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2020 U.S. Senior Women's Open: Who's Currently Exempt February 24, 2020 | Liberty Corner, N.J.

Inaugural champion Laura Davies is currently exempt in nine categories. (USGA/John Gress)

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The field for the 3rd U.S. Senior Women’s Open Championship, to be contested July 9-12 at Brooklawn Country Club, in Fairfield, Conn., is starting to take shape. Competitors can earn their place in the field in one of two ways: by becoming exempt through a variety of categories or via 18-hole qualifying that will take place after the close of entries on May 20. The number of available qualifying spots will be determined after the close of entries. To get a sneak peek at where and when those qualifiers will be conducted, click here.

Entries for the 2020 championship are expected to open the first week of March. 

Defending champion Helen Alfredsson, of Sweden, will join inaugural champion Laura Davies, of England, in the field. More than 100 other competitors are exempt via a variety of categories established by the USGA.

Ten amateurs are currently exempt, including 2019 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur champion Lara Tennant, of Portland, Ore., and 2019 runner-up Sue Wooster, of Australia.

The following are the 2020 U.S. Senior Women’s Open exemption categories, and the players who currently meet each criterion. These are subject to change and all players must still file an entry, unless they become exempt after the close of entries. In that case, the USGA will file a blank entry on behalf of that competitor. (Bold: first time a player is listed)                            

Former Winners of the U.S. Senior Women’s Open Championship:

Helen Alfredsson
Laura Davies

From the 2019 U.S. Senior Women’s Open Championship, the 20 lowest scorers and anyone tied for 20th place:

Helen Alfredsson
Danielle Ammaccapane
Donna Andrews
Nanci Bowen
Jane Crafter
Laura Davies
Lisa Depaulo
Wendy Doolan
Cheryl Fox
Jackie Gallagher-Smith
Tammie Green-Parker
Suzy Green-Roebuck
Juli Inkster
Becky Iverson
Trish Johnson
Barbara Moxness
Michele Redman
Yuko Saito
Laura Shanahan Rowe
Maggie Will

From the 2019 U.S. Senior Women’s Open Championship, the amateur returning the lowest 72-hole score:

(a)-Sally Krueger
(a)-Judith Kyrinis

Winners of the U.S. Women’s Open Championship who reached their 50th birthday on or before July 9, 2020. (10-year exemption):

Amy Alcott
Janet Anderson
Kathy Baker Guadagnino
Susie Maxwell Berning
Pat Bradley
Jerilyn Britz
Donna Caponi
JoAnne Carner
Kathy Cornelius
Laura Davies
Jane Geddes
Sandra Haynie
Juli Inkster
Betsy King
(a)-Catherine Lacoste
Murle Lindstrom
Meg Mallon
Lauri Merten
Mary Mills
Liselotte Neumann
Sandra Palmer
Betsy Rawls
Patty Sheehan
Hollis Stacy
Jan Stephenson
                                                                                                 

From the 2019 and 2020 U.S. Women’s Open Championship, any player returning a 72-hole score:         

N/A

Any professional or applicant for reinstatement who has won the U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship and who reached their 50th birthday on or before July 9, 2020 (3-year exemption):

Jean Ashley Crawford
Laura Baugh
JoAnne Carner
Kay Cockerill
Beth Daniel
Mary Lou Dill
Joanne Foreman
Amy Fruhwirth
Michiko Hattori
Carolyn Hill
Cynthia Hill
Donna Horton
Pat Hurst
Juli Inkster
Deb Richard
Cathy Sherk
Pearl Sinn-Bonanni

Winners of the U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship who reached their 50th birthday on or before July 9, 2020 (must be an amateur) (5-year exemption):

(a)-Mary Budke
(a)-Martha Kirouac
(a)-Catherine Lacoste
(a)-Patricia Lesser-Harbottle
(a)-Barbara McIntire
(a)-Anne Sander
(a)-Marlene Stewart Streit
(a)-Carol Semple Thompson

Winners of the U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur Championship the last two years (2018 and 2019) and the 2019 runner-up (must be an amateur):

(a)-Lara Tennant (champion for 2018 and 2019)
(a)-Sue Wooster

Winners of the 2018 & 2019 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship (must be an amateur):

N/A

Playing members of the two most current United States & GB&I Curtis Cup Teams and the two most current United States Women’s World Amateur Teams (must be an amateur):

N/A

Winners of the Senior LPGA Championship the last three years (2017-2019) and the runner-up the last two years (2018-2019):

Helen Alfredsson
Laura Davies
Juli Inkster
Trish Johnson

From the 2019 Senior LPGA Championship, the 10 lowest scorers and anyone tying for 10th place:

Helen Alfredsson
Jean Bartholomew
Lisa Grimes
Juli Inkster
Trish Johnson
Rosie Jones
Michele Redman

From the final 2018 and 2019 official Legends Tour Performance Points list, the top 30 point leaders and ties:

