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95th Women's Amateur Championship

The Bear's Club, Jupiter, FL

June 13-16, 2024

Dyer Dominates Dramatic Comeback Win at Women's Amateur

JUPITER, Fla. – It was Sophia Dyer who raised the trophy on the 18th green at The Bear’s Club. Her name will be etched into FSGA history after her first FSGA championship victory. Dyer overcame a four-hole deficit in dramatic fashion to win two up on the eighteenth hole against One Kashima.

The Women’s Amateur is a marathon of golf as it began with 36 holes of stroke play seeding rounds. The field was then narrowed to the low 32 competitors in order to begin match play. The Round of 32 began on Friday afternoon, despite daunting weather and a few rain delays, the rounds were all abled to finish and the field was set for the Round of 16 on Saturday morning.

Sophia Dyer defeated Ryan Donaldson 4&2 in the Round of 32, and then faced Lauren Clark on Saturday morning. Dyer defeated Clark 2&1 to advance to the Quarterfinals on Saturday afternoon. Dyer’s match ended on the 16th hole where she defeated Nancy Cox 4&2. The marathon of golf continued for Dyer as she advanced to the Semifinals on Sunday morning where she defeated Kate Bibby 3&2 on the 16th hole once again.

On the other hand, One Kashima was also gliding through her matches on top. She defeated Remi Bacardi and then onto Brianna Castaldi 2&1 to advance to the Semifinals where she faced Kayla Holden. Kashima had a tight match with Holden, starting out the first six holes one down. However, Kashima won the sixth hole and the eighth hole to take a one up lead heading into the back nine of the Semifinals. Holden grabbed the win on the tenth hole to bring the match back to tied, but after Kashima won the 12th and 13th holes Holden could not manage a comeback. The match ended on the 17th hole with Kashima capturing a 2&1 victory.

The championship stage was set with One Kashima and Sophia Dyer competing for the victory and an exemption into the 124th U.S. Women’s Amateur. The match started off hot for Kashima as she won the second and third holes to go 2 up after three. She continued to win the fifth and sixth hole to extend her lead to four up through six holes. However, Dyer fought back with a birdie on the seventh to chisel on Kashima’s lead. The two competitors made the turn to their final nine holes with Kashima 2 up on Dyer. However, it was the back nine where Dyer explains that she had, “tunnel vision.” Dyer pulled off an incredible up and down on the tenth hole for a birdie and a win of the hole as she diminished Kashima’s lead one hole at a time. Another win on the 12th hole and the match was brought to All Square for the first time. Dyer took the lead for the first time during the match on the 16th hole and sealed the deal with a birdie on the 18th hole.

When asked how she made a comeback after being four down, Dyer stated, “I just had to stay patient. It’s really easy to mentally give up when you’re four down, but I knew my game is absolutely good enough to win this tournament and today I had everything to come out on top. I just had to wait and keep hitting shots and staying positive.”

To make this win even more special, Dyer had her parents there watching her make a spectacular comeback and raise the trophy on Father’s Day. Dyer said, “It’s really special. My dad is always such a huge supporter and he’s helped me through the game of golf my whole life, and it’s great to have this win for him.”

The 95th Women’s Amateur exceeded expectations not only with a fantastic host in The Bear’s Club, but also with the level of competition and talented players in the field. It was a battle against the weather for some of the rounds, however it all came down to two deserving and talented players. Dyer emerged on top as the third consecutive junior player to capture the Women’s Amateur Championship title.

Tee Information


Yardage / Info

Stroke Play Seeding

6,225 yds. 77.0 / 140

Par: 72

Weather Information




Scattered Thunderstorms

90 °F

Tournament Results

PosPosition Name Rd.1 Rd.2 TotalTotal Score Points
1 Amelie Zalsman 69 71 140 0
2 Chloe Kovelesky 70 73 143 0
3 Sophia Dyer 74 71 145 0
4 One Kashima 75 71 146 0
T5 Andie Smith 72 75 147 0
T5 Emma McKoan 70 77 147 0
T5 Youyang Li 72 75 147 0
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Tournament Summary

Format36 holes of individual gross stroke play, followed by match play

Eligibility Florida resident; Committee approval for players less than 13 years of age

Handicap:  Florida GHIN 10.0 or less

Entry Fee:  Qualifying - $100 | Exempt - $260

Qualifying:  2 local qualifying sites

Championship Format

  • 36 holes of individual gross stroke play to determine the 32 qualifiers for match play
  • All players play 18-holes on Thursday and Friday
  • A tie for last qualifier's place will be decided immediately by a hole-by-hole playoff - it is the player's responsibility to be present for any playoff
  • For purposes of determining places in the draw, ties in qualifying rounds will be decided by a blind draw
  • All match play rounds will be played at The Bear's Club
  • Single elimination match play; no handicaps and no consolation matches or flights


