POSTED: Friday February 18th 2011


Far Hills, N.J. (Feb. 18) - Neshanic Valley Golf Course in Neshanic Station, N.J., which is owned and operated by the Somerset County Park Commission, has been selected by the United States Golf Association to host the 2012 U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links Championship. The dates of the championship are June 18-23.

“On behalf of the Freeholders and Park Commissioners, I would like to thank the USGA for selecting Neshanic Valley as the site of the 2012 Women’s Amateur Public Links,” said Bob Ransone, deputy director, Golf Division for the Somerset County Park Commission. “This is a tribute to our staff, all of whom have contributed to making Neshanic Valley a golf course deserving of this prestigious national event.”

Neshanic Valley is a 27-hole facility designed by Michael Hurdzan. The Meadow and Lake nines opened in 2004 and the Ridge nine opened in 2005. The Meadow and Lake nines will be used for the championship.

Neshanic Valley has hosted sectional qualifying events for the U.S. Women’s Open (2009), the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship (2008, 2009, 2010) and the U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links Championship (2010). It will also host qualifying for the U.S. Amateur Public Links and U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links Championships in 2011.

The course has also hosted the 2007 Metropolitan Golf Association Men’s Public Links Championship and the 2009 New Jersey State Golf Association Women’s Amateur Championship, as well as numerous Division I college tournaments.

The course has been recognized for its environmental initiatives with the following awards: River Friendly Golf Course by the New Jersey Water Supply Authority in 2008, Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary by Audubon International in 2009, Environmental Stewardship by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection in 2009 and Groundwater Guardian Green Site by The Groundwater Foundation in 2010.

The U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links Championship was inaugurated in 1977 as an opportunity for public-course players to compete for a national championship. It is open to female amateur golfers who are bona fide public-course players and who hold a USGA Handicap Index not exceeding 18.4.

In 2011, the U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links Championship will be played at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort in Bandon, Ore., from June 27-July 2.

About the USGA
The USGA annually conducts the U.S. Open, U.S. Women’s Open, U.S. Senior Open and 10 national amateur championships. It also conducts two state team championships and helps conduct the Walker Cup Match, Curtis Cup Match and World Amateur Team Championships. Each year, more than 35,000 players representing more than 80 countries submit entries to play in USGA championships.

The USGA’s Course Rating and Handicap systems are used on six continents in more than 50 countries. The USGA writes and administers the Rules of Golf, conducts equipment testing, provides expert course maintenance consultations, and, since 1920, has been a global leader in the development and support of sustainable golf course management practices. It serves as a primary steward for the game’s history, and funds an ongoing “For the Good of the Game” grants program.

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