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Mrs. Jay D. (Anne Quast) Decker, 23, of Mercer Island, Wash., established the USGA record for the largest margin of victory in a final match. She defeated Miss Phyllis Preuss, of Pompano Beach, Fla., 14 and 13, at the Tacoma Country and Golf Club, Tacoma, Wash.

This topped the previous record of 13 and 12 set by Mrs. Glenna Collett Vare in the final of the 1928 Women's Amateur.

Mrs. Decker also held a record 12-up lead after the morning round, surpassing the mark of 10-up established by Mrs. Vare in 1928. Mrs. Decker became the 11th two-time winner of the Championship; she won her first title in 1958.

Mrs. Decker played superlative golf all week and finished nine under par for 112 holes. She never finished any of her seven rounds worse than even par and lost only six holes during the Championship.

Miss Roberta Albers, of Temple Terrace, Fla., became the youngest player ever to reach the semi-finals. She was but 14 years 8 months. Miss Marlene Bauer was the youngest previously; she was 15 when she reached the semi-finals in 1949.

Miss JoAnne Gunderson, the defending Champion, was eliminated in the second round by Miss Mary Lowell, who had won the USGA Girls' Junior Championship the previous week. In the semifinals, Mrs. Decker defeated Mrs. Gaines Wilson, Jr., 5 and 4, and Miss Preuss defeated Miss Albers, 2 and 1. The entry was 107.

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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