It’s easy to forget that the USGA doesn’t conduct only the U.S. Opens and Amateurs, but a total of 13 national championships, allowing a cross-section of golfers—across both genders and all ages—to compete. One example is the U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur, which is being contested for the 52nd time from September 13-18 at Hollywood Golf Club in Deal, N.J. (above), a half mile from the Atlantic Ocean. The event is open to female amateurs 50 years and older with a handicap not to exceed 18.4. From 554 entries, 132 qualified for two rounds of stroke play, from which 64 will move onto match play. That means the winner will have played eight rounds in six days. The event has a notable list of past champions including Carolyn Cudone (five times), Alice Dye (twice), Marlene Streit (three), Carol Semple Thompson (four), and Ellen Port, who won the last two. In preparation for the event, the course—originally laid out by Walter Travis in 1915—was recently renovated by Tom Doak’s Renaissance Golf Design, with special attention to the bunkers: More than 45 were added, bringing the total up over 150 (but down from Travis’ original 200-plus). What resulted was a beautiful, exciting course that will play at par 73 and 6,100 yards and, with the shifting ocean winds, present a great challenge to the competitors. The eventual winner might not be as well known as Michelle Wie or Martin Kaymer, but she still will be a national champion—and a great example of what the USGA is really all about.