15th NCGA Women’s Amateur Championship | Poppy Hills | July 1-2, 2019
The NCGA Women’s Amateur Championship is the association’s premier event for female golfers. In its short history, the 36-hole stroke play tournament has quickly become a fixture on the competitive calendar due to the caliber of host courses each year.
The 2008 championship saw an increased number of junior and college players competing, with the top three medalists all being collegiate players. The tournament record of 5-under-par 139 was set in 2016 by champion Camille Orito. Lynne Cowan is the only multiple-year winner, securing titles in back-to-back years 2006 and 2007.
In 2009, for the first time the Women’s Amateur was held at both Poppy Hills and Spyglass Hill golf courses. The championship also includes a senior division for players aged 50 and over. Lynne Cowan holds the senior women’s 36-hole scoring record with a 144 in 2016. Pat Cornett and Lynne Cowan hold the Senior record with three wins.
ENTRIES CLOSE: June 16, 2019
Entry Fee: $150 per player
Field limited to 76 eligible players in the championship division and 24 players in the senior division. All female golfers with a handicap index of 7.4 or less (or 18.4 or less for seniors) are eligible to enter. Format: 36 holes stroke play (18 holes per day).
Exemptions: All past NCGA Women’s and Senior Women’s Amateur champions receive a 10-year exemption.
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About Poppy Hills
Poppy Hills, which is owned by the NCGA, underwent an extensive renovation beginning in March of 2013 centered around water conservation, primarily by improving irrigation and drainage. Architect Robert Trent Jones II returned with his design firm, this time creating a firm, fast and fun course that unfolds seamlessly through the stunning Del Monte Forest. Jones reinvented the course architecturally, restoring each hole to its natural elevation along the forest floor, softening doglegs and contours, rebuilding all 18 greens with bentgrass, eliminating rough and introducing native waste areas that reduce irrigated turf by nearly 25%.
Despite the difficult windy conditions on the back nine, Antonia Malate finished with a bang. Malate played her final seven holes in one-under par, including a 12-foot birdie putt on the final green to cap off her first NCGA title in the Women’s Amateur Championship at Poppy Hills GC. Her final round 79 gave her a two day total of 10-over 154 and a one-shot victory over Arielle Swan-Smith Read Full 2018 Recap | View 2018 Photo Gallery
San Jose resident and defending NCGA Women’s Player of the Year Sabrina iqbal is doing her thing again. Iqbal, a junior at Pioneer High, jumped into the lead at this week’s annual NCGA Women’s Amateur Championship, posting a 1-under 71 Monday at par-72 Poppy Hills Golf Course. The winner of this year’s San Francisco City Women’s Championship, Iqbal had an up-and-down that evened out in the end. Read Full 2017 Recap | View 2017 Photo Gallery
It was a record-breaking performance by New Mexico State senior Camille Orito. A day after carding a women’s course record 6-under 66 at Poppy Hills, Orito slowed down with a 1-over 73 at par-72 Black Horse Golf Course in Seaside. Hitting the brakes a bit didn’t matter, however, as Orito cruised to a nine-stroke win in the annual NCGA Women’s Amateur Championship with a championship record two-day score of 5-under 139. Read Full 2016 Recap | View 2016 Photo Gallery
Alameda resident Carly Childs got exactly what she needed from her caddie, and did the rest of the work herself. Playing the new course for the first time, Childs, a senior at Cal, shot a final round 1-over 73 Tuesday at par-72 Poppy Hills Golf Course to win the annual NCGA Women’s Amateur Championship by three over runner-up Sara Banke of Danville. “It feels good,” said Childs, who finished the 36-hole event with a total of 1-over 146. “I’ve been working hard on my swing with my coach, and it paid off.” Read Full 2015 Recap | View 2015 Photo Gallery
It was all about Audra at the 10th NCGA Women’s Amateur Championship at Spyglass Hill Golf Course. Audra Kepler, an All-America from CSU-Monterey Bay, fired an impressive 1-under par 72 in Tuesday’s final round to finish with a 4-under par total of 142, the only player to finish under par for the tournament. Playing out of Buchanan Fields GC, Kepler began the round tied with Holly Bare of Sunnyside CC after both carded 2-under 70s on Monday at Del Monte Golf Course. Read Full 2014 Recap | See 2014 Photo Gallery
After impressive rounds at two extraordinarily difficult courses, Paige Lee (eClub Sacramento) carved her name into NCGA history as the 2013 NCGA Women’s Amateur champion. Lee jumped to the top of the leaderboard after carding a one-under-par 72 at Spyglass Hill in the first round and began the final round with a comfortable four-stroke lead … Read Full 2013 Recap
|2005||Jenelle Gomez at Poppy Hills||78-71-149|
|2006||Lynne Cowan at Poppy Hills||73-76-149|
|2007||Lynne Cowan at Poppy Hills||71-75-146|
|2008||Ki-Shui Liao at Spyglass Hill||79-79-158|
|2009||Joanne Lee at Spyglass Hill & Poppy Hills||81-73-154|
|2010||Emily Childs at Poppy Hills & Spyglass Hill||69-78-147|
|2011||Devon Brown at Spyglass Hill & Poppy Hills||70-72-142|
|2012||Andrea Wong at Poppy Hills & Spyglass Hill||72-74-146|
|2013||Paige Lee at Spyglass Hill & Spanish Bay||72-75-147|
|2014||Audra Kepler at Del Monte & Spyglass Hill||70-72-142|
|2015||Carly Childs at Spyglass Hill & Poppy Hills||73-73-146|
|2016||Camille Orito at Poppy Hills & Black Horse||66-73-139|
|2017||Sabrina Iqbal at Poppy Hills||71-76-147|
|2018||Antonia Malate at Poppy Hills||75-79-154|
Past Senior Champions
|2007||Marianne Towersey at Poppy Hills||76-78-154|
|2008||Lisa Stanley at Spyglass Hill||81-79-160|
|2009||Patricia Cornett at Spyglass Hill & Poppy Hills||76-80-156|
|2010||Patricia Cornett at Poppy Hills & Spyglass Hill||77-74-151|
|2011||Sandra Woodruff at Spyglass Hill & Poppy Hills||76-79-155|
|2012||Marianne Towersey at Poppy Hills & Spyglass Hill||73-76-149|
|2013||Sandra Woodruff at Spyglass Hill & Spanish Bay||78-77-155|
|2014||Lynne Cowan at Del Monte & Spyglass Hill||71-77-148|
|2015||Pat Cornett at Spyglass Hill & Poppy Hills||77-75-152|
|2016||Lynne Cowan at Poppy Hills & Black Horse||71-73-144|
|2017||Lynne Cowan at Poppy Hills||75-72-147|
|2018||Jennifer Douglas at Poppy Hills||79-74-153|