The U. Women's Amateur Championship, conducted by the USGA, is the premiere golf tournament every year for women amateur golfers. Qualifying tournaments are played around the United States, allowing any amateur golfer who meets the handicap criteria to attempt to qualify. That first tournament was stroke play ; all tournaments since then culminate in match play.
Until the dawn of the professional era in , it was the most important golf tournament for women in Great Britain, and attracted players from continental Europe , North America, and the rest of the world. Along with the U. Women's Amateur , it is considered the highest honor in women's amateur golf. It is a match play tournament with 18 holes per match. The first competitor from the United States to win the title was Babe Zaharias in The runner-up receives The Diana Fishwick Cup. Eleven players have won both the Womens Amateur and U.