United States Women's Amateur Golf Championship

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The U.S. Women's Amateur is the leading golf tournament in the United States for female amateur golfers. It is played annually and is one of the 13 United States national golf championships organized by the United States Golf Association (USGA). Female amateurs from all nations are eligible to compete and there are no age restrictions. It was established in 1895, one month after the men's U.S. Amateur and U.S. Open. It is the third oldest USGA championship, over a half century older than the U.S. Women's Open, which was first played in 1946. Along with the British Ladies Amateur, the U.S. Women's Amateur is considered the highest honor in women's amateur golf.

Robert Cox Cup[edit]

Since 1896 the Robert Cox Cup has been awarded annually by the USGA to the winner. The trophy was donated by Robert Cox of Edinburgh, Scotland, a member of the British Parliament and a golf course designer. It remains the oldest surviving trophy awarded for a USGA championship. Along with a gold medal, a replica of the 2-foot-high (0.61 m) silver case of Etruscan design is given to the tournament winner. The original trophy is on permanent display at the USGA Museum and Library. The Robert Cox Cup is the only USGA trophy donated by someone from another country.

The first tournament attracted a field of 13 and was played over 18 holes. As in the case of the men's U.S. Amateur, entry was originally restricted to members of USGA-affiliated private clubs (and, presumably, international players who were members of clubs affiliated with their nations' golf governing bodies); this policy remained in place until the 1979 tournament.[1] Several thousand women now enter the event, and the USGA conducts sectional qualifying to reduce the number of contestants to a more manageable number. The main tournament opens with two rounds of stroke play. The leading 64 players then compete in a match play competition. The matches are played over 18 holes except for the final, which is played over 36 holes.

In 1956, Ann Gregory became the first African American to compete in the Championship, held that year at the Meridian Hills Country Club in Indianapolis.

There are no age restrictions on entry. Players must have a handicap index of 5.4 or less. Morgan Pressel qualified as a 13-year-old in 2001 and won in 2005 at the age of 17. The 2006 winner Kimberly Kim was only 14 years old, breaking the record previously held by Laura Baugh. In 2007, Pearl Jin and Alexis Thompson became the first 12 year-olds to qualify and the first to advance to match play. Jin and Thompson faced one another in the third round match play. Thompson beat Jin, but then lost in the quarterfinals.

Because the tournament is dominated by teenagers and college-age players who are working toward careers as tournament professionals, the USGA introduced a separate tournament in 1987 for players age 25 and over, called the U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur. It gives older amateur players an opportunity to compete among themselves for a national title; entrants must have a handicap index of 9.4 or less.

The USGA rates Glenna Collett Vare as the most noteworthy champion who won the Robert Cox Cup a record six times. Several U.S. Women's Amateur champions who have gone on to become leading professionals including Patty Berg, Babe Zaharias, Louise Suggs and Beth Daniel.

Winners[edit]

