The California Women's Championship not only produces a State Champion in amateur stroke play competition but also determines representatives for the State of California in the biennial USGA Women's State Team Championship.
The USGA Men's and Women's State Team Championships grew out of a celebration of the USGA centennial in 1995. The championships are open to players from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. State associations may choose their teams - composed of three amateur, non-college players - by any method.
Since their inception in 1995, the USGA Men's and Women's State Team Championships have been held in the same years. Following the 2009 championships, the USGA Men's State Team Championship will be conducted in even-numbered years, and the USGA Women's State Team Championship will be conducted in odd-numbered years.
A point system is used to determine representatives for the California USGA Women's State Team. Points are earned over a two-year period by participating in the CWC. All points are deleted after the team has been announced and all players begin a new two-year cycle with zero points. To be eligible for the State Team a player must be a female amateur golfer who is a resident of the State of California. College players are restricted by NCAA rules from participating.
The team consists of three players; alternates are also appointed. Players are selected by point totals and eligibility. Ineligible players are removed from the finishing list before points are awarded. All ties are broken by a card match as recommended by the USGA before points are awarded. If ties occur, combine the points designated for the places tied, then divide equally and distribute.
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).
The 2017 USGA Women's State Team. Representing California were Madi Daniel, Lynne Cowan and Karen Garcia. Visit the USGA Women's State Team website for more information.
2017 Team Members
2015 Team Pictured here
The 2015 USGA Women's State Team Championship was held on September 10-12 at Dalhousie Golf Club in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. Representing California were Sara Banke, Lynne Cowan and Caryn Wilson. The designated Team Captain was WSCGA President, Judy Altschuler. Visit the USGA Women's State Team website for more information.