2013 Women’s Amateur will go to Charleston

CHARLESTON, S.C. - The Country Club of Charleston will play host to the 2013 U.S. Women’s Amateur, the United States Golf Association announced Aug. 11.

The dates of the championship are Aug. 5-11, 2013.

The Country Club of Charleston was designed by Seth Raynor and opened in 1925. After Hurricane Hugo devastated the Lowcountry in 1989, John LaFoy made revisions to the course in 1990-91, and more tweaks were made by Brian Silva in 2007.

The club has a rich history serving as a host site for state and regional tournaments: six Carolinas Amateurs, dating to 1911; eight South Carolina Amateurs, including the 1999 event won by future U.S. Open champion Lucas Glover; and eight Women’s South Carolina Amateurs.

From 1933 to 1937, the club hosted the PGA Tour’s Charleston Open, with Hall of Famers Walter Hagen and Henry Picard among its winners. Picard was a longtime club member.

Since 1946, the club has hosted the Azalea Amateur, one of the summer’s top amateur events.

“The Country Club of Charleston is delighted, honored and humbled to be hosting the 2013 U.S. Women’s Amateur,” club president David Humphreys said. “We will do everything in our power to make sure the championship is a success.”

The U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship, which debuted in 1895, is one of the USGA’s three oldest championships, along with the U.S. Amateur and U.S. Open. It is open to female amateur golfers with a USGA Handicap Index not exceeding 5.4.

Next year’s U.S. Women’s Amateur will be played at The Country Club in Cleveland. The 2014 event will be at Nassau Country Club in Glen Cove, N.Y.

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