Sunday, August 6, 2017

2017 U.S. Women's Amateur Championship Preview




With the LPGA taking a much needed break (they played 12 consecutive weeks) it's time to switch our focus to an USGA event.

The 117th U.S. Women's Amateur championship will be held this week, and here are the key details:

Venue:  San Diego Country Club
Location:  Chula Vista, California
Yardage:  6,423
Par: 36/36 = 72
Field:  156 players
Dates:  August 7 - 13

The event will mark the third time that the club in Chula Vista, California will serve as the venue for a USGA championship, having also hosted the 1964 U.S. Women's Open, won by Mickey Wright in a playoff, as well as the 1993 U.S. Women's Amateur, won by Jill McGill.

Schedule of Play
Monday, Aug. 7 (Stroke Play, Round 1, 18 holes)
Tuesday, Aug. 8 (Stroke Play, Round 2, 18 holes)
Wednesday, Aug. 9 (Round of 64, match play)
Thursday, Aug. 10 (Round of 32/Round of 16, match play)
Friday, Aug. 11 (Quarterfinal matches)
Saturday, Aug. 12 (Semifinal matches)
Sunday, Aug. 13 (Championship Match, 36 holes)


Match-Play Cut
The low 64 scorers from stroke play will qualify for match play. If necessary, a playoff will be conducted to trim the draw to exactly 64 competitors.

Here are the round one tee times.

The average age of the 156 U.S. Women’s Amateur competitors is 18.86 years old.
Alexa Pano, 12, of Lake Worth, Fla., is the championship’s youngest competitor. The only 12-year-old in the field, Pano also played in the 2016 U.S. Women’s Amateur at age 11. Lucy Li, of Redwood Shores, Calif., now 14, set a U.S. Women’s Amateur record as the youngest competitor at 10 years, 10 months and 4 days old in 2013.
The championship’s oldest competitor is Meghan Stasi, 39, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. She shot a 73 and won a 4-for-1 playoff to earn the final spot from the sectional qualifier at Lawrence (Kan.) Country Club. This marks her 12th U.S. Women’s Amateur appearance, the most in the field.
Field by age:
Age 12-15, 16 players
Age 16-20, 108 players
Age 21-25, 28 players
Age 26-30, 1 player
Age 31-35, 2 players
Age 35-40, 1 player
There are 21 countries represented in the championship: Australia, Canada, Chinese Taipei, Denmark, England, France, Guatemala, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Paraguay, People’s Republic of China, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Republic of Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, and the United States.
There are 29 states represented in the championship: Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin.
Seventeen players are in the top 25 of the Women’s World Amateur Golf Ranking™ as of Aug. 2:
No. 3 – Albane Valenzuela
No. 4 – Jennifer Kupcho
No. 5 – Lilia Kha-Tu Vu
No. 6 – Andrea Lee
No. 7 – Mariel Galdiano
No. 8 – Cheyenne Knight
No. 11 – Hannah O’Sullivan
No. 12 – Wenbo Liu
No. 13 – Julia Engstrom
No. 15 – Lauren Stephenson
No. 16 – Kristen Gillman
No. 17 – Puk Lyng Thomsen
No. 18 – Virginia Elena Carta
No. 19 – Maria Torres
No. 20 – Haley Moore
No. 21 – Bailey Tardy
No. 24 – Hannah Kim
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Jennifer Kupcho holds up the Canadian Women's Amateur Championship trophy she won in July
Eight players in the field competed in the 2017 U.S. Women’s Open (July 13-16) at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J., with Jennifer Kupcho (74-72-71-71 = 288) shooting the lowest score. Kupcho (20, of Westminster, Colorado) also followed that impressive performance by winning the Canadian Amateur Championship a week later.
Television Coverage (All times EDT)
Aug. 9 (Round of 64 Matches): 6-9 p.m. (FS1)
Aug. 10 (Round of 32 Matches): 2-4 p.m. (usga.org)
Aug. 10 (Round of 16 Matches): 6-9 p.m. (FS1)
Aug. 11 (Quarterfinal Matches): 6-9 p.m. (FS1)
Aug. 12 (Semifinal Matches): 7-10 p.m. (FS1)
Aug. 13 (Championship Match: Morning 18): 12:30-2:30 p.m. (usga.org)
Aug. 13 (Championship Match: Afternoon 18): 4-7 p.m. (FS1)




This Week's Trivia Question:
Danielle Kang won the U.S. Women's Amateur Championship in 2011. Who did she defeat in the final round?

Update:  Sophia Shubert of the USA has won the Championship!!!



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