PAR AND YARDAGE: CordeValle will be set up at 5,894/5,968 yards and will play to a par of 36-36—72. (Note: Yardages subject to change)
CORDEVALLE HOLE BY HOLE:
ARCHITECT: CordeValle was designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr. and opened in 1999. While this is the club’s first USGA championship, CordeValle has hosted the Frys.com Open on the PGA Tour and an annual collegiate tournament.
WHO CAN ENTER: The USGA Senior Women’s Amateur Championship is open to female amateurs who have reached their 50th birthday by Sept. 21 and who have a USGA Handicap Index not exceeding 18.4.
ENTRIES: The USGA accepted 538 entries for the 2013 USGA Senior Women's Amateur, just five shy of the record set in 2006 and 2010. The USGA accepted 532 entries in 2012. The deadline for entries was July 17.
SECTIONAL QUALIFYING: Sectional qualifying, played over 18 holes, will take place between July 25 and Aug. 14, at 24 sites across the country.
CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE: Practice rounds will be held Sept. 19-20. The starting field of 132 players will play two rounds of stroke play Sept. 21-22, with the low 64 scorers advancing to match play. The schedule is as follows:
Sept. 21 (Saturday) – First round of stroke play
Sept. 22 (Sunday) – Second round of stroke play
Sept. 23 (Monday) – First round of match play
Sept. 24 (Tuesday) – Second and third rounds of match play
Sept. 25 (Wednesday) – Quarterfinals and semifinals, match play
Sept. 26 (Thursday) – Championship match (18 holes)
2012 CHAMPION: Ellen Port, 50, of St. Louis, captured five consecutive holes on the inward nine to defeat Jane Fitzgerald, 50, of Kensington, Md., 4 and 3, to claim her first USGA Senior Amateur title and fifth USGA championship. Port, in her first year of eligibility, has won four U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateurs. She joined Carol Semple Thompson, an eight-time USGA champion, as the only golfers to have won U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur and USGA Senior Women’s Amateur titles.
To read more, go to http://www.usga.org/ChampEventArticle.aspx?id=21474850408.
EXEMPT PLAYERS: A total of 20 golfers are exempt from qualifying for the 2013 USGA Senior Women's Amateur on the basis of past performances in USGA or other elite amateur competitions, or by being among the top 500 in the Women's World Amateur Golf Ranking. Here is the list:
Lecia Alexander (2012 USGA Senior Women's Amateur semifinalist)
Mary Budke (1972 U.S. Women's Amateur champion)
Carolyn Creekmore (2004 USGA Senior Women's Amateur champion; 2012 USGA Senior Women's Amateur quarterfinalist)
Jane Fitzgerald (2012 USGA Senior Women's Amateur runner-up)
Alexandra Frazier (2010 USGA Senior Women's Amateur runner-up)
Terri Frohmeyer (2011 USGA Senior Women's Amateur champion)
Mina Hardin (2010 USGA Senior Women's Amateur champion; 2011 USGA Senior Women's Amateur runner-up)
Julie Harrison (2012 USGA Senior Women's Amateur quarterfinalist)
Sherry Herman (2009 USGA Senior Women's Amateur champion)
Joan Higgins (2012 USGA Senior Women's Amateur quarterfinalist)
Diane Lang (2005, 2006 and 2008 USGA Senior Women's Amateur champion)
Helene Maxe (2013 European Senior Ladies champion)
Brenda Pictor (2012 USGA Senior Women's Amateur quarterfinalist)
Ellen Port (2012 USGA Senior Women's Amateur champion; 2011 U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur champion)
Lisa Schlesinger (2012 USGA Senior Women's Amateur semifinalist; 2011 USGA Senior Women's Amateur semifinalist)
Anna Schultz (2007 USGA Senior Women's Amateur champion)
Marlene Stewart Streit (2003 USGA Senior Women's Amateur champion)
Carol Semple Thompson (1973 U.S. Amateur champion)
Liz Waynick (2012 U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur runner-up)
Sue Wooster (Top 500 in Women's World Amateur Golf Ranking)
USGA AT CORDEVALLE: The 2013 USGA Senior Women’s Amateur will be the first USGA competition conducted at CordeValle.
CALIFORNIA AND THE USGA: The 2013 USGA Senior Women’s Amateur will be the 72nd USGA championship conducted in California, and the second in 2013, following the U.S. Junior Amateur at Martis Camp in Truckee. This will be the seventh Senior Women’s Amateur held in California, and the first since 2004 at Pasatiempo G.C. in Santa Cruz.
USGA Senior Women’s Amateurs in California
Years, Courses and Winners
1964 USGA Senior Women’s Amateur – Del Paso C.C., Sacramento (Loma Smith)
1968 USGA Senior Women’s Amateur – Monterey Peninsula C.C. (Dunes Course), Pebble Beach (Carolyn Cudone)
1976 USGA Senior Women’s Amateur – Monterey Peninsula C.C. (Dunes Course), Pebble Beach (Cecile Maclaurin)
1978 USGA Senior Women’s Amateur – Rancho Bernardo G.C., San Diego (Alice Dye)
1990 USGA Senior Women’s Amateur – Del Rio Golf & C.C., Modesto (Anne Sander)
2004 USGA Senior Women’s Amateur – Pasatiempo G.C., Santa Cruz (Carolyn Creekmore)
CAROL SEMPLE THOMPSON: Carol Semple Thompson, a two-time USGA Senior Women’s Amateur champion, is tied for fifth among all competitors with seven USGA championships. Thompson is tied for second with most women’s championships won, behind JoAnne Gunderson Carner’s eight titles.
Most USGA Championships Won
9, Robert T. Jones Jr.
9, Tiger Woods
8, JoAnne Gunderson Carner
8, Jack Nicklaus
7, Anne Quast Sender
7, Carol Semple Thompson*
Most USGA Women’s Championships Won
8, JoAnne Gunderson Carner
7, Anne Quast Sander
7, Carole Semple Thompson*
6, Hollis Stacy
6, Glenna Collett Vare
5, Carolyn Cudone
5, Juli Simpson Inkster
5, Dorothy Porter
5, Mickey Wright
5, Ellen Port*
4, Betsy Rawls
4, Marlene Stewart Streit*
4, Babe Didrikson Zaharias
*2013 USGA Senior Women’s Amateur Participant
CORDEVALLE HISTORY: CordeValle has hosted the Frys.com Open on the PGA Tour since 2010. The PGA Cup was also hosted by CordeValle in 2011 and the annual Gifford Collegiate Championship is conducted at the course.The course makes use of Northern California's landscape, one filled with meandering creeks, sycamore trees, canyons and broad meadows.
HISTORY: For information about the history of the championship, visit http://www.usga.org/press_room/media_guide/Media-Guides/ 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.
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MORE INFORMATION: Please contact Pete Kowalski of USGA Championship Communications at office – (908) 234-2300 (x1322), cell – (908) 216-8435 or e-mail at email@example.com.