The Point Clear, Ala. course will host its third USGA championship in 2020.
The USGA today announced that The Lakewood Club, in Point Clear, Ala., as the host site of the 59th U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur Championship. The championship is scheduled for September 12-17, 2020.
“We are very excited to bring the 59th U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur at The Lakewood Club,” said John Bodenhamer, USGA senior managing director, championships. “The Dogwood course offers a particular level of difficulty and excitement that we look for when selecting our sites for championships. We know it will not only provide the ultimate test on course for competitors, but also a wonderful championship experience outside the ropes.”
The 2020 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur will be the third USGA championship hosted by The Lakewood Club, which is a member of the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail. The club, founded in 1947, hosted the 1974 and 1986 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur, which were won by Justine B. Cushing and Constance Guthrie respectively.
“The Lakewood Club, in partnership with The Grand Hotel Resort & Spa, is thrilled to host our third USGA championship,” said Niall Fraser, director of golf at The Lakewood Club. “The U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur is a championship that is near to our hearts and we look forward to continuing to be a part of this championship’s prestigious history.”
The championship will be played on the club’s Dogwood Course, which was designed by Perry Maxwell in 1947 and was one of the first full-length golf courses in Southern Alabama. The challenging course offers beautiful scenery of 100-year-old oak trees, crystal clear lakes and streams. In addition to the Dogwood course, the 36-hole facility also features the Azalea course.
The 2020 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur will be the eighth USGA championship hosted in Alabama. Most recently, the Heart of Dixie hosted the 2018 U.S. Women’s Open at Shoal Creek, which was won by Ariya Jutanugarn in a thrilling three-hole playoff.
The U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur Championship is open to any female golfer who are 50 years of age and whose Handicap Index does not exceed 14.4. The field includes 132 players who will earn entry into the championship via sectional qualifying at sites nationwide or through an exemption category.
The format for the championship includes two rounds of stroke play followed by six rounds of match play. The low 64 scorers following stroke play will qualify for match play. If necessary, a playoff will be conducted to determine the final spots in the draw. The 2018 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur was won by Lara Tennant of Portland, Ore. The 2019 championship is set for August 24-29 at Cedar Rapids (Iowa) Country Club.
About the USGA
The USGA celebrates, serves and advances the game of golf. Founded in 1894, we conduct many of golf’s premier professional and amateur championships, including the U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open. With The R&A, we govern the sport via a global set of playing, equipment and amateur status rules. Our operating jurisdiction for these governance functions is the United States, its territories and Mexico. The USGA Handicap System is utilized in more than 40 countries and our Course Rating System covers 95 percent of the world’s golf courses, enabling all golfers to play on an equitable basis. The USGA campus in Liberty Corner, New Jersey, is home to the Association’s Research and Test Center, where science and innovation are fueling a healthy and sustainable game for the future. The campus is also home to the USGA Golf Museum, where we honor the game by curating the world’s most comprehensive archive of golf artifacts. To learn more, visit usga.org.
About Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail and Foundation
RTJ Lakewood is one of 11 facilities of the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail that now includes 26 golf courses throughout Alabama. The Trail opened in 1992 with eight facilities, the realization of a grand plan by Dr. David Bronner, CEO of the Retirement Systems of Alabama, to diversity the assets of the state’s pension fund and help the state’s economy. Dr. Bronner selected Robert Trent Jones Sr., the famed golf course architect, and his company to design the series of courses. The Lakewood Club has two championship courses – Dogwood and Azalea. Both courses were recently renovated in conjunction with a major transformation of the Grand Hotel Golf Resort & Spa. rtjgolf.com
The Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail Foundation, located in Birmingham, Ala., was established in 1998 as a non-profit organization with the purpose of sponsoring professional golf tournaments and related activities to benefit charitable programs and initiatives. In addition to this professional competition, various events for amateurs are also held along the Golf Trail.