Host of the 2021 U.S. Women's Amateur
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The championship, run by the United States Golf Association, has been contested since 1895, when the first U.S. Women’s Amateur was played at the Meadow Brook Club on Long Island.
The West Course, one of two courses at Westchester Country Club designed by Walter J. Travis, previously hosted the U.S. Women’s Amateur in 1923, when Edith Cummings defeated Alexa Stirling 3-and-2 to win the Robert Cox Trophy.
| In the intervening years, the West Course has hosted the PGA Tour 44 times, as well as the PGA Champions Tour and the 2015 KPMG LPGA Championship. Players on the West Course walk in the footsteps of great champions such as Inbee Park, winner of the 2015 LPGA Championship; Jack Nicklaus, a three-time winner at Westchester; Vijay Singh, a four-time winner here; Arnold Palmer, Seve Ballesteros, Sergio Garcia, Ernie Els, Seve Ballesteros and Hale Irwin. |
Some of the greatest female players in history have been U.S. Women’s Amateur champions; among them: Lydia Ko (2012), Danielle Kang (2010, 2011), Morgan Pressel (2005), Juli Inkster (1980, 1981, 1982), Beth Daniel (9175, 1977), Babe Didrickson Zaharias (1946) and Patty Berg (1938). Notable runners up include Patty Sheehan (1979), Annika Sorenstam (1992), and Brooke Henderson (2014).
The 2021 U.S. Women's Amateur was won by Jensen Castle of West Columbia, South Carolina, with a 2-and-1 victory in the 36-hole final match over Yu-Chiang Hou of Chinese Taipei.
The U.S. Women’s Amateur has previously been contested in New York State 11 times; at Meadow Brook Club (1895), Ardsley Country Club (1898), Shinnecock Hills (1900), Westchester Country Club (1923), Cherry Valley Club (1927), Country Club of Buffalo (1931), Country Club of Rochester (1962), Sleepy Hollow Country Club (2002) and Nassau Country Club (1914, 2014).
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Few courses in the United States have the history of the West Course at Westchester Country Club. Designed by Walter J. Travis in 1922 as a test for champion golfers, the West Course hosted the 1923 U.S. Women’s Amateur, 44 PGA Tour events, the 2011 Senior Players Championship, and the 2015 KPMG LPGA Championship.
Winding its way through terrain dotted with rocky outcroppings, the West Course is hilly and heavily wooded, rolling through thick stands of pine, oak, and maple and features many blind spots which add to the complexity and difficulty of the course. Four holes on the West Course, Nos. 2, 3, 6, and 17, rated among the toughest on the PGA Tour during the course’s long tenure as a host on golf’s top professional circuit.
The course has since been revised by several notable architects including Rees Jones, Ken Dye and most recently by Tom Fazio, and will host the 2021 U.S. Women’s Amateur.
"Undulating terrain gives every hole a distinct feel and challenge. The design has everything: Short and long par 3s, long tough par 4s and drivable strategic short ones, uphill and downhill par 5s, doglegs left and right, uphill and downhill holes. The memorability of the course resides in its undulating fairways and incredible green complexes. This is a traditional US Open type layout, that challenges every aspect of your game." – Golf Digest
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