U.S. Women's Open Attracts Record Number of Entries for 2015 May 11, 2015 | Far Hills, N.J. By USGA

Michelle Wie is one of 11 past champions fully exempt for this year's U.S. Women's Open at Lancaster (Pa.) Country Club. (USGA/John Mummert)

The momentum from last year's highly successful U.S. Women's Open Championship at Pinehurst No. 2 continues, as a record 1,873 competitors have submitted entry applications to the USGA to play in the 2015 U.S. Women’s Open Championship at Lancaster (Pa.) Country Club.

It is the second consecutive year that the U.S. Women's Open has set an entry record. The previous mark of 1,702 came in 2014, when the U.S. Women's Open was played immediately following the U.S. Open at Pinehurst. It also marks the ninth time since 2004 that the championship has accepted a record number of entries. Among this year’s total are 96 fully exempt players, including 11 Women’s Open champions.

“The United States Golf Association is proud to again have accepted record entries for the U.S. Women’s Open, which is an indicator of the growing strength of and interest in the women’s game,” said Diana Murphy, USGA vice president and chairman of the Championship Committee. "We have received tremendous support for this championship from Lancaster Country Club, as well as the residents and businesses in the greater Lancaster area. We look forward to bringing the championship, the pinnacle of women’s golf, to this classic course.”

To be eligible for the U.S. 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 9 and June 15. Qualifying will be held at 21 sites in the United States, as well as four international sites, in the People’s Republic of China, England, the Republic of Korea and Japan.

Michelle Wie, who captured the 2014 U.S. Women’s Open, is one of 11 fully exempt champions. Wie is joined by Na Yeon Choi (2012), Paula Creamer (2010), Laura Davies (1987), Eun-Hee Ji (2009), Cristie Kerr (2007), Birdie Kim (2005), Se Ri Pak (1998), Inbee Park (2008, 2013), So Yeon Ryu (2011) and Karrie Webb (2000, 2001). Twenty-five of the exempt players have combined to win 31 USGA championships, including four of the last five U.S. Women’s Amateurs – Kristen Gillman (2014), world No. 1 Lydia Ko (2012) and Danielle Kang (2010, 2011).

The USGA accepted entries for the 70th U.S. Women’s Open from golfers in 49 states (all except Maine) and 54 foreign countries. Of the United States entries, California had the most with 294, followed by Florida with 275 and Texas with 143. Of the foreign entries, 191 were received from Japanese players, followed by Korea with 94 and Canada with 61. For the second consecutive year, 10-year-old Alexa Pano, of Lake Worth, Fla., was the championship’s youngest entrant. The oldest entrant is Debby Pinnell, 64, of Leland, N.C.

Sally Watson, a professional from Scotland who played on the 2008 and 2010 Great Britain and Ireland Curtis Cup Teams, was the first applicant when entries opened on Wednesday, March 4. Amateur Lauren Atkinson, of Bow, Wash., submitted the championship’s final entry approximately six minutes before entries closed on Wednesday, May 6.

There are still several ways for players to gain an exemption into the U.S. Women’s Open. The winner of the 2015 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship and any other LPGA co-sponsored events prior to the start of the U.S. Women’s Open will earn exemptions. Additionally, the top 50 point leaders and ties from the Rolex Rankings as of July 5 will be added to the exempt list, provided they were not previously exempt into the championship.

More information about the U.S. Women’s Open before, during and after the 2015 championship is available at uswomensopen.com.

The following 96 golfers are fully exempt into the 2015 U.S. Women’s Open (as of May 6):

Sun Ju Ahn

Marina Alex

Q Baek

Dori Carter

Chella Choi

Na Yeon Choi 

In Gee Chun

Carlota Ciganda

Paula Creamer 

Laura Davies 

Laura Diaz

Austin Ernst

Shanshan Feng

Sandra Gal

a-Kristen Gillman

Julieta Granada

Mina Harigae

Caroline Hedwall

Brooke Henderson

Yoon Kyung Heo

Charley Hull

Mi Jung Hur

Karine Icher

Ha Na Jang

Eun-Hee Ji 

Tiffany Joh

Jennifer Johnson

Ariya Jutanugarn

Moriya Jutanugarn

Danielle Kang

Haeji Kang

Kim Kaufman 

Cristie Kerr 

Birdie Kim 

Christina Kim

Hyo Joo Kim

I.K. Kim

Sei Young Kim

Katherine Kirk

Lydia Ko

Jessica Korda

Candie Kung

Brittany Lang

Ilhee Lee

Jung Min Lee

Meena Lee

Mi Hyang Lee

Mirim Lee

Amelia Lewis

Stacy Lewis

Xiju Lin

Brittany Lincicome

Pernilla Lindberg

Babe Liu

Teresa Lu

Mo Martin

Caroline Masson

Catriona Matthew

Stephanie Meadow

Sydnee Michaels

Belen Mozo

Azahara Munoz

Misuzu Narita

Gwladys Nocera 

Haru Nomura

Anna Nordqvist

Ji-Young Oh

Lee-Anne Pace

Se Ri Pak 

Yanhong Pan

Hee Young Park

Inbee Park 

Suzann Pettersen

Pornanong Phatlum

Gerina Piller

Morgan Pressel

Beatriz Recari

So Yeon Ryu 

Lizette Salas

Dewi Claire Schreefel

Jodi Ewart Shadoff

Jenny Shin

Sarah-Jane Smith

Angela Stanford

Thidapa Suwannapura

Kris Tamulis

Lexi Thompson

Yani Tseng

Ayako Uehara

Mariajo Uribe

Line Vedel

Karrie Webb 

Michelle Wie 

Amy Yang

Sakura Yokomine

Sun Young Yoo 

Bold – U.S. Women’s Open champion