ELMHURST, Ill. – Maddie Szeryk claimed the Women’s Western Golf Association’s 117th National Amateur Championship title on June 17 at River Forest Country Club in Elmhurst, Illinois.
Szeryk, of London, Ontario, Canada, beat Dylan Kim, of Sachse, Texas by a 3 & 1 margin in the 36-hole final. Her name will be inscribed on the W. A. Alexander Cup, along with other stars including Patty Berg, Louise Suggs, Joanne Gunderson Carner, Beth Daniel, Nancy Lopez and Grace Park.
“It’s pretty awesome, it’s great to win a match play tournament,” said Szeryk of her win. After she graduates from Texas A & M next year, she plans on returning to play in the 118th Amateur to defend her title and then will go on to Q School in September.
The Western Golf Association and the Women’s Western Golf Association announced in May a new partnership in which the WGA will assist in managing WWGA championships, beginning Aug. 1.
As part of the new five-year agreement, the WGA will help stage and promote the WWGA’s Women’s Western National Amateur Championship and the Women’s Western National Junior Championship and secure host sites for the events.
The agreement also provides for the WGA to help guide the Women’s Western Golf Foundation, which was founded by the WWGA in 1971 and has awarded more than $3.5 million in scholarships to more than 690 young women from across the country.
The history of connections between the two organizations dates back more than 116 years, as the WGA was the initial sponsor of the Western Women’s amateur championship in 1901. The women organized their own association in 1903, changing the name to the Women’s Western Golf Association. In 2011, the WGA agreed to provide administrative support to WWGA championships beginning in 2012.
Next up for the WWGA is the 91st Women’s Junior Championship, to be held July 10-14 at Dubuque Golf and Country Club in Dubuque, Iowa.