Crooked Stick Gears Up For Women’s Amateur
By Rhonda Glenn, USGA
Carmel, Ind. – The 2007 United States Women’s Amateur Championship was officially opened to broadcast media and print reporters July 16 with Media Day, conducted by the USGA and Crooked Stick G.C.
Some 30 reporters and guests were on hand to play the championship course where the Women’s Amateur begins Aug. 6. During luncheon following play, two-time USGA Senior Women’s Amateur champion Alice Dye spoke to members of the media. Dye, a former member of the USA Curtis Cup team, is the only woman president of the American Society of Golf Course Architects. With her husband, renowned golf course architect Pete Dye, she helped design the Crooked Stick course and lives near the 18th fairway.
Dye humorously recalled her days in USGA competitions and as a member of the Curtis Cup team.
Joe Luigs, a Crooked Stick member who is co-general chairman of the 2007 Women’s Amateur with Sally Peacock, also addressed the group. Luigs pointed to a contestants’ scroll from the 1982 U.S. Junior Amateur, which was played at Crooked Stick. He reminded the assembled members of the media that many of those contestants from 25 years ago are the stars of professional golf today and said that many of this year’s Women’s Amateur contestants will similarly go on to great careers in the game.
The Women’s Amateur kicks off with two rounds of stroke-play qualifying, Aug. 6 and 7, to be followed by match play through the final, which will be conducted Aug. 12.
Kimberly Kim, 15, who won last year as a 14 year old and became the youngest champion in the history of the Women’s Amateur, is the defending champion.
Parking and admission to the championship are free and the public is invited to attend.
U.S. Women's Amateur
HISTORY:The U.S. Women’s Amateur is one of the United States Golf Association’s original three championships. It was first conducted in 1895, shortly after the inaugural U.S. Amateur and U.S. Open. The Women’s Amateur has since been conducted every year except 1917-18, when it was temporarily suspended because of World War I, and 1942-45, when it was suspended because of World War II.
PAR & YARDAGE: Yardage for the Crooked Stick Golf Club will be set at 6,595 yards, par 72.
ARCHITECT: Opened in 1964, the course was designed by Pete Dye. Crooked Stick is hosting its fifth USGA championship. It also hosted the 1991 PGA Championship, won by John Daly, and the 2005 Solheim Cup Matches.
Fairways – Cut to ½ inch
Tees and collars of greens – Cut to 3/8 inch
Putting greens – Prepared to be firm and fast to measure approximately 10 ½ to 11 feet on the USGA Stimpmeter
Intermediate rough – Cut to 1 ½ inches, approximately 6 feet wide along fairways
Primary rough – Cut to 2 ½ to 3 inches
Player courtesy walks – Cut to 1 ½ inches, approximately 6 feet wide
The Championship setup will result in a new USGA Course Rating ™ of 78.8 and a Slope Rating ® of 143.
FORMAT: The Women’s Amateur is conducted with 36 holes of stroke-play qualifying. The low 64 scorers then advance to match play, with the champion determined by a 36-hole match-play final
- Monday, Aug. 6 – First round, stroke play (18 holes)
- Tuesday, Aug. 7 – Second round, stroke play (18 holes). After conclusion of the 36 holes, the field will be cut to the low 64 scorers, who will advance to match play.
- Wednesday, Aug. 8 – First round, match play (18 holes)
- Thursday, Aug. 9 – Second round, match play (18 holes). Third round, match play (18 holes)
- Friday, Aug. 10 – Quarterfinals, match play (18 holes)
- Saturday, Aug. 11 – Semifinals, match play (18 holes)
- Sunday, Aug. 12 – Final, match play (36 holes)