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