U.S. Women's Amateur History

U.S. Women's Amateur: Results | Records

The U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship marks the beginning of women’s competitive golf in this country. Along with the U.S. Amateur and the U.S. Open, the Women’s Amateur was one of the USGA’s first three championships.

The first Women’s Amateur Championship was arranged on short notice one month after the 1895 Amateur and Open Championships.

The following small item appeared in the social column of a New York newspaper shortly after the completion of play: “Thirteen ladies played 18 holes of golf at the Meadow Brook Club, in Hempstead, recently. Mrs. Charles S. Brown, whose husband plays at the Shinnecock Hills Club, in Southampton, L.I., made the best score and thus won the United States championship for lady golfers.”

Although a stroke-play format was selected for the first championship, the Women’s Amateur became a match-play competition in 1896, and has remained so ever since.

Many U.S. Women's Amateur champions have gone on to success in professional golf, including five-time champion JoAnne Gunderson Carner, whose record of eight USGA titles is eclipsed only by Bob Jones and Tiger Woods (nine). Other notable champions include Beth Daniel, Juli Inkster, Danielle Kang, Lydia Ko, Kelli Kuehne, Catherine Lacoste, Anne Sander, Pearl Sinn, Louise Suggs, Carol Semple Thompson and Bade Didrikson Zaharias.

 

Women's Amateur Champions (1895-Present)

1895: Lucy Barnes Brown, 132, Nellie Sargent, 134; Meadow Brook Club, Hempstead, N.Y.; Entries: 13; Championship at 18 holes, stroke play.

18-Hole Stroke Play Qualifying Before Match Play (1896–1952)

1896: Beatrix Hoyt d. Mrs. Arthur Turnure, 2 and 1; Morris County G.C., Morristown, N.J.; Medalist — 95, Beatrix Hoyt; Entries: 29

1897: Beatrix Hoyt d. Nellie Sargent, 5 and 4; Essex County Club, Manchester, Mass.; Medalist — 108, Beatrix Hoyt; Entries: 29

1898: Beatrix Hoyt d. Maude Wetmore, 5 and 3; Ardsley Club, Ardsley-on-Hudson, N.Y.; Medalist — 92, Beatrix Hoyt; Entries: 61

1899: Ruth Underhill d. Margaret Fox, 2 and 1; Philadelphia (Pa.) C.C. (Bala Course); Medalist — 97, Beatrix Hoyt; Entries: 78

1900: Frances C. Griscom d. Margaret Curtis, 6 and 5; Shinnecock Hills (N.Y.) G.C.; Medalist — 94, Beatrix Hoyt; Entries: 62

1901: Genevieve Hecker d. Lucy Herron, 5 and 3; Baltusrol G.C. (Original Course), Springfield, N.J.; Medalists — 97, Margaret Curtis, Mary B. Adams, E.A. Manice, Lucy Herron; Entries: 84

1902: Genevieve Hecker d. Louisa A. Wells, 4 and 3; The Country Club (Original Course), Brookline, Mass.; Medalists — 89, Louisa A. Wells, Margaret Curtis; Entries: 96

1903: Bessie Anthony d. J. Anna Carpenter, 7 and 6; Chicago G.C., Wheaton, Ill.; Medalist — 94, Margaret Fox; Entries: 64

1904: Georgianna M. Bishop d. Mrs. E.F. Sanford, 5 and 3; Merion Cricket Club (Original Course), Haverford, Pa.; Medalists — 93, Charlotte Dod, E.L. Vanderhoef, Harriot

S. Curtis; Entries: 86

1905: Pauline Mackay d. Margaret Curtis, 1 up; Morris County G.C., Morristown, N.J.; Medalists — 87, Margaret Curtis, Georgianna Bishop; Entries: 69

1906: Harriot S. Curtis d. Mary B. Adams, 2 and 1; Brae Burn C.C., West Newton, Mass.; Medalist — 87, Pauline Mackay; Entries: 75

1907: Margaret Curtis d. Harriot S. Curtis, 7 and 6; Midlothian C.C., Blue Island, Ill.; Medalist — 95, Margaret Curtis; Entries: 87

