About the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links Championship:
The U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links Championship - one of the United States Golf Association's (USGA) national championships - was played annually at a different public golf course through 2014. The USGA discontinued the tournament after that point. The tournament was sometimes called the Women's "Publinks" as a kind of shorthand, or "Publinx."
The USWAPL was open to women amateurs who did not hold playing privileges at private courses - golfers who were not country-clubbers, in other words, but were public-course players.
The field played two rounds of stroke-play qualifying. The Top 64 moved on to match play, with 18-hole matches. The final was a 36-hole match.
Alice Jo of China defeated Eun Jeong Seong of South Korea in the all-teen championship match by a score of 3 and 2. Jo took the lead on the seventh hole of the match, scheduled for 36 holes, and never relinquished it. Jo was 15 years old and Seong 14, and Jo was the first golfer from mainland China to win a USGA championship.
Five golfers won the USWAPL twice each:
• Kelly Fuiks (1977, 1978)
• Lori Castillo (1979, 1980)
• Pearl Sinn (1988, 1989)
• Jo Jo Robertson (1995, 1997)
• Tiffany Joh (2006, 2008)
- Michelle Wie holds the record for youngest USWAPL champion. She was 13 when she won in 2003. That is also the record for youngest winner of an adult USGA championship.
- Pearl Sinn is the only golfer to reach the finals three times. She lost in the finals in 1987, then won in 1988-89.
- Sinn is the only golfer to win the U.S. Women's Amateur Championship and U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links Championship in the same year, doing so in 1988.
- Jill McGill is the only other player to win both the Women's Amateur (1993) and Women's Publinks (1994).
U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links Championship Winners:
2014 - Alice Jo def. Eun Jeong Seong, 3 and 2
2013 - Lauren Diaz-Yi def. Doris Chen, 10 and 9
2012 - Kyung Kim def. Ashlan Ramsey, 4 and 2
2011 - Brianna Do def. Marissa Dodd, 1-up
2010 - Emily Tubert def. Lisa McCloskey, 3 and 2
2009 - Jennifer Song def. Kimberly Kim, 7 and 6
2008 - Tiffany Joh def. Jennifer Song, 2 and 1
2007 - Mina Harigae def. Stephany Fleet, 4 and 3
2006 - Tiffany Joh def. Kimberly Kim, 6 and 5
2005 - Eun Jung Lee def. Tiffany Chudy, 1-up (37 holes)
2004 - Ya-Ni Tseng def. Michelle Wie, 1-up
2003 - Michelle Wie def. Virada Nirapathpongporn, 1-up
2002 - Annie Thurman def. Hwanhee Lee, 6 and 5
2001 - Candie Kung def. Missy Farr-Kaye, 2-up
2000 - Catherine Cartwright def. Russamee Gulyanamitta, 3 and 1
1999 - Jody Niemann def. Sue Billek Nyhus, 1-up
1998 - Amy Spooner def. Natalie Wong, 2 and 1
1997 - Jo Jo Robertson def. Angie Yoon, 3 and 2
1996 - Heather Graff def. Lauri Berles, 5 and 4
1995 - Jo Jo Robertson def. Elizabeth Drambour, 3 and 1
1994 - Jill McGill def. Heidi Voorhees, 6 and 4
1993 - Connie Masterson def. Holly Reynolds, 1-up
1992 - Amy Fruhwirth def. Sara Evens, 3 and 1
1991 - Tracy Hanson def. Carri Wood, 1-up
1990 - Cathy Mockett def. Barbara Blanchar, 5 and 4
1989 - Pearl Sinn def. Kelli Akers, 2 and 1
1988 - Pearl Sinn def. Tami Jo Hemingsen, 2 and 1
1987 - Tracy Kerdyk def. Pearl Sinn, 4 and 3
1986 - Cindy Schreyer def. Victoria Goetze, 3 and 2
1985 - Danielle Ammaccapane def. Kristie Kolacny, 6 and 5
1984 - Heather Farr def. Kristie Kolacny, 3 and 2
1983 - Kelli Antolock def. Nancy Taylor, 1-up
1982 - Nancy Taylor def. Kerri Clark, 2 and 1
1981 - Mary Enright def. Lauri Merten, 3 and 1
1980 - Lori Castillo def. Pam Miller, 2 and 1
1979 - Lori Castillo def. Becky Pearson, 2-up
1978 - Kelly Fuiks def. Diana Schwab, 5 and 4
1977 - Kelly Fuiks def. Kathy Williams, 1-up