PAR AND YARDAGE: Neshanic Valley Golf Course will be set up to play at 6,195 yards and will play to a par of 36-36—72. (Note: Yardages subject to change)
NESHANIC VALLEY HOLE BY HOLE (MEADOWS/LAKES):
ARCHITECT: Dr. Michael Hurdzan designed Neshanic Valley in 2004. The course features three nine-hole layouts. The WAPL will utilize The Lakes and Meadows Nines for the championship.
WHO CAN ENTER: Open to female amateur golfers who, since Jan. 1, 2012, have been bona fide public course players and have not held privileges of any course that does not extend playing privileges to the general public, or privileges of any private club maintaining its own course and have a USGA Handicap Index not exceeding 18.4. A bona fide public course player may hold incidental privileges of a course not open to the public when such privileges are provided by (1) an educational institution at which she is a student, or (2) a federal armed service of which she is a member or retired member, or (3) an industry by which she is employed or retired.
ENTRIES: The USGA accepted 697 entries for the 2012 U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links, two more than 2011. The record of 1,085 entries was set in 1986.
SECTIONAL QUALIFYING: Sectional qualifying, over 18 holes, will take place May 23-June 4 at various sites throughout the country.
FIELD: A field of 156 golfers will compete at the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links Championship. Practice rounds will be held June 16-17 before each competitor participates in two rounds of stroke-play qualifying June 18-19. The field will then be cut to the low 64 scorers for match play. A total of six match-play rounds will be conducted to determine the champion. The final match will be contested over 36 holes.
EXEMPT PLAYERS: A total of 12 golfers are fully exempt from qualifying based on past performances in USGA events or the World Amateur Ranking. Those golfers are:
Brittany Altomare: (2011 WAPL quarterfinalist; Top 50 points leader in Women's World Amateur Golf Ranking)
Doris Chen: (2010 U.S. Girls' Junior champion)
Marissa Dodd: (2011 WAPL runner-up)
Lee Lopez: (Top 50 points leader in Women's World Amateur Golf Ranking)
Tiffany Lua: (Member of 2010 and 2012 USA Curtis Cup Team; Top 50 points leader in Women's Amateur Golf Ranking; 2011 WAPL semifinalist)
Lisa McCloskey: (Member of 2012 USA Curtis Cup Team; 2010 WAPL runner-up; Top 50 points leader in Women's World Amateur Golf Ranking)
Ellen Mueller: (2010 WAPL semifinalist)
Annie Park: (2011 WAPL semifinalist)
Demi Frances Runas: (2011 WAPL quarterfinalist)
Emily Tubert: (2010 WAPL champion; 2012 USA Curtis Cup Team; Top 50 points leader in Women's World Amateur Golf Ranking)
Kelsey Vines: (Top 50 points leader in Women's World Amateur Golf Ranking)
Sally Watson: (2010 Great Britain and Ireland Curtis Cup Team; 2011 WAPL quarterfinalist)
SCHEDULE OF PLAY:
Monday, June 18 -- First round of qualifying
Tuesday, June 19 -- Second round of qualifying
Wednesday, June 20 -- First round of match play
Thursday, June 21 -- Second and third rounds of match play
Friday, June 22 -- Quarterfinal and semifinal rounds of match play
Saturday, June 23 -- Championship match (36 holes)
WHAT THE WINNER RECEIVES:
1. A gold medal and custody of the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links Championship Trophy for one year
2. A 10-year exemption from qualifying for the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links
3. Exemptions from qualifying for the next two U.S. Women's Amateurs
4. Exemptions from qualifying for the next two U.S. Girls' Juniors, if eligible
5. Exemptions from qualifying for the next two U.S. Women's Mid-Amateurs, if eligible
6. Exemptions from qualifying for the next two USGA Senior Women's Amateurs, if eligible
2011 CHAMPIONSHIP: Brianna Do, 21, of Vietnam won the 2011 U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links, defeating Marissa Dodd, 17, of Allen, Texas, 1 up, in the 36-hole championship match at the Old Macdonald layout at Bandon Dunes (Ore.) Golf Resort. Do was the second UCLA player in three years to win the championship, joining Tiffany Joh, who won the title in 2006 an 2008. While Do won the championship, Dodd, an incoming freshman at Wake Forest University, held the lead for 10 of the first 11 holes. Do squared the match at the par-3 12th with a par. Another Dodd bogey at the 16th gave Do her first lead of the match. With the match all square after 25 holes, Do continued to play steadily to outlast Dodd and win on the 36th hole, 1 up.
More information on the final match is available at http://www.usga.org/ChampEventArticle.aspx?id=21474838128.
TICKETS: Admission is free to the 2012 U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links and the public is invited to attend.
HISTORY AND CHAMPIONS OF NOTE: The U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links, which is affectionately called, “The WAPL,” began in 1977 as a national championship for women who play the nation’s public courses. When the June deadline for entries to the new championship arrived and results were tallied, the championship had attracted 686 players – more than the combined fields of the 1977 Women’s Amateur, Women’s Open, Senior Women’s Amateur and Girls’ Junior. The first championship was played at Yahara Hills Golf Course (East Course) in Madison, Wis.
Kelly Fuiks, 19, of Phoenix, Ariz., was the first champion. In fact, for the first four years the championship was the personal property of two outstanding players. Fuiks won again in 1978 before turning professional. Lori Castillo won in 1979 and 1980. The Women’s Amateur Public Links can boast of a number of champions who otherwise achieved national playing stature, including Heather Farr, Danielle Ammaccapane, Pearl Sinn, Amy Fruhwirth, Jill McGill, Michelle Wie, Tiffany Joh, Mina Harigae and Yani Tseng.
Sinn accomplished a unique double in 1988 when she won the U.S. Women’s Amateur as well as the U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links. McGill also achieved the double win with the 1993 U.S. Women’s Amateur title and the 1994 Women’s Amateur Public Links. In 2003, Wie became the youngest winner of an “adult” USGA championship at the age of 13.
USGA CHAMPIONSHIPS IN NEW JERSEY: The 2012 WAPL will be the 54th USGA championship played in the state of New Jersey. The first was the 1896 U.S. Women’s Amateur, at Morris County Golf Club in Convent Station. This will be the third WAPL championship conducted in New Jersey. In 1985, the championship was conducted at Flanders Valley Golf Course in Flanders. In 1995, the WAPL was conducted at Hominy Hills Golf Course in Colts Neck.
Two other USGA events will be held in the Garden State in 2012: the Men's State Team Championship at Galloway National Golf Club in Galloway Sept. 19-21 and the USGA Senior Amateur at Mountain Ridge C.C. in West Caldwell from Sept. 29-Oct. 4.
OTHER CHAMPIONSHIPS AT NESHANIC VALLEY: The 2012 U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links will be the first USGA championship conducted at Neshanic Valley Golf Course. The course has hosted sectional qualifying for the U.S. Women's Open, U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links and U.S. Amateur Public Links.
PHOTO MEDIA SERVICE: The USGA will offer daily complimentary high-resolution photographs during the U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links for news use only. For more information and to register, contact the USGA Photo Archive at firstname.lastname@example.org.
IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS: Rhonda Glenn, Manager, USGA Communications – (352) 347-1932
USGA Communications Department – (908) 234-2300
USGA CONTACTS: Rhonda Glenn, Manager of USGA Communications, is the USGA Media contact. Prior to the championship she can be reached at (352) 347-1932 or email@example.com. Glenn will be on site beginning June 14. More media information is available at http://www.usga.org/MC_Home.aspx.