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Barbara McIntire

Miss Barbara McIntire, 24, from Lake Park, Fla., won the Championship by defeating Miss Joanne Goodwin, of Haverhill, Mass., 4 and 3, after leading most of the way. The champion was three down in both her quarter-final and semi-final matches.

In 1956 Miss McIntire tied for the Women's Open Championship, only to lose in a playoff to Mrs. Kathy Cornelius, a professional. She was twice runnerup in the Girls' Junior Championship.

The tournament was played at the Congressional Country Club near Washington, D.C. The field was limited to 128 for the all-match-play tournament. There were 150 original entrants, with a handicap maximum of six strokes; those with the highest handicaps were not accepted.

Besides Miss McIntire and Miss Goodwin, semifinalists were Mrs. Mark A. Porter, the 1949 Champion, and Mrs. Paul F. Klinefelter, Jr., both of Philadelphia. Mrs. Klinefelter was competing in her first Championship in 12 years.

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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