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A Closer Look At Old Warson Country Club

Yardage: 6,468 yards (match play)/6,441 yards (stroke play)
Par: 36-35—71
Defending champion: Amanda Blumenherst (turned pro in June)
Opened: 1954
Designer: Robert Trent Jones Sr.

USGA championships: This will be the second USGA event contested at the club, the first since the 1999 U.S. Mid-Amateur won by Danny Green. Old Warson also hosted the 1971 Ryder Cup Matches.

Design notes: Jones made use of a feature that he called the “heroic” school of architecture in which he designed alternate routes around formidable looking hazards.

Missouri and the Women’s Amateur: This is the third time the Show Me State has hosted the U.S. Women’s Amateur. Both previous championships were held at St. Louis Country Club in 1925 and ’72. Glenna Collett beat Alexa Stirling in 1925, while Mary Budke beat Cynthia Hill in ‘72. Budke would later captain the victorious 2002 USA Curtis Cup team. Collett won a record six Women’s Amateur titles.

Set-up notes: The par-3 17th hole will play at 184 yards during stroke-play qualifying and 211 yards once match play begins. Depending on the location of the tee markers, the par-4 14th hole will play either 300 or 324 yards.

Port Place: St. Louis native Ellen Port is one of Missouri’s most decorated amateur players, having won three U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur titles and representing the USA on the 1994 and ’96 Curtis Cup teams. Port has played in several U.S. Women’s Amateurs, reaching the quarterfinals in 1992.


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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