2022 U.S. Women’s Amateur: How to watch, who’s playing at Chambers Bay

Jensen Castle of The United States team plays a shot during a practice round ahead of the 2021 Curtis Cup.
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Rising Kentucky senior Jensen Castle takes aim at her 2021 title defense when the 122nd U.S. Women’s Amateur kicks off Monday at Chambers Bay Golf Course in University Place, Wash.

The Women’s Am, which runs Aug. 8-15, is hosted by the United States Golf Association and is one of the organization’s original three championships. The tournament was first conducted in 1895, shortly after the inaugural men’s U.S. Amateur and U.S. Open, and has been conducted every year since, except 1917-18, when it was suspended due to World War I, and 1942-45, when it was suspended due to World War II.

The winner receives multiple exemptions from qualifying several USGA championships including the 2023 U.S. Women’s Open, the next 10 U.S. Women’s Amateurs (if eligible), the next 10 U.S. Girls’ Juniors (if eligible), the next 15 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateurs (or 15 years from the time the player becomes eligible), and the next 15 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateurs (or 15 years from the time the player becomes eligible).

How to watch the 2022 U.S. Women’s Amateur

Coverage of the 122nd U.S. Women’s Amateur from Chambers Bay in University Place, Wash., can be found on Golf Channel, with streaming options available any time on any mobile device and online through NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app.

Wednesday, Aug. 10 Golf Channel 6-9 p.m. Round of 64
Thursday, Aug. 11 Golf Channel 7-10 p.m. Round of 16
Friday, Aug. 12 Golf Channel 7-10 p.m. Quarterfinals
Saturday, Aug. 13 Golf Channel 3-6 p.m. Semifinals
Sunday, Aug. 14 Golf Channel 7-10 p.m. Final

Who’s playing in the 2022 U.S. Women’s Amateur

The field for the 122nd U.S. U.S. Women’s Amateur features 156 players from 14 countries, including the United States, which boasts competitors representing 34 states. The oldest competitors, both age 60, are Martha Leach of Hebron, Ky., and Ellen Port of St. Louis, Mo., while the youngest competitors are 13-year-olds Anna Fang of San Diego, Calif., and Alice Ziyi Zhao of Irvine, Calif.

Eight competitors rank inside the top 35 on the Women’s World Amateur Golf Ranking as of Aug. 3:

  • No. 3 Rachel Heck, 20, Memphis, Tenn.
  • No. 6 Tsubasa Kajitani, 18, Japan
  • No. 9 Emilia Migliaccio, 23, Cary, N.C.
  • No. 11 Amari Avery, 18, of Riverside, Calif.
  • No. 13 Rachel Kuehn, 21, Asheville, N.C.
  • No. 23 Bohyun Park, 19, South Korea
  • No. 27 Megha Ganne, 18, Holmdel, N.J.
  • No. 32 Brooke Seay, 21, San Diego, Calif.

Missing from the field is No. 1-ranked amateur Rose Zhang, the 2019 U.S. Women’s Amateur winner and reigning NCAA individual champion. Zhang and four other top-25 players – Sweden’s Ingrid Lindblad (No. 2), England’s Caley McGinty (No. 10), reigning Augusta National Women’s Amateur champion Anna Davis (No. 18) and Japan’s Mizuki Hashimoto (No. 22) – played in the LPGA’s final major of 2022, the AIG Women’s Open in Scotland, which concluded on Sunday.

2022 U.S. Women’s Amateur format, schedule of play

A starting field of 156 players will compete at Chambers Bay, starting with two rounds of 18-hole stroke play on Aug. 8-9. The field will be cut to the top 64 players for match play, who will compete in single-elimination rounds of 18-hole match play until the two finalists are determined. The championship will be contested over a 36 holes of match play on Sunday, Aug. 14.

Practice rounds will take place Aug. 6-7, with the championship schedule as follows:

  • Aug. 8: First round, stroke play
  • Aug. 9: Second round, stroke play
  • Aug. 10: Round of 64, match play
  • Aug. 11: Rounds of 32 and 16, match play
  • Aug. 12: Quarterfinal round, match play
  • Aug. 13: Semifinal round, match play
  • Aug. 14: 36-hole championship final, match play

Last year at the 121st U.S. Women’s Amateur

Jensen Castle captured headlines – and the title – last year at Westchester Country Club in Rye, N.Y., when the then-20-year-old became just the third No. 63 seed to win a national championship (and the first woman to achieve the feat) since the tournament began using the seeding format in the mid-1980s.

