2015 U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur Championship Facts

Oct. 3-8, 2015
Squire Creek Country Club, Choudrant, La.

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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
Yards   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          35
Yards   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 132 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.

MEDIA CREDENTIALS/PHOTO MEDIA SERVICE         
Apply for credentials at mediacredentials.usga.org/media. 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.

USGA MEDIA CONTACT
Please contact Joey Flyntz or Christina Lance for more information regarding U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur coverage. Contact Joey Flyntz at jflyntz@usga.org. Contact Christina Lance at clance@usga.org. Additional media information is available at usga.org/media.html.

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