The USGA Men’s and Women's State Team Championships, grew out of the Association’s Centennial celebration in 1995. It was believed that a new championship, one in which each state could be represented by non-college, amateur golfers, was a good way to cap the USGA’s year-long birthday celebration. In enthusiasm and fine golf, the State Team Championship proved such a success that it has been instituted to return every two years.
The Utah Golf Association and the Arizona Golf Association began this team Ryder Cup style event in 1991 to showcase the top amateur golfers in both states and to build camaraderie amongst the players.
The idea behind this new event was to offer Ryder Cup style matches for the top women and senior women amateur golfers from around Utah.