Championship Facts

Oct. 9-14, 2010
Fiddlesticks Country Club, Fort Myers, Fla.

PAR AND YARDAGE – The Long Mean Course at Fiddlesticks Country Club will be set up at 5,862 yards and par is 36-36—72.

ARCHITECT – Ron Garl designed the Long Mean Course at Fiddlesticks Country Club, which opened in 1982 and underwent a revision in 2006.


Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out
Par 5 4 3 5 3 4 4 4 4 36
Yards 475 345 127 514 154 324 330 356 319 2,944 


Hole 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In
Par 4 5 4 3 4 4 4 3 4 36
Yards 309/335 472 328 163 363 303 375 143 462  2,918/2,944

There will be a band of primary rough cut at 1¾ inches. The greens will be set to run at 10½ to 11 feet on the Stimpmeter for the duration of the championship.

COURSE AND SLOPE RATING -- Based on the course setup for the championship, the USGA Course Rating is 74.4. Its Slope Rating is 133.

WHO CAN ENTER -- The USGA Senior Women’s Amateur Championship is open to female amateurs who have reached their 50th birthday and who have a USGA Handicap Index not exceeding 18.4.

The deadline for entries is Aug. 18, 2010. In 2009, 502 entries were accepted for the USGA Senior Women’s Amateur. The record of 543 was set in 2006. 

SECTIONAL QUALIFYING -- Sectional qualifying, played over 18 holes, will be held at 23 sites between Sept. 1-16, 2010.  

CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE -- The field of 132 competitors will play 36 holes of stroke play with the low 64 scorers advancing to match play. The 18-hole final is scheduled for Oct. 14. Here is the day-by-day schedule:

Oct. 9 (Saturday) -- First round of stroke play
Oct. 10 (Sunday) -- Second round of stroke play
Oct. 11 (Monday) -- First round of match play
Oct. 12 (Tuesday) -- Second and third rounds of match play
Oct. 13 (Wednesday) -- Quarterfinal and semifinal matches
Oct. 14 (Thursday) -- Championship match

2009 CHAMPION -- Sherry Herman, 51, of Farmingdale, N.J., used a second-nine surge to score a 4-and-3 victory over Carolyn Creekmore, 57, of Dallas, Texas, to claim the 2009 USGA Senior Women’s Amateur Championship, at the 5,515-yard, par-70 Cascades Course at The Homestead in Hot Springs, Va. It was the first USGA title for Herman. Creekmore was seeking a second Senior Women's Amateur championship, having captured her first title in 2004 at Pasatiempo G.C. in Santa Cruz, Calif.  

THE USGA AT FIDDLESTICKS C.C. -- The 2010 USGA Senior Women’s Amateur will be the first USGA championship conducted at Fiddlesticks Country Club. 

FLORIDA AND THE USGA -- The 2010 USGA Senior Women’s Amateur will be the 18th USGA championship conducted in Florida. The Senior Women’s Amateur has been played twice previously in Florida – in 1963 at the Country Club of Florida in Delray Beach; and in 1970 at Coral Ridge Country Club in Fort Lauderdale. 

In 2010, the USGA Senior Amateur will also be conducted in Florida, at Lake Nona Golf and Country Club in Orlando from Oct. 2-7, a week prior to the Senior Women’s Amateur.

CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY -- For information about the history of the championship, visit and click on USGA Senior Women’s Amateur Championship.

TICKETS -- Admission to the USGA Senior Women’s Amateur is free and spectators are encouraged to attend.

PHOTO MEDIA SERVICE -- The USGA will offer daily complimentary high-resolution photographs during the USGA Senior Women’s Amateur for news use only. For more information and to register, contact

IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS -- USGA Communications Department – (908) 234-2300

MORE INFORMATION -- Please contact Rhonda Glenn of USGA Championship Communications at (908) 234-2300 or e-mail at

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