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Virginia Van Wie

Miss Van Wie, of the Beverly Country Club, Chicago, won the first of her three successive Championships by defeating Mrs. Vare, 10 and 8, in the final at the Salem Country Club, near Boston.

The margin squared an account that had been outstanding since 1928 when Mrs. Vare defeated Miss Van Wie in the final. Miss Van Wie had a 73 in the morning round.

The Misses Van Wie and Orcutt tied for the medal at 77, and Miss Hicks, the defending Champion, failed to qualify. Miss Wilson, still the British Champion, again was halted by Miss Charlotte Glutting in the quarter-finals.

The competition between the United States and the British Isles, for a cup donated by the Misses Harriot and Margaret Curtis, was inaugurated this year in England.

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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