About the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links Championship:
One of the United States Golf Association's (USGA) national championships, the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links Championship is played annually at a different public golf course. The tournament is sometimes called the Women's "Publinks" as a kind of shorthand, or "Publinx."
The USWAPL, as it is abbreviated, is open to women amateurs who do not hold playing privileges at private courses - golfers who are not country-clubbers, in other words, but are public-course players.
The field plays two rounds of stroke-play qualifying. The Top 64 move on to match play, with 18-hole matches. The final is a 36-hole match.
• When: July 14-19
• Where: The Home Course, DuPont, Washington
Lauren Diaz-Yi of Thousand Oaks, Calif., beat Doris Chen of Bradenton, Fla., in the 36-hole championship match by a score of 10-and-9. That score set a new tournament record for largest margin of victory. Diaz-Yi, age 18, is an incoming freshman at the University of Virginia.
Eighteen-year-old Kyung Kim defeated 16-year-old Ashlan Ramsey in the championship match, 4 and 2. Kim was in control for most of the 36-hole final, scoring 10 birdies along the way. In the semifinals, Kim def. Alice Jeong, 3 and 2, and Ramsey beat Kim Kaufman, 1-up.
U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links Championship - Facts & Figures:
Five golfers have 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:
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