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Anne Quast

Miss Anne Quast, 20, of Marysville, Wash., a Stanford University senior who had been leading amateur in the Women's Open, played the last seven holes four under par to defeat Miss Barbara Romack, of Sacramento, Calif., the 1954 Champion, 3 and 2, at the Wee Burn Country Club, Darien, Conn.

She became the third Champion from the Pacific Northwest in four years. Miss Romack subsequently turned professional.

Miss JoAnne Gunderson, of Kirkland, Wash., the defending Champion, lost to Miss Quast in the semi-final, 1 up, after going out in 35 and being 3 up. The original entry was 195, and 189, the largest number in 19 years, were included in the draw.

They included the British and United States Curtis Cup Teams, except Mrs. Frances Smith; seven former Champions; three British Champions, including the current holder Mrs. George Valentine, and Girls' Junior Champion Miss Judy Eller.

Miss Polly Riley, of Fort Worth, Texas, was in the round of 16 for the twelfth straight year. Six of the eight quarter-finalists and all semi-finalists were members of the United States Curtis Cup Team.

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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