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The Women's Amateur Championship

The Women's Amateur Championship was founded in 1893 by the Ladies Golf Union and was first played at Royal Lytham and St Annes with Lady Margaret Scott crowned the champion.

Today, the championship attracts a top international field with an impressive list of former winners including McCormack Medal winner Leona Maguire, and Major champions Georgia Hall and Anna Nordqvist.

The winner gains entry to the AIG Women’s Open, US Women’s Open, The Evian Championship and Augusta National Women's Amateur Championship as well as lifting the historic trophy.

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2021 Women's Amateur Champion

Louise Duncan (SCO)

Leonie Harm won The 115th Ladies’ British Open Amateur Championship at Hillside Golf Club

Scotland's Louise Duncan claimed the biggest title of her career after winning the 118th Women’s Amateur Championship at Kilmarnock (Barassie).

The 21-year-old dominated the final to defeat Jóhanna Lea Lúðvíksdóttir of Iceland, 18, by a record 9&8 margin.



Kilmarnock Barassie SML




Hunstanton Golf Club
20-25 June 2022

The 119th Women’s Amateur Championship will be staged Hunstanton in 2022.

Host Club:

Hunstanton Golf Club





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The first stage of the 2021 Championship involves 144 players each of whom plays two rounds of 18 holes. The 64 lowest scores over the 36 holes will compete in the match play stage of the Championship. Each match will consist of one round of 18 holes, apart from the Final which will be over 36 holes.

The ‘Pam Barton Memorial Salver’ is awarded to the winner of the Championship, while the runner-up receives The Diana Fishwick Cup. An international team award is presented after the stroke play qualifying rounds.

The champion also receives full exemptions to the AIG Women’s Open, US Women’s Open, The Evian Championship and Augusta National Women's Amateur Championship in the current year provided she is still an amateur at the time of the championship.






History of The Women's Amateur Championship

Founded in 1893 by the Ladies’ Golf Union, the Women's Amateur was first played at Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club in Lancashire.

The first three championships were won by England’s Lady Margaret Scott, who defeated the founder and secretary of the Ladies’ Golf Union Issette Pearson in the final of her first two victories.

Before the rise of the women’s professional game, the Women's Amateur was one of the most important golf events for female competitors. Today, along with the US Women’s Amateur Golf Championship, it is considered the highest honour in women’s amateur golf.

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