Michigan's Barton Hills To Host 2008 U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur
January 10, 2007
Far Hills, N.J. - Barton Hills Country Club in Ann Arbor, Mich., has been selected by the United States Golf Association to be the site of the 2008 U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur Championship. The dates of the championship are Sept. 6-11.
The golf course, designed by , was opened in 1924. shaped the course to fit the area's rolling terrain, with tree-lined fairways and plenty of bunkers. Barton Hills was first used as a USGA championship site in 1998, when the U.S. Women's Amateur was played there. , now a player on the LPGA Tour, was the winner, beating in the final match.
"We are pleased to have the USGA coming back to Barton Hills and the great state of Michigan," said , general co-chairman for the championship. "We also are excited to say that of Farmington Hills (Mich.), a past chairman of the USGA Women's Committee and Women's Mid-Amateur Committee, will be our honorary chairman."
Michigan last hosted a USGA championship in 2002, when the U.S. Amateur and the U.S. Amateur Public Links championships were played at Oakland Hills Country Club and The Orchards Golf Course, respectively.
Prior to 2008, the Women's Mid-Amateur will be held Sept. 29-Oct. 4, 2007, at Desert Forest Golf Club in Carefree, Ariz.
Established in 1987, the Women's Mid-Amateur is the USGA's 13th national championship. It is open to women amateurs age 25 and older with a Handicap Index not higher than 9.4. Among the notable winners is Carol Semple Thompson, a career amateur who has won six other USGA titles and has qualified for 32 U.S. Women's Opens. and Ellen Port each won back-to-back titles in the mid-1990s. They are also the only three-time champions. of Oxford, Miss., is the current champion.