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U.S. Women's Amateur Championship

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JoAnne Carner - U.S. Women's Amateur

JoAnne Carner won the U.S. Women's Amateur Championship five times.

Photo courtesy of the LPGA; used with permission

About the U.S. Women's Amateur Championship:

The U.S. Women's Amateur Championship, conducted by the USGA, is open to female amateurs with USGA Handicaps not exceeding 5.4. Qualifiers are played around the country. The Women's Am was first played in 1895; the first tournament was stroke play; all ensuing tournaments culminate in match play. The winner receives possession of the Robert Cox Cup for one year, and a gold medal.

Format
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.

2014 US Women's Amateur
• When: Aug. 4-10
• Where: Nassau Country Club, Glen Cove, New York

2013 Tournament
Emma Talley won the 2013 U.S. Women's Amateur, beating Cindy Feng in the championship match by a score of 2 and 1. Talley reached the finals by defeating Alison Lee, 1-up, in the semifinals; while Feng's semifinal win was over Doris Chen. Talley and Feng traded the lead on the first 18, but Talley never trailed again after going 1-up on the 18th hole. On the 27th hole the match was all square, but Talley won the 28th to get back to 1-up, and won the 35th hole to end the match.

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.
Scoring Updates

Official Web site

U.S. Women's Amateur Championship Records:

Most Wins
Most consecutive wins
  • 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
Youngest Champion
  • Kimberly Kim, 2006 (14 years, 11 months, 21 days)
Oldest Champion
Largest Winning Margin in Final
  • 14 and 13 - Anne Quast Sander def. Phyllis Preuss, 1961

U.S. Women's Amateur Championship Golf Courses:

The U.S. Women's Amateur rotates to different courses each year. Here are the coming sites and most recent sites:

Future Sites

  • 2014 - Nassau Country Club, Glen Cove, N.Y.
  • 2015 - Portland Country Club, Portland, Ore.
  • 2016 - Rolling Green Golf Club, Springfield, Pa.
Recent Sites
  • 2013 - Country Club of Charleston, Charleston (S.C.)
  • 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.
Full List of U.S. Women's Amateur Golf Courses

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:

Recent Winners
2013 - Emma Talley def. Cindy Feng, 2 and 1
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
Full List of U.S. Women's Amateur Champions

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