U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship
The U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship marks the beginning of women’s competitive golf in this country. Along with the U.S. Amateur and the U.S. Open, the Women’s Amateur was one of the USGA’s first three championships.
The first Women’s Amateur Championship was arranged on short notice one month after the 1895 Amateur and Open Championships.
The following small item appeared in the social column of a New York newspaper shortly after the completion of play: “Thirteen ladies played 18 holes of golf at the Meadow Brook Club, in Hempstead, recently. Mrs. Charles S. Brown, whose husband plays at the Shinnecock Hills Club, in Southampton, L.I., made the best score and thus won the United States championship for lady golfers.”
Although a stroke-play format was selected for the first championship, the Women’s Amateur became a match-play competition in 1896, and has remained so ever since.
Many U.S. Women’s Amateur champions have gone on to success in professional golf, including five-time champion JoAnne Gunderson Carner, whose record of eight USGA titles is eclipsed only by Bob Jones and Tiger Woods (nine). Other notable champions include Beth Daniel, Juli Inkster, Danielle Kang, Lydia Ko, Kelli Kuehne, Catherine Lacoste, Anne Sander, Pearl Sinn, Louise Suggs, Carol Semple Thompson and Babe Didrikson Zaharias.
A starting field of 156 players will compete in the U.S. Women’s Amateur. Following 18-hole rounds of stroke play on August 8th and 9th, the field will be cut to the top 64 players for match play. Five 18-hole rounds of match play will determine the finalists who will square off in a 36-hole championship match on August 14th.
- Monday, August 8th & Tuesday, August 9th: Stroke play qualifying
- Wednesday, August 10th: Round of 64, match play
- Thursday, August 11th: Round of 32, match play
- Friday, August 12th: Round of 16/Quarterfinal matches
- Saturday, August 13th: Semifinal matches
- Sunday, August 14th: Final match (36 holes)
Click here to read the 2022 U.S. Women’s Amateur announcement.
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