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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: 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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