PAR AND YARDAGE: Sebonack Golf Club (http://www.sebonack.com) will be set up at 6,819 yards and will play to a par of 35-37—72. (Note: yardages subject to change)
SEBONACK GOLF CLUB HOLE BY HOLE:
ARCHITECTS: Sebonack Golf Club was designed by Jack Nicklaus and Tom Doak and opened in 2006.
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 1,420 entries for the 2013 U.S. Women's Open, the 10th consecutive year entries exceeded 1,000. The record surpasses the 1,364 entries accepted in 2012 at Blackwolf Run in Kohler, Wis.
SECTIONAL QUALIFYING: Sectional qualifying, played over 36 holes, will be conducted between May 7-30, at 20 sites around the country.
2012 CHAMPION: Na Yeon Choi, of Korea, claimed the 67th U.S. Women’s Open at Blackwolf Run in Kohler, Wis. Choi shot a final-round, 1-over par 73 to finish at 7-under 281, four strokes ahead of compatriot Amy Yang. In victory, Choi became the fourth Korean in the past five years to win the championship and the fifth since Se Ri Pak won at Blackwolf Run in 1998.
For more information, http://www.usga.org/ChampEventArticle.aspx?id=21474848054.
EXEMPT PLAYERS: The following players are fully exempt into the 2013 U.S. Women's Open as of May 2, 2013.
||Ha Neul Kim
|Na Yeon Choi
||So Yeon Ryu
||Dewi Claire Schreefel
||Hee Kyung Seo
||Jodi Ewart Shadoff
|Mi Jung Hur
||Se Ri Pak
||Hee Young Park
||Soo Jin Yang
||Sun Young Yoo
Bold = U.S. Women's Open champion
(a) = amateur
SCHEDULE: Practice rounds will be played Monday, June 24, through Wednesday, June 26. Championship play will be conducted Thursday, June 27, through Sunday, June 30, 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 72 holes, a three-hole aggregate 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.
PURSE: The 2013 championship purse will be announced at a later date. The total purse for the 2012 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 SEBONACK GOLF CLUB: The 2013 Women’s Open will be the first USGA championship conducted at Sebonack Golf Club.
NEW YORK AND THE USGA: The 2013 U.S. Women’s Open will be the 67th USGA championship conducted in New York. The first was the inaugural U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship in 1895. The 18-hole championship, held one month after the first U.S. Open and Amateur Championships, was hosted by Meadow Brook Club in Jericho and won by Lucy Barnes Brown. The most recent was the 2009 U.S. Open at Bethpage State Park’s Black Course, won by Lucas Glover.
This will be the fifth U.S. Women’s Open conducted in the state. Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck hosted the 1957 and 1972 championships, while the Country Club of Rochester was the championship venue in 1953 and 1973.
New York will also host the 2013 Walker Cup Match, which will be conducted at the National Golf Links of America in Southampton. The practice facilities at Sebonack Golf Club will be utilized during the Walker Cup.
TICKETS: Daily tickets and weekly packages are available at various prices. For more information, visit http://www.2013uswomensopen.com/tickets.php.
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, is the only amateur to have won 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.
FUTURE U.S. WOMEN'S OPENS
June 19-22, 2014 – Pinehurst R. & C.C. (No. 2), Village of Pinehurst, N.C.
July 9-12, 2015 – Lancaster (Pa.) C.C.
2016 – TBD
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS
USGA Communications Department – (908) 234-2300
U.S. Women’s Open Media Center – TBD
MORE INFORMATION: Please contact Christina Lance of USGA Championship Communications at email@example.com, 908-234-2300 (office) or 908-635-0413 (cell).