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NCGA Women’s Amateur Championship

10th NCGA Women’s Amateur Championship | Del Monte GC & Spyglass Hill GC | June 9-10, 2014


2013 NCGA Women’s Amateur Champion: Paige Lee

The NCGA Women’s Amateur Championship is the association’s premier event for female golfers.  In its short history, the 36-hole stroke play tournament has quickly become a fixture on the competitive calendar due to the caliber of host courses each year.

The 2008 championship saw an increased number of junior and college players competing, with the top three medalists all being collegiate players.  The tournament record of three-under-par 142 was set in 2011 by champion Devon Brown. Lynne Cowan is the only multiple-year winner, securing titles in back-to-back years 2006 and 2007.

In 2009, for the first time the Women’s Amateur was held at both Poppy Hills and Spyglass Hill golf courses.  The championship also includes a senior division for players aged 50 and over. Marianne Towersey holds the senior women’s 36-hole scoring record with a 149 in 2012. Towersey, Sandra Woodruff and Patricia Cornett are each tied for the most senior women’s titles with two apiece.

Eligibility Information

ENTRIES CLOSE: May 16, 2014

Field limited to 76 eligible players in the championship division and 24 players in the senior division. All female golfers with a handicap index of 7.4 or less (or 9.4 or less for seniors) are eligible to enter. Format: 36 holes stroke play (18 holes per day).

Exemptions: All past NCGA Women’s and Senior Women’s Amateur champions receive a 10-year exemption. Women’s and Senior Women’s Exemptions.

 About Spyglass Hill GC

Spyglass Hill No. 14

Ranked number 11 on “America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses” list by Golf Digest for 2011-2012.  Spyglass Hill was designed by Robert Trent Jones, Sr., as a part of the master plan for the Pebble Beach ocean front between Cypress Point and Pebble Beach. Opened in 1966, the design features two distinctly different kinds of terrain that influence the way the holes look and play.

The first five holes roll through sandy seaside dunes challenging the golfer to carefully pick the safest path. The following 13 holes are cut through pine trees with elevated greens and strategically placed bunkers and lakes to grab the errant shot.  Spyglass Hill is rated one of the toughest courses in the world from the Championship tees, boasting a course rating of 75.5 and a slope rating of 147. The PGA Tour consistently lists Spyglass Hill’s holes 6, 8 and 16 among the toughest on the tour, and during the 1999 United States Amateur, the stroke average of the field during medal play was in excess of 79.

Spyglass Hill Course Tour | Get driving directions

About Del Monte GC

Del Monte GC No. 9

Revered as the oldest course in continuous operation west of the Mississippi, Del Monte GC provides a parkland style golf course minutes away from the Pacific Ocean. Having been open for play since 1897, the course was designed by Charles Maud a golf and polo enthusiast. The layout provides many tree-lined fairways and plays 6,365 yards with a course rating of 71.5 from the championship tees. Del Monte was the original host of the California State Amateur Championship and is also a regular host—along with Pebble Beach GL—of the Callaway Golf Pebble Beach Invitational and the Champions Tour First Tee Open.

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Tournament Recaps

After impressive rounds at two extraordinarily difficult courses, Paige Lee (eClub Sacramento) carved her name into NCGA history as the 2013 NCGA Women’s Amateur champion. Lee jumped to the top of the leaderboard after carding a one-under-par 72 at Spyglass Hill in the first round and began the final round with a comfortable four-stroke lead … Read Full 2013 Recap | See 2013 Photo Gallery

Andrea Wong, recent graduate of Saint Ignatius College Prep in San Francisco, entered the day tied for second after an even-par 72 in the first round. She coupled her steady first round with a second-day total of 74 to finish 1-over for the championship. In total, she rolled in 25 pars, six bogeys and five birdies including a front-nine 34 in the final round…Read Full 2012 Recap | View 2012 Photo Gallery


Past Champions

2005 Jenelle Gomez at Poppy Hills 78-71-149
2006 Lynne Cowan at Poppy Hills 73-76-149
2007 Lynne Cowan at Poppy Hills 71-75-146
2008 Ki-Shui Liao at Spyglass Hill 79-79-158
2009 Joanne Lee at Spyglass Hill & Poppy Hills 81-73-154
2010 Emily Childs at Poppy Hills & Spyglass Hill 69-78-147
2011 Devon Brown at Spyglass Hill & Poppy Hills 70-72-142
2012 Andrea Wong at Poppy Hills & Spyglass Hill 72-74-146
2013 Paige Lee at Spyglass Hill & Spanish Bay 72-75-147

Past Senior Champions

2007 Marianne Towersey at Poppy Hills 76-78-154
2008 Lisa Stanley at Spyglass Hill 81-79-160
2009 Patricia Cornett at Spyglass Hill & Poppy Hills 76-80-156
2010 Patricia Cornett at Poppy Hills & Spyglass Hill 77-74-151
2011 Sandra Woodruff at Spyglass Hill & Poppy Hills 76-79-155
2012 Marianne Towersey at Poppy Hills & Spyglass Hill 73-76-149
2013 Sandra Woodruff at Spyglass Hill & Spanish Bay 78-77-155