U.S. Senior Women's Amateur

The U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur got off the ground in 1962 as a 54-hole stroke play competition played over three days for women golfers aged 50 and over. In 1997, the USGA decided to change the format, so competitors would now be involved in 36 holes of on-site stroke play qualifying (with a medal awarded to the player(s) with the lowest aggregate score) followed by match play ties for the leading 64 players.

There were 96 entries for the first event and this number has risen steadily over the years, averaging around 475 per annum in the new millennium. Starting in 2018, the reigning champion and runner-up, and the preceding year's champion, are eligible to participate in the U.S. Senior Women’s Open.

U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur Championship Trophy

The inaugural contest took place at Manufacturers’ Golf & Country Club in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, with Maureen Orcutt winning by seven strokes from her nearest rival. There’s no name for the large, scroll-handled trophy she was presented with and all we know is that it was purchased by the Friends of Senior Golf and the USGA and it’s reckoned to have been made in Dublin, Ireland in 1897.

New York-born Carolyn Cudone, former Curtis Cup team member in 1956 and team captain in 1970, won the Senior Women’s Amateur five years in succession, starting in 1968. A long-time resident of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and a member of the Dunes Golf & Beach Club, Cudone also finished in the runner-up spot on another two occasions, in 1974 and 1975.

Another Curtis Cup player from the 1970 United States team, Alice Dye, also finished second in 1977 and 1981, but in between those two disappointments she had back-to-back victories at Rancho Bernardo Golf Club in San Diego, Cal...

U.S. Senior Women's Amateur host courses

Allegheny

23rd Pennsylvania - Best in Area

First set out by Tom Bendelow on a 150-acre site in 1902, the old course at Allegheny Country Club was subsequently redesigned by Donald Ross in 1923 and more recently renovated by Ed Seay and then restored by Gil Hanse.

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Apawamis

61st New York - Best in Area

Founded initially as a social organization in 1890, Willie Dunn Jr. laid out the course at the Apawamis Club in the early 1900s. Dunn served as the head professional at Westward Ho! and also designed the original course at Biarritz Le Phare with his brother Tom...

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Atlantic City

20th New Jersey - Best in Area

This venerable course has hosted national championships on several occasions over the years and Atlantic City Country Club claim to have coined the golfing term “birdie”.

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Barton Creek (Fazio Foothills)

30th Texas - Best in Area

One of four 18-hole designs at the Barton Creek resort, the Fazio Foothills layout was constructed on an undulating site that enjoys significant elevation changes during a round.

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Broadmoor (East)

6th Colorado - Best in Area

Golf arrived at the Broadmoor Resort in 1918 when Donald Ross created an 18-holer which was split in two when Robert Trent Jones Snr added two 9-hole loops, forming the East course in 1952 and the West in 1964.

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Cedar Rapids

3rd Iowa - Best in Area

Ron Prichard has been retained by members of Cedar Rapids Country Club to oversee the faithful restoration of a course that’s said to be the only Donald Ross-designed layout in the Hawkeye state.

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CordeValle

22nd California - Best in Area

Host to the 2016 US Women’s Open, won by American Brittany Lang, the course at the CordeValle Resort is a Robert Trent Jones Jnr design that can be stretched to all of 7,360 yards for competitive play.

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Country Club of Florida

34th Florida - Best in Area

Situated a couple of miles from Bonyton Beach, the course at the Country Club of Florida was originally built by members of Augusta National who enlisted Robert Bruce Harris to design an expansive layout...

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Del Paso

61st California - Best in Area

Del Paso Country Club in Sacramento was founded in 1916 and the original John Black-designed course underwent several large-scale renovations before a major redesign by Kyle Phillips in 2006. Ten years later, the club hosted its fifth USGA championship, the 2015 U.S. Senior Open.

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Desert Mountain (Cochise)

38th Arizona - Best in Area

The Cochise at Desert Mountain Club is the shortest of six courses that Jack Nicklaus designed at this massive golf facility. Debuting in 1987, the Cochise hosted the first Champions Tour Tradition tournament the following year and the event remained here until moving in 2002.

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U.S. Senior Women's Amateur Leaderboard

Rank Name Courses Played
1 Joseph Andriole Courses Played 27
= James VanArsdall Courses Played 27
3 Paul Rudovsky Courses Played 26
4 Bob McCoy Courses Played 24
5 David Harak Courses Played 22
= Jon Gillman Courses Played 22
7 Joshua Asher Courses Played 21
8 Pam Allen Courses Played 20
= Bill Vostniak Courses Played 20
10 James Gold Courses Played 18