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The calendar has yet to flip to the new year, but we are already looking ahead at what’s to come for women’s golf in the Bay State. The 2022 U.S. Open in Brookline took the region by storm, drawing massive crowds to one of the nations most revered clubs.
Now the women’s game is ready to shine in Massachusetts, with several USGA Championships set to be contested in the Boston area. Much like these professional and national championships, Mass Golf also boasts some incredible venues for upcoming Massachusetts Women’s Amateur Championships.
With a lineup including Taconic, Brae Burn, TPC Boston, Oak Hill and Brookline, the future is bright for women’s golf in Massachusetts.
Nestled in the foothills of the Berskshires, the magical scenery can distract you from the playing challenges ahead. Taconic will host the 121st Massachusetts Women’s Amateur Championship in 2024. The classic Wayne Stiles design was restored in 2009 by Gil Hanse of Hanse Golf Course Design, Inc., Taconic now shares similar design to Hanse restorations at some of the finest courses including Los Angeles Country Club, host site of the 2023 U.S. Open. Similar to these courses, Taconic’s restored features of golden age design remain simple and elegant in appearance, and challenging in strategy and design.
Ranked one of the best courses in the state. The host site to historic golf events; Walter Hagen won the U.S. Open in 1919, Ray Gorton challenged Bobby Jones in the U.S. Amateur in 1928, and U.S. Women’s Amateur Championships were won by Harriot Curtis in 1906, Beth Daniel in 1975, and Silvia Cavalleri in 1997. Brae Burn hosted Curtis Cup Matches in 1958 and 1970. Massachusetts Amateur victories by Francis Ouimet in 1914 and Eddie Stimpson in 1935 are also highlights in Brae Burn’s rich history; Brae Burn has hosted a handful of USGA events, and to contribute to a women’s championship season of golf in Massachusetts, will host the 2024 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship from September 7th-12th.
To continue to build upon the club’s history hosting USGA events, the 2028 U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship will also be held at Brae Burn from August 7th-13th.
“2028 will be a special year as we celebrate not only our fourth U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship, but also the 100th anniversary of Bob Jones’s U.S. Amateur victory at Brae Burn” said Dan Moore, president of Brae Burn.
The LPGA recently announced a new partnership with FM Global to bring professional golf back to New England. Debuting Labor Day weekend 2024, the FM Global Championship with take place at TPC Boston in Norton. This will be the first time the LPGA has hosted an event in Massachusetts since 1997. It has only been a few years since TPC Boston has seen its last professional event, but the FM Global Championship will make strides in New England for women’s professional sports by bringing the largest purse on the tour outside of the majors and tour championship.
TPC Boston has hosted 17 PGA TOUR Events, 13 of which being FedEx Cup Playoff Events. TPCs are known for their outstanding conditioning and amenities, as well as a commitment to environmental excellence. The 2024 competition, which kicks off a five-year partnership between FM Global and the LPGA Tour.
Starting in 2030, the historic grounds of The Country Club will become home to four USGA championships, including the 2030 U.S. Girls’ Junior and 2045 U.S. Women’s Open. The Country Club is one of the five founding member clubs of the USGA and has a long standing history of USGA championships. These championships will allow for everyone to have a chance to win and etch their names into golfing history at this iconic venue. The 2045 U.S. Women’s Open will be the first ever held at The Country Club, adding to the list of nearly twenty national champions held on these grounds.
Earlier this season, it was announced that Oak Hill Country Club will be hosting a handful of championships and one-day events, including the 2026 Massachusetts Women’s Amateur Championship. Oak Hill, which has been a longstanding and gracious host of Mass Golf championships and qualifying events, as well as a supporter of the Mass Golf Member Day program, will continue to host one-day events in off-championship years (2025, 2027-2030).
Oak Hill has hosted the Women’s Amateur twice (1994 and 1999). In the first edition, then-WGAM president Anne Marie Tobin won her fourth of a record seven titles. Five years later, Laura Torrisi outlasted Oak Hill’s own Joanne Catlin in the longest final match in event history. In the 18-hole contest, Catlin and Torrisi ended up playing 25 holes to determine a winner, and Torrisi clinched the match with a conceded par on the seventh playoff hole. Perhaps another iconic finish awaits in three years.
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