56th California Women's Amateur Championship

July 25-30, 2022, San Luis Obispo

The California Women’s Amateur Championship is designed for the top female amateur golfers to compete against each other for the state championship. The event utilizes 36 holes of stroke play qualifying followed by single-elimination match play for the top 32 players. Beginning in 2019, the event will be administered by the NCGA and SCGA in partnership with the CWAC Committee. The event will be conducted in Southern California for the first time in 2021 and will rotate between NorCal and SoCal venues moving forward.

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Annika Borrelli Claims Back-to-Back Cal Women's Am Titles

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Just moments after it was official, Annika Borrelli shared a big hug with her dad and caddie, David. Next was a long embrace with her mom, Ana.

Borrelli has joined a unique group in the annals of women's amateur golf in the Golden State.

On Saturday at San Luis Obispo Country Club, Borrelli, a fifth-year senior at Cal-Berkeley, claimed her second straight California Women's Amateur Championship title, defeating good friend and San Jose State fifth-year senior Antonia Malate, 5 and 4. Only five players prior had repeated as CWAC champion in the 56-year history of the event. Among those who have accomplished the feat are NCGA Hall of Famer Patty Sheehan and LPGA Tour member Mina Harigae, who did it in 2004.

"I can't believe it," said a thrilled but also relieved Borrelli. "I really don't have any words for it. Being able to defend...it was a lot of pressure. I felt like my dad and I handled it well."

The N0. 12 seeded Borrelli, the NCGA's defending Women's Player of the Year, was a buzzsaw in what was a bittersweet victory over her friend (the two have known each other since their junior days). Over the 14 holes of the final, Borrelli went 5-under with six birdies.

Along with being in the zone, Borrelli also had a ton of experience to count on. Along with winning last year, in 2019 the 22-year-old Alamo resident reach the final before falling to Amari Avery.

"Going into last year's final, I was nervous. This year, I was excited," Borrelli said. "I either had a chance to win the trophy again, or I'd lose to a great friend. One thing I've learned with match play is that nothing is ever guaranteed. Even when I was 3-up, I wasn't comfortable. I knew Antonia was too good."

The 21-year-old Malate, who was the No.6 seed and reached the final by draining a 21-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole in the semifinals, fell to a three-hole deficit when she bogeyed the 10th. On the par-3 12th, Malate lost another hole when Borrelli stuffed her tee shot to within a foot or so of the flagstick.

The tide turned for good on the par-4 13th. While Malate knocked her approach to within 6 feet of the pin, she'd miss her birdie try. Borrelli, on the other hand, had a great up and down to save par. What could've turned into a Borrelli 3-up lead with five holes to play stayed at 4-up.

"Overall, the week was a grind," said Malate, who's dad Patrick was on the bag as caddie. "Annika had a really, really great round. I'm very happy for her."

Next up for Borrelli was a quick trip further south to San Diego, where she planned on playing in the SCGA Women's Amateur. Already a winner of the NCGA Women's Amateur in 2019, a win in SoCal would give her what has been called the California Slam (wins in the SCGA Women's Am, NCGA Women's Am and California Women's Am) for her career.

On the men's side, George Von Elm (1925) and NCGA Hall of Famer Charlie Seaver (1933) both completed the California Slam the same year.

Borrelli later this year also plans on turning professional and going to LPGA Q-School.

Recap courtesy of the NCGA

Past Winners

Year Winner Site
2022 Annika Borrelli San Luis Obispo CC
2021 Annika Borrelli
Hacienda GC
2020 Sara Camarena
Pasatiempo GC
2019 Amari Avery
Quail Lodge & GC
2018 Ty Akabane Quail Lodge & GC
2017 Brooke Riley Quail Lodge & GC
2016 Sabrina Iqbal Quail Lodge & GC
2015 Jessica Luo Quail Lodge & GC
2014 Carmen Gutierrez Ballon Quail Lodge & GC
2013 Lauren Kim Quail Lodge & GC
2012 Angel Yin Quail Lodge & GC
2011 Jenni JenQ Quail Lodge & GC
2010 Angel Yin Quail Lodge & GC
2009 Casie Cathrea Quail Lodge & GC
2008 Jennifer Johnson Quail Lodge & GC
2007 Lynne Cowan Quail Lodge & GC
2006 Marianne Towersey Quail Lodge & GC
2005 Lynne Cowan Quail Lodge & GC
2004 Mina Harigae Quail Lodge & GC
2003 Mina Harigae Quail Lodge & GC
2002 Mina Harigae Quail Lodge & GC
2001 Mina Harigae Quail Lodge & GC
2000 Lynne Cowan Quail Lodge & GC
1999 Lynne Cowan Quail Lodge & GC
1998 Corey Weworski Quail Lodge & GC
1997 Natalie Gulbis Quail Lodge & GC
1996 Dorothy Delasin Quail Lodge & GC
1995 Leigh Casey Quail Lodge & GC
1994 Andrea Gaston Quail Lodge & GC
1993 Andrea Gaston Quail Lodge & GC
1992 Wendy Kaupp Quail Lodge & GC
1991 Amy Fruwirth Quail Lodge & GC
1990 Claudine Rubin Quail Lodge & GC
1989 Terri Melanson Quail Lodge & GC
1988 Emilee Klein Quail Lodge & GC
1987 Caroline Keggi Quail Lodge & GC
1986 Cindy Scholefield Pebble Beach GL
1985 Anne Quast Sander Pebble Beach GL
1984 Susan Tonkin Pebble Beach GL
1983 Patricia Cornett Pebble Beach GL
1982 Debbie Weldon Pebble Beach GL
1981 Juli Inkster Pebble Beach GL
1980 Mary Enright Pebble Beach GL
1979 Sally Voss Krueger Pebble Beach GL
1978 Patty Sheehan Pebble Beach GL
1977 Patty Sheehan Pebble Beach GL
1976 Marianne Bretton Pebble Beach GL
1975 Pat Cornett Pebble Beach GL
1974 Mary Elizabeth Shea Pebble Beach GL
1973 Amy Alcott Pebble Beach GL
1972 Barbara Handley Pebble Beach GL
1971 Barbara Handley Pebble Beach GL
1970 Shelley Hamlin Pebble Beach GL
1969 Shelley Hamlin Pebble Beach GL
1968 Shelley Hamlin Pebble Beach GL
1967 Shelley Hamlin Pebble Beach GL
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