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1953

Mary Lena Faulk

Miss Mary Lena Faulk, of the Glen Arven Country Club, Thomasville, Ga., succeeded Mrs. Pung, who had turned professional. In sultry August heat at the Rhode Island Country Club, Miss Faulk played one of the fine rounds of the Championship, a 73, to take a six-hole lead over Miss Polly Riley in the first half of the final, and she held on to win, 3 and 2.

There was no qualifying round; 149 entrants who registered were drawn for match play by a blind draw, except, that 13 players of known quality were distributed among the quarters by a further draw. Miss Marlene Stewart, a Canadian who had won the British Championship earlier in the year, participated but lost her first match.

Miss Wiffi Smith, a 16-year-old who represented Mexico, went to the semi-finals. Mrs. Vare was in match play for the 23d time; she had won 59 matches, six Championships, two runnerup medals, four semi-finalist medals and six qualifying medals.

 
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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