Jess Baker to defend Women’s Amateur Championship at Prince’s
Jess Baker will defend the Women’s Amateur Championship at Prince’s June 13-18 with some of the world’s best female amateurs in the field – including world number one amateur Ingrid Lindblad.
The Kent venue will welcome 144 players representing 37 countries, including 12 players ranked inside the top-50 on the Women’s World Amateur Golf Ranking alongside Bishop Auckland’s Jess Hall and Whitley Bay’s Rosie Belsham.
Ingrid, 23, climbed to the number one spot after American Rose Zhang turned professional on won her LPGA debut at the Mizuho America’s Open. She is one of three players in the world’s top-10 to be competing at Prince’s alongside Cayetana Fernandez Garcia-Poggio (three) from Spain and Scotland’s Hannah Darling (nine).
Jess took the title in Norfolk in 2022 after defeating Sweden’s Louise Rydqvist 4&3 in a thrilling final and is joined by fellow English hope Annabell Fuller at Prince’s, making her seventh appearance in the championship.
The Women’s Amateur Championship is one of the leading championships in amateur golf for women golfers. Founded in 1893, it attracts an international field with an impressive list of former winners including McCormack Medal winner Leona Maguire and major champions Georgia Hall and Anna Nordqvist. The winner of the event gains entry to the AIG Women’s Open, US Women’s Open, The Amundi Evian Championship and, by tradition, will earn an invitation to compete at the Augusta National Women’s Amateur.
The field will take part in the strokeplay stage on Tuesday June 13 and Wednesday June 14, playing 36 holes. From there, 64 players and ties will advance to the matchplay stage from Thursday June 15 to Sunday June 18.
Prince’s played host to The Open in 1932, won by Gene Sarazen. The club has welcomed Final Qualifying for The Open from 2018 to 2022, while the course also co-hosted The Amateur Championship in 2013 and 2017.