1920 Alexa Stirling Claims third Consecutive U.S. Women’s Amateur Titles
Alexa Stirling of Atlanta, Ga., became the first player since Beatrix Hoyt to capture three U.S. Women’s Amateur Championships in a row when she defeated two-time champion Dorothy Campbell Hurd, 5 and 4, in the final at Mayfield Country Club in Cleveland. For the first time, the final was a scheduled 36-hole match. Stirling was easily the favorite as the week began. In the final against Hurd, who in 1909 had become the first in history to win the U.S. Women’s Amateur and British Women’s Amateur in the same year, Stirling was 5 up after nine holes and the match ended on the 32nd green. Hurd would go on to win a third U.S. Women’s Amateur in 1924. It was the final Women’s Amateur title for Stirling, who did reach the final again in 1921 and 1923.