Castle, who hails from West Columbia, S.C., was a rising junior at the University of Kentucky last summer when she defeated University of Arizona All-American Yu-Chiang (Vivian) Hou, 2 and 1, in the 36-hole final. Castle survived a 12-for-2 playoff to qualify for the match-play portion of the tournament, and then proceeded to win her next six matches, including a 19-hole semifinal over then-world No. 2 Rachel Heck.

About Chambers Bay

The 122nd U.S. Women’s Amateur marks the fourth USGA championship held at Chambers Bay, a public golf course located in University Place, Wash. The course, designed by Robert Trent Jones II and opened in 2007, traverses 250 acres of rugged landscape along Puget Sound. Built on the site of a former sand- and gravel-mining operation, the course is the centerpiece of a 930-acre park owned by Pierce County.

Previous USGA championships at Chambers Bay include the 2010 men’s U.S. Amateur, won by Peter Uihlein, the 2015 men’s U.S. Open, won by Jordan Spieth, and the 2021 men’s U.S. Amateur Four-Ball won by Kiko Francisco Coelho and Leopoldo Herrera III.

Justine Wong-Orantes’ atypical path to becoming one of the best liberos in the world

Justine Wong-Orantes hits the ball in the women's semi-final volleyball match between USA and Serbia during the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
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It’s been 20 years since the same nation held both the Olympic and world volleyball titles at the same time, but libero Justine Wong-Orantes is looking to help lead Team USA accomplish that very feat at the 2022 FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Championships in the Netherlands and Poland. Competition began on Friday and the U.S. is currently 2-0 after group play wins against Kazakhstan and Canada.

“We’re trying to win, for sure,” Wong-Orantes told On Her Turf. “I think, especially with the new turn of the program and the new year of the quad, we just have a really nice blend of veterans and also newcomers on the team.”

The 14-woman roster for Team USA, which is ranked No. 1 in the world and won its first Olympic title last summer, features six players from that gold-medal-winning team. And while Wong-Orantes is among the 2021 U.S. Olympic team veterans, she’s still a relative newcomer to international play.

The Southern California native enjoyed a notable junior career – she was 12 when she became the youngest female to ever earn an AAA rating in beach volleyball – and was a standout collegian at Nebraska, where she was a member of the 2015 NCAA championship team. But Wong-Orantes followed a different path upon graduation, initially choosing not to go overseas to play professionally.

While she was first selected for the U.S. national team in 2016 and played a handful of international tournaments in the following years, it wasn’t until she started playing professionally in Germany in 2019 that she saw the potential to elevate her position on the roster. In particular, the pandemic-delayed Tokyo Olympics gave her an additional year of overseas experience, which she calls “a blessing in disguise.”

“I just felt like I was still in that developmental stage,” she said. “And a whole year postponement allowed me to go overseas and really get all the touches, all the repetitions, and just kind of expose myself to international volleyball another year. So I was, in hindsight, pretty thankful for that COVID season because I got an extra year under my belt, and I think that just gave me a ton of confidence.”

Ahead of the Olympics, Wong-Orantes earned “best libero” honors at the 2021 FIVB Volleyball National League in Rimini, Italy, which helped secure her spot on the Olympic roster. In Tokyo, she followed up with another standout performance and was named best libero of the Olympic tournament.

As to how the Wong-Orantes transformed into one of the world’s top liberos, she points to her background as a beach volleyball player. She began competing at age 8, and her first partner was Sara Hughes, a star on the AVP Pro Tour who also won two NCAA titles with USC.

“I think having that background and just the court awareness that beach volleyball forces you to have allowed me to really have a good read on the game,” said Wong-Orantes. “I think that’s what makes a great libero is just reading and always being reactive towards the ball.”

Wong-Orantes also credits the assistance of mental coach Sue Enquist, a former UCLA softball coach and U.S. national team coach, who now helps teams work on their culture and relationships. Enquist began working with the U.S. volleyball team during the pandemic and has continued in her role ever since.

“We just worked on a lot of stuff within ourselves, within our program, how to communicate with each other off the court, and I think that honestly propelled us into such a high, high level with how we worked with each other, and then that transferred onto the court,” explained Wong-Orantes, who noted the team has Enquist on speed dial while at the World Championship. “I really commend Sue. I just really give a lot of praise to her because I think our culture was never bad, but I think [she] just transformed into a different level.”

