Australian Women's Amateur

The first Australian Women’s Amateur Championship was played in 1894. It was held at Geelong in Victoria as a 36-hole Bogey Competition and seventeen players took part with handicaps ranging from scratch to 24. Competitors played for the Championship Cup (which cost 25 pounds to purchase) and the first competitor to be presented with it was Eveline McKenzie from Victoria.

Australian Women's Amateur Championship Trophy

For the next seven years, the competition was staged at either Caulfield (the original site of Royal Melbourne) or Geelong and Miss McKenzie won another three of these events, in 1895, 1896 and 1898. At the turn of the century, courses in South Australia (Glenelg in 1903) and New South Wales (Bondi in 1901 and 1904) became tournament venues.

Throughout the early 1900s, Ladies’ Golf Unions sprung up across the country. By 1903, the NSW Ladies’ Golf Union was up and running. Soon after came the Victorian Ladies’ Golf Union in 1906 and in 1908, the Western Australian Ladies’ Golf Union was founded.

By 1906, the Women’s Amateur was held as part of the Championship Meeting played under the auspices of the Australian Golf Union and this continued even after the Ladies’ Golf Union was formed in 1921. The women then took control of their own destiny in 1926 and two years later switched from a 54-hole stroke play format to two rounds of stroke play qualifying, with the leading eight players advancing to match play and a 36-hole final.

In 1935, every Australian state was represented in the tournament for the first time, along with a touring team of six from Great Britain, comprising a field of ninety-one entries. Twenty years later, the number of players advancing to match play had increased to 32 and ch...

Australian Women's Amateur host courses

Brisbane

15th Queensland - Best in Area 97th Australia Ranking

Founded in 1896, Brisbane Golf Club moved to its present site in 1906, where Scots-born Sydney professional and three-time Australian Open Champion Carnegie Clark set out the new course.

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Capricorn

19th Queensland - Best in Area

Many of the holes on the Championship course at the Capricorn Resort dogleg right or left to test the shot-making abilities of golfers and there’s plenty of water to be found on the inward half...

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Commonwealth

12th Victoria - Best in Area 21st Australia Ranking 27th Oceania Ranking

Commonwealth Golf Club is a close neighbour of The Metropolitan and Yarra Yarra Golf Clubs, the three forming private golfing oases in modern Melbourne’s southward suburbs.

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Glenelg

3rd South Australia - Best in Area 40th Australia Ranking 57th Oceania Ranking

Today’s course at Glenelg Golf Club has been completely transformed to keep pace with the demands of the modern game and the set of holes around the turn are probably the strongest...

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Grange (East)

5th South Australia - Best in Area 59th Australia Ranking 63rd Oceania Ranking

The East course at the Grange Golf Club came of age twenty years after it opened when a fresh faced, 21 year old professional named Greg Norman won the West Lakes Classic...

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Kooyonga

2nd South Australia - Best in Area 27th Australia Ranking 36th Oceania Ranking

Kooyonga Golf Club is one of the most interesting of Australia’s classic golf courses and it knocks most modern layouts into a cocked hat.

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Australian Women's Amateur Leaderboard

Rank Name Courses Played
1 Brendan James Courses Played 28
= Kevin P Courses Played 28
3 Wayne Moriarty Courses Played 27
4 Peter Wood Courses Played 26
= Geoffrey Steer Courses Played 26
6 Tyson Flynn Courses Played 25
7 david morgan Courses Played 24
8 Gregory Kuriata Courses Played 23
= Peter Martin Courses Played 23
10 Paul T Armstrong Courses Played 22