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.
By 1987, it had become increasingly
difficult for female amateur golfers beyond
college to compete equitably with their
collegiate counterparts, for whom golf was
nearly a full-time vocation.
One must go back to 1973 and Carol
Semple Thompson to find the last career
amateur to win the U.S. Women’s
As with any new championship, there was
initial concern with the level of entries. In
this case, women amateurs responded
with enthusiasm. The first championship
attracted 320 entries, only 22 fewer than
the number that had entered the 1987
Women’s Amateur a few weeks earlier.
The starting field of 130 players was
determined by sectional qualifying. The
first Women’s Mid-Amateur was played at
Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Okla.
The inaugural championship was won by
Cindy Scholefield, 27, of Malibu, Calif.
The Women’s Mid-Amateur has been the
setting for a number of noteworthy finals.
In 1989, Robin Weiss, of Palm Beach
Gardens, Fla., defeated Page Marsh Lea
on the 22nd hole. In 1990, despite the
tremendous pressure of competing on her
home course as a crowd favorite, Carol
Semple Thompson, 41, of Sewickley, Pa.,
defeated Page Marsh Lea, 3 and 1, at the
Allegheny Country Club, where Semple
Thompson had learned the game.
Sarah LeBrun Ingram, of Nashville, Tenn.,
in 1994 became the first player to capture
consecutive Women’s Mid-Amateur
championships. She had previously won in
1991 and 1993 and is the only three-time
In 2000, Ellen Port, 39, of St. Louis, Mo.,
won her third Women’s Mid-Amateur
Championship at Big Canyon Country Club
in Newport Beach, Calif. She also won the
title in 1995 and 1996.