U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links

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The U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links Championship, often referred to as the Public Links or the Publinx, was a women's amateur golf tournament, one of 10 individual amateur championships organized by the USGA and first played in 1977. The USGA officially called the event the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links, which it has registered as a service mark. The tournament was devised as a championship for female amateurs who play on public courses, as members of private clubs were barred from entry. In February 2013, the USGA announced that both this event and its men's counterpart, the U.S. Amateur Public Links, would be discontinued after their 2014 editions, and would be replaced by new amateur four-ball championships for both men and women.[1]

While the U.S. Amateur Public Links was first held in 1922, the women's counterpart event was not held until 55 years later. Both the men's and women's Publinx had been created to provide outlets for national competition for public-course golfers, who before 1979 had been barred from entering either the U.S. Amateur or U.S. Women's Amateur because both events were restricted to members of clubs affiliated with the USGA or (presumably) other national governing bodies. When the USGA announced the demise of the men's and women's Publinx, it specifically stated that "the APL [Amateur Public Links] and WAPL [Women's Amateur Public Links] championships no longer serve their original mission because of the widespread accessibility public-course golfers today enjoy in USGA championships."[1]

The main tournament opened with two rounds of stroke play. The leading 64 players then qualified to compete in a match play competition. The matches were played over 18 holes. Before 2002, the final was also played over 18 holes. From 2002 to 2014, the final was played over 36 holes.

Eligibility is similar to that for the U.S. Women's Amateur. Golfers must follow the USGA's guidelines for amateur status, which basically consider anyone who has ever played or taught golf for money to be a professional. The Public Links, like the U.S. Women's Amateur, had no age restrictions. However, there were two key differences in the eligibility criteria for the Public Links:

  • Entries were accepted from golfers with a USGA handicap index of 18.4 or lower, as opposed to 5.4 for the U.S. Women's Amateur.
  • Entries were not accepted from players who had playing privileges at golf clubs not open to the general public, and such golfers were not allowed to compete if they received such privileges between their entry and the end of the main tournament.
    • Exceptions to above: The USGA did consider some players with privileges at non-public facilities to be "bona fide public course players," specifically those whose privileges were solely due to any of the following:
      • Their enrollment in a specific educational institution.
      • Their status as active or retired members of the military.
      • Their current or former employment by an entity other than a golf club.

Michelle Wie became the youngest champion in the history of USGA adult championships when she won the 2003 U.S. Women's Public Links championship at age 13, her final tournament victory as an amateur. Wie also holds the record as the youngest Publinx competitor; she played in 2000 as a 10 year-old.

Winners[edit]

Year Venue Winner Country Score Runner-up
2014 The Home Course Fumie "Alice" Jo  China 3 & 2 South Korea Eun Jeong Seong
2013 Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club Lauren Diaz-Yi  United States 10 & 9 United States Doris Chen
2012 Neshanic Valley Golf Course Kyung Kim  United States 4 & 2 United States Ashlan Ramsey
2011 Bandon Dunes Golf Resort Brianna Do[2]  United States
 Vietnam
1 up United States Marissa Dodd
2010 Notre Dame's Warren Golf Course Emily Tubert  United States 3 & 2 United States Lisa McCloskey
2009 Red Tail Golf Club Jennifer Song  United States
 South Korea
7 & 6 United States Kimberly Kim
2008 Erin Hills Tiffany Joh  United States 2 & 1 United StatesSouth Korea Jennifer Song
2007 Kearney Hill Golf Links Mina Harigae  United States 4 & 3 United States Stephany Fleet
2006 Walking Stick G.C. Tiffany Joh  United States 6 & 5 United States Kimberly Kim
2005 Swope Memorial G.C. Eunjung Yi  South Korea 37 holes United States Tiffany Chudy
2004 Golden Horseshoe G.C. (Green Course) Yani Tseng  Taiwan 1 up United States Michelle Wie
2003 Ocean Hammock G.C. Michelle Wie  United States 1 up Thailand Virada Nirapathpongporn
2002 Sunriver Resort (Meadow Course) Annie Thurman  United States 6 & 5 United States Hwanhee Lee
2001 Kemper Lakes G.C. Candie Kung  Taiwan 2 up United States Missy Farr-Kaye
2000 Legacy Golf Links Catherine Cartwright  United States 3 & 1 Thailand Russamee Gulyanamitta
1999 Santa Ana Golf Club Jody Niemann  United States 1 up United States Sue Billek Nyhus
1998 Kapalua (Hawaii) Golf Club (Bay Course) Amy Spooner  United States 2 & 1 United States Natalie Wong
1997 Center Square (Pa.) G.C. Jo Jo Robertson  United States 3 & 2 United States Angie Yoon
1996 Spencer T. Olin Community G.C. Heather Graff  United States 5 & 4; United States Lauri Berles
1995 Hominy Hill G.C. Jo Jo Robertson  United States 3 & 1 United States Elizabeth Drambour
1994 Tam O'Shanter G.C. Jill McGill  United States 6 & 4 United States Heidi Voorhees
1993 Jackson Hole Golf & Tennis Connie Masterson  United States 1 up United States Holly Reynolds
1992 Haggin Oaks G.C. Amy Fruhwirth  United States 3 & 1 United States Sara Evens
1991 Birdwood G.C. Tracy Hanson  United States 1 up United States Carri Wood
1990 Hyland Hills G.C. Cathy Mockett  United States 5 & 4 United States Barbara Blanchar
1989 Indian Canyon G.C. Pearl Sinn  United States 2 & 1 United States Kelli Akers
1988 Page Belcher G.C. Pearl Sinn  United States 2 & 1 United States Tami Jo Hemingsen
1987 Cog Hill G. & C.C. (No. 4 Course) Tracy Kerdyk  United States 4 & 3 United States Pearl Sinn
1986 Sentry World G.C. Cindy Schreyer  United States 3 & 2 United States Vicki Goetze
1985 Flanders Valley G.C., (Red and Blue nines) Danielle Ammaccapane  United States 6 & 5 United States Kristie Kolacny
1984 Meadowbrook G.C. Heather Farr  United States 3 & 2 United States Kristie Kolacny
1983 Ala Wai G.C. Kelli Antolock  United States 2 & 1 United States Nancy Taylor
1982 Alvamar G.C. Nancy Taylor  United States 2 & 1 United States Kerri Clark
1981 Emerald Valley G.C. Mary Enright  United States 3 & 1 United States Lauri Merten
1980 Center Square G.C. Lori Castillo  United States 2 & 1 United States Pam Miller
1979 Braemar G.C. Lori Castillo  United States 2 up United States Becky Pearson
1978 Myrtlewood G.C. (Palmetto Course) Kelly Fuiks  United States 5 & 4 United States Diana Schwab
1977 Yahara Hills G.C. Kelly Fuiks  United States 1 up United States Kathy Williams

Multiple winners[edit]

Three players have won both the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links and U.S. Women's Amateur Championships:

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Changes Made to USGA Championship Roster" (Press release). United States Golf Association. February 11, 2013. Retrieved February 11, 2013. 
  2. ^ Brianna Do wins Public Links

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