The California Women’s Championship will soon take place at Ojai Valley Inn & Spa. The world-class Ojai Country Club was one of the first great golf courses in Southern California. Designed and originally built in 1923 by George C. Thomas and Billy Bell, have also designed famous courses in SoCal like Riviera, Bel-Air and Los Angeles Country Club. These designers had a mission when building Ojai, “That the average golfer could enjoy their round without too great a penalty, and that a test must be afforded requiring the low-handicap to play fine golf in order to secure pars.”
Starting on July 14th, approximately 100 California female amateur golfers will begin their 54-hole stroke play journey. These female golfers must have a USGA Handicap Index of 10.7 or below to qualify into the tournament. Ojai Valley will be a great test for these female amateur golfers.
The history for the California Women’s State Championship started in January of 1994 at the USGA Annual Meeting. It was felt that a State Championship would provide “A True Women’s Champion” from the state of California. In 1995, five of the Women’s Golf Associations in California, consisted of the Pacific Women’s Golf Association, San Diego County Women’s Golf Association, Women’s Golf Association of Northern California, Women’s Public Links Golf Association and Women’s Southern California Golf Association, began orchestrating the Championship. Money to sponsor the tournament was and continues to be provided by three of these associations (PWGA, WGANC and WSCGA) with two representatives from each forming the CWC committee. The dream became a reality in July of 1996 with the first Championship held at Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Diego, California.