1908: (Oct. 19-24) Katherine C. Harley d. Mrs. T. H. Polhemus, 6 and 5; Chevy Chase (Md.) Club; Medalist — 85, Harriot S. Curtis; Entries: 41

1909: (Oct. 4-9) Dorothy I. Campbell d. Nonna Barlow, 3 and 2; Merion Cricket Club (Original Course), Haverford, Pa.; Medalists — 86, Mrs. Caleb F. (Margaret) Fox, Anita Phipps, Margaret Curtis; Entries: 70

1910: Dorothy I. Campbell d. Mrs. G.M. Martin, 2 and 1; Homewood C.C., Flossmoor, Ill.; Medalist — 85, Dorothy I. Campbell; Entries: 57

1911: Margaret Curtis d. Lillian B. Hyde, 5 and 3; Baltusrol G.C. (Original Course), Springfield, N.J.; Medalist — 87, Nonna Barlow; Entries: 67

1912: Margaret Curtis d. Nonna Barlow, 3 and 2; Essex County Club, Manchester-by-the-Sea, Mass.; Medalist — 88, Margaret Curtis; Entries: 62

1913: Gladys Ravenscroft d. Marion Hollins, 2 up; Wilmington (Del.) C.C. (Original Course); Medalist — 88, Gladys Ravenscroft; Entries: 80

1914: Katherine Harley d. Elaine V. Rosenthal, 1 up; Nassau C.C., Glen Cove, N.Y.; Medalist — 85, Georgianna Bishop; Entries: 93

1915: Florence Vanderbeck d. Margaret Gavin, 3 and 2; Onwentsia Club, Lake Forest, Ill.; Medalist — 85, Florence Vanderbeck; Entries: 119

1916: Alexa Stirling d. Mildred Caverly, 2 and 1; Belmont Springs C.C., Waverley, Mass.; Medalist — 86, Dorothy Campbell Hurd; Entries: 63

1917–18 No Championships: World War I

1919: Alexa Stirling d. Margaret Gavin, 6 and 5; Shawnee C.C., Shawnee-on-Delaware, Pa.; Medalists — 87, Alexa Stirling, Margaret Gavin; Entries: 76

1920: Alexa Stirling d. Dorothy Campbell Hurd, 5 and 4; Mayfield C.C., Cleveland, Ohio; Medalist — 82, Marion Hollins; Entries: 114

1921: Marion Hollins d. Alexa Stirling, 5 and 4; Hollywood G.C., Deal, N.J.; Medalist — 85–92, Glenna Collett; Entries: 181

1922: Glenna Collett d. Margaret Gavin, 5 and 4; Greenbrier G.C., White Sulphur Springs, W. Va.; Medalist — 81, Glenna Collett; Entries: 170

1923: Edith Cummings d. Alexa Stirling, 3 and 2; Westchester C.C. (Original Course), Rye, N.Y.; Medalist — 84, Alexa Stirling; Entries: 196

1924: (Sept. 1-6) Dorothy Campbell Hurd d. Mary K. Browne, 7 and 6; Rhode Island C.C., Nyatt, R.I.; Medalist — 79, Glenna Collett; Entries: 98

1925: Glenna Collett d. Alexa Stirling, 9 and 8; St. Louis C.C., Clayton, Mo.; Medalist — 77, Alexa Stirling; Entries: 85

1926: Helen Stetson d. Elizabeth Goss, 3 and 1; Merion Cricket Club (East Course), Ardmore, Pa.; Medalist —81, Glenna Collett; Entries: 134

1927: Miriam Burns Horn d. Maureen Orcutt, 5 and 4; Cherry Valley Club, Garden City, N.Y.; Medalist — 77, Ada MacKenzie; Entries: 150

1928: Glenna Collett d. Virginia Van Wie, 13 and 12; Virginia Hot Springs G. & T.C. (Cascades

Course), Hot Springs, Va.; Medalist — 80, Maureen Orcutt; Entries: 123

1929: Glenna Collett d. Leona Pressler, 4 and 3; Oakland Hills C.C. (South Course), Birmingham, Mich.; Medalists — 79, Helen Hicks, Virginia Van Wie; Entries: 98

1930: Glenna Collett d. Virginia Van Wie, 6 and 5; Los Angeles C.C. (North Course), Beverly Hills, Calif.; Medalist — 79, Opal S. Hill; Entries: 102

1931: Helen Hicks d. Glenna Collett Vare, 2 and 1; Country Club of Buffalo, Williamsville,

N.Y.; Medalists — 82, Maureen Orcutt, Glenna Collett Vare, Dorothy Higbie, Opal S.

