The U.S. Women's Amateur is underway in Los Angeles, with the medal play qualifying portion taking place on Monday and Tuesday, August 7 and 8. To get you ready to follow scores and watch on TV, here on some facts about this historic championship:
ABOUT HOST COURSE BEL-AIR COUNTRY CLUB
Located in the heart of Los Angeles and in the shadows of the Hollywood Hills, Bel-Air is a private club with an 18-hole course originally designed by George Thomas and recently renovated by Tom Doak and Renaissance Golf Design. The project focused on updating the course while restoring its archetypal integrity. Bel-Air is known for its dramatic topography and one of golf’s most famous suspension bridges, which spans a canyon on the 205-yard par-3 10th and serves as a stunning backdrop for the 18th hole.
The course previously hosted the 1976 U.S. Amateur, which was won by Bill Sander, and the 2004 U.S. Senior Amateur, with Mark Bemowski taking home the trophy. It most recently served as the stroke-play co-host course for the 2018 U.S. Amateur at The Riviera Country Club.
Qualifying for the 2023 U.S. Women’s Amateur took place at 24 sites nationwide and one in Canada between June 19 and July 20. See qualifying results here
A starting field of 156 players will compete in the U.S. Women’s Amateur. Following 18-hole rounds of stroke play on Aug. 7-8, the field will be cut to the top 64 players for match play. Five 18-hole rounds of match play will determine the finalists who will square off in a 36-hole championship match on Aug. 13.
SCHEDULE OF PLAY
Practice rounds will take place Aug. 5-6, and the championship schedule is as follows:
Aug. 7 (Monday): First round, stroke play
Aug. 8 (Tuesday): Second round, stroke play
Aug. 9 (Wednesday): Round of 64, match play
Aug. 10 (Thursday): Rounds of 32 and 16, match play
Aug. 11 (Friday): Quarterfinal round, match play
Aug. 12 (Saturday): Semifinal round, match play
Aug. 13 (Sunday): 36-hole championship final, match play
Saki Baba, 17, of Japan, rolled to an impressive 11-and-9 victory over 21-year-old Monet Chun of Canada in the 36-hole championship match at Chambers Bay in University Place, Wash. Baba became the second player from Japan to win a USGA title, joining Michiko Hattori, who also claimed the U.S. Women's Amateur in 1985. From the sixth hole in her quarterfinal match, Baba won 28 of the last 49 holes she played, losing only four in that span and her 11-and-9 margin of victory is the largest in a U.S. Women’s Amateur final since Anne Sander in 1961.
Golf Channel will broadcast the 2023 U.S. Women's Amateur Championship. All times ET.
ROUND OF 64
Wednesday, Aug. 9
Golf Channel - 6-9 p.m.
ROUND OF 16
Thursday, Aug. 10
Golf Channel - 6-9 p.m.
Friday, Aug. 11
Golf Channel - 6-9 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 12
Golf Channel -3-6 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 13
Golf Channel - 7-10 p.m.
The U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship is one of the United States Golf Association’s original three championships. It was first conducted in 1895, shortly after the inaugural U.S. Amateur and U.S. Open. The Women’s Amateur has been conducted every year since, except 1917-18, when it was suspended due to World War I, and 1942-45, when it was suspended due to World War II.
The most decorated champion is Glenna Collett Vare, a lifelong amateur who won the Cox Trophy a record six times. Second to Vare is JoAnne Gunderson Carner, who won five U.S. Women’s Amateur Championships. Combined with her two wins in the U.S. Women’s Open and one victory in the U.S. Girls’ Junior, Carner’s eight USGA titles are tied with Jack Nicklaus and eclipsed only by Bob Jones and Tiger Woods, who have each won nine.
U.S. Women’s Amateur champions seem to possess a remarkable facility to repeat. Beatrix Hoyt, Alexa Stirling, Vare, Virginia Van Wie and Juli Inkster have all won the U.S. Women’s Amateur three consecutive times. Another seven champions – Genevieve Hecker, Dorothy Campbell, Margaret Curtis, Betty Jameson, Kay Cockerill, Kelli Kuehne and Danielle Kang – have won two in a row.
The U.S. Women’s Amateur has long identified some of golf’s greatest female players, many of whom have gone on to successful professional careers. Along with the champions listed above, Patty Berg, Babe Didrikson Zaharias, Louise Suggs, Marlene Stewart Streit, Anne Quast Sander, Barbara McIntire, Catherine Lacoste, Carol Semple Thompson, Beth Daniel, Morgan Pressel and Lydia Ko have secured a place in golf history.
WHAT THE WINNER RECEIVES:
A gold medal and custody of the Robert Cox Trophy for one year
Exemption from qualifying for the 2024 U.S. Women’s Open
Exemption from qualifying for the next 10 U.S. Women’s Amateurs, if eligible
Exemption from qualifying for the next 10 U.S. Girls’ Juniors, if eligible
Exemption from qualifying for the next 15 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateurs, or 15 years from the time the player becomes eligible
Exemption from qualifying for the next 15 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateurs, or 15 years from the time the player becomes eligible
Invitation to the 2024 Augusta National Women’s Amateur
Likely exemptions into the Chevron Championship, AIG Women’s British Open and Amundi Evian Championship
USGA AND BEL-AIR COUNTRY CLUB
This is the third USGA championship held at Bel-Air Country Club.
1976 U.S. Amateur (Bill Sander)
2004 U.S. Senior Amateur (Mark Bemowski)