USGA opens entries for U.S. Women’s Amateur in August in Charleston
By Tommy Braswell
Post and Courier
Entries are now being accepted for the 113th U.S. Women’s Amateur that will be played Aug. 5-11 at the Country Club of Charleston.
Sectional qualifying will be held July 1 at Kiawah Island Golf Resort’s Cougar Point, the only qualifying event in the Carolinas. The next closest qualifier is in Dalton, Ga.
The deadline to enter is 5 p.m. June 26 with a cost of $125. Entry information can be found at www.usga.org under the “Championships” tab.
“The Carolinas is usually one of the largest qualifiers,” said Frank Ford III, championship co-chair for the tournament. “There is a chance of splitting the field and adding another site if we have too many entries.”
A final field of 156 will be determined through the various qualifying sites. They will play 36 holes of stroke play on Aug. 5-6 to determine the 64 players who will advance to match play. A scheduled 36-hole match on Aug. 11 will determine the champion.
The tournament, which will be televised by The Golf Channel, is open to any female amateur golfer with a USGA Handicap Index not exceeding 5.4.
Last year the USGA received a record 1,123 entries, surpassing the previous mark of 1,049 in 2010. Lydia Ko, a 15-year-old from New Zealand, won the 2012 Women’s Amateur played at The Country Club in Cleveland. A month later Ko won the Canadian Open to become the first amateur to win on the LPGA Tour since JoAnne Carner in 1969.
The Women’s Amateur is one of the USGA’s three original championships, beginning in 1895 shortly after the U.S. Amateur and U.S. Open. The only years it has not been played were 1917-18 because of World War I and 1942-45 because of World War II.
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