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Joanne Gunderson Carner

Mrs. Carner won her fifth Women's Amateur Championship by defeating Mrs. Welts, 5 and 4, at the Birmingham Country Club, Birmingham, Mich. Mrs. Carner thus had earned only one less Championship than Mrs. Glenna Collett Vare, who won six between 1922 and 1935; no one has won as many.

Mrs. Welts was a three-time Champion, and in 11 of the previous 13 years either she or Mrs. Camer reached the final round. Mrs. Welts had gone to at least the quarter-finals in 12 of the previous 14 Championships.

Mrs. Carner was 1 up after the morning 18-hole round, and 2 up after 11 holes in the afternoon. Mrs. Carner then scored consecutive birdies on the 12th and 13th and pitched to within 18 inches of the hole for a par and a win on the 14th, thus closing out the match.

Against Miss Catherine Lacoste, of Paris, France, Mrs. Carner put on a devastating finish to win her semi-final match. Miss Lacoste was even with Mrs. Carner after 11 holes. Mrs. Carner then scored with a par on the 12th and three consecutive birdies, winning, 4 and 3.

Mrs. Welts defeated Miss Joyce Kazmierski, of Detroit, 2 and 1, in the other semi-final match. Miss Lacoste was qualifying medalist with 143, one under par. This score equaled the record for 36-hole qualifying set by Miss Shelley Hamlin in 1966.

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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