PAR AND YARDAGE: The Country Club of Charleston (http://www.countryclubofcharleston.com) will be set up at 6,488 yards and will play to a par of 36-35—71.
COUNTRY CLUB OF CHARLESTON HOLE BY HOLE:
ARCHITECT: The Country Club of Charleston was designed by Seth Raynor and opened in 1929. Some of Raynor’s other works include Fishers Island, Fox Chapel outside of Pittsburgh (2002 Curtis Cup) and Yale Golf Club (1952 U.S. Junior Amateur). Raynor was a disciple of Charles Blair Macdonald, considered the father of American golf architecture.
WHO CAN ENTER: The championship is open to any female amateur golfer with a USGA Handicap Index® not exceeding 5.4.
COURSE/SLOPE RATING: Based on the course setup for the championship, the USGA Course Rating is 77.3 and the USGA Slope Rating is 137.
ENTRIES: The USGA accepted a record 1,170 entries for the 2013 U.S. Women's Amateur, surpassing the 1,123 entries the USGA accepted for the 2012 championship. The Women's Amateur has exceeded 1,000 entries for the past four championships, including 2013.
SECTIONAL QUALIFYING: Sectional qualifying, played over 18 holes, was conducted at 18 sites between July 1-16.
2012 CHAMPION: Lydia Ko, a 15-year-old from New Zealand, became the second-youngest Women’s Amateur champion in history when she won the 2012 championship by defeating Jaye Marie Green 3 and 1 at The Country Club in Cleveland, Ohio. One month later, Ko, the top-ranked amateur in the Women’s World Golf Ranking, won the LPGA Tour’s CN Canadian Women’s Open, becoming the first amateur to win on tour since JoAnne Carner in 1969.
For more information, http://www.usga.org/ChampEventArticle.aspx?id=21474849462.
EXEMPT PLAYERS: A total of 31 players are fully exempt from qualifying for the 2013 U.S. Women's Amateur either through past play in USGA or other elite championships or by being among the top 25 in the Women's World Amateur Golf Ranking (WWAGR) as of the close of entries on June 25.
Lakareber Abe (2013 U.S. Girls' Junior runner-up)
Hayley Bettencourt (Top 25 in WWAGR)
Casie Cathrea (Completed 72 holes at 2013 U.S. Women's Open)
Doris Chen (2013 U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links runner-up; top 25 in WWAGR; completed 72 holes at 2013 U.S. Women's Open)
Karen Chung (Top 25 in WWAGR)
Lauren Diaz-Yi (2013 U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links champion)
Bianca Maria Fabrizio (Low eight individuals at 2012 Women's World Amateur Team Championship)
Yueer Cindy Feng (Completed 72 holes at 2013 U.S. Women's Open)
Jane Fitzgerald (2012 USGA Senior Women's Amateur runner-up)
Brooke Mackenzie Henderson (2013 Royale Cup Canadian Women's Amateur champion; top 25 in WWAGR; completed 72 holes at 2013 U.S. Women's Open)
Kotone Hori (Low eight individuals at 2012 Women's World Amateur Team Championship)
Kyung Kim (2012 U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links champion)
Alison Lee (Completed 72 holes at 2012 U.S. Women's Open; top 25 in WWAGR)
Erynne Lee (Member of 2012 USA World Amateur Team; member of 2013 USA Copa de las Americas Team; 2012 U.S. Women's Amateur quarterfinalist)
Minjee Lee (2012 U.S. Girls' Junior champion; top 25 in WWAGR)
Grace Lennon (Top 25 in WWAGR)
Leona Maguire (Member of 2010 and 2012 Great Britain and Ireland Curtis Cup Teams)
Lisa Maguire (Member of 2010 Great Britain and Ireland Curtis Cup Team)
Stephanie Meadow (Member of 2012 Great Britain and Ireland Curtis Cup Team; 2012 Ladies British Open Amateur champion; top 25 in WWAGR)
Nicole Morales (Top 25 in WWAGR)
Marijosse Navarro (2013 Mexican Women's Amateur champion; 2012 U.S. Women's Amateur quarterfinalist)
Su-Hyun Oh (2012 U.S. Women's Amateur quarterfinalist; top 25 in WWAGR)
Annie Park (2013 NCAA Division I individual champion; top 25 in WWAGR)
Sophia Popov (Low eight individuals at 2012 Women's World Amateur Team Championship)
Ellen Port (2012 USGA Senior Women's Amateur champion; 2011 U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur champion)
Kelly Shon (Top 25 in WWAGR)
Meghan Stasi (2012 U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur champion)
Emma Talley (Completed 72 holes at 2012 U.S. Women's Open)
Gabriella Then (2013 U.S. Girls' Junior champion)
Emily Tubert (Member of 2012 USA Curtis Cup Team)
Liz Waynick (2012 U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur runner-up)
SCHEDULE: Practice rounds will be held Aug. 3-4. The starting field of 156 players will play two rounds of stroke play, with the low 64 scorers advancing to match play. The schedule is as follows:
Aug. 5 (Monday) – First round of stroke play
Aug. 6 (Tuesday) – Second round of stroke play
Aug. 7 (Wednesday) – First round of match play
Aug. 8 (Thursday) – Second and third rounds of match play
Aug. 9 (Friday) – Quarterfinals, match play
Aug. 10 (Saturday) – Semifinals, match play
Aug. 11 (Sunday) – 36-hole championship final, match play.
THE TROPHY: The Cox Trophy was presented in 1896 by Robert Cox, of Gorgie, Edinburgh, Scotland, a member of Britain’s Parliament. It is the only USGA trophy donated by a person from another country and is the oldest survivor among trophies for USGA championships.
THE USGA AT THE COUNTRY CLUB OF CHARLESTON: The 2013 U.S. Women’s Amateur will be the first USGA championship conducted at the Country Club of Charleston. CCC member Beth Daniel won the U.S. Women’s Amateur in 1975 and 1977.
SOUTH CAROLINA AND THE USGA: The 2013 U.S. Women’s Amateur will be the 15th USGA championship conducted in South Carolina. The first was the 1962 U.S. Women’s Open, conducted at Dunes Golf & Beach Club in Myrtle Beach and won by Murle Lindstrom. The most recent was the 2009 U.S. Mid-Amateur at The Kiawah Island Club, won by Nathan Smith.
This will be the first time that the U.S. Women’s Amateur will be conducted in the state.
TICKETS: Admission to the U.S. Women’s Amateur is free and spectators are encouraged to attend.
HISTORY: The U.S. Women’s Amateur is one of the USGA's original three championships. It was first conducted in 1895, shortly after the inaugural U.S. Amateur and U.S. Open. The Women’s Amateur has since been conducted every year except 1917-18, when it was temporarily suspended because of World War I, and 1942-45, when it was suspended because of World War II.
FUTURE U.S. WOMEN'S AMATEURS
Aug. 4-10, 2014 – Nassau C.C., Glen Cove, N.Y.
Aug. 10-16, 2015 – Portland (Ore.) Country Club
Aug. 8-14, 2016 – Rolling Green G.C., Springfield, Pa.
PHOTO MEDIA SERVICE: The USGA will offer daily complimentary high-resolution photographs during the U.S. Women’s Amateur (Monday-Sunday) for news use only. For more information and to register, contact the USGA Photo Archives at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MORE INFORMATION: Please contact Christina Lance of USGA Championship Communications at email@example.com, 908-234-2300 (office) or 908-635-0413 (cell).