FAR HILLS, N.J. ' The United States Golf Association announced today that in 2011 The Honors Course in Ooltewah, Tenn. will host the 50th USGA Senior Womens Amateur Championship, held Sept. 10-15.
Were delighted to be selected as the host of the 2011 USGA Senior Womens Amateur Championship, said Joe Richardson, club president of The Honors Course. The Honors Course was created to honor amateur golf, so hosting a national amateur championship is special for us. With water being a factor on two of the last four holes, the course offers a great match-play setup for the championship.
Designed by Pete Dye and opened in 1983, The Honors Course sits at the foot of White Oak Mountain, near Chattanooga. The course has hosted two USGA championships, including the 1991 U.S. Amateur Championship (won by Mitch Voges) and the most recent USGA championship held in Tennessee, the 2005 U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship (won by Kevin Marsh). The 1994 Curtis Cup Match (9-9 tie) was also played at The Honors Course. The 2011 USGA Senior Womens Amateur Championship will be the 12th USGA championship held in Tennessee.
In addition, The Honors Course was the site of the 1996 NCAA Mens Division I Championship, won by Tiger Woods, and the 1986 and 2004 Southern Amateurs. It will also host the 2009 Tennessee State Amateur and the 2010 NCAA Championships.
Prior to 2011, the USGA Senior Womens Amateur Championship will be played at The Homestead (Cascades Course) in Hot Springs, Va., Sept. 12-17, 2009, and at Fiddlesticks Country Club in Fort Myers, Fla., Oct. 9-14, 2010.
The USGA Senior Womens Amateur Championship is open to female amateurs who are at least 50 years old and have a USGA Handicap Index that does not exceed 18.4.