Far Hills, N.J. – The United States Golf Association has announced that The Honors Course in the Chattanooga, Tenn., suburb of Ooltewah has been selected to host the 2011 USGA Senior Women’s Amateur Championship. The championship, which will be played for the 50th time in 2011, will be held Sept. 10-15.
We’re delighted to be selected as the host of the 2011 USGA Senior Women’s Amateur Championship, said Joe Richardson, club president of The Honors Course. The Honors Course was created to honor amateur golf, so hosting a national amateur championship is special for us. With water being a factor on two of the last four holes, the course offers a great match-play setup for the championship.
Designed by Pete Dye and opened in 1983, The Honors Course sits at the foot of White Oak Mountain, near Chattanooga. The course has hosted two USGA championships, including the 1991 U.S. Amateur Championship (won by Mitch Voges) and the most recent USGA championship held in Tennessee, the 2005 U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship (won by Kevin Marsh). The 1994 Curtis Cup Match (9-9 tie) was also played at The Honors Course. The 2011 USGA Senior Women’s Amateur Championship will be the 12th USGA championship held in Tennessee.
In addition, The Honors Course was the site of the 1996 and 2010 NCAA Men’s Division I Championships. Tiger Woods won the individual title in 1996, while Scott Langley took the title last year. Augusta State won the team championship over Oklahoma State. The 1986 and 2004 Southern Amateurs were also contested at The Honors Course, as was the 2009 Tennessee State Amateur.
The USGA Senior Women’s Amateur Championship is open to female amateurs who are at least 50 years old and have a USGA Handicap Index® that does not exceed 18.4.
Future Senior Women’s Amateur Championships are scheduled for Hershey (Pa.) Country Club (Sept. 8-13, 2012) and CordeValle in San Martin, Calif. (Sept. 21-26, 2013).