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Barbara McIntire

Miss Barbara McIntire, of Colorado Springs, Colo., won for the second time by defeating Miss JoAnne Gunderson, by 3 and 2 in the final at the Prairie Dunes Country Club, Hutchinson, Kans. Miss McIntire first won in 1959.

At links-like Prairie Dunes, Miss McIntire staged a strong rally in the afternoon round of the final. She was three down after 21 holes. It marked the third major Championship victory for Miss McIntire, who also won the British Women's Amateur in 1960.

Mrs. Welts, the defending Champion, entered although she was expecting the birth of a child in November. Her 36-hole qualifying score of 162 failed to qualify her for match play. Qualifying at the site was resumed after a 13-year interruption.

Miss McIntire, Miss Gunderson and Miss Polly Riley, shared the medal with totals of 151. The losing semi-finalists were Mrs Paul Dye, Jr., Indianapolis, Ind., who lost to Miss Gunderson by 5 and 4, and Miss Robbye King Norfolk, Va., who was defeated, 3 and 1, by Miss McIntire.

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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