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Virginia Van Wie

Sixty-four qualified for match play for the first time, but none could stop Miss Van Wie, who defeated Mrs. Vare in the semi-finals, 3 and 2, and Miss Dorothy Traung in the final, 2 and 1.

The Championship was played at the Whitemarsh Valley Country Club, near Philadelphia. Miss Van Wie thus became the fifth three-time winner, after Miss Beatrix Hoyt, Miss Margaret Curtis, Mrs. Dorothy Campbell Hurd and Mrs. Alexa Stirling Fraser.

Miss Van Wie was also the fourth to win three in succession, after Miss Hoyt, Mrs. Fraser and Mrs. Glenna Collett Vare. Mrs. Vare, of course, had won five titles.

Mrs. Vare, Mrs. Leona Cheney and Miss Lucille Robinson tied for the medal with 82s. The British Curtis Cup Team participated; five of them qualified but only Miss Wanda Morgan went as far as the third round.

Mrs. Opal S. Hill defeated Mrs. L.D. Cheney on the 24th hole of a quarter-final match after having been 3 down and 5 to play.

It was the second 24-hole match in the history of the Championship and both were in the quarter-finals. Miss Van Wie retired from competitive golf after this victory.

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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