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Dates: Monday, June 17th through Saturday, June 22rd
Site: Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club, Norman, Oklahoma
Course Architect: Perry Maxwell (1951), Robert Cupp (1996)
Par: 72
Yardage: 6,351
HolePar and YardsHolePar and Yards
1 Par 4 360 yds 10 Par 4 305 yds
2 Par 3 161 yds 11 Par 4 363 yds
3 Par 4 325 yds 12 Par 3 144 yds
4 Par 4 464 yds 13 Par 5 472 yds
5 Par 5 523 yds 14 Par 4 380 yds
6 Par 3 153 yds 15 Par 3 196 yds
7 Par 4 387 yds 16 Par 4 359 yds
8 Par 5 535 yds 17 Par 4 401 yds
9 Par 4 385 yds 18 Par 5 538 yds
336 3,193 yds 36 3,158 yds
Annual: 37th
Television: None
Schedule of Play:
Stroke Play - Monday, June 17th and Tuesday, June 18th, (field reduced to the lowest 64 players, who advance to match play)
Match Play - Wednesday, June 19th - First Round,
Thursday, June 20th - Second and Third Round,
Friday, June 21st - Quarterfinals/Semifinals,
Saturday, June 22nd - Championship (36 holes)
Defending Champion: Kyung Kim
Runner-Up: Ashlan Rammsey
Lowest Medalist Score (36 holes): 135 (Brittany Lang, 2004; A.Jutanugarn, 2010)
Lowest Medalist Score (18 holes): 65 (Brittany Lang, 2004)
Last Year's Results
Championship - Kyung Kim def. Ashlan Ramsey, 4 & 2
Semifinals - Kyung Kim def. Alice Jeong, 3 & 2
Ashlan Ramsey def. Kim Kaufman, 1-up
Quarterfinals - Alice Jeong def. Annie Park, 4 & 2
Kyung Kim def. Lakareber Abe, 1-up
Kim Kaufman def. Chirapat Jao-Javanil, 2 & 1
Ashlan Ramsey def. Grace Na, 3 & 1
Past U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links Winners
2012 Kyung Kim def. Ashlan Ramsey, 4 & 2
2011 Brianna Do def. Marissa Dodd, 1-up
2010 Emily Tubert def. Lisa McCloskey, 3 & 2
2009 Jennifer Song def. Kimberly Kim, 7 & 6
2008 Tiffany Joh def. Jennifer Song, 2 & 1
2007 Mina Harigae def. Stephany Fleet, 4 & 3
2006 Tiffany Joh def. Kimberly Kim, 6 & 5
2005 Eun Jung Lee def. Tiffany Chudy, 1-up (37 holes)
2004 Ya-Ni Tseng def. Michelle Wie, 1-up
2003 Michelle Wie def. Virada Nirapathpongporn, 1-up
2002 Annie Thurman def. Hwanhee Lee, 6 & 5
2001 Candie Kung def. Missy Farr-Kaye, 2-up
2000 Catherine Cartwright def. Russamee Gulyanamitta, 3 & 1
1999 Jody Niemann def. Sue Billek Nyhus, 1-up
1998 Amy Spooner def. Natalie Wong, 2 & 1
1997 Jo Jo Robertson def. Angie Yoon, 3 & 2
1996 Heather Graff def. Lauri Berles, 5 & 4
1995 Jo Jo Robertson def. Elizabeth Drambour, 3 & 1
1994 Jill McGill def. Heidi Voorhees, 6 & 4
1993 Connie Masterson def. Holly Reynolds, 1-up
1992 Amy Fruhwirth def. Sara Evens, 3 & 1
1991 Tracy Hanson def. Carri Wood, 1-up
1990 Cathy Mockett def. Barbara Blanchar, 5 & 4
1989 Pearl Sinn def. Kelli Akers, 2 & 1
1988 Pearl Sinn def. Tami Jo Hemingsen, 2 & 1
1987 Tracy Kerdyk def. Pearl Sinn, 4 & 3
1986 Cindy Schreyer def. Victoria Goetze, 3 & 2
1985 Danielle Ammaccapane def. Kristie Kolacny, 6 & 5
1984 Heather Farr def. Kristie Kolacny, 3 & 2
1983 Kelli Antolock def. Nancy Taylor, 1-up
1982 Nancy Taylor def. Kerri Clark, 2 & 1
1981 Mary Enright def. Lauri Merten, 3 & 1
1980 Lori Castillo def. Pam Iller, 2 & 1
1979 Lori Castillo def. Becky Pearson, 2-up
1978 Kelly Fulks def. Diana Schwab, 5 & 4
1977 Kelly Fulks def. Kathy Williams, 1-up
This prestigious event has been captured by some outstanding players, who have gone on to have professional careers. They include: Danielle Ammaccapane, Heather Farr, Lori Castillo, Tracy Kerdyk, Pearl Sinn, Tracy Hanson, Jill McGill, Jo Jo Robertson, Amy Spooner, Jody Niemann, Catherine Cartwright, Candie Kung, Michelle Wie and 5 time major champion Yani Tseng.

