PAR AND YARDAGE
Red Tail Golf Club will play at 6,165/6,267 yards and a par of 36-36—72.
Red Tail Golf Club was designed by Brian Silva and opened in 2002.
HOLE BY HOLE
Holes 1-9 will play at 3,024/3,126 yards and par 36
Holes 10-18 will play at 3,141 and par 36
USGA AND MASSACHUSETTS
The 2009 U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links will be the 53rd USGA championship conducted in the state of Massachusetts. The last USGA championship in the state was the 2005 U.S. Junior Amateur at Longmeadow Country Club. The Women’s Public Links is making its first appearance in the state.
It is the first USGA championship for Red Tail Golf Club.
Massachusetts will welcome another USGA-organized event next year, when Essex County Club in Manchester, Mass., hosts the 2010 Curtis Cup from June 11-13.
GROUPINGS AND STARTING TIMES
Groupings and starting times will be distributed in the middle of June. They will also be posted on the USGA Web site at www.usga.org.
Log on to the WAPL site (www.uswapl.org) for the latest news and scores from the championship.
Admission is free. Tickets are not needed for this USGA championship and spectators are encouraged to attend.
SCHEDULE OF PLAY
WHO CAN PLAY
The U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links Championship is open to women amateur golfers who, since Jan. 1, 2009, have been bona fide public course players and have not held privileges at any course that does not extend playing privileges to the general public, or privileges of any private club maintaining its own course and have a USGA Handicap Index not exceeding 18.4. A bona fide public course player may hold incidental privileges of a course not open to the public when such privileges are provided by (1) an educational institution at which she is a student, or (2) a federal armed service of which she is a member or retired member, or (3) an industry by which she is employed or from which she is retired.
Sectional qualifying is scheduled to be held at 38 sites from May 24 – June 4.
A total of 678 entries were accepted for the 2009 championship. The record of 1,085 was set in 1986.
There are 23 players fully exempt from sectional qualifying who have entered the 2009 U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links Championship:
Sarah Almond, Albemarle, N.C. – 2008 U.S. Women’s Open qualifier
In June 1977, when the deadline for entries to the very first U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links Championship were tallied, this championship had attracted a field of 686 players – more than the combined fields of the 1977 Women’s Amateur, Women’s Open, Senior Women’s Amateur and Girls’ Junior. The total was amazing for several reasons. First, this was a new championship that would need time to build interest. Secondly, some states didn’t even have organizations to assist women public course players, conduct sectional qualifying, or raise funds. The 686 entries were drawn from only 24 states.
The 1977 Championship was played at Yahara Hills Golf Course (East Course) in Madison, Wis. Kelly Fuiks, 19, of Phoenix, Ariz., was the first champion. Fuiks won again in 1978 and was selected for the 1980 USA Curtis Cup team before turning professional. She is now married to noted instructor David Leadbetter.
Pearl Sinn accomplished a unique double in 1988 when she won the Women’s Amateur as well as the WAPL. When she repeated as WAPL Champion in 1989, she and Curtis Strange, who won the U.S. Open, were the only two to repeat as USGA champions that year.
Tiffany Joh of San Diego, Calif., defeated Jennifer Song of South Korea, 2 and 1, at Erin Hills Golf Course in Erin, Wis., becoming the fifth two-time WAPL champion. She won the 2006 Women’s Public Links at Walking Stick Golf Course in Pueblo, Colo., beating Kimberly Kim in the finals, 6 and 5. Joh has turned pro and thus ineligible to defend her title this year.
Former WAPL winners who have gone on to professional careers include Danielle Ammaccapane, Heather Farr, Lori Castillo, Tracy Kerdyk, Pearl Sinn, Tracy Hanson, Jill McGill, Jo Jo Robertson, Amy Spooner, Jody Niemann, Catherine Cartwright, Candie Kung, Ya-Ni Tseng, Michelle Wie, Annie Thurman Young and Eun Jung Lee. Former WAPL runners-up include Lauri Merten and Vicki Goetze. Virada Nirapathpongporn, the runner-up in 2003, won the 2003 U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship.
FOR THE WINNER
The champion receives:
The Women’s Amateur Public Links Trophy was presented in 1977 by Robert. F. Dwyer, of Portland, Ore. Dwyer was a member of the USGA Executive Committee from 1962 through 1974 and a member of the USGA Public Links Committee. At the same time, the USGA presented a team trophy.
In 2010, the championship will be played at The Warren Golf Club at Notre Dame in Notre Dame, Ind., from June 21-26.
USGA MEDIA CONTACT
Rhonda Glenn will be the USGA media representative on site. She can be reached on site at (978) 772-5500 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.