The championship is open to women amateur golfers who, since Jan. 1, 2012, have been bona fide public course players and have not held privileges at any course that does not expend playing privileges to the general public, or privileges of any private club maintaining its own course and have a USGA Handicap not exceeding 18.4. A bona fide public course player may hold incidental privileges of a course not open to the public when such privileges are provided by (1) an educational institution at which she is a student, or (2) a federal armed service of which she is a member or retired member, or (3) an industry by which she is employed or from which she is employed or retired. Entries closed on May 9, 2012.
FORMAT: Two days worth of 18-hole, qualifying stroke-play will be contested on Monday, June 18th and Tuesday, June 19th. The field will then be reduced to the lowest 64 players, who advance to match play.
The first round of matches will be held on Wednesday, June 20th, while the second and third-round matches will be contested on Thursday, June 21st. Quarterfinal and Semifinal matches will be held on Friday, June 22nd. All of the above will be of 18 holes. On Saturday, June 23rd, the championship match will be 36 holes.
CHAMPION REWARDS: A gold medal and custody of the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links Championship Trophy for one year; 10-year exemption from qualifying for the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links; two-year exemption from qualifying for the U.S. Women's Amateur Championship, U.S. Girls' Juniors, if eligible, U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur Championship, if eligible, and U.S. Senior Women's Amateur, if eligible.
TROPHY: The Championship trophy was presented in 1977 by Robert F. Dwyer, of Portland, Oregon. Dwyer was a member of the USGA Executive Committee from 1962 through 1974 and a member of the USGA Public Links Committee. At the same time, the USGA presented a team trophy.