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The Womens Amateur Championship

The Womens 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 British 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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2019 Womens Amateur Champion

Emily Toy (ENG)

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

England’s Emily Toy produced the best performance of her career to win The 116th Women’s Amateur Championship at Royal County Down.

The 21-year-old defeated Amelia Garvey by one hole in the 18-hole final over the renowned links on the east coast of Northern Ireland.


Kilmarnock Barassie SML




Kilmarnock (Barassie)
25-29 August 2020

The 117th Womens Amateur Championship will take place at Kilmarnock (Barassie) Golf Club, which is located on the west coast of Scotland near Troon.

Kilmarnock (Barassie) Golf Club, a former Open Final Qualifying and Amateur Championship venue, is one of the finest links courses in Scotland.

The club was founded in 1887 and the course finally laid as 18 holes in 1937. Barassie, which also boasts a 9-hole layout, counts former Amateur champion Gordon Sherry and fellow ex-Walker Cup winning players Jim Milligan and Jack McDonald among its current members.

Contact details:

Kilmarnock (Barassie)
29 Hillhouse Road
KA10 6sy
Tel: +44 1292 313920



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The first stage of the 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, including the Final.

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 British 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 Womens Amateur Championship

Founded in 1893 by the Ladies’ Golf Union, the Womens 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 Womens 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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