Year Venue Winner Country Score Runner-up
2016 Rolling Green Golf Club
2015 Portland Golf Club
2014 Nassau Country Club Kristen Gillman  United States 2 up Canada Brooke Mackenzie Henderson
2013 Country Club of Charleston Emma Talley  United States 2 & 1 China Yueer Cindy Feng
2012 The Country Club (Cleveland) Lydia Ko  New Zealand 3 & 1 United States Jaye Marie Green
2011 Rhode Island Country Club Danielle Kang  United States 6 & 5 Thailand Moriya Jutanugarn
2010 Charlotte Country Club Danielle Kang  United States 2 & 1 United States Jessica Korda
2009 Old Warson Country Club Jennifer Song  United States
 South Korea
3 & 1 United States Jennifer Johnson
2008 Eugene Country Club Amanda Blumenherst  United States 2 & 1 Spain Azahara Muñoz
2007 Crooked Stick Golf Club Maria José Uribe  Colombia 1 up United States Amanda Blumenherst
2006 Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club Kimberly Kim  United States 1 up Germany Katharina Schallenberg
2005 Ansley Golf Club Morgan Pressel  United States 9 & 8 Venezuela Maru Martinez
2004 The Kahkwa Club Jane Park  United States 2 up United States Amanda McCurdy
2003 Philadelphia Country Club Virada Nirapathpongporn  Thailand 2 & 1 United States Jane Park
2002 Sleepy Hollow Country Club Becky Lucidi  United States 3 & 2 United States Brandi Jackson
2001 Flint Hills National Golf Club Meredith Duncan  United States 37 holes Chile Nicole Perrot
2000 Waverley Country Club Marcy Newton  United States 8 & 7 United States Laura Myerscough
1999 Biltmore Forest Country Club Dorothy Delasin  United States 4 & 3 United States Jimin Kang
1998 Barton Hills Country Club Grace Park  South Korea 7 & 6 United States Jenny Chuasiriporn
1997 Brae Burn Country Club Silvia Cavalleri  Italy 5 & 4 United States Robin Burke
1996 Firethorn Golf Club Kelli Kuehne  United States 2 & 1 Colombia Marisa Baena
1995 The Country Club Kelli Kuehne  United States 4 & 3 Australia Anne-Marie Knight
1994 The Homestead Wendy Ward  United States 2 up United States Jill McGill
1993 San Diego Country Club Jill McGill  United States 1 up United States Sarah LeBrun Ingram
1992 Kemper Lakes Golf Club Vicki Goetze  United States 1 up Sweden Annika Sörenstam
1991 Prairie Dunes Country Club Amy Fruhwirth  United States 5 & 4 United States Heidi Voorhees
1990 Canoe Brook Country Club Pat Hurst  United States 37 holes United States Stephanie Davis
1989 Pinehurst Resort Vicki Goetze  United States 4 & 3 United States Brandie Burton
1988 Minikahda Club Pearl Sinn  United States 6 & 5 United States Karen Noble
1987 Rhode Island Country Club Kay Cockerill  United States 3 & 2 United States Tracy Kerdyk
1986 Pasatiempo Golf Club Kay Cockerill  United States 9 & 7 United States Kathleen McCarthy
1985 Fox Chapel Country Club Michiko Hattori  Japan 5 & 4 United States Cheryl Stacy
1984 Broadmoor Golf Club Deb Richard  United States 37 holes United States Kimberly Williams
1983 Canoe Brook Country Club Joanne Pacillo  United States 2 & 1 United States Sally Quinlan
1982 Broadmoor Golf Club Juli Inkster  United States 4 & 3 United States Cathy Hanlon
1981 Waverley Country Club Juli Inkster  United States 1 up Australia Lindy Goggin
1980 Prairie Dunes Country Club Juli Inkster  United States 2 up United States Patti Rizzo
1979 Memphis Country Club Carolyn Hill  United States 7 & 6 United States Patty Sheehan
1978 Sunnybrook Golf Club Cathy Sherk  Canada 4 & 3 United States Judith Oliver
1977 Cincinnati Country Club Beth Daniel  United States 3 & 1 Canada Cathy Sherk
1976 Del Paso Country Club Donna Horton  United States 2 & 1 United States Marianne Bretton
1975 Brae Burn Country Club Beth Daniel  United States 3 & 2 United States Donna Horton
1974 Broadmoor Golf Club, Seattle Cynthia Hill  United States 5 & 4 United States Carol Semple
1973 Montclair Golf Club Carol Semple  United States 1 up United States Anne Quast Sander
1972 St. Louis Country Club Mary Budke  United States 5 & 4 United States Cynthia Hill
