2012 Women's Open Fact Sheet

PAR AND YARDAGE: The Original Championship Course at Blackwolf Run will be set up at 6,954 yards and will play to a par of 36-36—72. 


Hole  1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  Total 
Par  4 5 4 4 4 3 5 3 4 36
Yards  348 522 455 341 409 200 590 180 395 3,440
Hole  10  11  12  13  14  15  16  17  18  Total 
Par  5 4 4 3 4 4 5 3 4 36
Yards  564 375 447 195 342 372 602 172 445 3,514

ARCHITECT: The 2012 Women’s Open will be conducted on the Original Championship Course at Blackwolf Run. The championship layout will incorporate holes 10-18 of the Meadow Valleys Course and holes 1-4 and 14-18 of the River Course, the same layout that was used at the 1998 Women’s Open. Both courses were designed by Pete Dye, with the original course opening in June 1988.

WHO CAN ENTER: The championship is open to any professional and any amateur golfer with a USGA Handicap Index® not exceeding 4.4.

ENTRIES: The USGA accepted a record 1,364 entries for the 2012 Women’s Open, then ninth consecutive year entries exceeded 1,000. The previous record of 1,296 entries was set in 2010. The USGA received 1,295 entries for the 2011 championship. Entries closed for this year's competition on May 2.

SECTIONAL QUALIFYING: Sectional qualifying, played over 36 holes, was conducted at 19 sites between May 14 and June 3.

SCHEDULE: Practice rounds will be played Monday, July 2, through Wednesday, July 4. Championship play will be conducted Thursday, July 5, through Sunday, July 8, with 18 holes of stroke play each day for the starting field of 156 golfers. After 36 holes, the field will be cut to the low 60 scorers (and ties).

If the championship is tied after four rounds, a three-hole playoff will take place immediately following the conclusion of the fourth round. If the playoff results in a tie, play will immediately continue hole-by-hole until a champion is determined.

TELEVISION SCHEDULE: ESPN2 and NBC will broadcast a combined 14 hours of live coverage from the 2012 U.S. Women's Open. ESPN's coverage will include broadcasts via ESPN3 and ESPN Mobile TV.

July 5: ESPN2, 4-8 p.m. (EDT), First round
July 6: ESPN2, 4-8 p.m. (EDT), Second round
July 7: NBC, 3-6 p.m. (EDT), Third round
July 8: NBC: 3-6 p.m. (EDT), Fourth round

2011 CHAMPION: So Yeon Ryu, of Korea, claimed the 66th U.S. Women’s Open at The Broadmoor. In a championship plagued with weather issues, Ryu survived the first three-hole aggregate playoff in championship history to take the title over her countrywoman Hee Kyung Seo.

For more information, visit http://www.usga.org/ChampEventArticle.aspx?id=21474839726.

 EXEMPT PLAYERS: As of June 30, there are 84 players fully exempt into the championship field, which comprises 156 players (*=amateur):

