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Mrs. C.S. Brown

The first USGA Women's Amateur Championship was arranged on short notice and played at the Meadow Brook Club, Hempstead, N.Y., on November 9, 1985. Thirteen ladies participated at 18 holes, stroke play, and the winner was Mrs. Charles S. Brown, of the Shinnecock Hills Golf Club, Southampton, N.Y., with 69-63-132.

Miss N.C. Sargent, of the Essex County Club, Manchester, Mass., was runnerup at 134. Nine holes were played before and nine after lunch. The silver pitcher donated by Messrs. R. D. Winthrop and W.H. Sands was won outright by Mrs. Brown, and has been given to the USGA Museum by her son, A.M. Brown.

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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