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Anne Quast

Miss Anne Quast, 20, of Marysville, Wash., a Stanford University senior who had been leading amateur in the Women's Open, played the last seven holes four under par to defeat Miss Barbara Romack, of Sacramento, Calif., the 1954 Champion, 3 and 2, at the Wee Burn Country Club, Darien, Conn.

She became the third Champion from the Pacific Northwest in four years. Miss Romack subsequently turned professional.

Miss JoAnne Gunderson, of Kirkland, Wash., the defending Champion, lost to Miss Quast in the semi-final, 1 up, after going out in 35 and being 3 up. The original entry was 195, and 189, the largest number in 19 years, were included in the draw.

They included the British and United States Curtis Cup Teams, except Mrs. Frances Smith; seven former Champions; three British Champions, including the current holder Mrs. George Valentine, and Girls' Junior Champion Miss Judy Eller.

Miss Polly Riley, of Fort Worth, Texas, was in the round of 16 for the twelfth straight year. Six of the eight quarter-finalists and all semi-finalists were members of the United States Curtis Cup Team.

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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