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Carolyn Hill

Carolyn Hill, 20, of Placentia, Calif., was nine under par in six matches at the Memphis Country Club, Memphis, Tenn. Miss Hill defeated Patty Sheehan, of Reno, Nev., 7 and 6, in the 36-hole final.

Kathy Baker, of Clover, S.C., was the medalist with an 18-hole qualifying score of 71, one under par. Miss Baker, playing in her first Women's Amateur, reached the quarter-finals where she lost, 4 and 3, to Miss Sheehan.

In the 18-hole qualifying round, 71 players had scores of 79 or better, the lowest cut-off score in the history of the Championship. A playoff involving 17 players decided the final 10 places in match play. Miss Hill and Miss Sheehan both qualified with scores of 73.

Miss Hill was three under par in defeating Beth Barry, a former Women's Amateur runner-up; two under in her 5 and 4 victory over Lynn Connelly; even par in eliminating Mitzi Edge, 2 and 1; one under in her 6 and 5 quarter-final victory over Lori Castillo, the Women's APL Champion; and one over in defeating Peggy Kirsch, 5 and 4, in the semi-finals.

Miss Sheehan was even par in defeating Bie-Shyun Huang with a birdie on the 20th hole; two under in her next two victories, over Laurie Reichenbach, 5 and 4, and Sue Ertl, 7 and 6; one under in defeating Kathy Baker in the quarter-finals; and even par in eliminating Vicki Singleton, 4 and 3, in the semi-finals.

In the final, Miss Hill won the first hole with a par as Miss Sheehan three-putted. Miss Hill was 2 up after the first nine holes. She stretched the lead to 5 up after 14 holes. Miss Sheehan won the 16th and 17th, but lost the 18th and was four down at lunch.

For the first 18 holes, Miss Hill had 71 and Miss Sheehan 74. Miss Hill played the first nine holes of the afternoon in 33, three under par, and was 6 up. She won the 10th with a par 3, and the match ended when they halved the 1lth and 12th holes in pars.

Miss Hill was four under par and hit 21 of 23 fairways on the driving holes in the final. The Championship drew a record 273 entries, exceeding the previous high of 207 in 1978.

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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