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.
In a championship final pitting two 16-year-olds, Kristen Gillman emerged the winner over Brooke Mackenzie Henderson. The match was square for much of the morning 18, but Henderson, from Canada, went 1-up on the 17th hole. And she held the lead over Gillman, from Texas, through the 31st hole. At one point Henderson even reached 3-up. But Gillman squared the match again on the 32nd hole, then won the 33rd to go 1-up, and closed it out by winning the 36th and final hole.
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.
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:
- 2015 - Portland Country Club, Portland, Ore.
- 2016 - Rolling Green Golf Club, Springfield, Pa.
- 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.
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:
2014 - Kristen Gillman def. Brooke Mackenzie Henderson, 2-up
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