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Juli Simpson Inkster

Mrs. Juli Simpson Inkster, 20, of Santa Cruz, California, a bride of three weeks, defeated Patti Rizzo, 20, of Hialeah, Florida, 2 up, in the 18-hole final match at the Prairie Dunes Country Club, in Hutchinson, Kansas.

Dorothy Lasker, of Hinsdale, Illinois, was medalist with a 36-hole score of 147, three over par. Miss Lasker reached the second round where she lost, 2 up, to Phyllis Preuss.

Mrs. Inkster and Miss Rizzo had scores of 150 and 151 respectively. Eight players were involved in a playoff to decide the final two places in match play.

On her way to the final, Mrs. Inkster defeated among others, Maureen Madill of Northern Ireland, the 1979 British Champion, 7 and 6; and Carol Semple, of Sewickley, Pa., the 1973 Women's Amateur Champion and 1974 British Champion, 2 and 1, in the semi-finals.

The 10th, a par 3, was a pivotal hole in the final match. Miss Rizzo was 2 down, but she had a short birdie putt. Mrs. Inkster, however, holed a downhill 20-foot putt for a birdie. Miss Rizzo made her putt for a half, and then won the 11th with another birdie.

Had she won the 10th, the match would have been even. Mrs. Inkster took a 2-up lead with a birdie on the 13th green, lost the 16th, and won the 18th with a par when Miss Rizzo's approach was short of the green.

The starting field of 150 included 15 past United States Curtis Cup team members, including Polly Riley, Barbara McIntire, and Mrs. Anne Quast Sander, each of whom played on six teams.

Miss McIntire, who won the 1964 Women's Amateur at Prairie Dunes, qualified for match play but lost her first round match. The USGA received a record 281 entries, surpassing the previous record of 273 in 1979.

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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