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Pat Hurst

Pat Hurst, 21, of San Leandro, California, scored a par 4 on the first extra hole and defeated Stephanie Davis of Bainbridge Island, Washington, at the Canoe Brook Country Club, in Summit, New Jersey.

Three holes down after the morning round, Miss Hurst rallied and won four of the first eight holes in the afternoon round to go 1 up. Miss Davis then birdied the next to last hole to draw all square, and each player parred the final hole, sending the match to extra holes.

The Women's Amateur is Miss Hurst's second USGA title; she had won the 1986 Girls' Junior. Miss Hurst defeated three members of the 1990 Curtis Cup team to reach the semifinals. From the second round through the quarterfinals, she defeated, in order, Katie Peterson, 3 and 1; Robin Weiss, 7 and 6; and Vicki Goetze, 1 up.

Miss Hurst defeated Delphine Bourson 2 up in her semifinal match, using a strong second nine to gain the lead, just as she had done many times in the championship.

A senior at San Jose State University, Miss Hurst capped her summer by playing for the United States in the U.S. Women's World Amateur Team Championship, in Christchurch, New Zealand. The United States won.

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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