2015 U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur Fact Sheet

Squire Creek Country Club, Choudrant, La. (www.squirecreek.com)
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MEDIA CONTACT INFORMATION AND CREDENTIALING

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PHOTO MEDIA SERVICE       

The USGA will offer daily, complimentary high-resolution photographs during the U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur strictly for editorial use. For more information and to register for the USGA’s digital photo archive, email photorequests@usga.org

FREE ADMISSION

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

PAR AND YARDAGE  

Squire Creek Country Club’s course will be set up at 6,061 yards and play to a par of 36-36–72. Please note: yardages are subject to change.

SQUIRE CREEK COUNTRY CLUB HOLE-BY-HOLE

Hole

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

Total

Par

4

5

3

4

3

4

4

4

5

36

Yardage

368

528

163

373

124

311

366

356

467

3,056

Hole

10

11

12

13

14

15

16

17

18

Total

Par

4

5

3

4

4

4

3

5

4

36

Yardage

353

490

161

328

350

325

133

473

392

3,005

COURSE RATING  

Based on the course setup for the championship, the USGA Course Rating™ is 75.8. Its Slope Rating® is 141.

ARCHITECT     

Squire Creek Country Club's golf course was designed by Tom Fazio and opened for play in 2002.

WHO CAN ENTER       

The championship is open to amateur female golfers who have reached their 25th birthday by Oct. 3, 2015, and who have a Handicap Index® not exceeding 9.4.

ENTRIES

The USGA accepted 327 entries for the 2015 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur.   

SECTIONAL QUALIFYING      

Sectional qualifying, played over 18 holes, was conducted at 26 sites between Aug. 25 and Sept. 14.

2014 CHAMPION        

Margaret Shirley, 28, of Atlanta, Ga., defeated defending champion Julia Potter, 5 and 3, at Harbour Trees Golf Club in Noblesville, Ind. Potter defeated Shirley the previous year in 19 holes at Biltmore Forest Country Club in Asheville, N.C. The final was the third rematch between the previous year’s finalists in USGA championship history and Shirley became the fourth stroke-play medalist in championship history to win the title. Visit usga.org for the full recap.

FIELD AND EXEMPT PLAYERS

A field of 134 golfers will compete in the U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship.

The following nine players are exempt into the championship:

  • Debbie Adams (2014 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur quarterfinalist)
  • Mina Hardin (2014 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur quarterfinalist)
  • Tara Joy-Connelly (2014 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur semifinalist)
  • Martha Leach (2009 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur champion)
  • Stefi Markovich (2013 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur semifinalist)
  • Julia Potter (2013 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur champion; 2014 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur runner-up)
  • Christina Proteau (2014 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur quarterfinalist)
  • Margaret Shirley (2014 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur champion; 2013 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur runner-up)
  • Meghan Stasi (2006 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur champion; 2007 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur champion; 2010 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur champion; 2012 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur champion; 2013 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur semifinalist; 2014 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur semifinalist)

SCHEDULE     

  • Saturday, Oct. 3 – First round, stroke play
  • Sunday, Oct. 4 – Second round, stroke play (field reduced to 64 players for match play)
  • Monday, Oct. 5 – First round, match play
  • Tuesday, Oct. 6 – Second and third rounds, match play
  • Wednesday, Oct. 7 – Quarterfinal and semifinal rounds, match play
  • Thursday, Oct. 8 – 18-hole championship final, match play

WHAT THE WINNER RECEIVES

  • A gold medal and custody of the Mildred Prunaret Trophy for one year
  • Exemption from qualifying for the next 10 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Championships
  • Exemption from qualifying for the next two U.S. Women’s Amateur Championships
  • Exemption from qualifying for the next two U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur Championships, if otherwise eligible

THE TROPHY

The U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship Trophy is a sterling Revere bowl. It was presented in 1987 by Mildred Prunaret, who was chairman of the USGA Women’s Committee from 1959 through 1963.

THE USGA AND LOUISIANA

The 2015 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship is the first USGA championship conducted at Squire Creek Country Club. It is the second USGA championship conducted in Louisiana, and the first in nearly 50 years. The 1966 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur Championship was contested at Lakewood Country Club in New Orleans and won by Maureen Orcutt.

CHAMPIONSHIP 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.

FUTURE U.S. WOMEN’S MID-AMATEUR SITE

Sept. 10-15, 2016 – The Kahkwa Club in Erie, Pa.