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Deb Richard

Deb Richard, 21, of Manhattan, Kansas, defeated Kimberly Williams, 21, of Bethesda, Maryland, on the 37th hole at the Broadmoor Golf Club, in Seattle, Washington.

Miss Richard, a student at the University of Florida, qualified at 155, 11 strokes over par and 10 behind Claire Waite, of England, the medalist.

Miss Waite lost in the first round to Kandi Kessler, of Charlottesville, Virginia, even though she was even par for the 20 holes.

In the third round, against Heather Farr, of Scottsdale, Arizona, Miss Richard was 4 down after 15 holes, but she won the next five.

The 36-hole final match was even 12 times. Miss Richard led most of the forenoon, holding a 2-up advantage after nine holes, but Miss Williams won three of the last four holes and was ahead by one hole at the luncheon break.

Miss Richard carried a 2-up lead into the final nine holes in the afternoon, but Miss Williams caught her at the 17th.

The 18th was halved, but Miss Richard birdied the 37th hole while Miss Williams three-putted. It was her third bogey on that hole in the match.

Each player shot 157, Miss Williams scoring 73-78, plus her bogey 6, and Miss Richard shooting 75-78 plus her birdie 4.

This was only the second final match of the Women's Amateur Championship to go to extra holes. The Championship attracted a record 290 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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