U.S. WOMEN'S OPEN
13 Champions, 47 of World's Top 50 Set to Compete at C.C. of Charleston
April 17, 2019 | Liberty Corner, N.J.
By Julia Pine, USGA
Thirteen past champions and 47 of the top 50 players in the world are among those entered in the 74th U.S. Women’s Open Championship, which will be conducted by the USGA from May 30-June 2 at the Country Club of Charleston (S.C.). Championship entries closed at 5 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, April 17.
“We are excited to see such a strong group of entrants from around the world for the 74th U.S. Women’s Open Championship,” said Shannon Rouillard, senior director, Championships for the USGA. “We can’t wait to see the game’s best females take on this fantastic Seth Raynor-designed golf course, which we know will provide the ultimate test of golf and thrill fans from around the world.”
This marks the sixth consecutive year the U.S. Women’s Open has received more than 1,500 entries, with the USGA accepting 1,552 entries for this year’s championship. The 2015 championship at Lancaster (Pa.) Country Club holds the entry record with 1,873. The USGA accepted entries from golfers in 47 states, including 32 entrants from South Carolinam, and a total of 62 countries.
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 April 22-May 8. Qualifying will be held at 21 sites in the United States, as well as four international sites: one each in England, Japan, the People’s Republic of China and the Republic of Korea.
Ariya Jutanugarn, of Thailand, who won the 2018 U.S. Women’s Open at Shoal Creek in Birmingham, Ala., is one of the 13 fully exempt U.S. Women’s Open champions. Jutanugarn is joined by Sung Hyun Park (2017), Brittany Lang (2016), In Gee Chun (2015), Michelle Wie (2014), Inbee Park (2013, 2008), Na Yeon Choi (2012), So Yeon Ryu (2011), Paula Creamer (2010), Eun-Hee Ji (2009), Cristie Kerr (2007), Karrie Webb (2001, 2000) and Laura Davies (1987), who earned an exemption based on her victory in the inaugural U.S. Senior Women’s Open last July.
Two-time U.S. Women’s Open champion Karrie Webb, of Australia, has accepted a special exemption into the championship. Webb, 44, won the 2000 U.S. Women’s Open at The Merit Club in Gurnee, Ill., defeating Kerr and Meg Mallon by five strokes. In 2001, Webb defeated Se Ri Pak by eight strokes at Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club in Southern Pines, N.C., to become the 12th player to win multiple U.S. Women’s Opens. Webb’s 23 consecutive Women’s Opens entering this year is the longest active streak. Webb received a special exemption into the championship last year, when she missed the cut at Shoal Creek. She is a 41-time winner on the LPGA Tour and 15-time winner on the Ladies European Tour.
Brittany Lincicome, currently No. 37 in the Rolex Women's World Golf Rankings, and Sarah Jane Smith, who tied for fifth in last year’s championship at Shoal Creek, have chosen to take advantage of the U.S. Women’s Open’s family-friendly Maternity Exemption Opportunity, and will defer their exemptions until the 2020 championship at Champions Golf Club in Houston, Texas.
This will be the second USGA championship conducted at the Country Club of Charleston. In 2013, Emma Talley defeated Yueer Cindy Feng, 1 up, to win the U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship. Talley is among the 100 players who are currently fully exempt into the championship, as are Gerina Mendoza and Suzann Pettersen, who chose to defer their 2018 exemptions to 2019, per the maternity policy.
The championship’s youngest entrant is 11-year-old Seojin Park, of the Republic of Korea. She will attempt to qualify at the sectional qualifying site in Incheon, Korea, on April 25. Past Drive, Chip & Putt National finalist Avery Zweig, 12, of McKinney, Texas, will try to qualify in Maple Grove, Minn., on May 7. Laura Baugh, 63, is the championship's oldest entrant. She will attempt to qualify in Bradenton, Fla., on May 6.
Celine Herbin, a 36-year-old professional from France, was the first to apply when entries opened on Feb. 20. The final entry came from Sana Tufail, a 22-year-old amateur from England, who filed three minutes before the 5 p.m. EDT deadline on April 17.
Players still have several opportunities to gain a full exemption into the U.S. Women’s Open. The winner of any LPGA co-sponsored event prior to the start of the U.S. Women’s Open, including this weekend’s Lotte Championship in Oahu, Hawaii, will earn an exemption into the championship field. Additionally, any player among the top 50 point leaders and ties from the Rolex Rankings as of May 27 who is not already exempt will be added to the field.
The following 100 golfers are fully exempt into the 2019 U.S. Women’s Open (as of April 18):
|Marina Alex||Ariya Jutanugarn||Azahara Munoz|
|Brittany Altomare||Moriya Jutanugarn||Misuzu Narita|
|Aditi Ashok||Danielle Kang||Anna Nordqvist|
|Celine Boutier||Haeji Kang||Ji Hyun Oh|
|Ashleigh Buhai||Sarah Kemp||Su Hyun Oh|
|Pei-Yun Chien||Cristie Kerr||Amy Olson|
|Chella Choi||Megan Khang||Ryann O'Toole|
|Hyejin Choi||Hyojoo Kim||Annie Park|
|Na Yeon Choi||In-Kyung Kim||Inbee Park|
|In Gee Chun||Jihyun Kim||Jane Park|
|Carlota Ciganda||Sei Young Kim||Sung Hyun Park|
|Jacqui Concolino||Katherine Kirk||Suzann Pettersen|
|Paula Creamer||Jinyoung Ko||Pornanong Phatlum|
|Laura Davies||Lydia Ko||So Yeon Ryu|
|Lindy Duncan||Jessica Korda||Lizette Salas|
|Austin Ernst||Nelly Korda||Supmas Sangchan|
|Jodi Ewart Shadoff||Brittany Lang||Jenny Shin|
|Shanshan Feng||Saranporn Langkulgasettrin||Jijyai Shin|
|Sandra Gal||Bronte Law||Jennifer Song|
|Hannah Green||Jeongeun Lee||Mariah Stackhouse|
|Jaye Marie Green||Mi Hyang Lee||Angela Stanford|
|Jenny Haglund||Minjee Lee||Jasmine Suwannapura|
|Georgia Hall||Mirim Lee||Ai Suzuki|
|a-Leonie Harm||Soyoung Lee||Emma Talley|
|Nasa Hataoka||Jeongeun Lee6||a-Patty Tavatanakit|
|Caroline Hedwall||Pernilla Lindberg||Pannarat Thanapolboonyaras|
|Brooke Henderson||Yu Liu||Lexi Thompson|
|Mamiko Higa||Yan Liu||Ayako Uehara|
|Wei-Ling Hsu||Gaby Lopez||Anne Van Dam|
|Charley Hull||Mo Martin||Karrie Webb|
|a-Jiwon Jeon||Caroline Masson||Michelle Wie|
|Eun Hee Ji||Ally McDonald||Amy Yang|
|a-Shannon Johnson||Gerina Mendoza||Angel Yin|
BOLD = U.S. Women's Open champion
a = amateur