101st Women’s Texas Amateur Set for July 12-15
The 101st Women’s Texas Amateur will be played July 12-15 on the Tournament Course at the Golf Club of Houston in Humble.
This will be the club’s second TGA championship, having previously hosted the 2007 Texas Mid-Amateur Match Play, won by Jonathan Mathias.
“The TGA is thrilled to have the opportunity to conduct this year’s Women’s Texas Amateur at the Golf Club of Houston,” said Amy Worthington, TGA Director of Women’s Operations. “We look forward to a great test of golf and are confident the Tournament Course will identify a worthy champion and provide an unforgettable experience for everyone.”
The 101st Women’s Texas Amateur will feature a starting field of 88 golfers, comprised of the state’s most accomplished juniors, collegians, mid-amateurs and seniors. The championship format is 18 holes of stroke play qualifying on Tuesday, July 12, with the low 32 scores advancing to the Championship match play bracket. The remaining players are seeded into additional match play flights. First- and second-round Championship matches will be played Wednesday, July 13; quarterfinals and semifinals on Thursday, July 14; and the final on Friday, July 15. All matches are 18 holes.
Encompassing over 900 acres, the Golf Club of Houston features 36 holes that weave through a wooded landscape filled with native marshes and waterways. Designed by Jim Hardy and Peter Jacobsen, the Member Course opened in 2002, followed by the Tournament Course designed by Rees Jones, Greg Muirhead and David Toms, which opened in 2005. The Golf Club of Houston has built an impressive championship pedigree in its brief history. For 17 years, the club hosted the PGA Tour’s Houston Open, first played on the Member Course from 2003-2005 and then moving to the Tournament Course from 2006-2019.
For the 101st Women’s Texas Amateur, the Tournament Course will be set up at approximately 6,256 yards and play to a par 72. But yardage alone doesn’t tell the story of the challenges that await. The strategic nature of the design means golfers will be constantly forced to think about numerous aspects of their shots both off the tee and into the green, placing a premium on the angle and trajectory. With penalty areas lining the playing corridors on many holes, prudent course management skills will also be essential, especially during head-to-head competition.
“In my nearly six years at the club, we haven’t hosted a match play event of this magnitude,” General Manager Reese McCall said. “The back nine is set up very well for match play with a great mix of scoring opportunities down the stretch along with some holes that will catch your attention. Hopefully, we have some matches that come down to No. 18, also known as ‘the ball washer.’ The finishing hole on the Tournament Course had consistently been one of the toughest holes on the PGA Tour year after year.”
Emma McMyler, a Xavier University junior from San Antonio, returns as defending champion. She defeated Meagan Winans of Richardson, a sophomore at the University of Oklahoma, in the final match that went 19 holes to win the 100th Women’s Texas Amateur at River Crest Country Club in Fort Worth. McMyler will look to become the first to capture consecutive titles in more than 20 years. The last to accomplish the feat was Texas Golf Hall of Famer Mina Hardin in 1999-2000.
McMyler recently won the Big East Golfer of the Year award for the second straight time. She led Xavier to its third consecutive Big East Conference title and won Medalist Honors at the 2021 Big East Championships. A two-time member of the Women’s Golf Coaches Association’s All-Academic Team, McMyler held the 185th spot in the Women’s World Amateur Golf Rankings as of late June.
Also returning from the 2021 championship are runner-up Winans and semifinalist Elina Sinz of Katy, a junior at Auburn University.
Among the other notable players who will be in this year’s starting field are several top finishers from the TGA Women’s Stroke Play Championship, which was held June 24-26 at the Traditions Club at Texas A&M in Bryan. They are champion Camryn Carreon of San Antonio, a senior at UT San Antonio, Texas A&M junior Ellie Szeryk of Allen (2nd), Texas A&M sophomore Lauren Nguyen of Katy (5th), and Texas Wesleyan University sophomore Malisone Chanthapanya of Fort Worth (T6).
Live scoring updates and daily recaps, as well as tee times and pairings, will be available on the TGA website once the action gets underway from the Golf Club of Houston.