The 2015 Women's Kentucky State Golf Amateur Championships will have a different format than years past. For the first time in the event's 89 years, the more stringent attested handicaps are being dropped in favor of pre-flighting using the United States Golf Association handicaps.
The change is intended to make the tournament more accessible for casual golfers.
Anybody can come and play, Jessica Grace, president of the Women's Kentucky State Golf Association, said. The goal for the tournament is to give amateur and social golfers alike the ability to play in a match play setting.
The tournament will be played June 22-26 at the Danville Country Club in Danville. Qualifying starts on Monday with first round match play beginning at 8 a.m. on Tuesday. Golfers who lose in the first round will enter consolation match play on Wednesday. After Wednesday, matches become single elimination. The finals begin Friday.
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Last year's winner Lydia Gumm (North Hardin), a senior at Florida State, enters the tournament off a runner-up finish at the Women's Western Association National Amateur Championship Saturday in Nashville.
"We have new, younger players that continue to get better," Grace said.
One such golfer is 2013 champion April Emerson, who will return seeking her fourth title.