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Carol Semple

Miss Carol Semple, of Sewickley, Pa., won the Championship at Montclair Golf Club, Montclair, N.J., defeating Mrs. Anne Quast Sander, of Seattle, Wash., 1 up. In six previous attempts, Miss Semple had never advanced beyond the second round.

Miss Semple was able to win only one of her matches before the 17th hole, while Mrs. Sander did not go beyond the 15th hole before the final.

Miss Semple defeated Miss Mary Budke, the defending Champion from Dundee, Ore., 2 and 1, and Miss Bonnie Lauer, the National Women's Intercollegiate Champion from Union Lake, Mich., 1 up. Against Miss Lauer she was 2 down with three holes to play, but finished birdie-par-birdie to win all three holes and the match.

In the final round, Miss Semple won the first three holes and was 1 up after nine. Mrs. Sander then won four holes against two for Miss Semple on the second nine and held a 1 up lead after 18 holes. In the afternoon round, Miss Semple won the first hole with a par and the match was even. Miss Semple then played some loose golf and was 3 down after five holes.

The sixth was halved and then Miss Semple birdied three of the next four holes to pull even once again. Mrs. Sander won the 11th, but lost the 15th when she drove into a fairway bunker. They halved the 16th in par 3s and Miss Semple went ahead with a par 4 on the 17th where Mrs. Sander drove into the rough and made 5. The 18th was halved in par 5s.

The presentation was unusual in that Lynford l,ardner, Jr,, President of the USGA, stepped aside so that Miss Semple could receive the Championship trophy from her father, Harton S. Semple, a USGA Vice-President.

This was the 14th time in the last 19 Championships that Mrs. Sander reached at least the quarter-final round. The entry was 154.

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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