Rolling Green to host 2016 U.S. Women's Amateur

Rolling Green Golf Club in Springfield, Delaware County, has been named as the host site for the 2016 U.S. Women's Amateur Championship, the U.S. Golf Association announced Monday.

Rolling Green last hosted a USGA championship in 1976, when JoAnne Carner defeated Sandra Palmer in an 18-hole playoff to win the U.S. Women's Open.

Rolling Green, which was designed by noted architect William S. Flynn, has been a frequent host of Pennsylvania Golf Association and Golf Association of Philadelphia Championships. The Pennsylvania Amateur, won by Andrew Mason of Huntingdon Valley, was held there last July.

"We are honored to partner with the USGA in hosting the 2016 U.S. Women's Amateur Championship in the year in which we will be celebrating Rolling Green's 90th anniversary," said Matt Dupre, the club's championship general co-chair. "It is a privilege to highlight the best women amateur in the world."

The course opened for play in 1926. Renovations since then have retained Flynn's original routing, and a bunker restoration project took place in 2006.

The U.S. Women's Amateur was last competed in the Philadelphia area in 2003 at Philadelphia Country Club, where Virada Nirapathpongporn defeated Jane Park for the championship. The competition featured then-13-year-old amateur Michelle Wie.

--Joe Juliano