2014 U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur Fact Sheet

PAR AND YARDAGE: Harbour Trees will be set up at 6,117 yards and will play to a par of 36-36—72. (NOTE: yardages subject to change)

HARBOUR TREES GOLF CLUB HOLE BY HOLE

Hole 1  2  3 4 5 6 7 8  9  Total
Par 4 5 4 4 3 5 4 3 4 36
Yards 370 513 308 372 139 443 325 119 392 2,981
                     
Hole 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Total
Par 4 5 3 4 4 4 4 5 3 36
Yards 356 506 182 319 395 367 340 520 151 3,136

 

ARCHITECT: Harbour Trees, which opened in 1973, was designed by renowned architect Pete Dye. Many of Dye’s characteristics – including the use of railroad ties to buttress the land and small greens – were incorporated into the layout.

WHO CAN ENTER: The championship is open to amateur female golfers who have reached their 25th birthday on or before Sept. 6, 2014, and who hold a USGA Handicap Index not exceeding 9.4.

ENTRIES: The USGA accepted 349 entries for the 2014 championship, which was 71 fewer than in 2013. The record of 533 was set in 2000. Entries closed on July 9.

SECTIONAL QUALIFYING: Sectional qualifying, played over 18 holes, is scheduled between July 21 and Aug. 5, at 25 sites throughout the country.

2013 CHAMPION: Julia Potter, a 25-year-old reinstated amateur from Granger, Ind., took a thrilling 19-hole victory over Margaret Shirley, 27, of Roswell, Ga., in the championship match of the 2013 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship, conducted at Biltmore Forest Country Club in Asheville, N.C. With the match all square at the par-4 18th, Potter executed a masterful shot from the left greenside bunker to save par, and when Shirley’s birdie putt came up a few inches short, it was on to extra holes. After Shirley sent her approach at the 19th hole into the creek fronting the green, Potter lagged her putt to six inches and claimed the title.

For more information, http://www.usga.org/ChampEventArticle.aspx?id=21474860945.

EXEMPT PLAYERS: A total of 10 players are currently exempt from qualifying based on past performances in USGA events, other elite amateur competitions or by being among the top 500 in the Women's World Amateur Golf Ranking (WAGR) as of the close of entries on July 9. Here is the current list of exempt competitors:

Laura Coble (2013 U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur quarterfinalist; 2012 Women's Mid-Amateur semifinalist)
Stacy Dennis (2012 U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur semifinalist)
Tara Joy-Connelly (2013 U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur quarterfinalist)
Andrea Kraus (2013 U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur quarterfinalist)
Martha Leach (2009 U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur champion)
Stefi Markovich (2013 U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur quarterfinalist)
Julia Potter (2013 U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur champion)
Margaret Shirley (2013 U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur runner-up)
Meghan Stasi (2006, 2007, 2010 and 2012 U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur champion; Top 500 in Women's World Amateur Golf Ranking)
Corey Weworski (2004 U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur champion)

SCHEDULE: Practice rounds will be held Sept. 4-5, followed by the starting field of 132 competitors playing two rounds of stroke play, with the low 64 scorers advancing to match play. The schedule is as follows:

Sept. 6 (Saturday) – First round of stroke play
Sept. 7 (Sunday) – Second round of stroke play
Sept. 8 (Monday) – First round of match play
Sept. 9 (Tuesday) – Second and third rounds of match play
Sept. 10 (Wednesday) – Quarterfinal and semifinal rounds of match play
Sept. 11 (Thursday) – Championship match (18 holes)

WHAT THE WINNER RECEIVES
The champion will receive a gold medal and custody of the Mildred Prunaret Trophy for the ensuing year.
A 10-year exemption from qualifying for the U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur.
Exemptions from qualifying for the next two U.S. Women’s Amateurs.

Exemptions from qualifying for the next two U.S. Senior Women’s Amateurs, if otherwise eligible.

THE USGA AT HAROUR TREES GOLF CLUB: The 2014 Women’s Mid-Amateur will be the first USGA championship conducted at Harbour Trees.

INDIANA AND THE USGA: The 2014 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur will be the 20th USGA championship conducted in the state of Indiana. It is the first of two USGA championships set for the Hoosier State in 2014. The USGA Men’s State Team Championship will be conducted at French Lick Resort’s Dye Course Sept. 30-Oct. 2. This will be the first U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur held in Indiana. The last USGA event conducted in the state was the 2013 U.S. Girls’ Junior at Sycamore Hills Golf Club in Fort Wayne, won by Gabriella Then.

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/press_room/media_guide/Media-Guides/ and click on U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship.

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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