1971 Atlanta Country Club Laura Baugh  United States 1 up United States Beth Barry
1970 Wee Burn Country Club Martha Wilkinson  United States 3 & 2 United States Cynthia Hill
1969 Las Colinas Country Club Catherine Lacoste  France 3 & 2 United States Shelley Hamlin
1968 Birmingham Country Club JoAnne Gunderson  United States 5 & 4 United States Anne Quast Welts
1967 Annandale Golf Club Mary Lou Dill  United States 5 & 4 United States Jean Ashley
1966 Sewickley Heights Golf Club JoAnne Gunderson  United States 41 holes Canada Marlene Stewart Streit
1965 Lakewood Country Club Jean Ashley  United States 5 & 4 United States Anne Quast Welts
1964 Prairie Dunes Country Club Barbara McIntire  United States 3 & 2 United States JoAnne Gunderson
1963 Taconic Golf Club Anne Quast Welts  United States 2 & 1 United States Peggy Conley
1962 Country Club of Rochester JoAnne Gunderson  United States 9 & 8 United States Ann Baker
1961 Tacoma Country & Golf Club Anne Quast Decker  United States 14 & 13 United States Phyllis Preuss
1960 Tulsa Country Club JoAnne Gunderson  United States 6 & 5 United States Jean Ashley
1959 Congressional Country Club Barbara McIntire  United States 4 & 3 United States Joanne Goodwin
1958 Wee Burn Country Club Anne Quast  United States 3 & 2 United States Barbara Romack
1957 Del Paso Country Club JoAnne Gunderson  United States 8 & 6 United States Ann Casey Johnstone
1956 Meridian Hills Country Club Marlene Stewart  Canada 2 & 1 United States JoAnne Gunderson
1955 Myers Park Country Club Patricia Lesser  United States 7 & 6 United States Jane Nelson
1954 Allegheny Country Club Barbara Romack  United States 4 & 2 United States Mickey Wright
1953 Rhode Island Country Club Mary Lena Faulk  United States 3 & 2 United States Polly Riley
1952 Waverley Country Club Jackie Pung  United States 2 & 1 United States Shirley McFedters
1951 Town & Country Club Dorothy Kirby  United States 2 & 1 United States Claire Doran
1950 East Lake Golf Club Beverly Hanson  United States 6 & 4 United States Mae Murray
1949 Merion Golf Club Dorothy Germain Porter  United States 3 & 2 United States Dot Kielty
1948 Pebble Beach Golf Links Grace Lenczyk  United States 4 & 3 United States Helen Sigel
1947 Franklin Hills Country Club Louise Suggs  United States 2 up United States Dorothy Kirby
1946 Southern Hills Country Club Babe Zaharias  United States 11 & 9 United States Clara Sherman
1942–45: No championships due to World War II
1941 The Country Club Betty Hicks Newell  United States 5 & 3 United States Helen Sigel
1940 Pebble Beach Golf Links Betty Jameson  United States 6 & 5 United States Jane S. Cothran
1939 Wee Burn Club Betty Jameson  United States 3 & 2 United States Dorothy Kirby
1938 Westmoreland Country Club Patty Berg  United States 6 & 5 United States Estelle Lawson Page
1937 Memphis Country Club Estelle Lawson Page  United States 7 & 6 United States Patty Berg
1936 Canoe Brook Country Club Pamela Barton  England 4 & 3 United States Maureen Orcutt
1935 Interlachen Country Club Glenna Collett Vare  United States 3 & 2 United States Patty Berg
1934 Whitemarsh Valley Country Club Virginia Van Wie  United States 2 & 1 United States Dorothy Traung
1933 Exmoor Country Club Virginia Van Wie  United States 4 & 3 United States Helen Hicks
1932 Salem Country Club Virginia Van Wie  United States 10 & 8 United States Glenna Collett Vare
1931 Country Club of Buffalo Helen Hicks  United States 2 & 1 United States Glenna Collett-Vare
1930 Los Angeles Country Club Glenna Collett  United States 6 & 5 United States Virginia Van Wie
1929 Oakland Hills Country Club Glenna Collett  United States 4 & 3 United States Leona Pressler
1928 The Homestead Glenna Collett  United States 13 & 12 United States Virginia Van Wie
1927 Cherry Valley Club Miriam Burns Horn  United States 5 & 4 United States Maureen Orcutt
1926 Merion Golf Club Helen Stetson  United States 3 & 1 United States Elizabeth Goss
