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Fact Sheet

August 3 - 9
Old Warson Country Club
St. Louis, Mo.

PAR AND YARDAGE – Old Warson Country Club will play at 6,422/6,468 yards and par of 35-36—71.

OLD WARSON C.C. HOLE-BY-HOLE – 6,422/6,468 yards and par 35-36—71

Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out
Par 4 4 3 4 4 5 3 4 4 35
Yards 385 353 178 378 408 515 141 411 369 3,138

Hole 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In
Par 4 4 5 3 4 4 5 3 4 36
Yards 391 404 525 158 305/
324
420 485 184/211 412 3,284/
3,330

ARCHITECT – Old Warson Country Club was designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr. and opened in 1954.

COURSE SETUP – 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

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.

2008 CHAMPION – Amanda Blumenherst, of Scottsdale, Ariz., defeated Azahara Munoz, of Spain, 2 and 1, at Eugene (Ore.) Country Club. Blumenherst turned professional in June and will not defend her title.

PAST CHAMPIONS – Glenna Collett Vare, with six victories (1922, ’25, ’28, ‘29, ’30, ’35) leads the list of Women’s Amateur champions, followed by JoAnne Gunderson Carner with five (1957, ’60, ’62, ’62, ‘68. Patty Berg (1938), Babe Zaharias (1946), Louise Suggs (1947), Marlene Stewart Streit (1956), Anne Quast (1958, ’61 ’63), Barbara McIntire (1959, ’64), Catherine Lacoste (1969), Carol Semple Thompson (1973), Beth Daniel (1975, ’77), Juli Inkster (1980, ’81, ’82), Pat Hurst (1990), Wendy Ward (1994), Grace Park (1998), Dorothy Delasin (1999), and Kimberly Kim, who with her victory at the 2006 Women’s Amateur became the youngest winner, at age 14, in the championship’s history.

FOR THE WINNER – The champion receives:

  • A gold medal and custody of the Robert Cox Cup for the ensuing year
  • A 10-year exemption from sectional qualifying for future U.S. Women’s Amateur Championships
  • A 10-year exemption from sectional qualifying for future U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Championships, if otherwise eligible
  • A 10-year exemption from sectional qualifying for future U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links Championships, if otherwise eligible
  • An exemption from sectional qualifying for the next two U.S. Women’s Open Championships, if still an amateur
  • An exemption from sectional qualifying for future USGA Senior Women’s Amateur Championships, if otherwise eligible

THE TROPHY – The Cox Cup was presented in 1896 by Robert Cox, of Gorgie, Edinburgh, Scotland, a member of Britain’s Parliament. It is the only USGA trophy donated by a person from another country and is the oldest survivor among trophies for USGA championships.

ADMISSION – Admission is free. Tickets are not needed for this USGA championship and spectators are encouraged to attend.

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.

SCHEDULE OF PLAY

  • Monday, Aug. 3 — First round, stroke play (18 holes)
  • Tuesday, Aug. 4 — Second round, stroke play (18 holes)
  • Wednesday, Aug. 5 — First round, match play (18 holes)
  • Thursday, Aug. 6 — Second round, match play (18 holes); Third round, match play (18 holes)
  • Friday, Aug. 7 — Quarterfinals, match play (18 holes)
  • Saturday, Aug. 8 — Semifinals, match play (18 holes)
  • Sunday, Aug. 9 — Final, match play (36 holes)

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.

QUALIFYING – Sectional qualifying was held at 18 sites from July 4-21.

ENTRIES – A total of 955 contestants entered the 2009 championship. The record of 969 was set in 2006.

GROUPINGS AND STARTING TIMES – Groupings and starting times will be distributed prior to the championship. They will also be posted on the USGA Web site at www.usga.org.

WWW.USGA.ORG – Log on to the USGA Web site at www.usga.org for the latest U.S. Women’s Amateur information during the championship.

TELEVISION COVERAGE – The U.S. Women’s Amateur will receive 12 hours of coverage on the Golf Channel.

Date Network Program Broadcast Hours (EDT)

Aug. 5 Golf Channel First Round 3-6 p.m.

Aug. 6 Golf Channel Second Round 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Aug. 7 Golf Channel Quarterfinals 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Aug. 8 Golf Channel Semifinals 3 p.m.-6 p.m.

Aug. 9 Golf Channel Final 3-5 p.m.

PHOTO MEDIA SERVICE – The USGA will offer complimentary high-resolution photographs during the U.S. Women’s Amateur for news use only. For more information and to register, contact Ellie Kaiser of the USGA at ekaiser@usga.org or (908) 234-2300, ext. 1294.

USGA AND MISSOURI – The 2009 U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship will be the 16th USGA championship held in the state of Missouri. The last USGA championship conducted in Missouri was the 2007 U.S. Junior Amateur. The Women’s Amateur will be making its third appearance in Missouri, having been played at St. Louis Country Club in 1925 and 1972.

It is the second USGA championship for Old Warson Country Club. The 1999 U.S. Mid-Amateur was won by Danny Green.

Following the Women’s Amateur, the 2009 USGA Men’s State Team will be played at The Country Club of St. Albans in St. Louis. For only the seventh time in history, multiple USGA championships will be held in the same year at different courses located in the same city. The last time this occurred was in 2001, when both the Amateur Public Links and the Junior Amateur were held in San Antonio.

