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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: 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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