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Barbara McIntire

Miss Barbara McIntire, of Colorado Springs, Colo., won for the second time by defeating Miss JoAnne Gunderson, by 3 and 2 in the final at the Prairie Dunes Country Club, Hutchinson, Kans. Miss McIntire first won in 1959.

At links-like Prairie Dunes, Miss McIntire staged a strong rally in the afternoon round of the final. She was three down after 21 holes. It marked the third major Championship victory for Miss McIntire, who also won the British Women's Amateur in 1960.

Mrs. Welts, the defending Champion, entered although she was expecting the birth of a child in November. Her 36-hole qualifying score of 162 failed to qualify her for match play. Qualifying at the site was resumed after a 13-year interruption.

Miss McIntire, Miss Gunderson and Miss Polly Riley, shared the medal with totals of 151. The losing semi-finalists were Mrs Paul Dye, Jr., Indianapolis, Ind., who lost to Miss Gunderson by 5 and 4, and Miss Robbye King Norfolk, Va., who was defeated, 3 and 1, by Miss McIntire.

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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