Hill; Entries: 90

1932: Virginia Van Wie d. Glenna Collett Vare, 10 and 8; Salem C.C., Peabody, Mass.; Medalists — 77, Maureen Orcutt, Virginia Van Wie; Entries: 101

1933: Virginia Van Wie d. Helen Hicks, 4 and 3; Exmoor C.C., Highland Park, Ill.; Medalist — 76, Enid Wilson; Entries: 120

1934: Virginia Van Wie d. Dorothy Traung, 2 and 1; Whitemarsh Valley C.C., Chestnut Hill, Pa.; Medalists — 82, Leona Pressler, Lucile Robinson, Glenna Collett Vare; Entries: 157

1935: Glenna Collett Vare d. Patty Berg, 3 and 2; Interlachen C.C., Hopkins, Minn.; Medalist — 79, Jean Bauer; Entries: 94

1936: Pamela Barton d. Maureen Orcutt, 4 and 3; Canoe Brook C.C. (South Course), Summit, N.J.; Medalist — 78, Estelle Lawson Page; Entries: 188

1937: Estelle Lawson Page d. Patty Berg, 7 and 6; Memphis (Tenn.) C.C.; Medalist — 79, Estelle Lawson Page; Entries: 136

1938: Patty Berg d. Estelle Lawson Page, 6 and 5; Westmoreland C.C., Wilmette, Ill.; Medalists — 80, Dorothy Traung, Estelle Lawson Page; Entries: 118

1939: Betty Jameson d. Dorothy Kirby, 3 and 2; Wee Burn Club, Darien, Conn.; Medalist — 74, Beatrice Barrett; Entries: 201

1940: Betty Jameson d. Jane S. Cothran, 6 and 5; Del Monte G. & C.C., Pebble Beach, Calif.; Medalist — 78, Dorothy Traung; Entries: 163

1941: Elizabeth Hicks d. Helen Sigel, 5 and 3; The Country Club, Brookline, Mass.; Medalists — 76, Grace Amory, Alice O. Belanger, Jean Bauer, Betty Jameson; Entries: 124

1942–45 No Championships: World War II

1946: (Sept. 23-28) Babe Didrikson Zaharias d. Clara Sherman, 11 and 9; Southern Hills C.C., Tulsa, Okla.; Medalist — 152 (36 holes), Dorothy Kirby; Entries: 60

1947: Louise Suggs d. Dorothy Kirby, 2 up; Franklin Hills C.C., Franklin, Mich.; Medalist — 78, Louise Suggs; Entries: 83

1948: Grace S. Lenczyk d. Helen Sigel, 4 and 3; Del Monte G. & C.C., Pebble Beach, Calif.; Medalist — 77, Bettye Mims White; Entries: 116

1949: Dorothy Porter d. Dorothy Kielty, 3 and 2; Merion G.C. (East Course), Ardmore, Pa.; All match play; Entries: 171

1950: Beverly Hanson d. Mae Murray, 6 and 4; Atlanta (Ga.) Athletic Club (East Lake Course); All match play; Entries: 110

1951: Dorothy Kirby d. Claire Doran, 2 and 1; Town & C.C., St. Paul, Minn.; Medalists — 74, Carol Diringer, Barbara Romack; Entries: 79

1952: Jacqueline Pung d. Shirley McFedters, 2 and 1; Waverley C.C., Portland, Ore.; Medalist — 76, Dorothy Kirby; Entries: 159

All Match Play (1953–1963)

1953: Mary Lena Faulk d. Polly Riley, 3 and 2; Rhode Island C.C., West Barrington, R.I.; Entries: 158

