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Anne Quast Sander

Mrs. Anne Quast Sander, of Mount Vernon, Wash., joined her contemporary, Miss JoAnne Gunderson of Providence, R.I., as a three-time Women's Amateur Champion at the Taconic Golf Club, Williamstown, Mass. Between them they had won six of the previous seven Championships.

Mrs. Sander eliminated Miss Gunderson in the semi-final round by 3 and 2 and then defeated Miss Peggy Conley, of Spokane, Wash., by 2 and 1 in the 36-hole final. The Championship match ended with Mrs. Sander, a superb putter, holing a putt of 17 feet for a half.

She had advanced to at least the quarter-final round of every Women's Amateur Championship since 1955, when she was 17 years old. Mrs. Sander defeated Miss Gunderson in their only other meeting in the Women's Amateur Championship in the semi-final round in 1958.

Miss Conley, 16, was the youngest player ever to reach the final round. She also was runnerup in the 1963 Girls' Junior Championship in the week immediately preceding the Women's Amateur.

The other semi-finalist was Miss Carol Sorenson, of Janesville, Wis., the 1960 Girls' Junior Champion. She lost to Miss Conley, 1 down. Miss Janis Ferraris, of San Francisco, attempting to become the first winner of both the Girls' Junior and Women's Championships in the same year, was eliminated by Mrs. Sander in the quarter-final round.

There were 12 extra-hole matches in the first round, five more than there had ever been in any one round of the Championship.

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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