2011 Women's Open Fact Sheet

PAR AND YARDAGE: The Broadmoor East Course will be set up at 7,047 yards and will play to a par of 36-35—71.  It is the longest course, due in large part to the high elevation, in U.S. Women’s Open history, surpassing Interlachen Country Club (6,789 yards) in 2008.


BROADMOOR HOLE BY HOLE     Hole      1       2      3       4         5         6         7         8        9       Total 

                                                               Par        4     4        5       3       4          4         4         3        5              36

                                                               Yards   420 339   560   142   426    402     426     166     535         3,416
                                                                                  (265)                                                  (140)


                                   Hole      10     11   12     13     14    15    16     17   18 
                         Par         4      4      3       4       4      4      3       5      4              35

                                   Yards     460  440  223 450  413   432 180    600   443         3,631

                                                               (200/                        (170)

ARCHITECT: The original Broadmoor Golf Club was designed by Donald Ross and opened in 1918. In 1948, Robert Trent Jones Sr. was hired to design an additional nine-hole course. The East Course consists of nine holes (1-6, 16-18) by Ross and nine by Jones (7-15).

COURSE LAYOUT: On either side of the fairway, a 6-foot-wide swath of intermediate rough running the length of each hole will be set to 1 inch. Then, there will be a graduated band of primary rough cut at 2½ inches (20’ wide) going to 4 inches. The greens will be set to run at 10½ to 11 feet on the Stimpmeter for the duration of the championship.

COURSE RATING AND SLOPE: Based on the course setup for the championship, the USGA Course Rating is 80.5. The USGA Slope Rating is 155.

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

ENTRIES: Entries for the 2011 U.S. Women’s Open closed May 4. The USGA received 1,295 entries for the 2011 championship, the eighth consecutive year the number of entries surpassed 1,000. The record of 1,296 entries was set in 2010.  


SECTIONAL QUALIFYING: Sectional qualifying, played over 36 holes, was held at 20 sites between May 16 and  June 5.  

CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE: Practice rounds will be played Monday, July 4, through Wednesday, July 6. Championship play will be conducted Thursday, July 7, through Sunday, July 10, 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) and any player within 10 strokes of the leader.

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.

2010 CHAMPION: Paula Creamer claimed the 65th U.S. Women’s Open at venerable Oakmont (Pa.) Country Club. Creamer, who missed several months prior to the Women’s Open following thumb surgery, opened with a 1-over 72 but then recorded three consecutive under-par rounds to earn a four-stroke victory over Suzann Pettersen and Na Yeon Choi.  


EXEMPT PLAYERS: There are currently 82 players fully exempt into the Women’s Open. The total field is 156 players.

PURSE: The total purse for the 2011 championship is $3.25 million and the champion receives $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 2011 U.S. Women’s Open will be the seventh USGA championshipconductedat The Broadmoor. 

Championship Years and Winners 

1959 U.S. Amateur (East Course) – Jack Nicklaus def. Charles Coe, 1 up

1962 Curtis Cup Match – USA def. GB&I, 8-1

1967 U.S. Amateur – Robert Dickson by one stroke over Marvin “Vinny” Giles, 285-286

1982 U.S. Women’s Amateur (South Course) – Juli Simpson Inkster def. Cathy Hanlon, 4 and 3

1995 U.S. Women’s Open – Annika Sorenstam by one stroke over Meg Mallon, 278-279

2008 U.S. Senior Open – Eduardo Romero by four strokes over Fred Funk, 274-278


The 2011 U.S. Women’s Open will be the 30th USGA championship conducted  in Colorado. The first was the 1938 U.S. Open at Cherry Hills Country Club in Cherry Hills Village. The most recent was the 2008 U.S. Senior Open played at The Broadmoor. The 2011 U.S. Women’s Open will be the third Women’s Open conducted in Colorado. The previous championships were: 1995 at The Broadmoor, won by Annika Sorenstam, and 2005 at Cherry Hills Country Club, won by Birdie Kim.

THE 1995 WOMEN’S OPEN: There are nine golfers in the field who also played in the 1995 U.S. Women’s Open at The Broadmoor: Laura Davies, Pat Hurst, Juli Inkster, Cristie Kerr, Betsy King, Leta Lindley, Michele Redman, Sherri Steinhauer and Wendy Ward.


There are 29 USGA champions in the 2011 Women’s Open field. They are as follows:

Amy Anderson – 2009 Girls’ Junior

Amanda Blumenherst – 2008 Women’s Amateur

Silvia Cavalleri – 1997 Women’s Amateur

Doris Chen – 2010 Girls’ Junior

Paula Creamer – 2010 Women’s Open

Laura Davies – 1987 Women’s Open

Julieta Granada – 2004 Girls’ Junior

Mina Harigae – 2007 Women’s Amateur Public Links

Pat Hurst – 1986 Girls’ Junior; 1990 Women’s Amateur

Juli Inkster – 1980-1982 Women’s Amateurs; 1999 and 2002 Women’s Opens

Eun-Hee Ji – 2009 Women’s Open

Danielle Kang – 2010 Women’s Amateur

Cristie Kerr – 2007 Women’s Open

Birdie Kim – 2005 Women’s Open

In-Kyung Kim – 2005 Girls’ Junior

Betsy King – 1989 and 1990 Women’s Opens

Candie Kung – 2001 Women’s Amateur Public Links

Se Ri Pak – 1998 Women’s Open

Inbee Park – 2002 Girls’ Junior; 2008 Women’s Open

Jane Park – 2004 Women’s Amateur

Morgan Pressel – 2005 Women’s Amateur

Aree Song – 1999 Girls’ Junior

Jennifer Song – 2009 Women’s Amateur; 2009 Women's Amateur Public Links

Alexis Thompson – 2008 Girls’ Junior

Yani Tseng – 2004 Women’s Amateur Public Links

Mariajo Uribe – 2007 Women’s Amateur

Wendy Ward – 1994 Women’s Amateur

Karrie Webb – 2000 and 2001 Women’s Open

Michelle Wie – 2003 Women’s Amateur Public Links



July 7                 ESPN2/ESPN3.com           First Round               5-9 p.m.

