The 22nd Washington State Women’s Amateur Championship will be held concurrently with the 16th Washington State Senior Women’s Amateur Championship and 2nd Washington State Super Senior Women’s Amateur Championship at The Cedars at Dungeness in Sequim, Wash. on June 23-25.
All three championships will be conducted by the Washington State Golf Association, and will be contested over 54 holes of stroke play. Tee times begin Tuesday, June 23 at 7:30 a.m.
For a complete list of tee times, pairings and daily updates, visit www.thewsga.org.
The Washington State Women’s Amateur is the state’s premier amateur championship for women, and traditionally draws the region’s best players. Last year Jordan Ferreira of University Place, Wash. cruised to a four stroke victory in the Washington State Women’s Amateur Championship held at Port Ludlow (Wash.) Golf Club. Ferreira had qualified for the 2014 U.S. Women’s Open, and was named the 2014 WSGA Women’s Player of the Year.
Alison Murdoch of Victoria, B.C. came from behind to win her second Senior Women’s Amateur Championship last year, while Carol Dick of Lakewood, Wash. went wire-to-wire to win the inaugural Super Senior Women’s Amateur Championship by five strokes over Mary Ryan of Renton, Wash.
Some notable names in this year’s Women’s Amateur field include Alivia Brown, last year’s runner-up and current Washington State University player; Sierra Kersten, the 2013 and 2014 WSGA Junior Girls’ Player of the Year; Shawn Farmer, the 2014 WSGA Mid-Amateur Player of the Year; and Leslie Folsom, the 2012 and 2013 WSGA Mid-Amateur Player of the Year and winner of both the 2014 and 2015 WSGA Champion of Champions.
The Senior Women’s field includes notable names such as Ginny Burkey, the 2011 Washington State Senior Women’s Amateur Champion and 2011 WSGA Senior Women’s Player of the Year; Lisa Smego, a three-time winner of the Washington State Senior Women’s Amateur (2006, 2007, 2013); and Yasue Alkins, winner of the 2009 and 2012 Washington State Senior Women’s Amateur Championships.
Past champions of the Washington State Women’s Amateur have gone on to make their mark in the golf community, and include Paige Mackenzie (2002), a member of the University of Washington Athletic Hall of Fame who finished her senior year ranked the No. 1 golfer in the nation by Golfweek, and is a television personality on Golf Channel and LPGA Tour player; Kelli Kamimura (2001) now is the head coach of the women’s golf team at Washington State University; Jimin Kang (1999), who was the runner-up at the 1999 U.S. Women’s Amateur while still in high school, and now a two-time winner on the LPGA Tour; Molly Cooper (1997, 2000), who was medalist at the 2000 U.S. Women’s Amateur qualifier, and who now is the Director of Tournament & Member Programs at the Pacific Northwest Section PGA; Renee Skidmore (2005), who competed on Golf Channel’s “Big Break” series; and Erynne Lee (2011), who was selected the WSGA Women’s Player of the Year in three consecutive years, made it to the quarterfinals or better of the U.S. Women’s Amateur three times, and is now a rising star on the UCLA women’s golf team.
Known to be one of the driest courses in Western Washington, The Cedars at Dungeness sits in the northeast corner of the Olympic Peninsula. The Jack Reimer design opened in 1969.
Founded in 1922, the WSGA is a 501c4 non-profit, amateur golf association governed by men and women volunteers. Serving over 68,000 individual members at more than 550 member golf clubs and 270 golf courses throughout the state of Washington and Northern Idaho, the WSGA works to continually expand the game of golf to people of all backgrounds.
The WSGA also serves as a statewide representative of the United States Golf Association (USGA) and works closely with a number of allied associations within the golf industry for the betterment of the game.