2015 USGA Women's State Team Championship Facts

Sept. 10-12, 2015
Dalhousie Golf Club, Cape Girardeau, Mo.

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FREE ADMISSION
Admission is free. Tickets are not required and spectators are encouraged to attend.

PAR AND YARDAGE
Dalhousie Golf Club’s course will be set up at 6,203 yards and play to a par of 36-36-72. Please note: yardages subject to change.

DALHOUSIE GOLF CLUB HOLE-BY-HOLE

Hole     1          2          3          4          5          6          7          8          9          Total
Par
       4          5          4           4          3          4          5           3          4          36
Yards  342       516       380       355      147       333      513        165      331        3,082                                                                                                                                                           

Hole     10       11        12        13       14        15        16        17       18    Total                            
Par
       4          3          4          3          4          5          4          4          5       36
Yards   372      133      377       154      328       489      376       398      494    3,121

ARCHITECT

Opened in 2002, Dalhousie Golf Club’s course was designed by Nicklaus Design, with Gary Nicklaus as the principal architect. The course occupies land originally settled in 1798 by Scottish immigrant Rebecca Ramsey, sister of the Earl of Dalhousie.

WHO CAN ENTER
All states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico may enter teams of three players. The only players ineligible to participate are those currently on a college team, per NCAA rules.

SCHEDULE     
Fifty-four holes of stroke play are scheduled for Sept. 10-12 with the two lowest scores of the three individual rounds counting as the team’s score for the round. The team with the lowest aggregate score through all 54 holes is the champion. If there is a tie after the final round, the score from the team’s non-scoring player is used to break the deadlock. If the score remains tied, the second-round score from the non-scoring player is used.

For the first time in 2015, there will be a 36-hole cut that reduces the field to the 21 lowest-scoring teams, plus ties. In addition, any individual player who is within five strokes of the individual lead, but whose team has missed the 36-hole cut, will advance to Saturday’s final round, remaining in contention for the individual medal.

Sept. 10 (Thursday) – First round, 18 holes of stroke play

Sept. 11 (Friday) – Second round, 18 holes of stroke play

Sept. 12 (Saturday) – Third round, 18 holes of stroke play

THE TROPHY
The USGA Women’s State Team Championship began in 1995. In 1998, the trophy was named the Judy Bell Trophy in honor of the USGA’s first female president, Judy Bell, who served from 1996-97.

2013 CHAMPION
Led by 17-year-old Alice Chen, New Jersey captured a three-stroke victory over Florida in the 2013 USGA Women’s State Team Championship contested at NCR Country Club’s South Course in Kettering, Ohio. Chen, along with reinstated amateur and team captain Tara Fleming, 46, of Jersey City and Cindy Ha, 17, of Demarest, posted a 54-hole total of 8-over-par 446 in the 3-count-2 team format.

This was New Jersey’s first USGA Women’s State Team victory, topping a previous best of seventh in 2011.

A Princeton native, Chen shared medalist honors with fellow 17-year-old Bryana Nguyen, of Columbia, Md. Their 6-under 213s tie the low mark held by Brenda Corrie Kuehn of North Carolina (1997), Marla Jemsek-Weeks of Florida (1997) and Candace Schepperle of Alabama (2005). Visit usga.org for the full recap.

HISTORY
This is the 11th USGA Women’s State Team Championship. The competition, as well as the Men’s State Team Championship, grew out of the USGA’s centennial celebration in 1995. USGA officials believed a new championship, one in which each state could be represented by amateur, non-college golfers, was an appropriate way to cap the USGA’s yearlong birthday celebration. Deemed a success, the USGA has continued to conduct the championship biennially.

The format was fashioned after the biennial World Amateur Team Championship, which involves three-person teams in a 3-count-2 stroke-play format. State associations were given a variety of options in which to select its team members. The inaugural Women’s State Team Championship drew teams from 43 states. In 2013, a record 52 teams representing all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, participated at NCR Country Club in Kettering, Ohio.

In 2010, the USGA decided to alternate years for the Men’s and Women’s State Team Championship, with the men playing in even-numbered years and the women in odd years.

PAST WOMEN’S STATE TEAM CHAMPIONS

1995                 Pennsylvania (Liz Haines, Judy Oliver, Carol Semple Thompson)

1997                 Alabama (Virginia Derby Grimes, Kathy Hartwiger, Beth Williams)

1999                 Florida (Taffy Brower, Marla Jemsek-Weeks, Robin Weiss)

2001                 Minnesota (Julie Kalina-Jensen, Leigh Klasse, Claudia Pilot)

2003                 Ohio (Emily Bastel, Lynn Thompson, Heather Zielinski)

2005                 Georgia (Kyu Ri Ban, Laura Coble, Jean Reynolds)

2007                 Arizona (Judy Miller, Kayla Mortellaro, Thuhashini Selvaratnam)

2009                 Georgia (Dori Carter, Laura Coble, Mariah Stackhouse)

2011                 Georgia (Amira Alexander, Laura Coble, Rachel Dai)

2013                 New Jersey (Alice Chen, Tara Fleming, Cindy Ha)

THE USGA AT DALHOUSIE GOLF CLUB
While this will be the first USGA championship conducted at Dalhousie Golf Club, it has hosted the 2012 Missouri State Amateur Championship and 2009 AJGA Rolex Tournament of Champions.

MISSOURI AND THE USGA
This will be the 19th USGA championship held in the Show-Me State, dating to the 1921 U.S. Amateur at St. Louis Country Club. The most recent USGA event conducted in Missouri was the 2014 Curtis Cup Match at St. Louis Country Club. While this will be the first time the USGA Women’s State Team will be contested in the state, Missouri hosted the 2009 USGA Men’s State Team, won by Pennsylvania, at the Country Club of St. Albans in suburban St. Louis. Missouri will also host the 2016 U.S. Senior Amateur at Old Warson Country Club in St. Louis and 2017 U.S. Girls’ Junior at Boone Valley Golf Club in Augusta.

FUTURE USGA WOMEN’S STATE TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS
2017 – The Club at Las Campanas – Santa Fe, N.M.

MEDIA CREDENTIALS/PHOTO MEDIA SERVICE       
Apply for credentials at mediacredentials.usga.org/media. The USGA will offer daily, complimentary high-resolution photographs during the USGA Women’s State Team Championship strictly for editorial use. For more information and to register for the USGA’s digital photo archive, email photorequests@usga.org.

USGA MEDIA CONTACT
Please contact Vanessa Zink for more information regarding USGA Women’s State Team coverage at vzink@usga.org. Additional media information is available at usga.org/media.html.