The United States Golf Association has announced that the 22nd U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links will be played June 24-28, 1998, on The Bay Course at the Kapalua resort on Maui. This will be the first USGA championship conducted on the island of Maui.
"I’m excited about having Kapalua host this prestigious women’s amateur championship," said Lori Planos, a Kapalua teaching professional and a past three-time USGA champion (1978 Girls’ Junior, 1979 and 1980 U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links.) "It is one of the most special and unique U.S. amateur events that I have participated in due to the diverse backgrounds of all the players."
Kapalua has hosted many events and has served as the site of the Kapalua International, a post-season PGA TOUR event since 1982. Among the past champions of the International are: Greg Norman, Sandy Lyle, Mark O'Meara, Peter Jacobsen, Davis Love III and Fred Couples.
Other prestigious competitions held at Kapalua include the 1985 Nissan Cup, 1987 World Cup, 1988 Kirin Cup and the 1992 Pacific Coast Amateur.
Arnold Palmer and Francis Duane constructed The Bay Course, which opened in 1975. In 1993, Kapalua’s Bay Course was the first course in the United States to be dedicated as a "Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary" by Audubon International. Kapalua’s Plantation and Village Courses also achieved this same Audubon designation for their pro-active environmental efforts and conservation programs.
The Women’s Amateur Public Links Championship begins with 36 holes of stroke play, with the lowest 32 scorers advancing to match play. First played in 1977, the WAPL is open to women amateur golfers who are bona fide public course players.