Yukari Baba, 12
Kyeong Bae, 9
Amanda Blumenherst, 9
Christel Boeljon, 9
Chella Choi, 9
Na Yeon Choi, 9, 11
Paula Creamer, 1, 9
Shanshan Feng, 5, 9
Katie Futcher, 9
Sandra Gal, 9
Julieta Granada, 9
Natalie Gulbis, 9
Sophie Gustafson 9
Hee-Won Han, 9
Mina Harigae, 9
Caroline Hedwall, 9,12
Maria Hjorth, 9
Katherine Hull, 9
Amy Hung, 9
Pat Hurst, 9
Vicky Hurst, 9
Juli Inkster, 1, 9
Eun-Hee Ji, 1, 9
Tiffany Joh, 9
Jennifer Johnson, 9
Yeon Ju Jung, 12
*Moriya Jutanugarn, 2
Jimin Kang, 9
Cristie Kerr, 1, 5, 8, 9
Birdie Kim, 1
Christina Kim, 9
IK Kim, 8,9
Mindy Kim, 9
Song-Hee Kim, 9
*Lydia Ko, 4
Jessica Korda, 11
Candie Kung, 9
Cindy LaCrosse, 9
Brittany Lang, 9, 11
Ji-Hee Lee, 12
Meena Lee, 9
Stacy Lewis, 7, 9, 11
Brittany Lincicome, 7, 9, 11
Diana Luna, 12
Paige Mackenzie, 9
Catriona Matthew, 6, 9, 11
Kristy McPherson, 9
*Stephanie Meadow, 3
Ai Miyazato, 8, 9, 11, 12
Mika Miyazato, 8, 9
Becky Morgan, 9
Belen Mozo, 9
Azahara Munoz, 9, 11
Anna Nordqvist, 5, 9
Ryann O’Toole, 8, 9
Lee-Anne Pace, 12
Se Ri Pak, 9
Hee Young Park, 9, 11
Inbee Park, 1, 8, 9
Suzann Pettersen, 9, 11
Pornanong Phatlum, 9
Gerina Piller, 9
Stacy Prammanasudh, 9
Morgan Pressel, 9
Beatriz Recari, 9
Melissa Reid, 12
So Yeon Ryu, 1, 8, 12
Dewi Claire Schreefel, 9
Hee Kyung Seo, 8, 9
Jenny Shin, 9
Hyun Hwa Sim, 12
Angela Stanford, 8, 9, 11
Karen Stupples, 9
Lexi Thompson, 11
Yani Tseng, 5, 6, 7, 9, 11
Momoko Ueda, 9, 11
Wendy Ward, 9
Karrie Webb, 8, 9
Michelle Wie, 9
Amy Yang, 8, 9
Soo Jin Yang, 12
Sakura Yokomine, 12
Sun Young Yoo, 7, 9
Heather Bowie Young, 9

Key to player exemptions: 

1. Winners of the U.S. Women's Open Championship for the last 10 years.
2. Winner and runner-up of the 2011 U.S. Women's Amateur Championship (must be an amateur).
3. Winner of the 2012 Ladies British Open Amateur Championship.
4. Winner of the 2011 Mark H. McCormack Medal (Women’s World Amateur Golf Ranking) (must be an amateur).
5. Winners of the LPGA Championship the last five years.
6. Winners of the Ricoh Women's British Open Championship the last five years.
7. Winners of the Kraft Nabisco Championship the last five years.
8. From the 2011 U.S. Women's Open Championship, the 10 lowest scorers and anyone tying for 10th place.
9. From the 2011 final official LPGA money list, the top 70 money leaders.
10. From the 2012 official LPGA money list, the top 10 money leaders through the close of entries on May 2.
11. Winners of LPGA co-sponsored events, whose victories are considered official, from the conclusion of the 2011 U.S. Women's Open Championship to the initiation of the 2012 U.S. Women's Open Championship.
12. Top five money leaders from the 2011 Japan LPGA Tour, Korea LPGA Tour and Ladies European Tour.
13. From the current Rolex Rankings, the top 25 point leaders and anyone tying for 25th place as of May 2, 2012.
14. From the current Rolex Rankings, the top 25 point leaders as of July 2, 2012.
15. Special exemptions selected by the USGA.

USGA CHAMPIONS: There are 27 USGA champions are in the 2012 Women’s Open field.

Amanda Blumenherst (2008 Women’s Amateur)
Doris Chen (2010 Girls’ Junior)
Paula Creamer (2010 Women’s Open)
Brianna Do (2011 Women’s Amateur Public Links)
Julieta Granada (2004 Girls’ Junior)
Mina Harigae (2007 Women’s Amateur Public Links)
Pat Hurst (1986 Girls’ Junior; 1990 Women’s Amateur)
Juli Inkster (1980-82 Women’s Amateur; 1999, 2002 Women’s Open)
Eun-Hee Ji (2009 Women’s Open)
Tiffany Joh (2006, 2008 Women’s Amateur Public Links)
Danielle Kang (2010-11 Women’s Amateur)
Cristie Kerr (2007 Women’s Open)
Birdie Kim (2005 Women’s Open)
IK Kim (2005 Girls’ Junior)
Kyung Kim (2012 Women’s Amateur Public Links)
Candie Kung (2001 Women’s Amateur Public Links)
Se Ri Pak (1998 Women’s Open)
Inbee Park (2002 Girls’ Junior, 2008 Women’s Open)
Morgan Pressel (2005 Women’s Amateur)
So Yeon Ryu (2011 Women’s Open)
Jenny Shin (2006 Girls’ Junior)
Jennifer Song (2009 Women’s Amateur, 2009 Women’s Amateur Public Links)
Lexi Thompson (2008 Girls’ Junior)
Yani Tseng (2004 Women’s Amateur Public Links)
Wendy Ward (1994 Women’s Amateur)
Karrie Webb (2000-01 Women’s Open)
Michelle Wie (2003 Women’s Amateur Public Links)