The 2013 WAPL will be the 20th USGA championship played in the state of Oklahoma. It will be the second WAPL championship conducted in Oklahoma. In 1988, the championship was staged at Page Belcher G.C. in Tulsa, where Pearl Sinn successfully defended her title. This will be the second USGA championship conducted at the Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club, following the 2009 US. Amateur Public Links Championship, which was won by Brad Benjamin.

Last year, Kyung Kim of Chandler, Arizona carded 10 birdies in 34 holes as she beat Ashlan Ramsey of Milledgeville, Georgia, 4 & 2 in the final. The players combined for 18 birdies in the match.

In 2011, Brianna Do became the third UCLA Bruin to win this championship after defeating Marissa Dodd, 1-up, in the 36-hole match play final. Do joined Mary Enright (1981) and Tiffany Joh (2006, 08) in the group of Bruins who have won. Ironically enough, Do wasn't even good enough to play on the UCLA's golf team in 2011 that went on to win the national title, ranking sixth on the team that sent five into the championship.

Emily Tubert defeated Lisa McCloskey, 3 & 2 in 2010, in the 36-hole final. Ariya Jutanugarn matched the 36-hole stroke play record of 135 in 2010, set by Brittany Lang in 2004. Jutanugarn, however, would lose in the third round of match play.

Jennifer Song cruised to a 7 & 6 win over Kimberly Kim in the 36-hole final back in 2009. Song, who was the runner-up in 2008, collected her first USGA title, while Kim was denied her second USGA crown. Kim won the U.S. Women's Amateur in 2006 when she was 14 years old. The 7 & 6 win was the largest margin of victory in the championship's history.

Joh rallied from a 2-down deficit in 2008 by winning four out of five holes from the 30th hole to come from behind and defeat Song for her second title at this event. Joh became the fifth player to win multiple times after her 2 & 1 victory.

Mina Harigae defeated Stephany Fleet in 2007, 4 & 3, to win at Kearney Hill Golf Links. The 17-year-old Harigae was the fifth high-school-aged winner since 2000, which is impressive considering no one under the age of 18 had ever won prior to 2000.

Joh crushed Kimberly Kim in 2006, 6 & 5, to win the title. Of the 63 matches played in 2006, just three went extra holes, the fewest total since the WAPL went to a 64-player draw in 1999.

When she titled here in 2003, Wie became at 13-years-old, the youngest champion in the history of the United States Golf Association. In an amazing match, Wie outlasted Virada Nirapathpongporn in the 36-hole final, 1-up, at Ocean Hammock Golf Club in Palm Coast, Florida. Wie was a stroke-play equivalent of 7-under-par for the 36 holes while Nirapathpongporn was 6-under.

In 2005, Eun Jung Lee edged Tiffany Chudy, 1-up, on the 37th hole, to become the ninth Korean-born player to win a USGA championship. In the longest match in WAPL history, Lee parred the 37th hole from 30-feet for the win.

The winner of this championship receives: A gold medal and custody of the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links Championship Trophy for one year; 10-year exemption from qualifying for the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links; 2-year exemption from qualifying for the U.S. Women's Amateur Championship, U.S. Girls' Juniors, if eligible, U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur Championship, if eligible, and U.S. Senior Women's Amateur, if eligible.

The championship is open to women amateur golfers who, since Jan. 1, 2013, have been bona fide public course players and have not held privileges at any course that does not extend playing privileges to the general public, or privileges of any private club maintaining its own course and have a USGA Handicap not exceeding 18.4. A bona fide public course player may hold incidental privileges of a course not open to the public when such privileges are provided by (1) an educational institution at which she is a student, or (2) a federal armed service of which she is a member or retired member, or (3) an industry by which she is employed or from which she is employed or retired.

The tournament has been decided on the 18th hole on 10 occasions and once in extra holes. Kelly Fuiks (1977), Kelli Antolock (1983), Tracy Hanson (1991), Connie Masterson (1993), Jody Niemann (1999), Wie (2003), Tseng (2004) and Do (2011) all won their final matches by a 1-up margin. In 1979, Lori Castillo won her final match, 2-up, and in 2001 Candie Kung won her final match, 2-up. The 2006 final was decided on the 37th hole, as Eun Jung Lee defeated Tiffany Chudy.

The 38th U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links Championship next year will be staged at The Home Course in DuPont, Washington.

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