PAR AND YARDAGE: Briggs Ranch Golf Club will be set up at 6,142 yards and will play to a of 36-36—72. (Note: Yardages subject to change)
BRIGGS RANCH GOLF CLUB HOLE BY HOLE:
ARCHITECT: Briggs Ranch Golf Club was designed by Tom Fazio and opened in 2002.
WHO CAN ENTER: The championship is open to amateur female golfers who have reached their 25th birthday on or before Oct. 6, 2012, and who hold a USGA Handicap Index not exceeding 9.4.
ENTRIES: Entries closed on Aug. 15, with the USGA accepting 405 entries for the 2012 championship. The record of 533 was set in 2000.
SECTIONAL QUALIFYING: Sectional qualifying, played over 18 holes, will be held Aug. 27-Sept 12 at various sites throughout the country.
CHAMPIONSHIP FIELD: The starting field of 132 players will be cut after 36 holes to the low 64 scorers, after which six rounds of match play will be contested to determine the champion Practice rounds will be held Oct. 4-5.
SCHEDULE OF PLAY:Saturday, October 6 – First round, stroke play
Sunday, October 7 – Second round, stroke play
Monday, October 8 – First round, match play
Tuesday, October 9 – Second and third rounds, match play
Wednesday, October 10 – Quarterfinal and semifinal rounds, match play
Thursday, October 11 – Championship final, match play (18 holes)
EXEMPT PLAYERS: Based on past performances in the U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur, other USGA or major amateur championships and/or being ranked among the top 500 in the Women's World Amateur Golf Ranking jointly administered by the USGA and The R&A, the following 15 players are exempt for the 2012 U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur
Helene Beat (2011 U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur semifinalist)
Robin Burke (2010 U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur semifinalist; 2011 Women's Mid-Amateur quarterfinalist)
Laura Coble (2009 U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur runner-up)
Amber Marsh Elliott (2003 U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur champion)
Virginia Grimes (2011 U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur quarterfinalist)
Mina Hardin (2010 USGA Senior Women's Amateur champion)
Joan Higgins (2008 U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur champion)
Tara Joy-Connelly (2011 U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur semifinalist)
Martha Leach (2009 U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur champion; 2011 U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur runner-up)
Brenda Pictor (2011 U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur quarterfinalist)
Ellen Port (2011 U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur champion)
Thuhashini Selvaratnam (2011 U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur quarterfinalist)
Meghan Stasi (2006, 2007 and 2010 U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur champion; Top 500 ranking in Women's World Amateur Golf Ranking)
Corey Weworski (2004 U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur champion)
Brooke Williams (2010 U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur semifinalist)
2011 CHAMPION: Ellen Port added her name to the Mildred Prunaret Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship Trophy for a record fourth time with her 2-and-1 victory over fellow past champion Martha Leach at the 25th Women’s Mid-Amateur conducted at Bayville Golf Club.
Port, a high school golf coach and physical education teacher from St. Louis, Mo., previously captured the championship for women age 25 and older in 1995, 1996 and 2000. The 11-year span since her last victory broke the championship record of seven years held by Carol Semple Thompson, who won in 1990 and 1997.
For more details, visit: http://www.usga.org/ChampEventArticle.aspx?id=21474843452
WHAT THE WINNER RECEIVES:
1. A gold medal and possession of the Mildred Prunaret Trophy for one year
2. A 10-year exemption from qualifying for the U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur
3. Exemptions from qualifying for the next two U.S. Women’s Amateurs
4. Exemptions from qualifying for the next two U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links, if eligible
5. Exemptions to the next two USGA Senior Women’s Amateurs, if eligible
TICKETS: Admission to the U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur is free and spectators are encouraged to attend.
HISTORY: The U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship originated in 1987 as a result of a need determined by an ad hoc committee headed by Dena Nowotny, a member of the USGA Women’s Committee.
The Women’s Mid-Amateur, the USGA’s 13th championship, was created to provide a national competitive arena for amateurs age 25 and older.
For information about the history of the championship, visit http://www.usga.org/ChampEventContent.aspx?id=2147494029
USGA AND TEXAS: The 2012 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur is the 28th USGA Championship conducted in Texas. In 2011, the U.S. Mid-Amateur was held at the Shadow Hawk Golf Club in Richmond, Texas. This will be the fourth U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur conducted in the state, following 1989 at The Lakes of Lakeway Golf Club in Lakeway; 1998 at Champions Golf Club (Cypress Creek Course) in Houston and 2005 at Shadow Hawk G.C.
BRIGGS RANCH AND THE USGA: The 2012 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur will be the first national championship conducted at Briggs Ranch Golf Club, which has hosted sectional qualifying for the USGA Senior Amateur and U.S. Junior Amateur and local qualifying for the U.S. Open. In addition, Briggs Ranch hosted the 2010 Texas State Team Championship and has served as the host site of the pro-am for the Champions Tour AT&T event.
FUTURE SITES: The 2013 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur is scheduled for the Biltmore Forest Country Club in Asheville, N.C., from Oct. 5-10.
PHOTO MEDIA SERVICE: The USGA will offer daily complimentary high-resolution photographs during the championship (Saturday-Thursday) for news use only. For more information and to register, contact the USGA’s photo archive department at firstname.lastname@example.org.
IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBER:
USGA Communications Department – (908) 234-2300
USGA CONTACTS: Michael Trostel and David Shefter will be the USGA media representatives on site at Briggs Ranch. Trostel can be reached at (908) 234-2300 x1168 or via e-mail at email@example.com. Shefter can be reached at (908) 234-2300 x1315 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Media specific information can be found at http://www.usga.org/MC_Home.aspx.