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Martha Wilkinson

Miss Martha Wilkinson, of Whittier, Calif., defeated Miss Cynthia Hill, of St. Petersburg, Fla., 3 and 2, in the final match at the Wee Burn Country Club, Darien, Conn. Miss Wilkinson and Miss Hill were close friends and had been travelling together and playing in tournaments since the Women's Open Championship in June.

Twice during the final round Miss Hill hit approaches to the 16th hole into a creek. She recovered the lost hole in the morning and went to lunch leading, 1 up. However, she was 2 down playing the 16th in the afternoon, and when she made 6 she had lost the match.

All four semi-finalists were members of the 1970 Curtis Cup Team. Miss Wilkinson defeated Miss Shelley Hamlin, of Fresno, Calif., 5 and 4, and Miss Hill defeated Miss Jane Bastanchury, 2 up.

Miss Wilkinson was medalist with 150, while both Miss Hill and Miss Hamlin had to survive a playoff to reach match play. All but one member of the British Isles Curtis Cup Team played, but none survived the second round.

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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