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Pearl Sinn, 21, of Bellflower, California, defeated Karen Noble of Convent Station, New Jersey, 6 and 5, in the final at the Minikahda Club in Minneapolis, Minn. Sinn is the first golfer to win the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links and Women's Amateur Championships, and the first woman to win two USGA championships in the same year.

Sinn won the qualifying medal with rounds of 71-69-140, and record for the championship. Michiko Hattori of Nagoya, Japan, who had shared the qualifying medal the past three years, placed second, three strokes behind Sinn.

Sinn was extended past the 16th hole only once on her way to the final. In the quarterfinal round, Kelly Robbins of Mount Pleasant, Michigan, and Sinn were all square through 18 holes.

After the 19th was halved with birdies, Sinn won the 20th with a par. Sinn advanced to the final by eliminating Pat Milton of Akron, Ohio, who reached the semifinals for the second consecutive year, 6 and 5.

Noble defeated three past U.S. Women's Amateur Champions in succession on her way to the final match. She ousted Carol Semple Thompson, the 1973 champion, in the third round, 1 up.

In the quarterfinals, she eliminated Anne Sander, who won the championship in 1958, 1961 and 1963, 6 and 5. She then defeated Hattori, the 1985 champion, with a birdie on the 19th hole.

In the final, Noble lost two of the first five holes, then won the sixth, seventh and eighth to take a 1 -up lead. Sinn rebounded, winning four holes in succession to give her a 3-up lead, which she held after the morning round.

Sinn won three holes with pars early in the afternoon round to go 6 up. She won the match, 6 and 5, when the 13th was halved with birdies. The USGA accepted 357 entries for the championship.

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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