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Laura Baugh

Miss Laura Baugh, of Long Beach, Calif. became the second 16-year-old Women's Amateur Champion and probably the youngest when she defeated Miss Beth Barry, of Dauphin Island, Ala., 1 up, at the Atlanta Country Club, Atlanta, Ga. Miss Baugh was age 16 years, 2 months, 21 days when she won. Miss Beatrix Hoyt was 16 years, 3 months, 4 days of age when she won in 1896.

Miss Baugh, a high school student in Long Beach, defeated two former Champions. She eliminated Mrs. Mark A. Porter, of Riverton, N.J., 3 and 1, in the second round, and Miss Barbara McIntire, Colorado Springs, Colo. 1 up, in the quarter-final round. Mrs. Porter was the 1949 Champion and Miss McIntire won in 1959 and 1964.

Miss Barry was 3-up on Miss Baugh after eight holes of the final match, but Miss Baugh pulled even after 16 holes. Miss Barry then won the 18th and went to lunch leading, 1 up. After nine holes of the afternoon round Miss Baugh held a 1 -up lead. Miss Barry birdied the 12th with a 30-foot putt, but Miss Baugh won the 15th with a par. They halved the remainder of the holes.

Among Miss Barry's victims were Miss Martha Wilkinson, the defending Champion, and Miss Polly Riley, a member of six Curtis Cup Teams. Miss Connie June Day, of Chattanooga, and Miss Jane Bastanchury, of Whitler, Calif., each scored 150, low score in the 36-hole qualifying round. The entry was 102.

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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