55th California Women's Amateur Championship
July 19-23, 2021, Hacienda GC
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.
Annika Borrelli etches name into history, claims Cal Women's Am Title
After five days, seven matches and 156 competitors, there was only one woman left standing at end of the California Women’s Amateur Championship. Annika Borrelli endured a tough golf course, sweltering heat and the grueling format to etch her name in history at the storied Hacienda GC.
The finals match exploded with energy and excitement as Borrelli took a 1UP lead after the opening hole but Guo, a sophomore at the University of Texas, bounced back to win three straight holes, courtesy of two impressive birdies on No. 2 and the uphill par-3 fourth.
Borrelli, the 2021 NCGA Women’s Amateur Champion, came charging right back with a 15-foot birdie putt of her own on the par-5 fifth and followed that up with an improbable up-and-down for par on the par-3 sixth. After six holes, there was not a single hole halved.
The University of San Francisco senior continued her onslaught with a win on No. 9, a birdie on the tough uphill 10th and another birdie on No. 11 to catapult herself into a 3UP lead heading down last of the back nine, capping a stretch of seven holes where she won five.
As both players continued to trade blows, Guo battled back with a birdie to take No. 13 to trim the lead to 2UP. But on the next box, Guo hooked a tee shot into the trees on the left side of the fairway, which caught a fortuitous bounce and left her 200+ yards into the par-4. With Borrelli sitting perfectly in the fairway, Guo roped a 3-wood up near the green and lipped out her chip for birdie. With the pressure squarely on her, Borrelli narrowly missed her birdie effort to keep the match at 2UP.
Standing on the 15th tee box, fresh off dodging a bullet on the previous hole, Guo pulled another tee shot left while Borrelli found another fairway. As was the theme on this afternoon, Guo pulled a fairway metal from a sidehill rough lie and stuffed it to 15 feet. Up on the green, Borrelli stared down a 40-foot uphill putt for birdie that never left the center of the hole, leaving the match at 3UP with three to go.
After finding the green on No. 16, Guo went flag hunting and left her shot short in the bunker, needing a miracle to extend the match. As Guo’s bunker shot flew past the hole, Borrelli knew victory was hers. She two-putted and enjoyed an emotional embrace with her caddie and father, plus the numerous supporters who followed her all day.
|2021||Annika Borrelli||Hacienda GC|
||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|