U.S. Women's Amateur Championship

Lydia Ko in 2012
Lydia Ko won the US Women's Amateur Championship in 2012. Andy Lyons/Getty Images

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.

2018 U.S. Women's Amateur

  • When: Aug. 6-12, 2018
  • Where: The Golf Club of Tennessee, Kingston, Tenn.

2017 Tournament
Sophia Schubert of Tennessee won the trophy with a 6-and-5 championship match victory of Albane Valenzuela of Switzerland. Schubert, on the University of Texas golf team, held a 4-up lead following the morning 18. Valenzuela won the 19th hole to cut Schubert's lead to 3-up, but Valenzuela wouldn't win another hole. Schubert closed it out with a birdie on the 31st hole.

2016 US Women's Amateur
Either finalist - Eun Jeong Seong of South Korea or Virginia Elena Carta of Italy - would have achieved a historic double with the victory. In the end, it was the 16-year-old Seong who beat the 19-year-old Carta, 1-up, in the 36-hole final match. In so doing, Seong became the first golfer ever to win the U.S. Girls Amateur and the U.S. Women's Amateur in the same year.

(Carta would have been the second-ever to win the Women's Am and the NCAA Women's Championship in the same year.)

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

  • Dorothy Campbell Hurd, 1924 (41 years, 4 months)

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

  • 2018 - The Golf Club of Tennessee, Kingston, Tenn.
  • 2019 - Old Waverly Golf Club, West Point, Miss.

Recent Sites

  • 2017 - Country Club of San Diego (Calif.)
  • 2016 - Rolling Green Golf Club, Springfield, Pa.
  • 2015 - Portland Golf Club, Raleigh Hills, Oregon
  • 2014 - Nassau Country Club, Glen Cove, N.Y.
  • 2013 - Country Club of Charleston, Charleston (S.C.)
  • 2012 - The Country Club, Cleveland, Ohio

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.
  • In the 2017 quarterfinals, 13-year-old Chia Yen Wu of Taiwan defeated Lauren Stephenson on the 30th hole. Scheduled for just 18 holes, the match required 12 extra holes before Wu emerged as the winner. At 30 holes, it was the longest scheduled-for-18-holes match in the history of all USGA championships.

Recent Winners of the U.S. Women's Amateur Championship

2017 - Sophia Schubert def. Albane Valenzuela, 6 and 5
2016 - Eun Jeong Seong def. Virginia Elena Carta, 1-up
2015 - Hannah O'Sullivan def. Sierra Brooks, 3 and 2
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
Full List of U.S. Women's Amateur Champions