1925 St. Louis Country Club Glenna Collett  United States 9 & 8 United States Alexa Stirling
1924 Rhode Island Country Club Dorothy Campbell  Scotland 7 & 6 United States Mary Browne
1923 Westchester Country Club Edith Cummings  United States 3 & 2 United States Alexa Stirling
1922 The Greenbrier Glenna Collett  United States 5 & 4 England Margaret Gavin
1921 Hollywood Golf Club Marion Hollins  United States 5 & 4 United States Alexa Stirling
1920 Mayfield Country Club Alexa Stirling  United States 5 & 4 Scotland Dorothy Campbell
1919 Shawnee Country Club Alexa Stirling  United States 6 & 5 England Margaret Gavin
1917–18: No championships due to World War I
1916 Belmont Springs Country Club Alexa Stirling  United States 2 & 1 United States Mildred Caverly
1915 Onwentsia Club Florence Vanderbeck  United States 3 & 2 England Margaret Gavin
1914 Nassau Country Club Katherine Harley  United States 1 up United States Elaine Rosenthal
1913 Wilmington Country Club Gladys Ravenscroft  England 2 up United States Marion Hollins
1912 Essex County Country Club Margaret Curtis  United States 3 & 2 United States Nonna Barlow
1911 Baltusrol Golf Club Margaret Curtis  United States 5 & 3 United States Lillian B. Hyde
1910 Homewood Country Club Dorothy Campbell  Scotland 2 & 1 England Mrs. F. M. Martin
1909 Merion Golf Club Dorothy Campbell  Scotland 3 & 2 United States Nonna Barlow
1908 Chevy Chase Club Katherine Harley  United States 6 & 5 United States Mrs. T. H. Polhemus
1907 Midlothian Country Club Margaret Curtis  United States 7 & 6 United States Harriot Curtis
1906 Brae Burn Country Club Harriot Curtis  United States 2 & 1 United States Mary B. Adams
1905 Morris County Golf Club Pauline Mackay  United States 1 up United States Margaret Curtis
1904 Merion Golf Club Georgianna Bishop[2]  United States 5 & 3 United States Mrs. E. F. Sanford
1903 Chicago Golf Club Bessie Anthony  United States 7 & 6 United States J. Anna Carpenter
1902 The Country Club Genevieve Hecker  United States 4 & 3 United States Louisa A. Wells
1901 Baltusrol Golf Club Genevieve Hecker  United States 5 & 3 United States Lucy Herron
1900 Shinnecock Hills Golf Club Frances C. Griscom  United States 6 & 5 United States Margaret Curtis
1899 Philadelphia Country Club Ruth Underhill  United States 2 & 1 United States Margaret Fox
1898 Ardsley Club Beatrix Hoyt  United States 5 & 3 United States Maude Wetmore
1897 Essex County Country Club Beatrix Hoyt  United States 5 & 4 United States Nellie Sargent
1896 Morris County Golf Club Beatrix Hoyt  United States 2 & 1 United States Mrs. Arthur Turnure
1895 Meadow Brook Club Lucy Barnes Brown  United States 132[3] United States Nellie Sargent

Multiple winners[edit]

Seventeen players have won more than one U.S. Women's Amateur, through 2014:

Seven players have won both the U.S. Women's Amateur and Open Championships, through 2014:

Eleven players have won both the U.S. Women's and British Ladies Amateur Championships, through 2014:

^ Won both in same year.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Changes Made to USGA Championship Roster" (Press release). United States Golf Association. February 11, 2013. Retrieved February 19, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Miss Bishop Wins Golf Championship. Defeats Mrs. Sanford in Final Match by 5 Up and 3 to Play. Played in Merion Links. Winner is from the Brooklawn Club of Bridgeport. Large Gallery Sees". New York Times. October 16, 1904. Retrieved 2011-04-18. Miss Georgianna Bishop, representing the Brooklawn Golf Club of Bridgeport, Conn., won the women's golf championship of the United States to-day by defeating Mrs. E.F. Sanford of the Essex County Country Club of Orange, N.J., by 5 up and 3 to play. ... 
  3. ^ The 1895 tournament was an 18-hole stroke play event; match play did not begin until the following year.

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