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Saturday, August 2, 2014

Nassau Hosts Women's Amateur

Nassau Country Club
For the first time in a century, the U.S. Women’s Amateur returns to Nassau Country Club, in Glen Cove, N.Y. The venerable club will host the 114th playing of the championship on Aug. 4-10. Katherine Harley Jackson won the second of her two Women’s Amateur titles at the Long Island course in 1914.

This year promises to be different, with 36 holes of stroke play on Aug. 4 and Aug. 5, after which the field will be reduced to the low 64 scorers. There will be six rounds of match play, starting Aug. 6. The quarterfinals, slated for Aug. 8, will be followed by the semifinals on Aug. 9. The championship is scheduled to conclude with a 36-hole final on Sunday, Aug. 10. Golf Channel will have live coverage of the match play Aug. 6-10 from 3-5 p.m. EDT daily.

Nassau Country Club dates to 1896 and was one of the fifty founding members of the USGA.  It's been the site of every local, state, and regional men's and women's championship at one time or another including three Met Opens. The U.S. Men's Amateur was held there in 1903, won by Walter Travis.  It's also where the popular "Nassau" wager was invented.

The course for the Women's Amateur was originally designed by Seth Raynor, with subsequent renovations by Devereux Emmet, Herbert Strong, Cynthia Dye McGarey, and the Tom Fazio Group, which renovated the green complexes in 2012. For the championship, it will play to 6,363 yards to a par of 70.

The U.S. Women's Amateur has consistently identified the game's greatest players.  Past champions include Patty Bert, Louise suggs, and Babe didrikson Zaharias as well as Beth Daniel, Morgan Pressel, and Lydia Ko. The defending champion is Emma Talley, 19, of Princeton, Kentucky, who defeated Yueer Cindy Feng at the Country Club of Charleston, SC, last year.

Admission is free and spectators are encouraged, so if you want to see some fabulous golf on a historic site, put it on your calendar.

Among many other books, Dave Donelson is the author of Weird Golf: 18 tales of fantastic, horrific, scientifically impossible, and morally reprehensible golf

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