The USGA Women's State Team Championship,
in 1995, like the men's version, grew out of the
celebration of the Association's Centennial and
was fashioned after the biennial World Amateur
Each state was invited to send its three best
players, and 43 states sent women's teams to
compete for the new title at the Lake Buena
Vista (Fla.) Club. State associations were
given the option to choose their teams by any
method, with one restriction: college players
were ineligible because of NCAA bylaws. The
NCAA rule states that a player may only play in
an international team match when that team is
sponsored by the national governing body,
such as the Curtis Cup, or the Women's World
Amateur Team Championship. Any infraction of
that rule means the college player is faced
with being declared ineligible for the remainder
of the season and the following season.
As a result, the field for the Women's State
Team Tournament was made up almost entirely
of mid-amateur and senior players. Some
states used a point system to select the
three-woman team. Others used the top
finishers in their state championships or
conducted qualifying tournaments. A few
states employed a selection committee to
determine team members.
Just as in the Women's World Amateur Team
Championship, the Women's State Team
Tournament format meant that only the best
two scores of each state's three players were
counted in each of three days.
The winning team in the inaugural tournament
was from Pennsylvania and was made up of Liz
Haines of Gladwyne, Judy Oliver of Sewickley,
and Carol Semple Thompson, also of Sewickley.
Oliver and Thompson have both played for the
United States in the Curtis Cup Match.
The competition was close, as Pennsylvania's
score of 442 edged the Texas team by only
While no individual prizes were awarded, Toni
Wiesner of Fort Worth, Texas, and Lancy
Smith of Snyder, N.Y., recorded the lowest
individual scores. Each scored 219 for 54
holes, three over par.
The first Women's State Team Tournament
proved to be such a popular competition that
the decision was made to conduct the
tournament every two years.