1954: Barbara Romack d. Mickey Wright, 4 and 2; Allegheny C.C., Sewickley, Pa.; Entries: 151

1955: Patricia A. Lesser d. Jane Nelson, 7 and 6; Myers Park C.C., Charlotte, N.C.; Entries: 112

1956: Marlene Stewart d. JoAnne Gunderson, 2 and 1; Meridian Hills C.C., Indianapolis, Ind.; Entries: 116

1957: JoAnne Gunderson d. Ann Casey Johnstone, 8 and 6; Del Paso C.C., Sacramento, Calif.; Entries: 100

1958: Anne Quast d. Barbara Romack, 3 and 2; Wee Burn C.C., Darien, Conn.; Entries: 195

1959: Barbara McIntire d. Joanne Goodwin, 4 and 3; Congressional C.C., Washington, D.C.; Entries: *128

1960: JoAnne Gunderson d. Jean Ashley, 6 and 5; Tulsa (Okla.) C.C.; Entries: 109

1961: Anne Quast Sander d. Phyllis Preuss, 14 and 13; Tacoma (Wash.) C. & G.C.; Entries: 107

1962: JoAnne Gunderson d. Ann Baker, 9 and 8; Country Club of Rochester (N.Y.); Entries: *128

1963: Anne Quast Sander d. Peggy Conley, 2 and 1; Taconic G.C., Williamstown, Mass.; Entries: *128

36-Hole Stroke Play Qualifying Before Match Play (1964–1972)

1964: (Aug. 17-22) Barbara McIntire d. JoAnne Gunderson, 3 and 2; Prairie Dunes C.C., Hutchinson, Kan.; Medalists — 151, JoAnne Gunderson, Barbara McIntire, Polly Riley; Entries: 93

1965: Jean Ashley d. Anne Quast Sander, 5 and 4; Lakewood C.C., Denver, Colo.; Medalist — 148, Lida Fee Matthews; Entries: 88

1966: JoAnne Gunderson d. Marlene Stewart Streit, 41 holes; Sewickley Heights G.C., Sewickley, Pa.; Medalist — 143, Shelley Hamlin; Entries: 115

1967: Mary Lou Dill d. Jean Ashley, 5 and 4; Annandale G.C., Pasadena, Calif.; Medalist — 148, Phyllis Preuss; Entries: 119

1968: JoAnne Gunderson Carner d. Anne Quast Sander, 5 and 4; Birmingham (Mich.) C.C.; Medalist — 143, Catherine Lacoste; Entries: 110

1969: Catherine Lacoste d. Shelley Hamlin, 3 and 2; Las Colinas C.C., Irving, Texas; Medalist — 147, Barbara Fay White; Entries: 103

1970: Martha Wilkinson d. Cynthia Hill, 3 and 2; Wee Burn C.C., Darien, Conn.; Medalist — 150, Martha Wilkinson; Entries: 139

1971: Laura Baugh d. Beth Barry, 1 up; Atlanta (Ga.) C.C.; Medalists — 150, Connie Day, Jane Bastanchury; Entries: 102

1972: Mary Budke d. Cynthia Hill, 5 and 4; St. Louis (Mo.) C.C.; Medalist — 148, Carol Sorenson; Entries: 134

18-Hole Stroke Play Qualifying Before Match Play (1973–1979)

1973: Carol Semple d. Anne Quast Sander, 1 up; Montclair (N.J.) G.C.; Medalist — 74, Kaye Potter; Entries: 154

1974: Cynthia Hill d. Carol Semple, 5 and 4; Broadmoor G.C., Seattle, Wash.; Medalist — 70, Deborah Massey; Entries: 121

1975: Beth Daniel d. Donna Horton, 3 and 2; Brae Burn C.C., West Newton, Mass.; Medalist — 71, Nancy Roth; Entries: 154

1976: Donna Horton d. Marianne Bretton, 2 and 1; Del Paso C.C., Sacramento, Calif.; Medalist — 70, Beth Daniel; Entries: 157

1977: Beth Daniel d. Cathy Sherk, 3 and 1; Cincinnati (Ohio) C.C.; Medalist — 72, Mary Lawrence; Entries: 162

