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Mary Lou Dill

Miss Mary Lou Dill, 19, of' Houston, Texas, defeated Miss Ashley, 5 and 4, in the final at the Annandale Golf Club, Pasadena, Calif. It was the third time Miss Ashley had been to the final, and the first time for Miss Dill.

Miss Ashley was the 1965 Champion. Miss Dill took a lead of 6 up in the first 18 holes and never permitted the result to come into doubt.

Twice Miss Dill was taken 19 holes before winning-by Mrs. Nancy Roth Syms, of Hollywood, Fla., in the first round, and by Miss Peggy Conley, of Spokane, Wash., in the semi-finals. Miss Dill was 3 down with 6 to play against Miss Conley, won four of the next five, lost the 18th and won with a par on the 19th.

Mrs. Carner, the defending Champion, was eliminated in the first round by 16-year-old Miss Marianne Cox, of Santa Ana, Calif., 2 and 1. Miss Phyllis Preuss, of Pompano Beach, Fla., had the low qualifying score of 76-72-148.

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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