Following sectional qualifying at 20 sites around the
country, 69 women have advanced through sectional qualifying and will compete
in the 2013 U.S. Women’s Open Championship, to be conducted June 27-30 at
Sebonack Golf Club in Southampton, N.Y.
Considered the world’s premier women’s golf championship,
the U.S. Women’s Open is one of 13 national championships conducted annually by
the USGA. It is open to professional female golfers and amateur females with a
USGA Handicap Index® not exceeding 4.4.
Daily tickets and weekly packages are available at various
prices. For more information, visit www.2013uswomensopen.com/tickets.php.
The list of Women’s Open qualifiers includes 14 teenagers.
Nelly Korda, 14, of Bradenton, Fla., is the championship’s youngest competitor.
Korda is the younger sister of exempt player Jessica Korda, the winner of the
2012 Women’s Australian Open and the runner-up at the 2011 U.S. Women’s Amateur
Championship. The Kordas are the daughters of former professional tennis player
Petr Korda, who won the 1998 Australian Open.
Mariel Galdiano, 14, of Pearl City, Hawaii, qualified for
her second U.S. Women’s Open. Galdiano, who is one month older than Korda and
will turn 15 on June 25, competed in the 2011 championship at age 13. Other
teenagers to qualify are: Shannon Aubert, 17; Kelli Bowers, 18; Casie Cathrea,
17; Yueer Feng, 17; Brooke Mackenzie Henderson, 15; Erica Herr, 17; Alexandra
Kaui, 17; Kyung Kim, 19; Annie Park, 18; Elizabeth Schultz, 16; Mariah
Stackhouse, 19; and Gabriella Then, 17. They join the three teenagers who were
already fully exempt into the championship: Ariya Jutanugarn, 17; Lydia Ko, 16;
and Lexi Thompson, 18.
Five USGA champions advanced through sectional qualifying:
Doris Chen (2010 U.S. Girls’ Junior), Tiffany Joh (2006, 2008 U.S. Women’s
Amateur Public Links), Kim (2012 U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links), Jane Park
(2004 U.S. Women’s Amateur) and Emily Tubert (2010 U.S. Women’s Amateur Public
Chen, Kim and Annie Park are members of the University of
Southern California team that won the 2013 NCAA Division I Women’s Golf
Championship. Park became the seventh freshman to claim the individual title
and only the second woman in NCAA history to sweep the conference, regional and
national titles. In addition to Park, there are two other USC individual
champions in the field: Jennifer Rosales, who qualified in Atlanta, and exempt
player Dewi Claire Schreefel.
Other notable players to advance to the 2013 U.S. Women’s
Open are past Solheim Cup competitors Laura Diaz, Christina Kim, Kristy
McPherson and Janice Moodie, as well as four-time LPGA Tour winner Lorie Kane,
who is the championship’s oldest qualifier at age 48.
Four spots reserved for future exemptions have been released
back to the qualifying field. Moira Dunn (Heathrow qualifier), Jiyoung Oh
(Baltimore qualifier), Brooke Pancake (Atlanta qualifier) and Karen Stupples
(Atlanta qualifier) have been added to the Women’s Open field. Additionally,
Jimin Kang has withdrawn from the championship and has been replaced by Danah
Bordner (Baltimore qualifier).
Eighty-three players are fully exempt into the
championship’s 156-player field. Four spots are currently being reserved for
any non-exempt players who win an official LPGA Tour event through the Walmart
NW Arkansas Championship (which ends June 23), the winner of the 2013 Ladies’
British Open Amateur Championship (provided she remains an amateur) and those
who enter the top 25 of the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings as of June 24.
to see the list of players who qualified for the 2013 U.S. Women’s Open.