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The idea for the California Women's State Championship was born in January of 1994 at the USGA Annual Meeting. It was felt that a State Championship would provide a "true women's Champion" from the state of California.

In 1995, five of the Women's Golf Associations in California, consisting of the Pacific Women's Golf Association, San Diego County Women's Golf Association, Women's Golf Association of Northern California, Women's Public Links Golf Association and the Women's Southern California Golf Association, began orchestrating the Championship. Money to sponsor the tournament was and continues to be provided by three of these associations (PWGA, WGANC and WSCGA) with two representatives from each forming the CWC Committee.

The dream became a reality in July of l996 with the first Championship being held at Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Diego, California.

The format has remained consistent since that first tournament, 54 holes of individual stroke play. The competition is scheduled in July each year so players of high school and college age can participate. Eligibility requirements are that a player be a female of any age, a California resident for at least 6 months of the year and have a USGA handicap index of no greater than 10.7.

The results of the California Women's State Championship also determine which players will represent the state at the USGA Women's State Team Championship, an event held every 2 years. For more information regarding the selection of players, please see the section on USGA State Team.