1978: Cathy Sherk d. Judith Oliver, 4 and 3; Sunnybrook G.C., Plymouth Meeting, Pa.; Medalist — 72, Mrs. Ian (Belle) Robertson; Entries: 207

1979: Carolyn Hill d. Patty Sheehan, 7 and 6; Memphis (Tenn.) C.C.; Medalist — 71, Kathy Baker; Entries: 273

36-Hole Stroke Play Qualifying Before Match Play (1980–present)

1980: Juli Simpson Inkster d. Patti Rizzo, 2 up; Prairie Dunes C.C., Hutchinson, Kan.; Medalist — 147, Dorothy Lasker; Entries: 281

1981: Juli Simpson Inkster d. Lindy Goggin, 1 up; Waverley C.C., Portland, Ore.; Medalists — 147, Patti Rizzo, Heather Farr; Entries: 240

1982: Juli Simpson Inkster d. Cathy Hanlon, 4 and 3; Broadmoor G.C. (South Course), Colorado Springs, Colo.; Medalist — 143, Penny Hammel; Entries: 262

1983: Joanne Pacillo d. Sally Quinlan, 2 and 1; Canoe Brook C.C. (North Course), Summit, N.J.; Medalist — 147, Mary Anne Widman; Entries: 259

1984: Deb Richard d. Kimberly Williams, 37 holes; Broadmoor G.C., Seattle, Wash.; Medalist — 145, Claire Waite; Entries: 290

1985: Michiko Hattori d. Cheryl Stacy, 5 and 4; Fox Chapel C.C., Pittsburgh, Pa.; Medalists — 151, Michiko Hattori, Cheryl Stacy; Entries: 329

1986: Kay Cockerill d. Kathleen McCarthy, 9 and 7; Pasatiempo G.C., Santa Cruz, Calif.; Medalists — 148, Pearl Sinn, Michiko Hattori; Entries: 387

1987: Kay Cockerill d. Tracy Kerdyk, 3 and 2; Rhode Island C.C., Barrington, R.I.; Medalists — 147, Michiko Hattori, Tracy Kerdyk; Entries: 359

1988: Pearl Sinn d. Karen Noble, 6 and 5; Minikahda Club, Minneapolis, Minn.; Medalist — 140, Pearl Sinn; Entries: 357

1989: Vicki Goetze d. Brandie Burton, 4 and 3; Pinehurst (N.C.) C.C. (No. 2); Medalist — 143, Pat

Hurst; Entries: 376

1990: Pat Hurst d. Stephanie Davis, 37 holes; Canoe Brook C.C. (North Course), Summit, N.J.; Medalist — 144, Vicki Goetze; Entries: 384

1991: Amy Fruhwirth d. Heidi Voorhees, 5 and 4; Prairie Dunes C.C., Hutchinson, Kan.; Medalist —144, Amy Fruhwirth; Entries: 391

1992: Vicki Goetze d. Annika Sorenstam, 1 up; Kemper Lakes G.C., Long Grove, Ill.; Medalists — 143, Debbie Parks, Emilee Klein; Entries: 441

1993: Jill McGill d. Sarah LeBrun Ingram, 1 up; San Diego C.C., Chula Vista, Calif.; Medalist — 146, Heidi Voorhees; Entries: 442

1994: Wendy Ward d. Jill McGill, 2 and 1; The Homestead (Cascades Course), Hot Springs, Va.; Medalists — 143, Lori Teague, Erika Wicoff, Leta Lindley; Entries: 451

1995: Kelli Kuehne d. Anne–Marie Knight, 4 and 3; The Country Club, Brookline, Mass.; Medalists — 144, Virginia Derby Grimes, Erica Wicoff; Entries: 452

1996: Kelli Kuehne d. Marisa Baena, 2 and 1; Firethorn G.C., Lincoln, Neb.; Medalists — 141, Kellee Booth, Jenny Lee, Grace Park; Entries: 495

1997: Silvia Cavalleri d. Robin Burke, 5 and 4; Brae Burn C.C., West Newton, Mass.; Medalist — 142, Virginia Derby Grimes; Entries: 557

