U.S. Women's Amateur

The first U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship was held at short notice, only one month after the 1895 U.S. Amateur and U.S. Open championships. The inaugural event was decided by stroke play, with Lucy Barnes Brown defeating her nearest opponent by two shots. The tournament changed to a match-play competition the following year and has remained so ever since.

The following notice appeared in the social column of a New York newspaper shortly after the first event: “Thirteen ladies played 18 holes of golf at the Meadow Brook Club, in Hempstead, recently. Mrs. Charles S. Brown, whose husband plays at the Shinnecock Hills Club, made the best score and thus won the United States championship for lady golfers.”

The Robert Cox Trophy - U.S. Women's Amateur Championship

The Robert Cox Trophy is the oldest original USGA trophy and has been presented annually to the ladies’ champion since 1896. After awarding a silver pitcher to the first winner, the USGA was offered a permanent trophy by Robert Cox, a Scottish MP, on the condition that the next championship was played at Morris County Golf Club in New Jersey.

The USGA accepted his condition, along with the sterling silver trophy which incorporates an enamel thistle overlay and large inset gems. Detailed scenes of St. Andrews appear on the front and back badges, while the base includes a classic tartan pattern.

The most decorated champion is Glenna Collett Vare, who won the Cox Trophy a record six times between 1922 and 1935. JoAnne Gunderson Carner, 5-time winner between 1957 and 1968, also triumphed in two U.S. Women’s Opens and one U.S. Girls’ Junior, to give her eight USGA championships in total. Only Bobby Jones and Tiger Woods (each with nine) have more.

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U.S. 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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Annandale

92nd California - Best in Area

Annandale Golf Club is a 1906 Willie Watson and Billy Bell design, altered down the years by a number of architects. The layout underwent a sympathetic makeover from Brian Silva to mark its centenary in 2007.

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Ansley (Settindown Creek)

14th Georgia - Best in Area

Formed by Bob Cupp in 1988, the front nine holes on the Settindown Creek course at Ansley Golf Club lie alongside Little River with the back nine routed over more elevated terrain.

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Barton Hills

16th Michigan - Best in Area

After remodelling work down the years, there wasn’t much left of the original Donald Ross course at Barton Hills Country Club until Ron Prichard restored the layout to its former glory in 2012.

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Biltmore Forest

21st North Carolina - Best in Area

Designed by Donald Ross in 1922 and lovingly restored by Brian Silva in 1998, the course at Biltmore Forest Country Club is set on a rolling landscape where a winding brook comes into play on a number of holes.

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Birmingham Country Club

23rd Michigan - Best in Area

Host venue for the PGA Championship in 1953 and the US Women’s Amateur in 1968, the course at Birmingham Country Club was laid out by the prolific Tom Bendelow in 1920, four years after the club’s formation.

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Brae Burn

22nd Massachusetts - Best in Area

Venue of the 1919 US Open, the 1928 US Amateur, the 1958 and 1970 Curtis Cup and the US Women’s Amateur in 1906, 1975 and 1997, Brae Burn Country Club has hosted more than its fair share of top golf competitions.

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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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Broadmoor Golf Club

29th Washington - Best in Area

Opened for play in 1927, the course at Broadmoor Golf Club is an A.V. Macan design located next to the University of Washington Arboretum in Seattle, with fairways routed over gently undulating terrain in two distinct returning nines.

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U.S. Women's Amateur Leaderboard

Rank Name Courses Played
1 Paul Rudovsky Courses Played 64
2 Joseph Andriole Courses Played 56
3 Cory Lewis Courses Played 54
4 Bob McCoy Courses Played 49
5 Fergal O'Leary Courses Played 43
6 Jon Gillman Courses Played 38
7 James Gold Courses Played 37
8 David Harak Courses Played 35
9 Mark White Courses Played 34
10 Andy Troeger Courses Played 32