PAR AND YARDAGE: The Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club will be set up to play at 6,351 yards and will play to a par of 36-36—72. (Note: Yardages subject to change)
JIMMIE AUSTIN OU GOLF CLUB HOLE BY HOLE:
MEDIA CREDENTIALS: Apply for credentials at https://mediacredentials.usga.org/media/index.aspx.
ARCHITECT: Perry Maxwell, whose layouts include Prairie Dunes Country Club and Southern Hills Country Club, designed the Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club, which opened in 1951. An extensive renovation in 1996 was done by Robert Cupp, but many of Maxwell’s original design features were preserved.
WHO CAN ENTER: Open to female amateur golfers who, since Jan. 1, 2013, 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 700 entries for the 2013 U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links, three more than in 2012. The record of 1,085 entries was set in 1986.
SECTIONAL QUALIFYING: Sectional qualifying, over 18 holes, will take place between May 22 and June 3 at 33 sites around 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 15-16 before each competitor participates in two rounds of stroke-play qualifying June 17-18. 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 players are fully exempt from qualifying based on past performances in USGA and other major amateur competitions or being among the top 50 in the Women's World Amateur Golf Rankings as of the close of entries. Here are those 13 golfers:
Lakareber Abe (2012 WAPL quarterfinalist)
Doris Chen (Top 50 in Women's World Amateur Golf Rankings)
Karen Chung (Top 50 in Women's World Amateur Golf Rankings)
Casey Danielson (Top 50 in Women's World Amateur Golf Rankings)
Marissa Dodd (2011 WAPL finalist)
Chirapat Jao-Javanil (2012 WAPL quarterfinalist; Top 50 Women's World Amateur Golf Rankings)
Kyung Kim (2012 WAPL champion; Top 50 Women's World Amateur Golf Rankings)
Grace Na (2012 WAPL quarterfinalist; Top 50 Women's World Amateur Golf Rankings)
Annie Park (2013 NCAA individual champion; 2012 WAPL quarterfinalist; 2011 WAPL semifinalist; Top 50 Women's World Amateur Golf Rankings)
Kelly Shon (Top 50 Women's World Amateur Golf Rankings)
Emily Tubert (2010 WAPL champion; Player member of 2012 USA Curtis Cup Team; Top 50 Women's World Amateur Golf Rankings)
Kelsey Vines (Top 50 Women's World Amateur Golf Rankings)
SCHEDULE OF PLAY
Monday, June 17 — First round of qualifying
Tuesday, June 18 — Second round of qualifying
Wednesday, June 19 — First round of match play
Thursday, June 20 — Second and third rounds of match play
Friday, June 21 — Quarterfinal and semifinal rounds of match play
Saturday, June 22 — 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. An exemption from qualifying for the next 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
2012 CHAMPIONSHIP: Kyung Kim, 18, of Chandler, Ariz., defeated Ashlan Ramsey, 16, of Milledgeville, Ga., 4 and 2, to win the 2012 U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links Championship at the 6,221-yard, par-72 Neshanic Valley Golf Course in Neshanic Station, N.J. On a bright day with 20 mph winds whipping across the course, the players combined for 18 birdies in the match. Kim had 10 birdies of her own.
For more information on the 2012 championship final, go to http://www.usga.org/ChampEventArticle.aspx?id=21474847592.
EXEMPT PLAYERS: Information on exempt players will become available at the close of entries.
TICKETS: Admission to the championship is free and the public is invited to attend.
HISTORY AND CHAMPIONS OF NOTE: The U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links, which is often 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. Jennifer Song also won both titles in 2009. McGill 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 OKLAHOMA: The 2013 U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links will be the 20th USGA championship played in the state of Oklahoma. The last championship held in the state was the 2009 U.S. Amateur at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa. This will also be the second WAPL conducted in Oklahoma, following the 1988 championship at Page Belcher G.C. in Tulsa, where Pearl Sinn successfully defended her title.
OTHER CHAMPIONSHIPS AT JIMMIE AUSTIN OU GOLF CLUB: The 2013 U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links will be the second USGA championship conducted at the Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club, following the 2009 U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship, which was won by Brad Benjamin. Benjamin defeated Nick Taylor, 7 and 6, in the 36-hole final. In 2012, an NCAA Division I men’s regional was conducted at the course and in 2013, a Division I women’s regional will be held there a few weeks before the WAPL.
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.
USGA CONTACT: On June 16-18, please contact Christina Lance at email@example.com or 908-635-0413. On June 19-22, please contact David Shefter at firstname.lastname@example.org or 908-566-5691. Additional media information, including credential applications, can be found at http://www.usga.org/Media-Center/Media-Center/.