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90th Women's Amateur Championship

Ritz-Carlton Members Golf Club - Bradenton
June 12-16, 2019
Entries Close: Wednesday, May 29th at 11:30 PM


The Women's Amateur Championship is the oldest and most prestigious event on the Women's Championship schedule. Located in Bradenton, The Ritz-Carlton Members Golf Club will host the 90th Women's Amateur along with co-host Laurel Oak Country Club's Gary Player Course for the first two rounds. Participants will have the opportunity to experience two beautiful golf courses. In its 90th year, past Champions include the names of Cristie Kerr, Meghan Stasi, Taffy Brower, and other notables. The format of this competitive Championship begins with 36 holes of stroke play to cut the field to the low 64 for match play.

Entry Fee

$160 (for GHIN handicap members)
$170 (for non-GHIN handicap members)

Entry fee includes all competitive rounds of golf, tee gift, and lunches for players after the final round of stroke play (Thursday), and during the last two match play days (Saturday-Sunday). Late entries will be accepted subject to a $10 late entry fee should the entrant gain acceptance into the field.

Eligibility

  • Female amateur golfer
  • Florida residency required
  • A valid USGA Handicap Index not exceeding 14.4
  • Entrant is not required to be a member of the FSGA

Championship Format

  • 36 holes of individual stroke play at Ritz-Carlton Members Club and Laurel Oak Country Club to determine the 64 qualifiers for match play
  • All players play 18 holes each at Ritz-Carlton Members Club and Laurel Oak Country Club
    on Wednesday and Thursday
  • A tie for last qualifier's place with be decided immediately by a hole-by-hole play-off
  • For purposes of determining places in the draw, ties in qualifying rounds will be decided by a blind draw
  • In the event of a tied match, the stipulated round is deemed to extend to as many holes as are required for a match to be won
  • All match play rounds will be played at Ritz-Carlton Members Club
  • Single elimination match play; no handicaps and no consolation matches or flights

Championship Field Size

  • Maximum of 156 players

Schedule of Events

Wednesday, June 12th

  • 6:30 - 9:00 AM - Player Registration

  • 7:30 - 9:18 AM - Round One tee times off #1 & #10 at Ritz-Carlton Members Club (Stroke play)

  • 7:30 - 9:18 AM - Round One tee times off #1 & #10 at Laurel Oak - Gary Player Course (Stroke play)

Thursday, June 13th

  • 6:30 - 9:00 AM - Player Registration

  • 7:30 - 9:18 AM - Round Two tee times off #1 & #10 at Ritz-Carlton Members Club (Stroke play)

  • 7:30 - 9:18 AM - Round Two tee times off #1 & #10 at Laurel Oak - Gary Player Course (Stroke play)
  • Field cut to low 64 (Play-off to immediately follow play, if needed, at Ritz-Carlton Members Club)

  • Lunch buffet provided 

Friday, June 14th

  • 7:30 - 9:15 AM - Round of 64 Matches, tee times off #1 & #10 at Ritz-Carlton Members Club

  • 12:00 PM - Round of 32 Matches, tee times off #1 & #10 at Ritz-Carlton Members Club

Saturday, June 15th

  • 8:00 - 9:00 AM - Round of 16 Matches, tee times off #1 at Ritz-Carlton Members Club

  • 12:15 PM - Quarterfinal Matches, tee times off #1 at Ritz-Carlton Members Club

  • Lunch provided to match play competitors

Sunday, June 16th

  • 8:00 - 8:15 AM - Semifinal Matches, tee times off #1 at Ritz-Carlton Members Club

  • 12:00 PM - Championship 18-hole Match, tee time off #1 at Ritz-Carlton Members Club

  • Lunch provided to match play competitors

Entry Priority

Entries will be accepted based upon the order of receipt. Entries received after the competitive field is full or after the close of entries, will be placed on an alternates list. Alternates will be contacted in the order of receipt of entry, if and when, a spot becomes available.

Approximate Yardage

  • 6,000 - 6,200 yards (Gross Only)

Defending Champion

Following the 36-hole stroke play qualifying rounds, Sophie Guo fired 66-67 to capture stroke play medalist honors. The 64 player cut line was set at a score of 155, eleven over par. The round of 64 began Thursday morning and saw the sight of 32 victors who would be moving on in the competition. Last year's Women's Amateur Stroke Play Champion, Roanne Tomlison, was among those 32 players to advance, winning her match over Isabel Herrera 6&5. Once down to the Round of 16, medalist Guo was unable to defeat Emma Bradley while Tomlinson fought through her first nine holes against Lauren Heinlein. Tomlinson turned things around on the back side, winning holes 11, 12, 13 and 14 and sealing her 3&2 victory. 

After being down throughout the majority of the front nine of the Quarterfinals, Roanne Tomlinson was able to bring her match against Emma Bradley back to all square at the turn. From there, Tomlinson birdied holes 10 and 13 to give her a 2 up lead and secure her spot in the Semifinals with a 2&1 victory. The hard work continued for Tomlinson into the Semifinals, defeating Mindy Herrick on the 19th hole, while Karoline Tuttle continued her winning streak by advancing past Carolin Schart, 3&1. In the end, Tomlinson defeated Tuttle 4&3 to be crowned Champion. 

Practice Rounds

Practice rounds are available one week prior to the championship on a space available basis and after 12:00 PM the weekend prior. Ritz-Carlton will NOT BE OPEN for practice rounds on Monday, June 10th. Includes cart and range balls prior to the round. The price for a practice round is $35.00 + tax. Please call 941-309-2900 to arrange your practice round at Ritz-Carlton Members Club and 941-378-3608 to arrange your practice round at Laurel Oak Country Club - Gary Player Course. The proper place to practice your golf swing is on the driving range, hitting multiple shots on the course is unacceptable.

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.

Other Policies

  • Spectators and Spectator Cart Policy - Click here.
  • Caddies - Caddies are allowed in all FSGA Championships except Junior events. However, a player must not use a parent, step-parent or guardian as a caddie. The caddie MUST walk and the player’s clubs must remain on the golf cart.
  • Championship Pace of Play Policy - Click here.
  • Local Rules and Terms of Competition - Click here.
  • Championship Policies - Click here to read the withdrawal, dress code, and other policies.
  • Procedures for Alternates - Click here for information on how alternates may gain entry into this Championship.
  • Conditions/ Schedule - The FSGA Championships Committee/on-site Rules Committee reserves the right to alter any of the conditions, provisions and/or schedules.  The decision of the Championships Committee/on-site Rules Committee in any matter will be final.

Host Hotel and Accommodations

Courtyard Marriott - Sarasota University Park
8305 Tourist Center Drive
University Park, FL 34201
941-360-2626

Hampton Inn & Suites - Sarasota/Lakewood Ranch
8565 Cooper Creek Blvd
University Park, FL 34201
941-355-8619

EVEN Hotel Sarasota - Lakewood Ranch
6231 Lake Osprey Drive
Sarasota, FL 34240
941-782-4400

Fairfield Inn & Suites - Sarasota/Lakewood Ranch
6105 Exchange Way
Bradenton, FL 34202
941-552-400

Click here to view booking information

Payment

The Ritz-Carlton Members Club accepts all major forms of payment. Laurel Oak accepts Visa and MasterCard.

Directions 

Ritz-Carlton Members Club
15150 70th Terrace East
Bradenton, FL 34202
941-309-2900

Click here for directions

Laurel Oak Country Club
2700 Gary Player Blvd
Sarasota, FL 34240
941-378-3608

Click here for directions

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