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The idea for the California Women's State Championship was born in January of 1994 at the USGA Annual Meeting. It was felt that a State Championship would provide a "true women's Champion" from the state of California.

In 1995, five of the Women's Golf Associations in California, consisting of the Pacific Women's Golf Association, San Diego County Women's Golf Association, Women's Golf Association of Northern California, Women's Public Links Golf Association and the Women's Southern California Golf Association, began orchestrating the Championship. Money to sponsor the tournament was and continues to be provided by three of these associations (PWGA, WGANC and WSCGA) with two representatives from each forming the CWC Committee.

The dream became a reality in July of l996 with the first Championship being held at Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Diego, California.

The results of the California Women's State Championship used to determine which players will represent the state at the USGA Women's State Team Championship, an event held every 2 years.

Following nearly a two-year review process, the USGA has made the decision to retire the Men's and Women's State Team Championships, effective following the 2017 Women's State Team Championship at the Club at Las Campanas in Santa Fe, N.M. The Men's State Team was conducted for the last time in 2016 at the Country Club of Birmingham (Alabama).