U.S. Senior Women's Amateur tees off Saturday Wellesley Country Club
WELLESLEY, MA (September 14, 2016) -- For the first time in tournament history the U.S. Senior Women's Amateur history is headed to the state of Massachusetts and it will be Wellesley Country Club that welcomes the event to the Bay State. A field of 132 players will begin play on Saturday with defending champion Karen Garcia leading the way. Garcia will be looking to become the eighth player to go back-to-back.

A year ago at Hillwood Country Club in Nashville, TN Garcia defeated Pamela Kuong 1 up.

In the moments after the tournament ended Garcia said, “I’m in shock. To win a USGA event, to think of all the people before me that have their name on this trophy; I’ve played in five Mid-Ams and a State Team and never even came close.”

Day Format
Saturday Round One Stroke-Play
Sunday Round Two Stroke-Play
Monday Round of 64
Tuesday Round of 32/Round of 16
Wednesday Quarterfinals/Semifinals
Thursday Championship

Opened in 1910 Wellesley CC, a Donald Ross designed lay-out is a par-74 (36-38) that plays at 6,049 yards. Originally the course was a nine-hole track and it remained that way until 1961 when the team led by Geoffrey Cornish, Brian Silva and Craig Schreiner added the additional nine-holes.

Wellesley CC has hosted one USGA previously when the USGA Women’s State Team competition came calling in 2003. The course also hosted the 2010 Massachusetts Open.

Player Accomplishments
Robin Burke From Houston, TX, Burke finished as the runner-up at the 1997 U.S. Women's Amateur. The 1998 Curtis Cupper is a member of the Texas Golf Hall of Fame.
Macarena Campomanes The native of Spain is making her USGA debut after winning the European Senior Women’s Amateur Championship to qualify. She is the only European player in the field.
Julia Potter The 2009 U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur champion also finished runner-up in 2011. The Hebron, KY resident was inducted into the Kentucky Golf Hall of Fame last November.
Ellen Port The head coach of Division II Washington University, Port has won four U.S. Mid-Amateur titles and two U.S. Senior Women's Amateur titles. The two-time Curtis Cupper is from St. Louis, MO.
Pamela Kuong Last years runner-up, Kuong from Wellesley Hills, MA is the local favorite. Kuong is a three-time New England Senior Women's Amateur Champion.

-The USGA contributed to this story

ABOUT THE U.S. Senior Women's Amateur

The USGA Senior Women's Amateur is open to female golfers with a USGA Handicap Index not exceeding 18.4, who will have reached their 50th birthday on or before the first day of the championship. It is one of 13 national championships conducted annually by the USGA, 10 of which are strictly for amateurs.

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