Philadelphia Cricket Club to Host 2010 U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur

The Philadelphia Cricket Club in Flourtown, Pa., near Philadelphia, has been chosen as the site of the 2010 U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur Championship by the United States Golf Association. The dates of the championship are September 25-30. The championship will be played on the club's Wissahickon course, designed by A.W.Tillinghast and opened in 1922.

The Philadelphia Cricket Club was founded in 1854 and began offering golf to its members in 1895 at its nine-hole St. Martin's layout, which was expanded to 18 holes in 1897. The 2010 Women's Mid-Amateur will mark 100 years since the club hosted a USGA championship. Previously, the St. Martin's course was the site of U.S. Open Championships in 1907 and 1910, won by Alex Ross and Alex Smith, respectively.

The club opened the Wissahickon course in 1922. Tillinghast, who played in the 1907 and 1910 U.S. Open Championships, was a member of The Philadelphia Cricket Club. In 2002, the club opened its Militia Hill course, designed by Michael Hurdzan and Dana Fry. It is believed to be the only club in the nation to open a golf course in three different centuries.

"The Philadelphia Cricket Club is delighted to host this USGA championship as we commemorate the centennial of the 1910 U.S. Open," said Barbara M. Daly, the first female president of the club. "We believe the women playing in 2010 will love our traditional and classic Wissahickon course. We are excited as we move forward with a growing and active membership that is committed to both the history and future of the game of golf."

To date, Pennsylvania has hosted 77 USGA championships, more than any other state.

Prior to 2010, the Women's Mid-Amateur will be played at Barton Hills Country Club in Ann Arbor, Mich., from September 6-11, 2008; and at Golden Hills Golf and Turf Club in Ocala, Fla., from October 3-8, 2009.

First played in 1987, the Women's Mid-Amateur is open to female amateurs who are at least 25 years old and have a USGA Handicap Index not exceeding 9.4.