9th NCGA Women’s Amateur Championship | Spyglass Hill GC & Spanish Bay GC | June 10-11, 2013
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.
ENTRIES CLOSE: May 17, 2013
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.
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
Devon Brown prevailed over rough weather and tough competition to take home the NCGA Women’s Championship title carding an impressive three-under-par 142 at Poppy Hills. Brown’s strong first round score of three-under-par 70 gave her the lead heading into the finals. Last year’s champion Emily Childs was a close runner up carding an overall 146. Read Full 2011 Recap | View 2011 Photo Gallery
Round two of the championship was a fight to the finish as players brought their “A” game to Spyglass Hill. Emily Childs nabbed the NCGA Women’s Championship title carding a two-over-par 147. Childs’ strong first-round score of three-under-par 69 enabled her to hold one to her lead after a rocky front nine start today. Read Full 2010 Recap | View 2010 Photo Gallery
Short game was the key for Joanne Lee as she nabbed the NCGA Women’s Championship at Poppy Hills. Lee headed straight for the chipping area after yesterday’s round at Spyglass Hill and it paid off today. The Cal Berkeley junior parred the first five holes of the day and then went on to make birdie at the par-4 8th hole and also the par-5 12th. ”I felt like I could attack the pins more today,” said Lee… Read Full 2009 Recap | View 2009 Photo Gallery
Ki-Shui Liao charged to the biggest victory of her career, capturing the NCGA Women’s Amateur Championship title on Tuesday at Spyglass Hill. The soon-to-be senior at Stanford posted a pair of 79s on what proved to be a tough 6,207-yard layout, to win the championship by a single stroke over Diane Kwon of Fremont Park GC…
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Same setting and outcome, different year. Lynne Cowan claimed her second consecutive NCGA Women’s Championship at Poppy Hills Friday. The battle for first place raged until the final putt. Defending champion Cowan put it all on the line and birdied the 18th hole for a one-stroke victory. With a two-day 146 total, Cowan had just enough to hold off last years runner-up Jenelle Gomez… Read Full 2007 Recap | View 2007 Photo Gallery
|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|
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|
About Spyglass Hill GC
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.
About Spanish Bay
Ranked number 57 on “America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses” list by Golf Digest for 2011-2012. Spanish Bay was designed by a trio of golf legends across various aspects of the game, Tom Watson (eight-time major winner), Sandy Tatum (former USGA president) and Robert Trent Jones Jr. (designer of more than 250 courses worldwide). Their intention in the design was to create a true links golf course, similar to golf courses commonly found in Scotland. Stretching 6,821 yards from the Championship tees with a course rating of 74.2, the Links at Spanish Bay provides a demamding challenge for all golfers. When the course opened in November of 1987, Watson fired a five-under 67, which still stands as the official course record.