2012 USGA Senior Women's Amateur Fact Sheet

PAR AND YARDAGE: Hershey Country Club (West Course) will be set up at 6,220/6,147 yards and will play to a par of 37-37—74. (Note: Yardages subject to change) 



Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Total
Par 5 5 4 4 3 4 5 3 4 37
Yards 426 438 303 307 165 345 518 172 355 3,029
Hole 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Total
Par 4 4 3 5 4 5 5 3 4 37
Yards 369 332 153 520 330 485 501/428 152 349 3,191/3,118

ARCHITECT: Hershey Country Club’s West Course was designed by Maurice McCarthy.  Ben Hogan, who won four U.S. Opens, and Henry Picard, the 1938 Masters and 1939 PGA champion, served as club professionals during its history.  Byron Nelson won the 1940 PGA Championship on this course. 

WHO CAN ENTER: The USGA Senior Women’s Amateur Championship is open to female amateurs who have reached their 50th birthday by Sept. 8 and who have a USGA Handicap Index not exceeding 18.4.

The deadline for entries is July 25. The USGA accepted 507 entries for the 2011 championship.  In 2010, 543 entries were accepted for the Senior Women’s Amateur, which tied the record set in 2006.

SCHEDULE: Practice rounds will be held Sept. 6-7. The starting field of 132 players will play two  rounds of stroke play Sept. 8-9, with the low 64 scorers advancing to match play.  The schedule is as follows:
Sept. 8 (Saturday) – First round of stroke play
Sept. 9 (Sunday) – Second round of stroke play
Sept. 10 (Monday) – First round of match play
Sept. 11 (Tuesday) – Second and third rounds of match play
Sept. 12 (Wednesday) – Quarterfinals and semifinals, match play
Sept. 13 (Thursday) – Championship match

2011 CHAMPION: Terri Frohnmayer, 55, of Salem, Ore., defeated Mina Hardin, 51, of Fort Worth, Texas, 2 and 1, in the 18-hole final of the 2011 Senior Women’s Amateur at The Honors Course in Chattanooga, Tenn. In a field of experienced competitors, Frohnmayer was playing in just her third national championship. Hardin was the defending Senior Women’s Amateur champion and the first Mexican-born golfer to claim a USGA championship.

To read more, go to http://www.usga.org/ChampEventArticle.aspx?id=21474842990

EXEMPT PLAYERS: A total of 20 golfers are fully exempt from qualifying based on past performances or are among the top 500 points leaders in the Women's World Amateur Golf Ranking:

Mary Budke: (1972 U.S. Women's Amateur champion)
Felicity Christine: (2011 Senior Ladies British Open Amateur champion)
Carolyn Creekmore: (2004 USGA Senior Women's Amateur champion)
Kim Eaton: (2011 USGA Senior Women's Amateur quarterfinalis)
Alexandra Frazier: (2010 USGA Senior Women's Amateur runner-up)
Terri Frohnmayer: (2011 USGA Senior Women's Amateur champion)
Mina Hardin: (2010 USGA Senior Women's Amateur champion; 2011 USGA Senior Women's Amateur runner-up)
Mary Ann Hayward: (2010 USGA Senior Women's Amateur semifinalist)
Diane Lang: (2005, 2006 and 2008 USGA Senior Women's Amateur champion)
Martha Leach: (2011 U.S. Mid-Amateur runner-up)
Patty Moore: (2010 USGA Senior Women's Amateur semifinalist)
Ellen Port: (2011 U.S. Mid-Amateur champion)
Susan Rheney: (2011 USGA Senior Women's Amateur quarterfinalist)
Lisa Schlesinger: (2011 USGA Senior Women's Amateur semifinalist)
Anna Schultz: (2007 USGA Senior Women's Amateur champion; 2011 USGA Senior Women's Amateur quarterfinalist)
Nancy Smith: (2011 USGA Senior Women's Amateur quarterfinalist)
Marlene Stewart Streit: (2003 USGA Senior Women's Amateur champion)
Carol Semple Thompson: (2002 USGA Senior Women's Amateur champion; 1972 U.S. Women's Amateur champion)

USGA AT HERSHEY C.C.: The 2012 USGA Senior Women’s Amateur will be the first USGA competition conducted at Hershey Country Club. In 1957, Hershey Park Golf Club, also designed by Maurice McCarthy, hosted the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship.  Don Essig III defeated Gene Towry, 6 and 5, in the championship match.

PENNSYLVANIA AND THE USGA: The 2013 USGA Senior Women’s Amateur will be the 81st USGA championship     conducted in Pennsylvania, and the first since the 2010 U.S. Women’s Open at Oakmont Country Club. This will be the sixth Senior Women’s Amateur held in the Keystone State.

HERSHEY C.C. HISTORY: Hershey Country Club hosted the LPGA’s Lady Keystone Open from 1978-94. JoAnne Carner, who holds eight USGA championships, and Juli Inkster, a five-time USGA champion, each won the Keystone Open twice in that time period.  Byron Nelson, the 1939 U.S. Open championship, defeated Sam Snead, 1-up, to capture the 1940 PGA Championship on Hershey’s West Course.

LONG COURSE: Hershey Country Club’s yardage is the second longest for a USGA Senior Women’s Amateur at 6,220 yards (par 74). In 1963, The Country Club of Florida in Delray Beach, Fla. was the longest at 6,225 yards (par 75). Kissing Camels Golf Club of Colorado Springs, Colo. was the third longest at 6,110 yards (par 73) in 1982.

PHOTO MEDIA SERVICE: The USGA will offer daily complimentary high-resolution photographs during the U.S. Open (Monday-Sunday) for news use only. For more information and to register, contact Nicole Ciaramella of the USGA at nciaramella@usga.org. Her office phone number is (908) 234-2300, ext. 1294.


USGA Communications Department – (908) 234-2300

MORE INFORMATION: Please contact Brian DePasquale of USGA communications by cell phone at (908) 655-8395 or e-mail at bdepasquale@usga.org. DePasquale will be on-site at the championship beginning Sept. 6. For more information on the USGA, please visit www.usga.org. Media specific information can be found at http://www.usga.org/MC_Home.aspx.


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