1998: Grace Park d. Jenny Chuasiriporn, 7 and 6: Barton Hills C.C., Ann Arbor, Mich.; Medalist — 138, Kellee Booth; Entries: 620

1999: Dorothy Delasin d. Jimin Kang, 4 and 3; Biltmore Forest C.C., Asheville, N.C.; Medalist — 137, Natalie Gulbis; Entries: 676

2000: Marcy Newton d. Laura Myerscough, 8 and 7, Waverley C.C., Portland, Ore.; Medalist — 140, Leigh Anne Hardin; Entries: 682

2001: Meredith Duncan d. Nicole Perrot, 37 holes, Flint Hills National G.C., Andover, Kan.; Medalists — 143, Meredith Duncan, Celeste Troche; Entries: 768

2002: Becky Lucidi d. Brandi Jackson, 3 and 2, Sleepy Hollow C.C., Scarborough, N.Y.; Medalist — 135, Courtney Swaim; Entries: 793

2003: Virada Nirapathpongporn d. Jane Park, 2 and 1, Philadelphia C.C., Gladwyne, Pa.; Medalist — 138, Aree Song; Entries: 814

2004: Jane Park d. Amanda McCurdy, 2 up; The Kahkwa Club, Erie, Pa.; Medalist — 141, Amie Cochran; Entries: 868

2005: Morgan Pressel d. Maru Martinez, 9 and 8; Ansley G.C. (Settindown Creek Course), Roswell, Ga.; Medalist — 139, In-Kyung Kim; Entries: 878

2006: Kimberly Kim d. Katharina Schallenberg, 1 up; Pumpkin Ridge G.C. (Witch Hollow Course), North Plains, Ore.; Medalist — 139, Paige Mackenzie; Entries: 969

2007: Maria José Uribe d. Amanda Blumenherst, 1 up; Crooked Stick G.C., Carmel, Ind.; Medalists — 139, Stacy Lewis, Kristina Wong; Entries: 935

2008: Amanda Blumenherst d. Azahara Muñoz, 2 and 1; Eugene (Ore.) C.C.; Medalists — 140, Amanda Blumenherst, Stephanie Na; Entries: 960

2009: Jennifer Song d. Jennifer Johnson, 3 and 1; Old Warson C.C., St. Louis, Mo.; Medalist — 138, Danielle Kang; Entries: 955

2010: Danielle Kang d. Jessica Korda, 2 and 1; Charlotte (N.C.) C.C.; Medalists – 138, Erynne Lee, Rachel Rohanna, Jaclyn Sweeney; Entries: 1,049

2011: Danielle Kang d. Moriya Jutanugarn, 6 and 5; Rhode Island C.C., Barrington, R.I.; Medalists – 136, Jihee Kim, Lydia Ko; Entries: 1,013

2012: Lydia Ko d. Jaye Marie Green, 3 and 1; The Country Club, Cleveland, Ohio; Medalist – 136, Hyo-Joo Kim; Entries: 1,123

2013: Emma Talley d. Yueer (Cindy) Feng, 2 and 1; Country Club of Charleston, Charleston, S.C.; Medalist – 135, Yumi Matsubara; Entries: 1,170

2014: Kristen Gillman d. Brooke Mackenzie Henderson, 2 up; Nassau Country Club, Glen Cove, N.Y.; Medalist – 137, Bethany Wu; Entries: 1,209 

2015: Hannah O'Sullivan d. Sierra Brooks, 3 and 2; Portland (Ore.) Golf Club; Medalists – 138, Angel Yin, Jennifer Hahn; Entries: 1,303

2016: Eun Jeong Seong d. Virginia Elena Carta, 1 up; Rolling Green Golf Club, Springfield, Pa.; Medalist – 133, Mariel Galdiano; Entries: §1,381

2017: Sophia Schubert d. Albane Valenzuela, 6 and 5; San Diego Country Club, Chula Vista, Calif.; Medalist – 135, Shannon Aubert; Entries: 1,327          

* Limited entry

Record qualifying score, 36 holes (2016)

§ Record entry (2016)

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