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Barbara Romack

The longest final in point of time in the history of USGA Championships, 29 hours 15 minutes occurred at the Allegheny Country Club, Sewickley, Pa., as Miss Barbara Romack, 22, of the Del Paso Country Club, Sacramento, Calif., defeated Miss Mary K. (Mickey) Wright, 19, of San Diego, Calif., 4 and 2.

The two girls were scheduled to start at 9:30 on a Saturday, but a thunder and lightning storm with heavy rain delayed them. As soon as the storm let up, the girls played away, but as they were walking after their drives on the second hole, the storm came on again and they marked their balls and retired to the clubhouse. They returned to finish the 18 holes Saturday afternoon, and the second round had to be played on Sunday afternoon.

The Championship again was conducted entirely at match play. The field included all members of the British and the United States Curtis Cup Teams and the Champions of Belgium, Canada, Cuba, and Mexico and a former Champion of Argentina, but no foreigner passed the fifth round.

Miss Mary Lena Faulk, the defender, reached the semi-finals, where Miss Wright stopped her with one-over-par golf. It was the best performance by a defender since Miss Betty Jameson won her second straight in 1940. Miss Faulk and Miss Wright subsequently turned professional.

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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