2018 The Womens Amateur Champion
Leonie Harm (GER)
Leonie Harm won The 115th The Womens Amateur Championship at Hillside Golf Club, defeating USA's Stephanie Lau 3&2 to seal the biggest win of her career. Harm became the first German to win the championship in it's 155 year history.
Royal County Down
11-15 June 2019
The 116th The Womens Amateur Championship will take place at Royal County Down. Hillside is located on the north east coast of Ireland in the town of Newcastle. The Royal County Down Golf Club was founded in 1889 by a group of influential business and professional men from Belfast. There is some evidence to suggest that even before then a rudimentary form of golf was being played by the townsfolk on the rabbit warren at Newcastle.
The course has witnessed many wonderful championships. From 1893, when the second Irish Open Amateur Championship was held, until the present time, Royal County Down has been synonymous with the best in amateur golf.
It has been the venue for the Walker Cup (2007), the Curtis Cup (1968), the Amateur Championship (twice), Home Internationals (three times) and, on no fewer than eight occasions, The Womens Amateur Championship, as well as numerous other leading amateur events.
Royal County Down Golf Club
36 Golf Links Road
Tel: +44 (028) 43 723314
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.
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.
Selection of images from the Womens Amateur Championship, find all the photos HERE.