In 2013, Cordevalle was the proud host of the USGA Senior Women’s Amateur Championship. Defending champion Ellen Port, of St. Louis, defeated Susan Cohn, of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., 3 and 2, in the final match Thursday to win the 52nd USGA Senior Women’s Amateur Championship at CordeValle for her sixth career USGA victory.
En route to the championship match, Cohn defeated 2009 Senior Women’s Amateur champion Sherry Herman, of Holmdel, N.J., in the third round in 19 holes, and 2004 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur champion Corey Weworski, of Carlsbad, Calif., in the quarterfinals in 20 holes. Port, who also owns four U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur wins, will captain the USA Team in the 2014 Curtis Cup Match, which will be held in June in her hometown.
The USGA Senior Women’s Amateur was inaugurated in 1962 in response to creating a tournament that would determine a national champion. The inaugural tournament was held at Manufacturers’ Golf and Country Club in Oreland, Pa. where spectators witnessed a stroke-play showdown between two longtime rivals. After 35 years of stroke-play format, the 1997 championship became the first Senior Women’s Amateur to be conducted at match play. It was the last of the 10 national amateur championships to adopt a match-play format.