The 156 competitors in the U.S. Women’s Amateur that begins Monday at the Country Club of Charleston are a diverse group. They come from as close as Goose Creek and from as far away as China, Japan, Korea, New Zealand and Australia. They represent four of the seven continents — North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.
U.S. Women’s Amateur
WHEN: Aug. 5-11
WHERE: Country Club of Charleston
WHAT: An international field of 156 golfers play 36 holes of stroke play Monday and Tuesday, with the top 64 advancing to the match play portion of the tournament.
Tee times: Monday and Tuesday begin at 7:30 a.m. and continue until 2:30 p.m.
PARKING: No parking at the Country Club. Public parking is available at the vacant space located at Folly Road and Albemarle Road, with shuttles running every 15 minutes from 5:15 a.m. until 9 p.m.
TV: The Golf Channel (3-5 p.m. Wednesday; 4-6 p.m. Thursday-Sunday)
Thirty-one states and 20 countries are represented in the field. California has the most qualifiers with 30. Ten players are from Florida, and South Carolina has the third-largest group with eight.
South Carolina’s representatives in this year’s Women’s Amateur include: Katelyn Dambaugh of Goose Creek, the 2010 U.S. Girls Junior runner-up; McKenzie Talbert of North Augusta, the 2010 Beth Daniel Junior Azalea winner at the Country Club of Charleston; 2012 Carolinas Women’s Player of the Year Dawn Woodard of Greer; two-time Carolinas Juniors champion Kelli Murphy of Elgin; Lauren Stephenson of Lexington; Lily Bartell of Hilton Head; Katy Funk of Spartanburg; and Anne Marie Covar of Edgefield.
The average age of the golfers this year is 19.5 years old. They range from 10-year-old Lucy Li of Redwood Shores, Calif., who will become the youngest player ever in the Women’s Amateur, to 53-year-old Liz Waynick of Scottsdale, Ariz., who was the youngest player in the 1976 U.S. Women’s Amateur field at age 16. Waynick was the runner-up in the 2012 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur.
There are eight U.S. Golf Association champions and nine USGA runners-up in the field, including Doris Chen of Bradenton, Fla., who beat Dambaugh in the final of the 2010 U.S. Girls Junior.
There are two sets of sisters in the field, Anna Grace (16) and Emma (22) Lavy of Fayetteville, Ark., and 18-year-old twins Leona and Lisa Maguire of Ireland.
A record 1,170 golfers attempted to qualify for the 2013 U.S. Women’s Amateur. The tournament begins with 36 holes of qualifying on Monday and Tuesday. Tee times begin at 6:30 a.m. and continue until 2:20 p.m. The top 64 players advance to match play, which culminates with a scheduled 36-hole championship match.
Admission is free. There is no parking at the Country Club of Charleston. Public parking is available at the vacant space located at Folly Road and Albemarle Road, with shuttles running every 15 minutes from 5:15 a.m. until 9 p.m.
The Golf Channel will begin coverage on Wednesday from 3-5 p.m., with coverage Thursday through Sunday scheduled from 4-6 p.m.