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ARNHEM, NETHERLANDS – Justine Wong-Orantes (far right) poses for a photo with her U.S. teammates after defeating Canada at the 2022 FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Championship on September 26, 2022. (Photo by Rene Nijhuis/Orange Pictures/BSR Agency/Getty Images)

Wong-Orantes said she and her U.S. teammates are on their toes for the world championships, which features twice as many teams (24) as the Olympics and a “more grueling” format.

“It’s going to be a long tournament, and I think we’re really going to need all 14 of us that are here. I’m pretty certain that, at any given moment, someone’s going to be called on and someone’s going to need to step up in big moments.”

2022 Ascendant LPGA: How to watch, who’s playing in Texas’s annual signature event

Atthaya Thitikul of Thailand hits her second shot on the 16th hole during the final round of the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship.
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The LPGA make its annual stop in The Colony, Texas, this week for the 10th edition of the Ascendant LPGA benefiting Volunteers of America, where Thailand’s 19-year-old rookie Atthaya Thitikul comes in hot off her second career win and second playoff victory this season at the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship.

Leading the 132-player field at Old American Golf Club, located at Golf Clubs at The Tribute, are Texas residents and past champions Cheyenne Knight and Angela Stanford. They’ll compete for the $1.7 million prize purse alongside major champions Nelly KordaLydia Ko and Brooke Henderson. Last year’s Ascendant LPGA champion, world No. 1 Jin Young Ko, will not be defending her title after announcing earlier this month she would be missing several weeks due to a nagging wrist injury.

This past weekend in Arkansas, Thitikul took the lead with a 10-under 61 in the second round and shot 68 in the final round to finish regulation tied with Danielle Kang at 17-under 196. Thitikul, who won the JTBC Classic in March in a two-hole playoff vs. Nanna Koerstz Madsen, drained an 8-foot birdie putt on the second playoff hole to secure the win over Kang.

How to watch the 2022 Ascendant LPGA 

Coverage of the 2022 Ascendant LPGA from Old American Golf Club in The Colony, Texas, can be found on Golf Channel, with streaming options available any time on any mobile device and online through NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app.

  • Thursday, Sept. 29: 12:30-3:30 p.m. ET, Golf Channel
  • Friday, Sept. 30: 12:30-3:30 p.m. ET, Golf Channel
  • Saturday, Oct. 1: 1-4 p.m. ET, Golf Channel
  • Sunday, Oct. 2: 1-4 p.m. ET, Golf Channel

Who’s playing in the 2022 Ascendant LPGA

Six of the top 10 players in the Rolex World Rankings are among the field in Texas, including:

  • No. 2 Nelly Korda
  • No. 4 Lydia Ko
  • No. 5 Atthaya Thitikul
  • No. 6 Brooke Henderson
  • No. 7 Lexi Thompson
  • No. 10 Nasa Hataoka

A number of local Texans also are in the tournament, headlined by past champions, Angela Stanford (2020) and Cheyenne Knight (2019), and two junior champions of the Volunteers of America Classic Girls Championship, who are playing on a sponsor exemption: Yunxuan (Michelle) Zhang (2022), a freshman at SMU, and Avery Zweig (2021), a high school sophomore from McKinney, Texas.

Past five champions of The Ascendant LPGA

2021 Jin Young Ko (South Korea) 16-under 268 1 stroke Matilda Castren
2020 Angela Stanford (USA) 7-under 277 2 strokes So Yeon Ryu, Inbee Park, Yealimi Noh
2019 Cheyenne Knight (USA) 18-under 266 2 strokes Brittany Altomare, Jaye Marie Green
2018 Sung Hyun Park (South Korea) 11-under 131 1 stroke Lindy Duncan
2017 Haru Nomura (Japan) 3-under 281 Playoff Christie Kerr

Last time at The Ascendant LPGA

South Korea’s Jin Young Ko carded a final-round 69 to maintain her 54-hole lead at Old American Golf Club and held on for a one stroke win at the 2021 Volunteers of America Classic, her eighth career LPGA tour title. Ko finished regulation at 16-under 268, edging Finland’s Matilda Castren by one stroke.

It kicked off a five-win season for Ko, who had just lost her No. 1 ranking to Nelly Korda the week prior after holding the top spot for 100 straight weeks. She regained the No. 1 ranking back in October 2021, after earning her fourth win in seven starts at the BMW Ladies Championship.

More about Old American Golf Club

Opened in 2010, the Old American Golf Club is one of two clubs at The Tribute, a lakefront resort community on Lewisville Lake in The Colony, Texas. Designed by Tripp Davis and 12-time PGA Tour winner Justin Leonard, Old American plays as a Par 71 and stretches to 6,475 yards on the tournament scorecard.