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Donna Horton

Miss Donna Horton, of Jacksonville, Fla., defeated Miss Marianne Bretton, from San Diego, Calif., 2 and 1, in the 36-hole final at the Del Paso Country Club, Sacramento, Calif. Miss Horton reached the semifinals in 1973 and was runner-up in 1975, while Miss Bretton was appearing in her first Women's Amateur Championship.

Miss Beth Daniel, of Charleston, S.C., the 1975 Champion, was medalist with two-under-par 70, which tied the 18-hole qualifying record set by Miss Debbie Massey in 1974. Miss Daniel was eliminated in the first round by Miss Dale Shaw, of Sidney, British Columbia, Canada.

The losing semifinalists were Miss Rise Alexander, of Gresham, Ore., and Miss Pat Cornett, from Salinas, Calif. On her way to the final, Miss Bretton defeated former Women's Amateur Champions Miss Carol Semple and Miss Mary Budke.

In the final round Miss Bretton won the first two holes and was 3-up at the end of nine. The match turned around on the second nine where Miss Bretton had six bogies, four in succession on holes 15 through 18. The morning round ended with the match even.

In the afternoon, Miss Bretton began with another birdie on the first hole, to take the lead, 1-up, and she was still 1-up after 10 holes. Miss Horton then won the 11th with a par to pull even and holed a 10-foot putt for a birdie on the 13th to go ahead for the first time in the match.

She added another hole to her lead with a par on the 15th and led 2-up with three holes to play. Both women scored pars on the 16th, and the match ended when they both scored 6 on the 17th hole, a par 4. There were 157 entries, the highest number since 1958. The Championship was previously played at the Del Paso Country Club in 1957.

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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