NOW PLAYING: World class field set to tee it up at the British Women's Amateur
Lottie Woad (ANWA Photo)
Lottie Woad (ANWA Photo)

One of the strongest-ever fields will assemble at Irish venue Portmarnock next week from June 24 to June 29 to compete in The 121st Women’s Amateur Championship. 

English star Lottie Woad headlines the field. She is currently ranked No. 2 in the Golfweek/AmateurGolf.com World Rankings. In April, the 20-year-old from Surrey, who is attending Florida State University, won the 2024 Augusta National Women’s Amateur by a shot from Bailey Shoemaker.

Woad won the R&A Girls’ Amateur Championship in 2022 at Carnoustie and is a previous winner of the Welsh Women’s Open Stroke Play title. She has recorded five top-ten finishes in college events through 2024 and she finished an excellent tied 23rd in the Chevron Championship – one of the five women’s majors in the professional game.

“I’m looking forward to playing in The Women’s Amateur, particularly as I haven’t played in the Championship for a couple of years,” said Woad. “I’m hoping to keep my good form going and use the experiences I’ve gained in the last couple of months to hopefully contend for the win.”

Julia Lopez Ramirez of Spain is currently third on WAGR® and will be one of the strong favorites at Portmarnock. Hailing from Malaga, Ramirez has an impressive amateur record. In 2023, she won the European Ladies’ Amateur Championship.

Already twice a winner on the 2024 US collegiate circuit representing Mississippi State University, the 21-year-old played in last year’s AIG Women’s Open at Walton Heath.

USA stars

Also in the top 15 of the WAGR® and hoping for success at Portmarnock are two players from the United States of America, Rachel Kuehn and Anna Davis.

Kuehn played on the winning US Curtis Cup team at Conwy in Wales back in 2021. She beat Scotland’s Louise Duncan in the singles to claim the winning point. Attending Wake Forest University, Kuehn was ACC Player of the Year in 2022. The 22-year-old from North Carolina is a former winner of the North and South Women’s Amateur.

Davis won the third installment of the Augusta National Women’s Amateur in 2022 at the age of just 16. Now, still only 18, she has played in two US Women’s Opens and the AIG Women’s Open at Muirfield in 2022. A Freshman at Auburn University, she has already been a winner on the collegiate circuit. 

Home player Sara Byrne from Douglas GC in Cork currently has the joint-lowest Handicap Index of any player in the field for The Women’s Amateur, with an impressive +8.2 Index. That number matches Scotland’s Hannah Darling, a former R&A Girls' Amateur Champion and a two-time Scottish Girls’ Amateur winner, and a student at the University of South Carolina.

The field for Portmarnock has an international feel. Players from 35 different countries will be represented, including Panama and the Philippines. 

About the Championship

The Women's Amateur Championship is one of the leading amateur golf championships for women and girls. Founded in 1893, it attracts an international field and has an impressive list of former winners, including McCormack Medal winner Leona Maguire and major champions Georgia Hall and Anna Nordqvist. Last year, Chiara Horder of Germany was the Champion at Prince’s in Kent. 

The winner of this year’s Championship has exciting opportunities, gaining entry to the AIG Women’s Open, US Women’s Open, The Amundi Evian Championship and, by tradition, will earn an invitation to compete at the Augusta National Women's Amateur. 

The 144-strong field will take part in the stroke play stage on Monday 24 and Tuesday 25 June, playing 36 holes. From there, 64 players will advance to the match play stage from Wednesday 26 to Saturday 29 June.

Golf was first played at Portmarnock in 1894 and the club has played host to many prestigious events, including 18 Irish Opens. In 2019, Portmarnock was the venue for The Amateur Championship, won by home player James Sugrue. 

Results: Ladies British Amateur
WinNYMelanie GreenMedina, NY1500
Runner-upScotlandLorna McClymontScotland1000
SemifinalsDenmarkMarie MadsenDenmark700
SemifinalsSwedenLouise RydqvistSweden700
QuarterfinalsINAnnabelle PancakeZionsville, IN500

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ABOUT THE Ladies British Amateur

This championship, along with the US Women’s Amateur Golf Championship, is considered the most important in women’s amateur golf.

The first stage of the Championship involves 144 players each of whom plays two rounds of 18 holes. The 64 lowest scores over the 36 holes will compete in the match play stage of the Championship. Each match will consist of one round of 18 holes, including the Final.

The ‘Pam Barton Memorial Salver’ is awarded to the winner of the Championship, while the runner- up receives The Diana Fishwick Cup. An international team award is presented after the stroke play qualifying rounds.

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