Prior to this year, Missouri held two USGA championships in the same year on two occasions, in 1972 and 2001. In 1972, the USGA conducted the U.S. Girls’ Junior at Jefferson City Country Club and the aforementioned 1972 U.S. Women’s Amateur. In 2001, the USGA conducted the USGA Senior Amateur at Norwood Hills Country Club in St. Louis and the U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur at Fox Run Golf Club in Eureka.

EXEMPT PLAYERS – There are 46 players fully exempt from qualifying for the 2009 U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship:

Ashleigh Albrecht of Murrieta, Calif. – 2009 Women’s Open qualifier
Marina Alex of Wayne, N.J. – 2009 Women’s Open qualifier
Amy Anderson of Oxbow, N.D. - 2009 Girls' Junior champion

Kaitlin Drolson of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. – 2009 Women’s Open qualifier
Lindy Duncan of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. – 2009 Women’s Open qualifier
Jodi Ewart of England – 2008 GB&I Curtis Cup team; 2008 Women’s World Amateur Team Championship (top eight)
Yueer Feng of People’s Republic of China – 2009 Women’s Open qualifier
Mallory Fraiche of Metairie, La. – 2009 Women’s Open qualifier
Virginia Derby Grimes of Meridian, Miss. – 2006 USA Curtis Cup team
Ani Gulugian of Irvine, Calif. – 2009 Women’s Open qualifier
Nannette Hill of Pelham Manor, N.Y. – 2009 Women’s Open qualifier
Jennifer Hirano of Pinole, Calif. – USGA Special Exemption
Ha Na Jang of Korea – 2007 Women’s Amateur semifinalist
Taylore Karle of Scottsdale, Ariz. – USGA Special Exemption
Stefanie Kenoyer of Lighthouse Point, Fla. – 2009 Women’s Open qualifier
Alice Kim of Walnut, Calif. – 2009 Women’s Open qualifier
Kimberly Kim of Hilo, Hawaii – 2006 Women’s Amateur champion; 2007 Women’s Amateur semifinalist; 2009 Women’s Amateur Public Links runner-up; 2009 Girls' Junior runner-up; 2009 Women's Open qualifier; 2008 USA Curtis Cup team
Stephanie Kono of Honolulu, Hawaii – USGA Special Exemption
Jessica Korda of Sarasota, Fla. – 2008 Women’s Open (made cut); 2009 Women’s Open qualifier
Diane Lang of Jamaica – 2008 Senior Women’s Amateur champion
Maude-Aimee LeBlanc of Canada – 2008 Women’s World Amateur Team Championship (top eight)
Alison Lee of Los Angeles, Calif. – 2009 Women’s Open qualifier
Erynne Lee of Silverdale, Wash. – 2008 Women’s Amateur semifinalist
Tiffany Lua of Rowland Heights, Calif. – 2008 Women’s Amateur (made cut); 2009 Women’s Open qualifier
Caroline Masson of Germany – 2008 Women’s World Amateur Team Championship (top eight)
Megan McChrystal of Stuart, Fla. – USGA Special Exemption
Kira Meixner of Canada – USGA Special Exemption
Sydnee Michaels of Temecula, Calif. – 2008 Women’s Open (made cut)
Ellen Mueller of Bartlesville, Okla. – USGA Special Exemption
Whitney Neuhauser of Barboursville, Va. – 2008 Women’s Amateur quarterfinalist
Kristen Park of Buena Park, Calif. – 2009 Women’s Open qualifier
Candace Schepperle of Birmingham, Ala. – 2009 Women’s Open qualifier
Anna Schultz of Rockwall, Texas – 2007 Senior Women’s Amateur champion
Stephanie Sherlock of Canada – USGA Special Exemption
Michelle Shin of Cape Coral, Fla. – 2009 Women’s Open qualifier
Lynn Simmons of Phoenix, Ariz. – 2008 Women’s Mid-Amateur runner-up
Jennifer Song of Korea – 2009 Women’s Amateur Public Links champion; 2009 Women’s Open qualifier
Meghan (Bolger) Stasi of Oakland Park, Fla. – 2007 Women’s Mid-Amateur champion; 2008 USA Curtis Cup team; 2009 Women’s Open qualifier
Chelsea Stelzmiller of Placerville, Calif. – 2008 Women’s Amateur quarterfinalist; 2009 Women’s Open qualifier
Haley Stephens of Greer, S.C. – 2009 Women’s Open qualifier
Victoria Tanco of Brandeon, Fla. – 2009 Women’s Open qualifier
Alexis Thompson of Coral Springs, Fla. – 2008 Girls’ Junior champion; 2009 Women’s Open qualifier
Mariko Tumangan of San Jose, Calif. – 2009 Women’s Open qualifier
Sally Watson of Scotland –2008 GB&I Curtis Cup team
Allie White of Lancaster, Ohio – 2009 Women’s Open qualifier
Kristina Wong of Vestal, N.Y. – USGA Special Exemption

OTHER USGA CHAMPS – In addition to the fully exempt USGA champions in the field listed below, one other USGA champions went through sectional qualifying to earn a place in the field – Jenny Shin of Torrance, Calif., who won the 2006 Girls’ Junior.

FUTURE U.S. WOMEN'S AMATEURS

  • Aug. 9-15, 2010 – Charlotte (N.C.) Country Club
  • Aug. 8-14, 2011 – Rhode Island Country Club, Barrington, R.I.
  • Aug. 6-12, 2012 – The Country Club, Cleveland, Ohio

USGA MEDIA CONTACT – Beth Murrison will be the USGA media representative on site. Prior to the championship she can be reached at (908) 234-2300, ext. 1485 or by e-mail at bmurrison@usga.org.

 

 
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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