Helen Alfredsson
Danielle Ammaccapane
Donna Andrews
Jean Bartholomew
Jane Crafter
Laura Davies
Lisa Depaulo
Alicia Dibos
Wendy Doolan
Cindy Figg-Currier
Tamie Green-Parker
Lisa Grimes
Juli Inkster
Becky Iverson
Christa Johnson
Trish Johnson
Cathy Johnston-Forbes
Rosie Jones
Marilyn Lovander
Barbara Moxness
Barb Mucha
Liselotte Neumann
Michele Redman
Susie Reman
Maggie Will

Winners of the Legends Tour co-sponsored events, excluding team events, whose victories are considered official, in the last two calendar years (2018 & 2019) and during the current calendar year to the initiation of the current year’s U.S. Senior Women’s Open Championship.  Events must be a minimum of 36 holes. (NOTE: The USGA will file blank entries for those players who become exempt after the close of entries):

Helen Alfredsson
Juli Inkster
Trish Johnson

Winners of the LPGA Teaching & Club Professional Championship (Championship Division) the last five years and the five lowest scorers and ties from the most recent Championship:

Wendy Doolan
Lisa Grimes
Laurie Rinker

From the 2019 LPGA Teaching & Club Professional Championship (Senior Division), the 3 lowest scorers and ties:

Alicia Dibos
Jamie Fischer
Barbara Moxness
Laurie Rinker
Laura Shanahan Rowe

Winners of the 2019 Women’s Senior Amateur staged by the R&A and Canadian Women’s Senior Amateur Championships:

(a)-Judith Kyrinis
(a)-Lara Tennant

Winners of the following events when deemed a major* by the LPGA Tour and who reached their 50th birthday on or before July 9, 2020; 10-year exemption. (ANA Inspiration (1983-present), Evian Championship (2013-present) AIG Women’s British Open (2019-), Ricoh Women’s British Open (2001-2018), du Maurier Classic (1979-2000), KPMG Women’s PGA Championship (1955-present), Titleholders Championship (1946-1966 and 1972) or Western Open (1930-1967):

Amy Alcott
Helen Alfredsson
Donna Andrews
Jody Anschutz Rosenthal
Susie Maxwell Berning
Nanci Bowen
Pat Bradley
Betty Burfeindt
Donna Caponi
Beth Daniel
Laura Davies
Gloria Ehret
Shirley Englehorn
Jane Geddes
Tammie Green Parker
Marlene Hagge
Sandra Haynie
Chako Higuchi
Pat Hurst
Juli Inkster
Christa Johnson
Cathy Johnston-Forbes
Judy Kimball
Betsy King
Jenny Lidback
Sally Little
Nancy Lopez
Meg Mallon
Catriona Matthew
Alice Miller
Mary Mills
Martha Nause
Pat O’Sullivan Lucey
Sandra Palmer
Dottie Pepper
Sandra Post
Betsy Rawls
Kelly Robbins
Nancy Scranton
Patty Sheehan
Marilyn Smith
Hollis Stacy
Sherri Steinhauer
Jan Stephenson
Sherri Turner
Kathy Whitworth
Joyce Ziski

From the final 2019 LPGA Tour all-time money list, the top 150 money leaders and ties:

Kristi Albers
Amy Alcott
Helen Alfredsson
Danielle Ammaccapane
Donna Andrews
Tina Barrett
Pat Bradley
JoAnne Carner
Beth Daniel
Laura Davies
Wendy Doolan
Dale Eggeling
Jane Geddes
Tammie Green Parker
Pat Hurst
Juli Inkster
Christa Johnson
Rosie Jones
Lorie Kane
Betsy King
Hiromi Kobayashi
Nancy Lopez
Meg Mallon
Catriona Matthew
Michelle McGann
Barb Mucha
Liselotte Neumann
Ayako Okamoto
Dottie Pepper
Michele Redman
Deb Richard
Kelly Robbins
Kim Saiki-Maloney
Nancy Scranton
Patty Sheehan
Valerie Skinner
Hollis Stacy
Sherri Steinhauer
Jan Stephenson
Kris Tschetter
Sherri Turner

Winners of LPGA Tour co-sponsored events, whose victories are considered official, in the last five calendar years (2015-2019) and during the current calendar year to the initiation of the 2020 U.S. Senior Women’s Open Championship.  (NOTE:  The USGA will file blank entries for those players who become exempt after the close of entries.):

N/A

Playing members of the five most current United States and European Solheim Cup teams:

Laura Davies
Juli Inkster
Catriona Matthew         

From the 2019 final official Ladies European Tour and Japan LPGA Career Money lists, the top five money leaders:

Laura Davies

Special exemptions as selected by the USGA.  Must have filed an entry by close of entries. Deadline for submission of request:  May 20, 2020.  Players must select a qualifying site at the time of entry:

N/A

(a)=Amateur

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