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JoAnne Gunderson

In the longest final match in the history of the USGA, Mrs. JoAnne Gunderson Carner, of Seekonk, Mass., defeated Mrs. Marlene Stewart Streit, of Toronto, Canada, in 41 holes at the Sewickley Heights Golf Club, Sewickley, Pa., and won her fourth Championship.

Mrs. Streit might have defeated Mrs. Carner but her 13-foot putt on the 36th hole hit the back of the cup and bounced out.

In the extra holes, Mrs. Streit executed a series of remarkable recoveries to stay in contention until the 41st, where Mrs. Carner won with a par.

Losing semi-finalists were Mrs. Teddy Boddie, of Shreveport, La., who lost to Mrs. Carner, 1 down, and Miss Roberta Albers, of Temple Terrace, Fla., who lost to Mrs. Streit, 1 down. Mrs. Boddie defeated Mrs. Welts, 1 up, in the quarterfinals. Mrs. Welts had reached the quarterfinals 11 times in 12 years.

The Championship also brought to light Miss Shelley Hamlin, a 17-year-old schoolgirl from Fresno, Calif. Miss Hamlin scored 143 in the qualifying round, five strokes lower than the previous 36-hole qualifying record of 148, established by Miss Lida Fee Matthews in 1965.

Miss Hamlin had 73 in the first round and 70 in the second, another record.

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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