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Beth Daniel

Miss Beth Daniel, of Charleston, S.C., defeated Miss Donna Horton, from Jacksonville, Fla., 3 and 2, in the 36-hole final at Brae Burn Country Club, West Newton, Mass. Miss Daniel was appearing in her first Championship, while Miss Horton reached the semi-final round in 1973 and the second round in both 1972 and 1974.

Medalist was Mrs. Nancy Roth Syms, of Colorado Springs, Colo., who scored a two-under par 71; she lost to Miss Carol Semple, of Sewickley, Pa., in the second round. Miss Semple was then defeated by Miss Daniel in the third round.

The defending Champion, Miss Cynthia Hill, of Colorado Springs, Colo., lost in the second round to Miss Marilyn Palmer, from Kamloops, B. C.

With Miss Daniel and Miss Horton in the semi-final round were Miss Noreen Friel, of Woburn, and Jeanne-Marie Boylan, of Milton; it was the first time since 1911, when Miss Margaret Curtis and Eleanor Allen made the round of four, that two Massachusetts players had reached the semi-finals.

In the final round Miss Daniel won the fourth hole with a birdie 4, then lost three in a row-five through seven-to stand 2-down. The next three holes were halved in par. Miss Daniel then won five of the next seven holes while Miss Horton could win only the 15th, where she had a birdie.

The 18th was halved and the players went to lunch with Miss Daniel standing 2-up. They had played the first 18 holes in 2 hours, 45 minutes.

In the afternoon Miss Horton squared the match after eight holes, but Miss Daniel went 1-up with a birdie on the ninth. Miss Horton drew even again with a birdie 4 on the 10th. The 1lth and 12th were halved in pars and then Miss Daniel made par-5s on the 13th and 14th while Miss Horton hooked out-of-bounds on the 13th and was short of the green in three on the 14th. Miss Daniel was then 2-up with four to play.

The 15th was halved in pars and Miss Daniel closed out the match scoring a birdie on the 16th, where she holed a 15-foot sidehill putt. The match took only 5 hours, 5 minutes, about the time it takes U.S. Open contestants to play 18 holes. There were 154 entries.

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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