About the U.S. Women's Amateur Championship:
A field of 156 golfers is cut to the top 64 following two days of stroke play. Those 64 move on to single-elimination match play culminating in a 36-hole championship match.
When: Aug. 5-11
Where: Country Club of Charleston, Charleston, S.C.
2012 U.S. Women's Amateur
Lydia Ko of New Zealand defeated American Jaye Marie Green 3-and-1 to win the championship. At age 15, Ko became the second-youngest winner of the U.S. Women's Amateur, trailing only Kimberly Kim (who was 14 when she won in 2006). Ko took a 1-up lead on the 17th hole of the final, and Green was never able to square it after that. Ko was 4-up after 28 holes, but Green won the 34th hole to Ko's lead to 2-up, still leaving Ko dormie. Ko won the 35th hole to win the trophy.
U.S. Women's Amateur Championship Records:
- 6 - Glenna Collett Vare (1922, 1925, 1928-1930, 1935)
- 5 - JoAnne (Gunderson) Carner (1957, 1960, 1962, 1966, 1968)
- 3 - Beatrix Hoyt, 1896-98
- 3 - Alexa Stirling Fraser, 1916-20 (not played 1917-18)
- 3 - Glenna Collett Vare, 1928-30
- 3 - Virginia Van Wie, 1932-34
- 3 - Juli Inkster, 1980-82
- Kimberly Kim, 2006 (14 years, 11 months, 21 days)
- Dorothy Campbell Hurd, 1924 (41 years, 4 months)
- 14 and 13 - Anne Quast Sander def. Phyllis Preuss, 1961
U.S. Women's Amateur Championship Golf Courses:
- 2013 - Country Club of Charleston, Charleston, S.C.
- 2014 - Nassau Country Club, Glen Cove, N.Y.
- 2015 - Portland Country Club, Portland, Ore.
- 2016 - Rolling Green Golf Club, Springfield, Pa.
- 2012 - The Country Club, Cleveland, Ohio
- 2011 - Rhode Island Country Club, Barrington, R.I.
- 2010 - Charlotte Country Club, Charlotte, N.C.
- 2009 - Old Warson Country Club, St. Louis, Mo.
U.S. Women's Amateur Championships Trivia and Notes:
- The first U.S. Women's Amateur Championship was also the first significant women's golf tournament of any kind in the U.S. Lucy Barnes defeated a field of 12 others for the first title, the only one fully contested at stroke play.
- Beatrix Hoyt, who won the 1896-98 championships, was the granddaughter of a Supreme Court chief justice, Salmon P. Chase. Chase also served as a U.S. senator and governor of Ohio.
- JoAnne Carner won five U.S. Women's Am titles, plus one U.S. Girls Junior and two U.S. Women's Opens, for a total of eight USGA championships. Only Bobby Jones (nine) and Tiger Woods (nine) have USGA more.
- Jenny Chuasiriporn had one of the great "almost" years in 1998. She almost won the U.S. Women's Amateur, losing to Grace Park in the final (albeit by a sizable margin, 7 and 6); and she almost won the U.S. Women's Open as an amateur, losing a 19-hole playoff to Se Ri Pak.
- The first foreign-born winner was Dorothy Campbell Hurd, a native of Scotland, in 1909.
- Glenna Collett Vare won six times, and lost two times in the final, for a record total of eight times in the championship match.
- In 1907, the Curtis sisters (namesakes of the Curtis Cup) met in the championship match. Margaret Curtis defeated Harriott Curtis, 7 and 6.
- The only meeting of a mother and daughter in match play during the U.S. Women's Amateur happened in 1962, when Jean Trainor defeated her daughter Anne Trainor in a second-round pairing.
U.S. Women's Amateur Championship Winners:
2012 - Lydia Ko def. Jaye Marie Green, 3 and 1
2011 - Danielle Kang def. Moriya Jutanugarn, 6 and 5
2010 - Danielle Kang def. Jessica Korda, 2 and 1
2009 - Jennifer Song def. Jennifer Johnson, 3 and 1
2008 - Amanda Blumenherst def. Azahara Munoz, 2 and 1
2007 - Maria Jose Uribe def. Amanda Blumenherst, 1-up
2006 - Kimberly Kim def. Katharina Schallenberg, 1-up
2005 - Morgan Pressel def. Maru Martinez, 9 and 8
Full List of U.S. Women's Amateur Champions