West Penn Women's Amateur returns, Senior Women's Amateurs to begin

Posted April 3, 2017 - Western Pennsylvania Golf Association - Contact

The WPGA conducting qualifying for the 2016 U.S. Girls' Junior Championship

The Western Pennsylvania Golf Association's Executive Committee has voted to reinstitute the West Penn Women's Amateur Championship, and to start conducting a Senior Women's and Super Senior Women's Amateur Championships in 2017.

The competitions will be held on Wednesday, July 5, at Cranberry Highlands Golf Course. All will be conducted jointly with the Women's Golf Association of Western Pennsylvania.

“We’re pleased to continue working with the Women’s Golf Association to further support women’s golf in our jurisdiction,” WPGA Executive Director Terry Teasdale said. “We haven’t conducted our Women’s Amateur in a decade, and we look forward to its return as well as the establishment of championships in senior women’s golf.”

The Women's Amateur was previously conducted from 1999-2007. Competitors will play for the Judy Oliver Trophy. Judy Oliver was inducted to the Western Pennsylvania Golf Hall of Fame on October 14, 2015.

Each event is open to any female golfer residing in Western Pennsylvania or maintaining membership with a WPGA or WGAWP Member Club.

“The Women’s Golf Association of Western PA is very excited and enthusiastic about partnering with West Penn Golf Association to reinitiate the Western Pennsylvania Women’s Amateur and expanding it to include Senior and Super Senior divisions,” Corinne Lacich, WGAWP President, said. “This creates more opportunities for competitive amateur golf for all women in our area and helps grow the game we love.”

Women golfers age 50 and older are eligible to compete in the Senior Women's Amateur, and golfers age 65 and older are eligible to compete in the Super Senior Women's Amateur. As part of the Women’s Amateur, a junior champion (age 18 & under) will be identified. All golfers must have a verifiable Handicap Index of 22.5 or lower to compete. Any golfer may compete for the overall championship. Net prizes will be awarded in each competition.

The top ten and ties will earn exemptions into the 2018 championships.