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JoAnne Gunderson

Miss JoAnne Gunderson, of Kirkland, Wash., won the Women's Amateur Championship for the third time. She concluded with a performance she described as the best of her career-a 9-and-8 triumph over 17-year old Ann Baker of Maryville, Tenn., in the final match.

The Champion was credited with an unofficial 70, two under par, for the first 18 holes of the final. She made eight 3s in the round, and had four birdies and one eagle.

The Championship was played at the Country Club of Rochester, N.Y. Miss Gunderson had won previously in 1957 and in 1960, and was runnerup in 1956. She barely avoided defeat in the quarter-final round when she holed a six-foot putt on the 18th to halve Miss Barbara Williams.

Miss Gunderson won the match on the 20th hole. Mrs. Anne Quast Decker, the defending Champion, lost to Miss Patricia Hahn by 5 and 4 in the quarter-final round.

All eight playing members of the United States Curtis Cup team competed, as did Miss Polly Riley, the non-playing Captain. Five British Curtis Cup Team members entered, Mrs. Frances Smith, the non-playing British Captain, and Miss Sheila Vaughan, of the British Team, both advanced to the fourth round.

The draw brought about a second-round match between mother and daughter -Mrs. George M. Trainor and Anne Trainor, members of the host club. Mrs. Trainor won by 4 and 3. Miss Althea Gibson, former United States and Wimbledon tennis champion, was among the entrants. She lost in the second round.

 
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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