PLAYERS WHO COMPETED IN THE 1998 WOMEN’S OPEN: Nine players in the 2012 field also competed in the 1998 Women’s Open conducted at Blackwolf Run:

Isabelle Beisiegel (T36)
Pat Hurst (T4)
Juli Inkster (MC)
Lorie Kane (T19)
Cristie Kerr (60)
Catriona Matthew (MC)
Se Ri Pak (1)
Wendy Ward (T19)
Karrie Webb (T31)

PURSE: The 2012 championship purse will be announced at a later date. The total purse for the 2011 championship was $3.25 million and the champion received $585,000. It is the largest total purse in women’s golf.

WHAT THE WINNER RECEIVES: In addition to prize money, the champion will receive a gold medal, custody of the Harton S. Semple Trophy for the ensuing year and an exemption from qualifying for the next 10 U.S. Women’s Open Championships.

THE USGA AT BLACKWOLF RUN: The 2012 U.S. Women’s Open will be the second USGA championship conducted at Blackwolf Run. At the 1998 Women’s Open, Korea’s Se Ri Pak defeated amateur Jenny Chuasiriporn in a 20-hole playoff, following Chuasiriporn’s near-miraculous 40-foot birdie putt on the 72nd hole to force extra holes. Pak’s victory remains one of the seminal moments in the history of Korean golf and many female Korean golfers, including 2011 champion So Yeon Ryu, look to Pak and that championship as their inspirations for playing the game.

WISCONSIN AND THE USGA: The 2012 U.S. Women’s Open will be the 13th USGA championship conducted in Wisconsin. The first was the 1951 U.S. Amateur Public Links at Brown Deer Park Golf Course in Milwaukee, won by Dave Stanley. The most recent was the 2011 U.S. Amateur at Erin Hills, won by Kelly Kraft. Erin Hills will also serve as the host of the 2017 U.S. Open.

TICKETS: Daily tickets and weekly packages are available at various prices. For more information, visit http://www.2012uswomensopen.com/.

HISTORY: First played in 1946, this is the 67th U.S. Women’s Open Championship.

The first U.S. Women’s Open, played at Spokane (Wash.) Country Club in 1946, was the only one conducted at match play. The short-lived Women’s Professional Golfers Association (WPGA) conducted the championship, which was won by Patty Berg. The WPGA conducted the Women’s Open until 1949, when the newly formed Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) took over the operation of the championship. The LPGA ran the Women’s Open for four years but in 1953 asked the United States Golf Association to conduct the championship, which it has done ever since.

The youngest winner of the U.S. Women’s Open is Inbee Park, who won the 2008 championship at the age of 19 years, 11 months and 18 days. Babe Zaharias, who won the 1954 Women’s Open at age 43 years and 6 months, is the championship’s oldest winner.

In 1967, Catherine Lacoste, daughter of French tennis player Rene Lacoste and 1927 British Ladies Amateur champion Simone Thion de la Chaume, became the only amateur to win the Women’s Open. Six other amateurs have come close with runner-up or co-runner-up finishes, most recently Brittany Lang and Morgan Pressel in 2005, but none have matched Lacoste’s feat.


June 27-30, 2013 – Sebonack G.C., Southampton, N.Y.
June 19-22, 2014 – Pinehurst R. & C.C. (No. 2), Village of Pinehurst, N.C.
July 9-12, 2015 – Lancaster (Pa.) C.C.
July 13-16, 2017 – Trump National G.C. (Old Course), Bedminster, N.J.

PHOTO MEDIA SERVICE: The USGA will offer daily complimentary high-resolution photographs during the U.S. Women’s Open (Monday-Sunday) for news use only. For more information and to register, contact the USGA Photo Archives at photorequests@usga.org.

MORE INFORMATION: Please contact Christina Lance of USGA Championship Communications at 908-635-0413 (cell) or clance@usga.org.


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