Far Hills, N.J. – The United States Golf Association (USGA) today announced Rolling Green Golf Club in Springfield, Pa., as the host site for the 2016 U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship. The dates of the championship are Aug. 8-14.
This will be the second USGA championship conducted at Rolling Green. In 1976, JoAnne Gunderson Carner captured her second U.S. Women’s Open by defeating defending champion Sandra Palmer by two strokes in an 18-hole playoff. It was Carner’s eighth and final USGA victory, the most by any female in USGA championship history.
“The USGA is very happy to bring another national championship to Rolling Green,” said Thomas J. O’Toole Jr., USGA vice president and Championship Committee chairman. “The course has already proven to be a formidable test, and it will undoubtedly present yet another stern challenge when it hosts the world's finest female amateur players.”
Legendary golf course architect William S. Flynn designed Rolling Green, a classic, parkland-style course that opened for play in 1926. The course retains the same routing conceived in Flynn’s original blueprints, and while modifications such as lengthening have been made, consistency with the initial design has been maintained as demonstrated by a 2006 bunker restoration project done with Forse Design.
Among Flynn’s other notable designs with USGA connections are Cherry Hills Country Club in Cherry Hills Village, Colo. (host site of the 2012 U.S. Amateur), The Country Club in Brookline, Mass. (host site of the 2013 U.S. Amateur), Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in Southampton, N.Y. (host site of the 2018 U.S. Open) and Lancaster (Pa.) Country Club (host site of the 2015 U.S. Women’s Open).
“We are honored to partner with the USGA in hosting the 2016 U.S. Women's Amateur Championship in the year in which we will be celebrating Rolling Green's 90th anniversary,” said Matt Dupre, the championship general co-chair at Rolling Green. “It is a privilege to highlight the best women amateurs in the world, and our members are looking forward to providing an overall great experience for players, spectators and volunteers.”
Rolling Green has been a frequent host of Pennsylvania Golf Association and Golf Association of Philadelphia championships. Most recently, the club was the venue for the 2012 State Amateur Championship, won by Andrew Mason. In 1990, it hosted the State Open Championship, with noted amateur and five-time USGA champion Jay Sigel taking the victory by one stroke over future U.S. Open champion Jim Furyk. It will again host the Pennsylvania Open Championship in 2015.
Rolling Green is also the permanent home of the Francis X. Hussey Memorial, a better-ball, stroke-play championship for junior golfers begun in 1985 and conducted by the Golf Association of Philadelphia. Rolling Green has also hosted many USGA qualifying events.
The U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship was first conducted in 1895 and was one of the USGA’s first three championships. It is open to female amateurs who have a USGA Handicap Index® not exceeding 5.4. The 2013 championship will be conducted Aug. 5-11 at the Country Club of Charleston in South Carolina, while the 2014 championship will be conducted Aug. 4-10 at Nassau Country Club in Glen Cove, N.Y. The host site for the 2015 U.S. Women’s Amateur has not been announced.