2014 USGA Senior Women's Amateur Fact Sheet

PAR AND YARDAGE: Hollywood Golf Club will be set up at 6,032/6,109 yards and will play to a par of 36-37—73. (Note: Yardages subject to change) 

HOLLYWOOD GOLF CLUB HOLE BY HOLE:

 

Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Total
Par 4 4 4 3 4 4 5 4 4 36
Yards 393 333 351 130 344 321/357 506 345 342  3,065/3,101
                     
Hole 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Total
Par 5 4 5 4 4 3 5 3 4 37
Yards 488 346 427 309 313/340 134/148 441 155 354 2,967/3,008

ARCHITECT: Hollywood Golf Club was designed by Walter Travis, a three-time U.S. Amateur champion, and opened for play in 1918. Rees Jones completed a restoration of the course in 1998. 

WHO CAN ENTER: The U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur Championship is open to female amateurs who have reached their 50th birthday by Sept. 13 and who have a USGA Handicap Index not exceeding 18.4. Entries closed on Aug. 6. The USGA accepted a record 554 entries for the 2014 championship, 10 more than last year's event that was conducted at CordeValle in San Martin, Calif.

SECTIONAL QUALIFYING: Sectional qualifying, played over 18 holes, will be held from Aug. 11-25, at 26 sites throughout the country.

EXEMPT PLAYERS: A total of 14 golfers are currently exempt from qualifying based on past performances in USGA and other elite amateur competitions or by being among the top 500 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking at the close of entries. Here are the players:

Lecia Alexander (2012 U.S. Senior Women's Amateur semifinalist)
Susan Cohn (2013 U.S. Senior Women's Amateur runner-up)
Terri Frohmeyer (2011 U.S. Senior Women's Amateur champion)
Mina Hardin (2010 U.S. Senior Women's Amateur champion; 2011 U.S. Senior Women's Amateur runner-up; 2013 U.S. Senior Women's Amateur quarterfinalist)
Marilyn Hardy (2013 U.S. Senior Women's Amateur quarterfinalist)
Sherry Herman (2009 U.S. Senior Women's Amateur champion)
Mary Jane Hiestand (2013 U.S. Senior Women's Amateur semifinalist)
Diane Lang (2005, 2006 and 2008 U.S.  Senior Women's Amateur champion)
Ellen Port (2012 and 2013 U.S. Senior Women's Amateur champion)
Jane Rees (2014 European Senior Ladies Champion)
Lisa Schlesinger (2012 U.S. Senior Women's Amateur semifinalist)
Anna Schultz (2007 U.S. Senior Women's Amateur champion)
Corey Weworski (2013 U.S. Senior Women's Amateur quarterfinalist)
Caryn Wilson (2013 U.S. Senior Women's Amateur semifinalist)

CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE: Practice rounds will be held Sept. 11-12. The starting field of 132 players will play two rounds of stroke play Sept. 13-14, with the low 64 scorers advancing to match play. The schedule is as follows:

Stroke Play
Sept. 13 (Saturday): First round (18 holes)
Sept. 14 (Sunday): Second round (18 holes)

Match Play (all matches 18 holes) 

Sept. 15 (Monday): First round
Sept. 16 (Tuesday): Second and third rounds
Sept. 17 (Wednesday): Quarterfinal and semifinal rounds
Sept. 18 (Thursday): Championship match

2013 CHAMPION: Ellen Port, 52, of St. Louis, defeated Susan Cohn, of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., 3 and 2, in the final match to win the 52nd U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur Championship at CordeValle for her sixth career USGA victory. Port joined some legendary names in women’s golf with her sixth USGA title, tying her with Glenna Collett Vare and Hollis Stacy for fourth place on the all-time list. With her victory on the heels of the 2012 championship at Hershey (Pa.) Country Club, Port now trails JoAnne Gunderson Carner, who tops the women’s list with eight, and Carol Semple Thompson and Anne Quast Sander, who have each won seven. Port took a 3-up lead through three holes as Cohn struggled to a trio of double bogeys and then the pair matched pars over the next nine holes at the 5,996-yard, par-72 course. After making birdie to halve No. 15, Port closed out the match with a six-foot par putt on the par-3 16th.

PORT AMONG ELITE: Ellen Port has won six USGA national championships. Here is where she stands in the record book:

Most USGA Championships (Women)

8, JoAnne Gunderson Carner
7, *Carol Semple Thompson
7, Anne Quast Sander
6, Glenna Collett Vare
6, Hollis Stacy
6, *Ellen Port
5, Carolyn Cudone
5, Juli Simpson Inkster
5, Dorothy Porter
5, Mickey Wright
4, Betsy Rawls
4, Marlene Stewart Streit
4, Babe Didrikson Zaharias

*=Expected to play in 2014 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur

Most USGA Championships, All Competitors

9, Robert T. Jones Jr.
9, Tiger Woods
8, JoAnne Gunderson Carner
8, Jack Nicklaus
7, Anne Quast Sander
7, *Carol Semple Thompson