  • Female amateur golfer
  • Florida residency required
  • A valid Florida GHIN Handicap Index not exceeding 10.0 is required
  • Committee approval is required for entry if the player is less than 13 years of age

Entry Fee

Qualifying Fee - $100

Championship Fee - $195

Exempt Fee - $260

Late Fee - $20

  • Qualifying Fee: Qualifying Fee includes entry fee, range balls, Amateur hat, and any course and cart fee for the qualifying round
  • Championship Fee: Fee paid by those individuals who advance to the Championship through qualifying. Includes tee gifts and gift certificates, range balls and any course and cart fees for competitive rounds. Fee includes complimentary lunch after the first two rounds
  • Exempt Fee: Exempt Fee includes Championship Fee and Entry Fee for those individuals eligible for exemption
  • Late entries are subject to a $20 late entry fee should the entrant gain acceptance into the field

Schedule of Events

  • Wednesday, June 12th
    • 12:00 - 4:00 PM - Player registration
    • Player practice rounds - available through Golf Genius booking link
  • Thursday, June 13th
    • 6:30 - 9:00 AM - Player registration
    • 7:30 - 9:27 AM - Round one tee times off #1 & #10 
    • 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM - Player lunch buffet
  • Friday, June 14th
    • 8:00 AM - Round 2 Shotgun 
    • Field cut to low 32 (playoff to immediately follow play, if needed)
    • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM - Player lunch buffet
    • 1:30 PM - 2:45 PM - Round of 32 tee times off #1 & #10
  • Saturday, June 15th
    • 8:00AM - 8:56 AM - Round of 16, tee times off #1
    • 12:15PM - 1:00 PM - Quarterfinals, tee times off #1
  • Sunday, June 16th
    • 8:00AM - 8:15AM - Semifinals, tee times off #1
    • 11:30AM - Final Match off #1

Local Qualifying

  • 18 holes of stroke play at 2 qualifying sites
  • Cart fees are included in your qualifying fee
  • The number of qualifying spots will be posted at the host site and will be proportionate to other qualifying sites based on the size of the field
  • Ties for the last qualifying spot will also qualify (there are no playoffs)
  • Alternates will be determined by ordering the players that just missed qualifying, and ties for alternate spots will be broken by the USGA suggested method (last 9, last 6, last 3, etc.)

Entry Priority

  • Exempt players will be entered into the field on a first-come, first-served basis up to 75% (63 players) of the total field. Exempt players will be accepted first by tier one exemptions (see exemption table). Should the exemption limit not be reached by players falling in the tier one exemption criteria by the end of the entry priority deadline (May 8th), players in tier two (see exemption table) will then be accepted based on thier tier two WAGR standing.
  • Entries submitted by exempt players after the exemption limit has been reached will be placed into a qualifying location of their choice. Should the exempt limit not be reached, the remaining spots will be added to the local qualifying sites. If the exempt limit is reached before the entry deadline, and an exempt player subsequently withdraws, that spot will be offered to the next exempt player with an entry submitted. Once the entry deadline is passed, and an exempt player withdraws, that spot will be allocated to a qualifying site.
  • Players not meeting any of the exempt criteria must select one of the two qualifing sites available.
  • The FSGA may hold an undisclosed number of spots for exceptional circumstances. 

Practice Before & Between Rounds

  • During the stroke play qualifying seeding rounds, a player may not practice on the competition course before or between rounds.
  • Penalty for first breach: General Penalty.
  • Penalty for second breach: Disqualification.

Championship Practice Rounds

  • The cost of the practice round is $40 plus tax
  • Exempt and qualified competitors will receive an email with a Golf Genius link to book practice rounds after entries close. The link will be posted under tee times and information and communicated to those players competing in the Championship after the last qualifier is played.
  • The official practice round will be on Wednesday, June 12th.

Championship Information

Championship Policies

Player Information

Past Championships


Host Site

  • The Bear's Club
    250 Bears Club Dr.
    Jupiter, FL 33477
    • Directions
    • Payment - Cash & All Major Credit Cards are accepted at The Bear's Club


Host Hotel

Exemptions Earned From This Tournament

  • Winner
    • Next 20 Women's Amateur Championships

    • Next two Florida Women's Open Championships

    • USGA Exemption Event, which carries an exemption into the 124th U.S. Women's Amateur Championship.
  • Round of 16
    • Next year's Women's Amateur Championship