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Marlene Stewart

Miss Marlene Stewart, 22, of Fonthill, Ontario, became the first Canadian winner by defeating Miss JoAnne Gunderson, 17, of Seattle, Wash., 2 and 1, at the Meridian Hills Country Club, Indianapolis, Ind. Miss Stewart thus became the second woman to win the Championships of Great Britain, Canada and the United States. The other was Mrs. Dorothy Campbell Hurd.

Miss Stewart had been graduated from Rollins College in Florida the previous spring and held the United States collegiate title. Miss Gunderson had won the Girls' Junior Championship in the preceding week and, in the Women's Amateur final had been 4 up with 11 holes to play. If she had won the Women's Amateur she would have been the youngest winner since Miss Beatrix Hoyt, who was 16 when she won first in 1896.

Miss Pat Lesser, the defending Champion, was eliminated by Miss Gunderson in the third round; the two were clubmates at the Sand Point Country Club. Miss Margaret (Wiffi) Smith, 19, of St. Clair, Mich., the British and French Champion, also lost in the third round, to Mrs. Ann Casey Johnstone of Iowa City, Iowa, at the 19th hole. Miss Anne Quast, of Marysville, Wash., now 19, gained the semifinals along with Mrs. Johnstone. There were 116 entries and 105 starters. The event again was conducted entirely at match play.

 
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: Old Warson Country Club will play at 6,422/6,468 yards and par of 35-36—71.

ARCHITECT: Old Warson Country Club was designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr. and opened in 1954.

COURSE SET-UP –The USGA Course Rating® for the Women’s Amateur Championship at Old Warson Country Club is 78.1 and USGA Slope Rating® is 140.

Tees and fairways, height of grass – 7/16 inch

Collars, height of grass – 0.2 inch

Putting greens, speed – 11.5-12 feet on USGA Stimpmeter

Intermediate Rough – 1.25 inches (3 feet width)

Primary Rough – 3 inches

FORMAT: The U.S. 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 PLAY: The U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship is open to female amateurs who have a USGA Handicap Index not exceeding 5.4.

ENTRIES: A total of 955 contestants entered the 2009 championship. The record of 969 was set in 2006.

 

 
 

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