EXEMPT PLAYERS             

A total of 18 golfers are currently exempt into this U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur Championship by virtue of their play in past USGA events, including the U.S. Women’s Amateur, U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links and U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur. Other players can become exempt based on performances in 2014 USGA or other elite championship or their standing in the Women’s World Amateur Golf Ranking (WAGR). They are:
Player (Exempted Category)

Lecia Alexander (2012 Senior Women’s Amateur semifinalist)
Mary Budke (1972 U.S. Women’s Amateur champion)
Susan Cohn (2013 Senior Women’s Amateur runner-up)
Carolyn Creekmore (2004 Senior Women’s Amateur champion)
Jane Fitzgerald (2012 Senior Women’s Amateur runner-up)
Terri Frohnmayer (2011 Senior Women’s Amateur champion)
Mina Hardin (2010 Senior Women’s Amateur champion, 2011 Senior Women’s Amateur runner-up)
Marilyn Hardy (2013 Senior Women’s Amateur quarterfinalist)
Sherry Herman (2009 Senior Women’s Amateur champion)
Mary Jane Hiestand (2013 Senior Women’s Amateur semifinalist)
Diane Lang (2005, 2006 & 2008 Senior Women’s Amateur champion)
Ellen Port (2012 & 2013 Senior Women’s Amateur champion)
Lisa Schlesinger (2012 Senior Women’s Amateur semifinalist)
Anna Schultz (2007 Senior Women’s Amateur champion)
Carol Semple Thompson (1973 U.S. Women’s Amateur champion)
Liz Waynick (2013 Senior Women’s Amateur quarterfinalist, 2012 Women’s Mid-Amateur runner-up)
Corey Weworski (2013 Senior Women’s Amateur quarterfinalist)
Caryn Wilson (2013 Senior Women’s Amateur semifinalist)

USGA CHAMPIONSHIPS AT HOLLYWOOD G.C.: This is the second USGA championship to be conducted at Hollywood Golf Club. In 1921, Marion Hollins defeated three-time defending champion Alexa Stirling, 5 and 4, in the first 36-hole final to decide the U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship. Stirling had the won the previous three Amateur titles (1916, 1920, 1921). There was no championship held in 1917 and 1918 due to World War I. Hollins would go on to captain the first USA Curtis Cup Team in 1932. One of a few known female golf course developers, Hollins was responsible for hiring Alister MacKenzie to design both Cypress Point Club in Pebble Beach, Calif., and Pasatiempo Golf Club in Santa Cruz, Calif.

USGA CHAMPIONSHIPS AT HOLLYWOOD G.C.          

1921 U.S. Women’s Amateur: Marion Hollins def. Alexa Stirling, 5 and 4

USGA CHAMPIONSHIPS IN NEW JERSEY: The 2014 U.S Senior Women’s Amateur Championship will be the 58th USGA championship and fourth U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur conducted in New Jersey. The state has hosted 12 of the 13 USGA national championships.

USGA Championships in New Jersey (58)           

U.S. Open (8): 1903, 1909, 1915, 1936, 1954, 1967, 1980, 1993
U.S. Women’s Open (6): 1948, 1961, 1965, 1975, 1985, 1987
U.S. Senior Open (1): 1990
U.S. Amateur (10): 1898, 1901, 1904, 1906, 1926, 1946, 1974, 1978, 1985, 2000
U.S. Women’s Amateur (9): 1896, 1901, 1905, 1911, 1921, 1936, 1973, 1983, 1990
U.S. Girls’ Junior (5): 1973, 1983, 1990, 2002, 2009
U.S. Junior Amateur (2): 1994, 2009
U.S. Senior Amateur (2): 1957, 2012
U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur (4): 1967, 1981, 1993, 2014
U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur (1): 1997
U.S. Amateur Public Links (3): 1973, 1983, 2003
U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links (3): 1985, 1995, 2012
Curtis Cup Match (1): 1990
Walker Cup Match (2): 1936, 1985
Men’s State Team (1): 2012

U.S. SENIOR WOMEN’S AMATEURS IN NEW JERSEY

Years, Courses and Winners

1967 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur: Atlantic City Country Club, Northfield, N.J. (Marge Mason)
1981 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur: Spring Lake (N.J.) Golf Club (Dorothy Porter)
1993 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur: Preakness Hills Country Club, Wayne, N.J. (Anne Sander)

OTHER CHAMPIONSHIPS AT HOLLYWOOD G.C.: Hollywood Golf Club has hosted three New Jersey State Amateurs and several Metropolitan Golf Association championships, including the 1925 Met Amateur won by Jess Sweetser. State amateurs at Hollywood were won by Robert Jacobson (1956), Robert Housen (1986) and Corey Brigham (2002).

HISTORY: For information about the history of the championship, visit http://www.usga.org/press_room/media_guide/Media-Guides/ and click on U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur Championship.

TICKETS: Admission to the U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur is free and spectators are encouraged to attend.

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

MORE INFORMATION:        

Please contact either Brian DePasquale of USGA Communications. Brian DePasquale, cell – 908-655-8395 or email at bdepasquale@usga.org

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