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Patricia Lesser

Miss Patricia Lesser, 22, of the Sand Point Country Club, Seattle, Wash., a senior at Seattle University, defeated Miss Jane Nelson, 27, of Indianapolis, Ind., a school teacher, 7 and 6, at the Myers Park Country Club, Charlotte, N.C. Miss Lesser, the first former Girls' Junior Champion to win the Women's Amateur Championship, approximated two over par for the 119 holes of the event, which was played entirely on bermudagrass and in high temperatures and humidity.

Miss Elizabeth Price and Miss Jacqueline Gordon, of England, paid a welcome visit, but both were eliminated in the third round. Miss Barbara Romack, the defender, was eliminated in the second round. Miss Polly Riley was a semi-finalist, after having lost in the quarter-finals the previous year and in the final two years earlier; she had been a quarter-finalist on three other occasions and for nine successive years had always made at least the round of 16.

The tournament was sprinkled with some remarkable young golfers, among them Miss Anne Quast, of Everett, Wash., 17, who went to the quarter-finals; Miss Margaret (Wiffi) Smith, 18, of St. Clair, Mich., who also was in the quarter-finals; and Miss Clifford Ann Creed, of Opelousas, La., 16, who was one of the last 16. The event again was conducted entirely at match play.

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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