Field Set for US Womens Amateur Public Links Champ


USGAThe U.S. Womens Amateur Public Links Championship gets underway this Tuesday at the Kemper Lakes Golf Club in Long Grove, Ill.
This is the 25th edition of the event, which is run by the USGA. It was first championed by Kelly Fuiks at the Yahara Hills Golf Course in 1977.
This years defending champion is Catherine Cartwright, 17, of Bonita Springs, Fla. Cartwright became the events youngest champion when she defeated Thailands Russamee Gulyanamitta 3-and-1 in the final day.
According to USGA rules, this event is open to amateur women golfers who ' since Jan. 1, 2001 ' have been bona fide public course players and have not held privileges at any course that does not extend playing privileges to the general public, or privileges of any private club maintaining its own course.
The field is set at 147 players. Following the first two days of stroke-play qualifying (on Tuesday and Wednesday), the low 64 will advance into the advanced stages. Those stages are listed below:
Thursday, June 21 ' First Round of Match Play
Friday, June 22 ' Second & Third Rounds of Match Play
Saturday, June 23 ' Quarter & Semifinal Rounds of Match Play
Sunday, June 24 ' Final Round of Match Play
Because these amateur events are not played for money, the champion will receive a gold medal and ownership of the Robert F. Dwyer trophy for one year. They will also receive a 10-year exemption from sectional qualifying for the event and a two-year exemption for sectional qualifying for the U.S. Womens Amateur Championship.
In addition, they will receive a one-year exemption from sectional qualifying for the next U.S. Womens Mid-Amateur Championship.