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Beatrix Hoyt

The Championship was conducted at match play at the Morris County Golf Club, Morristown, N.J., in October. Twenty-nine entrants competed for eight places in the qualifying round, and the low scorer was Miss Beatrix Hoyt, 16, of the Shinnecock Hills Golf Club, with 95. She won her semi-final match by default from Miss Anna Sands and the Championship by defeating Mrs. Arthur Turnure, 2 and 1. Mrs. Brown did not defend.

Miss Hoyt had not played in the first Championship. Robert Cox, M.P., of Edinburgh, Scotland, who was visiting this country, donated a permanent trophy, with the stipulation that the 1896 Championship be played at Morris County, a course he had helped to lay out in 1894. This is the trophy which is now in competition.

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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