A field of 132 will contest the U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur Championship in Indiana for the first time, Sept. 6-11, 2014, at Harbour Trees Golf Club on the shore of Morse Reservoir in Noblesville.
"This is not a golf tournament," said Steve Baker, the tournament general co-chairman and a Harbour Trees member. "This is a national championship. That's what we're selling here and we're very excited."
The Mid-Am is one of 13 national championships conducted by the U.S. Golf Association, the U.S. Open and U.S. Women's Open among them. The Mid-Amateur is open to women amateurs, 25 and older, with USGA handicaps not exceeding 9.4.
Harbour Trees is a Pete Dye design with a distinguished tournament history. The LPGA Tour's Mayflower Classic was played there from 1977-80.
The Indiana Open has been played there four times, as well as the 1994 Indiana Women's Amateur and the 1987-89 Indiana Senior Amateur championships.
Dye's wife, Alice Dye, a two-time U.S. Senior Women's Amateur champion, will serve as the Mid-Am's honorary chairperson.
The tournament is a non-revenue producer but Baker, who served as general co-chairman of the 2009 U.S. Senior Open at Crooked Stick Golf Club in Carmel, hopes corporate sponsorship will pay tournament expenses and generate a surplus that will benefit First Tee of Indiana, the Indiana Golf Foundation and the Boys & Girls Club of Noblesville.
The 2013 Indiana Women's Amateur will return to Harbour Trees as a sort of stage setter for the Mid-Amateur the next year.
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