July 8                 ESPN2/ESPN3.com           Second Round         5-9 p.m.

July 9                 NBC                                   Third Round             3-6 p.m.

July 10               NBC                                    Fourth Round          3-6 p.m. 

TICKETS: Daily tickets, weekly packages and flex books are available at various prices. For more information, visit http://www.2011uswomensopen.com/.

HISTORY: First played in 1946, this is the 66th 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.


July 5-8, 2012 – Blackwolf Run Golf Club, Kohler, Wis.

June 27-30, 2013 – Sebonack Golf Club, Southampton, N.Y.

June 19-22, 2014 – Pinehurst (No. 2) Resort & Country Club, Village of Pinehurst, N.C.

July 9-12, 2015 – Lancaster (Pa.) Country Club

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.

IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS: USGA Communications Department – (908) 234-2300; U.S. Women’s Open Media Center (as of July 2) – (719) 471-6450     

MORE INFORMATION: Please contact Beth Murrison of USGA Championship Communications by phone at (908) 234-2300, ext. 1485, or email at bmurrison@usga.org.

PLAYERS FULLY EXEMPT (82) FOR THE 2011 U.S. WOMEN’S OPEN (as of 6/28/11) (*=amateur) 

Shi Hyun Ahn                                     7

Shin Ae Ahn                                       10

Sun Ju Ahn                                          10

Yukari Baba                                         10

Kyeong Bae                                        7

Amanda Blumenherst                    7

Na Yeon Choi                                     6, 7, 8, 9

Paula Creamer                                  1, 6, 7

Laura Davies                                       10

Laura Diaz                                            7

Shanshan Feng                                 7

Meaghan Francella                          7

Katie Futcher                                     7

Sandra Gal                                          7, 8, 9

Natalie Gulbis                                    7

Sophie Gustafson                            7

Hee-Won Han                                   7

Maria Hjorth                                      7, 8, 9

Katherine Hull                                   7, 9

Amy Hung                                           7

M.J. Hur                                               7

Pat Hurst                                             7

Vicky Hurst                                         7

Juli Inkster                                          1, 7

Mi-Jeong Jeon                                  10

Eun-Hee Ji                                           1, 7

*Danielle Kang                                  2

Haeji Kang                                           7

Jimin Kang                                           7, 9

Cristie Kerr                                          1, 3, 7

Birdie Kim                                            1

Christina Kim                                      6, 7

Hye-Youn Kim                                   10

In-Kyung Kim                              6, 7, 8, 9, 10

Song-Hee Kim                                   7

Candie Kung                                       7

Brittany Lang                                      6, 7

Bo-Mee Lee                                       10

Jee Young Lee                                   7

Meena Lee                                         7

Seon Hwa Lee                                   7

Stacy Lewis                                         5, 7, 8

Brittany Lincicome                           5, 7

Teresa Lu                                             7

Catriona Matthew                           4, 7

Kristy McPherson                            7

Na On Min                                          7

Ai Miyazato                                        7, 9

Mika Miyazato                                  7

Azahara Munoz                                7

Gwladys Nocera                               7

Anna Nordqvist                                3, 7

Lee-Anne Pace                                 10

Se Ri Pak                                              7

Hee Young Park                                7

Inbee Park                                          1, 6, 7, 10

Suzann Pettersen                            3, 6, 7

Stacy Prammanasudh                    7

Morgan Pressel                                5, 7, 8

Beatriz Recari                                     7, 9

Michele Redman                              7

Melissa Reid                                       10

So-Yeon Ryu                                      10

Alena Sharp                                        7

Jiyai Shin                                              4, 6, 7, 8, 9

Sarah Jane Smith                              7

Angela Stanford                               7

Sherri Steinhauer                             4, 7

Karen Stupples                                 7

Alexis Thompson                             6

Yani Tseng                                           3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Momoko Ueda                                 7

Mariajo Uribe                                    7

Wendy Ward                                     7

Karrie Webb                                       1,7,8,9

Michelle Wie                                      7, 8, 9

Lindsey Wright                                  7

Amy Yang                                            6, 7

Soo-Jin Yang                                       10

Sakura Yokomine                             6, 10

Sun Young Yoo                                  7

Heather Bowie Young                    7


Key to Player Exemptions –

  1. Winners of the U.S. Women's Open Championship for the last 10 years (2001-2010).
  2. Winner and runner-up of the 2010 U.S. Women's Amateur Championship (must be an amateur).
  3. Winners of the LPGA Championship the last five years.
  4. Winners of the Ricoh Women's British Open Championship the last five years.
  5. Winners of the Kraft Nabisco Championship the last five years.
  6. 10 lowest scorers and anyone tying for 10th place from the 2010 U.S. Women's Open Championship.
  7. Top 70 money leaders from the 2010 final official LPGA money list.
  8. Top 10 money leaders from the 2011 official LPGA money list, through May 4. (Must have filed an entry by May 4).
  9. Winners of LPGA co-sponsored events, whose victories are considered official, from the conclusion of the 2010 U.S. Women's Open Championship to the initiation of the 2011 U.S. Women's Open Championship.
  10. Top five money leaders from the 2010 Japan LPGA Tour, Korea LPGA Tour and Ladies European Tour.
  11. Special exemptions selected by the USGA.



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