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Six members of the Metropolitan, Philadelphia and Boston Women's Golf Associations incorporated the Women's Eastern Golf Association (WEGA) in 1906. The three Associations had been playing Inter-City Team Matches since 1902 and developed an interest to conduct an individual stroke play competition. A Championship was formed and the inaguaral event was held in 1906 at Nassau Country Club in Glen Cove, New York.
The Women's Eastern Golf Association Amateur Championship is one of the oldest and most prestigious women's amateur championships in the United States. It is one of the few major women's amateur championships that is played in a stroke-play format. The United States Golf Association (USGA) take into account a player's performance in the WEGA Amateur Championship when making its selection for The Curtis Cup Team. The Curtis Cup is the biennial amateur competition between Great Britain and the United States.
Winning the WEGA Championship has been an important accomplishment in the careers of many noteworthy amateurs and those amateurs going on to join the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA). Besides those players chosen as members of the Curtis Cup Teams, many of the champions have also won the USGA's Women's Amateur Championship, several more than once. Among the well-known amateurs who have won the WEGA Championship are Maureen Orcutt, Glenna Collett Vare, Mrs. R.H. Barlow, Delancy Smith, Nancy Roth Syms and Helen Sigel WIlson.
Many of the East's most prestigious golf clubs have been host to the Championship. Some of the most notable clubs are Aronimink Golf Club, Atlanta Athletic Club, Atlantic City Country Club, Baltusrol Country Club, Brae Burn Country Club,Charles River Country Club, Congressional Country Club, Country Club of North Carolina, Gulph Mills Golf Club, Merion Golf Club, Nassau Country Club, Philadelphia Cricket Club, Planfield Country Club, Rhode Island Country Club, The Country Club, Wellesley Country Club, Whitemarsh Valley Country and Yeamans Hall Club. The Association has been expanded to include sixteen states along the Atlantic seaboard as well as the District of Columbia. The Championship is open to women amateur golfers with a USGA Handicap Index of 11.5 or lower who belong to a WEGA member club or school in the sixteen states or the District of Columbia. The Championship is made up of eighty players with the lowest handicap indexes.
The Women's Eastern Golf Association formed a Senior Championship in 1993. The format is a 54-hole stroke-play event for women fifty and over. The same geographical criterion applies as in the Amateur Championship. Although the index limit in the Senior Championship is 17.5. Houndslake Country Club is Aiken, South Carolina has been host to the Senior Championship since it's inception. Houndslake is an excellent facility which lends itself to the senior player. The Women's Eastern Golf Association and the players appreciate the warm reception received from the membership and the club each year.
Women's Eastern Golf Association