Liberty Corner, New Jersey, United States: The United States Golf Association (USGA) has accepted 1,592 entries for the 73rd US Women’s Open Championship at Shoal Creek.
To be conducted from May 31-June 3, it will be the first US Women’s Open contested in Alabama, and it’s just the third time in its history that the US Women’s Open will be played prior to the US Open.
This marks the fifth consecutive year the US Women’s Open has received more than 1,500 entries. The 2015 championship at Lancaster Country Club holds the entry record with 1,873.
Eleven US Women’s Open champions are among the 93 players who are currently fully exempt into the championship.
“We are excited to see such a strong group of entrants from around the world for the 73rd US Women’s Open Championship,” said Shannon Rouillard, Championship Director. “To host Alabama’s first US Women’s Open is a historic moment for the USGA and the state of Alabama, and to have such a strong field represented in the championship is fitting.”
The USGA accepted entries for the 73rd US Women’s Open from golfers in 46 states, 11 entrants from Alabama among them, as well as the District of Columbia and a total of 54 countries.
To be eligible for the US Women’s Open, a player must have a Handicap Index not exceeding 2.4, or be a professional.
Sectional qualifying will be conducted over 36 holes between May 2-17. Qualifying will be held at 21 sites in the United States, as well as four international sites: one each in England, Japan, China and Korea.
Korean Park Sung-hyun, who won the 2017 US Women’s Open, is one of 11 fully exempt US Women’s Open champions. She is joined by Brittany Lang (2016), Chun In-gee (2015), Michelle Wie (2014), Park In-bee (2013, 2008), Choi Na-yeon (2012), Ryu So-yeon (2011), Paula Creamer (2010), Ji Eun-hee (2009), Cristie Kerr (2007) and Karrie Webb (2001, 2000).
This will be the third USGA championship conducted at Shoal Creek. In 1986, Stewart ‘Buddy’ Alexander won the US Amateur Championship, defeating Chris Kite in the final. In 2008, Cameron Peck captured the US Junior Amateur, and his 10-and-8 victory over Evan Beck stands as the largest winning margin in Junior Amateur championship-match history.
The championship’s youngest entrant is 11-year-old Texan Avery Zweig. Laura Baugh is the championship’s oldest entrant at age 62.
Catriona Matthew, a 48-year-old professional from Scotland, was the first to apply when entries opened on March 7. The final entry came from Tori Peers, a 22-year-old American amateur, who filed 27 minutes before the deadline.
Players still have several opportunities to gain a full exemption into the US Women’s Open. The winners of any LPGA co-sponsored event prior to the start of the US Women’s Open will earn exemptions into the championship field. Additionally, any player in the top 50 point leaders and ties from the Rolex Rankings as of May 27 not already exempt will be added to the field.