The Womens Amateur Championship
|Organized by||The R&A|
|Format||Stroke play and match play|
The Womens Amateur Championship, previously known as the British Ladies Amateur, was founded in 1893 by the Ladies' Golf Union (now merged into The R&A) of Great Britain. Until the dawn of the professional era in 1976, it was the most important golf tournament for women in Great Britain, and attracted players from continental Europe, North America, and the rest of the world. Along with the U.S. Women's Amateur, it is considered the highest honor in women's amateur golf.
It is a match play tournament with 18 holes per match. The first tournament was played at the Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club in Lytham St Annes in Lancashire, England and was won by Lady Margaret Scott, who also won the following two years; her feat of three straight titles remains the record, matched by Cecil Leitch and Enid Wilson. In 1927, Simone de la Chaume of France, who had won the 1924 British Girls Amateur Golf Championship, became the first golfer from outside the British Isles to win the Ladies Championship. The first competitor from the United States to win the title was Babe Zaharias in 1947.
Eighteen players have won more than one Womens Amateur Championship, through 2019:
- 4 wins: Cecil Leitch, Joyce Wethered
- 3 wins: Lady Margaret Scott, May Hezlet, Enid Wilson, Jessie Valentine, Brigitte Varangot
- 2 wins: Rhona Adair, Dorothy Campbell, Helen Holm, Pam Barton, Frances Stephens, Marley Spearman, Elizabeth Chadwick, Mickey Walker, Julie Wade Hall, Rebecca Hudson, Louise Stahle
Eleven players have won both the Womens Amateur and U.S. Women's Amateur Championships, through 2019:
- Dorothy Campbell:^ 1909, 1911 British; 1909, 1910, 1924 U.S.
- Gladys Ravenscroft: 1912 British; 1913 U.S.
- Pam Barton:^ 1936, 1939 British; 1936 U.S.
- Babe Zaharias: 1947 British; 1946 U.S.
- Louise Suggs: 1948 British; 1947 U.S.
- Marlene Stewart Streit: 1953 British; 1956 U.S.
- Barbara McIntire: 1960 British; 1959, 1964 U.S.
- Catherine Lacoste:^ 1969 British; 1969 U.S.
- Carol Semple Thompson: 1974 British; 1973 U.S.
- Anne Quast: 1980 British; 1958, 1961, 1963 U.S.
- Kelli Kuehne:^ 1996 British; 1996 U.S.
^ Won both in same year.
- "Venues announced for 2020 championships". The R&A. 25 July 2018.