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Orcutt Champion Amateur Golfer Dies at 99

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) -- Maureen Esther Orcutt, a champion amateur golfer who became a sports writer for the New York Times, has died. She was 99.

Orcutt, born in New York City in 1907, won 65 major amateur events and was runner-up for the United States amateur title in 1927 and 1936. She won the Canadian amateur title twice and also won the U.S. Golf Association's senior championships in 1962 and 1966. From 1932 to 1938, she played on the first four U.S. Curtis Cup teams against British amateurs.

Orcutt began covering women's golf and writing a column called 'Women in Sports' for the Times in 1937 and for years was the only woman among about 50 men in the sports department.

She retired from the Times and moved to Durham in 1973, where she won her club championship at Croasdaile Country Club seven times, the last at age 82.

Orcutt died Tuesday, said Sonja Parson at Hall-Wynne Funeral Service and Cremation. She had no immediate survivors.

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