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U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links

The U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links Championship, often referred to as the Public Links or the Publinx, is a women's amateur golf tournament, one of 10 individual amateur championships organized by the USGA and first played in 1977. The USGA officially calls the event the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links, which it has registered as a service mark. The tournament was devised as, and remains, a championship for female amateurs who play on public courses, as members of private clubs are barred from entry.

While the U.S. Amateur Public Links was first held in 1922, the women's counterpart event was not held until 55 years later. The main tournament opens with two rounds of stroke play. The leading 64 players then qualify to compete in a match play competition. The matches are played over 18 holes. Before 2002, the final was also played over 18 holes. Starting in 2002, the final has been played over 36 holes.

Eligibility is similar to that for the U.S. Women's Amateur. Golfers must follow the USGA's guidelines for amateur status, which basically consider anyone who has ever played or taught golf for money to be a professional. The Public Links, like the U.S. Women's Amateur, has no age restrictions. However, there are two key differences in the eligibility criteria for the Public Links:

  • Entries are accepted from golfers with a USGA handicap index of 18.4 or lower, as opposed to 5.4 for the U.S. Women's Amateur.
  • Entries are not accepted from players who have playing privileges at golf clubs not open to the general public, and such golfers are not allowed to compete if they receive such privileges between their entry and the end of the main tournament.
    • Exceptions to above: The USGA does consider some players with privileges at non-public facilities to be "bona fide public course players," specifically those whose privileges are solely due to any of the following:
      • Their enrollment in a specific educational institution.
      • Their status as active or retired members of the military.
      • Their current or former employment by an entity other than a golf club.

Michelle Wie became the youngest champion in the history of USGA adult championships when she won the 2003 U.S. Women’s Public Links championship at age 13, her final tournament victory as an amateur. Wie also holds the record as the youngest Publinx competitor; she played in 2000 as a 10 year-old.


Year Venue Winner Country Score Runner-up
2009 Red Tail Golf Club
2008 Erin Hills Golf Course Tiffany Joh 2 & 1 Jennifer Song
2007 Kearney Hill Golf Links Mina Harigae 4 & 3 Stephany Fleet
2006 Walking Stick G.C. Tiffany Joh 6 & 5 Kimberly Kim
2005 Swope Memorial G.C. Eun Jung Lee 37 holes Tiffany Chudy
2004 Golden Horseshoe G.C. (Green Course) Yani Tseng 1 up Michelle Wie
2003 Ocean Hammock G.C. Michelle Wie 1 up Virada Nirapathpongporn
2002 Sunriver Resort (Meadow Course) Annie Thurman 6 & 5 Hwanhee Lee
2001 Kemper Lakes G.C. Candie Kung 2 up Missy Farr-Kaye
2000 Legacy Golf Links Catherine Cartwright 3 & 1 Russamee Gulyanamitta
1999 Santa Ana Golf Club Jody Niemann 1 up Sue Billek Nyhus
1998 Kapalua (Hawaii) Golf Club (Bay Course) Amy Spooner 2 & 1 Natalie Wong
1997 Center Square (Pa.) G.C. Jo Jo Robertson 3 & 2 Angie Yoon
1996 Spencer T. Olin Community G.C. Heather Graff 5 & 4; Lauri Berles
1995 Hominy Hill G.C. Jo Jo Robertson 3 & 1 Elizabeth Drambour
1994 Tam O'Shanter G.C. Jill McGill 6 & 4 Heidi Voorhees
1993 Jackson Hole Golf & Tennis Connie Masterson 1 up Holly Reynolds
1992 Haggin Oaks G.C. Amy Fruhwirth 3 & 1 Sara Evens
1991 Birdwood G.C. Tracy Hanson 1 up Carri Wood
1990 Hyland Hills G.C. Cathy Mockett 5 & 4 Barbara Blanchar
1989 Indian Canyon G.C. Pearl Sinn 2 & 1 Kelli Akers
1988 Page Belcher G.C. Pearl Sinn 2 & 1 Tami Jo Hemingsen
1987 Cog Hill G. & C.C. (No. 4 Course) Tracy Kerdyk 4 & 3 Pearl Sinn
1986 Sentry World G.C. Cindy Schreyer 3 & 2 Vicki Goetze
1985 Flanders Valley G.C., (Red and Blue nines) Danielle Ammaccapane 6 & 5 Kristie Kolacny
1984 Meadowbrook G.C. Heather Farr 3 & 2 Kristie Kolacny
1983 Ala Wai G.C. Kelli Antolock 2 & 1 Nancy Taylor
1982 Alvamar G.C. Nancy Taylor 2 & 1 Kerri Clark
1981 Emerald Valley G.C. Mary Enright 3 & 1 Lauri Merten
1980 Center Square G.C. Lori Castillo 2 & 1 Pam Miller
1979 Braemar G.C. Lori Castillo 2 up Becky Pearson
1978 Myrtlewood G.C. (Palmetto Course) Kelly Fuiks 5 & 4 Diana Schwab
1977 Yahara Hills G.C. Kelly Fuiks 1 up Kathy Williams

Multiple winners

Three players have won both the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links and U.S. Women's Amateur Championships:

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