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Barbara McIntire

Miss Barbara McIntire, 24, from Lake Park, Fla., won the Championship by defeating Miss Joanne Goodwin, of Haverhill, Mass., 4 and 3, after leading most of the way. The champion was three down in both her quarter-final and semi-final matches.

In 1956 Miss McIntire tied for the Women's Open Championship, only to lose in a playoff to Mrs. Kathy Cornelius, a professional. She was twice runnerup in the Girls' Junior Championship.

The tournament was played at the Congressional Country Club near Washington, D.C. The field was limited to 128 for the all-match-play tournament. There were 150 original entrants, with a handicap maximum of six strokes; those with the highest handicaps were not accepted.

Besides Miss McIntire and Miss Goodwin, semifinalists were Mrs. Mark A. Porter, the 1949 Champion, and Mrs. Paul F. Klinefelter, Jr., both of Philadelphia. Mrs. Klinefelter was competing in her first Championship in 12 years.

 
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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