 and 1, at the Meridian Hills Country Club, Indianapolis, Ind. Miss Stewart thus became the second woman to win the Championships of Great Britain, Canada and the United States. The other was Mrs. Dorothy Campbell Hurd.

Miss Stewart had been graduated from Rollins College in Florida the previous spring and held the United States collegiate title. Miss Gunderson had won the Girls' Junior Championship in the preceding week and, in the Women's Amateur final had been 4 up with 11 holes to play. If she had won the Women's Amateur she would have been the youngest winner since Miss Beatrix Hoyt, who was 16 when she won first in 1896.

Miss Pat Lesser, the defending Champion, was eliminated by Miss Gunderson in the third round; the two were clubmates at the Sand Point Country Club. Miss Margaret (Wiffi) Smith, 19, of St. Clair, Mich., the British and French Champion, also lost in the third round, to Mrs. Ann Casey Johnstone of Iowa City, Iowa, at the 19th hole. Miss Anne Quast, of Marysville, Wash., now 19, gained the semifinals along with Mrs. Johnstone. There were 116 entries and 105 starters. The event again was conducted entirely at match play.

 
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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