2013 U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur Fact Sheet

PAR AND YARDAGE:  Biltmore Forest (http://www.biltmoreforestcc.com) will be set up at 6,152 yards and will play to a par of 35-36—71. (Note: Yardages subject to change)

BILTMORE FOREST COUNTRY CLUB HOLE BY HOLE:

Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Total
Par 4 4 3 4 4 4 5 4 3 35
Yards 339 391 131 423 364 340 516 403 159 3,066
                     
Hole 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Total
Par 4 4 4 5 4 3 4 4 4 36
Yards 369 306 307 467 271 191 398 418 359 3,086

 ARCHITECT: Biltmore Forest was designed by Donald Ross and opened in 1922. Brian Silva oversaw extensive renovations in 1994 to restore the course to the original Ross design.

COURSE LAYOUT: A 72-inch-wide swath of intermediate rough will be set to 1¼ to 1½ inch on either side of the fairways. The primary rough is expected to be 2¾ inches, and will surround the fairways and around the collars of the putting greens. The collars around the putting greens will be .4375 inch. The greens will be set to run 10½' to 11' on the Stimpmeter for the duration of the championship.

COURSE/SLOPE RATING: Based on the course setup for the championship, the USGA Course Rating™ is 75.6. The USGA Slope Rating® is 145.

WHO CAN ENTER: The championship is open to amateur female golfers who have reached their 25th birthday on or before Oct. 5, 2013, and who hold a USGA Handicap Index not exceeding 9.4.

ENTRIES: The USGA accepted 420 entries for the 2013 championship, 15 more than in 2012. The record of 533 was set in 2000. Entries closed for the 2013 championship on Aug. 7.

SECTIONAL QUALIFYING:  Sectional qualifying, played over 18 holes, was held at 24 sites between Aug. 22 and Sept. 9.

2012 CHAMPION: Meghan Stasi, 34, of Oakland Park, Fla., joined Ellen Port as the only four-time champions of the Women’s Mid-Amateur with a 6-and-5 victory over Liz Waynick, 52, of Scottsdale, Ariz., at the 2012 Women’s Mid-Amateur conducted at Briggs Ranch Golf Club in San Antonio. Stasi, who also claimed the title in 2006, 2007 and 2010, became the 16th golfer to win the same USGA championship at least four times.

For more information, http://www.usga.org/ChampEventArticle.aspx?id=21474850947.

EXEMPT PLAYERS: A total of 12 players are fully exempt into the championship:

Debbie Adams (2012 U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur quarterfinalist)
Laura Coble (2012 U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur semifinalist)
Stacy Dennis (2012 U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur semifinalist)
Tara Joy-Connelly (2011 U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur semifinalist)
Andrea Kraus (2012 U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur quarterfinalist)
Martha Leach (2009 U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur champion; 2011 U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur runner-up)
Amber Marsh Elliott (2003 U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur champion)
Christina Proteau (2012 U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur quarterfinalist)
Meghan Stasi (2006, 2007, 2010, 2012 U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur champion; Top 400 in WWAGR)
Helene Thoman (2011 U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur semifinalist)
Corey Weworski (2004 U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur champion)
Sue Wooster (Top 400 in WWAGR)

SCHEDULE: Practice rounds will be held Oct. 3-4. The starting field of 132 players will play two rounds of stroke play, with the low 64 scorers advancing to match play. The schedule is as follows:

Oct. 5 (Saturday) – First round of stroke play
Oct. 6 (Sunday) – Second round of stroke play
Oct. 7 (Monday) – First round of match play
Oct. 8 (Tuesday) – Second and third rounds of match play
Oct. 9 (Wednesday) – Quarterfinal and semifinal rounds of match play
Oct. 10 (Thursday) – 18-hole championship final

WHAT THE WINNER RECEIVES: The champion will receive a gold medal and custody of the Mildred Prunaret Trophy for the ensuing year. She will receive a 10-year exemption from qualifying for the U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur, as well as exemptions from qualifying for the next two U.S. Women’s Amateurs, U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links and USGA Senior Women’s Amateurs, if otherwise eligible.

THE USGA AT BILTMORE FOREST COUNTRY CLUB: The 2013 Women’s Mid-Amateur will be the second USGA championship conducted at Biltmore Forest. The club previously hosted the 1999 U.S. Women’s Amateur, won by Dorothy Delasin.

NORTH CAROLINA AND THE USGA: The 2013 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur will be the 26th USGA championship conducted in the state of North Carolina. The first was the 1947 U.S. Women’s Open at Starmount Forest Country Club in Greensboro, won by Betty Jameson. However, that event was conducted under the auspices of the Women’s Professional Golfers Association, and the USGA did not assume control of the championship until 1953. In 1955, the USGA conducted the U.S. Women’s Amateur at Myers Park Country Club in Charlotte, with Patricia A. Lesser taking the victory.

Most recently, the USGA conducted three championships in the state in 2010. Charlotte Country Club was the host of the U.S. Women’s Amateur won by Danielle Kang. The Country Club of North Carolina hosted Doris Chen’s victory at the U.S. Girls’ Junior, and Lion Kim won the U.S. Amateur Public Links conducted at Bryan Park Golf and Conference Center in Greensboro.

Two weeks prior to the 2013 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur, the USGA hosted the USGA Senior Amateur Championship at Wade Hampton Golf Club in Cashiers, won by Doug Hanzel. In 2014, the USGA will conduct the U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open at Pinehurst Resort & Country Club in consecutive weeks (June 12-15 and June 19-22, respectively).

ADMISSION: 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

PHOTO MEDIA SERVICE: The USGA will offer daily complimentary high-resolution photographs during the U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur (Saturday-Thursday) for news use only. For more information and to register, contact the USGA Photo Archives at photorequests@usga.org.

MORE INFORMATION: Please contact Christina Lance of USGA Championship Communications at clance@usga.org, 908-234-2300 (office) or 908-635-0413 (cell).

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