U.S. Women's Open History

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The U.S. Women’s Open was added to the USGA’s roster of championships in 1953, 58 years after the first U.S. Women’s Amateur. The reason for the USGA’s relatively late assumption of the Women’s Open is simple: women’s professional golf is fairly new.

Unlike the other 12 national championships conducted by the USGA, the Women’s Open was created by another organization. In 1946, the short-lived Women’s Professional Golfers Association introduced the Women’s Open at match play at the Spokane (Wash.) Country Club. The Spokane Athletic Round Table, a men’s fraternal organization, contributed the $19,700 purse from its slot machines proceeds.

The first Women’s Open was the only one conducted at match play. Patty Berg won the 36-hole qualifying medal in 1946, with rounds of 72-73-145, then won the championship by defeating Betty Jameson, 5 and 4, in the 36-hole final.

The small membership of the WPGA ran the championship for three years. By 1949, however, women’s professional golf was making significant strides and the Ladies Professional Golf Association was founded. A group of 11 women, including Berg, Jameson, Louise Suggs and Babe Didrikson Zaharias, established the new association to provide organized tournaments for women professionals.

The LPGA ran the Women’s Open for four years, but in 1953 asked the USGA to conduct the championship. The first Women’s Open under the USGA flag was played at the Country Club of Rochester, in upstate New York, where Betsy Rawls won the second of her four Women’s Open titles.

Conducted by the USGA ever since, the Women’s Open is the oldest championship open to women professionals and amateurs. Rawls and Mickey Wright, the only other four-time winner were the championship’s dominant players from 1957 through 1964. 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.

But it wasn't until the early 1980s when international players would start to make their mark with Jan Stephenson, of Australia, taking the title in 1983. Laura Davies, of England, won in 1987, and Annika Sorenstam, of Sweden, claimed the first of her three titles in 1995. However, it was Se Ri Pak's victory in 1998 that proved to be a seminal moment for the U.S. Women's Open. The Korean set off an explosion of interest in the Far East, most notably in her native Korea. Korean golfers have since won nine of the last 20 Women's Opens, including eight of the last 13. 

In 2014, the USGA introduced international qualifying for the first time, with sectionals taking place in the People's Republic of China, England, Japan and the Republic of Korea. The 2014 U.S. Women's Open at Pinehurst No. 2 also was the first time the U.S. Open and Women's Open were conducted at the same venue in consecutive weeks.

U.S. Women's Open Champions (1946-Present)

Conducted by Women’s Professional Golfers Association (1946-48)

1946: Patty Berg d. Betty Jameson, 5 and 4; Spokane (Wash.) C.C.; Medalist — 145, Patty Berg

(All stroke play from 1947-present)

1947: Betty Jameson, 295; a-Sally Sessions 301-4; a-Polly Riley, 301-5; Starmount Forest C.C., Greensboro, N.C.

1948: Babe Didrikson Zaharias, 300; Betty Hicks, 308; Atlantic City C.C., Northfield, N.J.

Conducted by Ladies Professional Golf Association (1949-52)

1949: Louise Suggs, 291; Babe Didrikson Zaharias, 305; Prince Georges G. & C.C., Landover, Md.

1950: Babe Didrikson Zaharias, 291; a-Betsy Rawls, 300; Rolling Hills C.C., Wichita, Kan.

1951: Betsy Rawls, 293; Louise Suggs, 298; Druid Hills G.C., Atlanta, Ga.

1952: Louise Suggs, 284; Marlene Bauer, Betty Jameson, 291; Bala G.C., Philadelphia, Pa.

Conducted by United States Golf Association (1953-Present)

1953: Betsy Rawls, 302 (+6)-71; Jacqueline Pung, 302-77; Country Club of Rochester (N.Y.); Entries: 37

1954: Babe Didrikson Zaharias, 291 (+3); Betty Hicks, 303; Salem C.C., Peabody, Mass.; Entries: 58

1955: Fay Crocker, 299; Louise Suggs, Mary Lena Faulk, 303; Wichita (Kan.) C.C.; Entries: 49

1956: Kathy Cornelius, 302 (+7)-75; a-Barbara McIntire, 302-82; Northland C.C., Duluth, Minn.; Entries: 46

1957: Betsy Rawls, 299 (+7); Patty Berg, 305; Winged Foot G.C. (East Course), Mamaroneck, N.Y.; Entries: 98

1958: Mickey Wright, 290 (-2); Louise Suggs, 295; Forest Lake C.C., Bloomfield Hills, Mich.; Entries: 57

1959: Mickey Wright, 287 (+7); Louise Suggs, 289; Churchill Valley C.C., Pittsburgh, Pa.; Entries: 63

1960: Betsy Rawls, 292 (+4); Joyce Ziske, 293; Worcester (Mass.) C.C.; Entries: 57

1961: Mickey Wright, 293 (+5); Betsy Rawls, 299; Baltusrol G.C. (Lower Course), Springfield, N.J.; Entries: 85

1962: Murle Lindstrom, 301 (+13); Ruth Jessen, JoAnn Prentice, 303; Dunes G. & B.C., Myrtle Beach, S.C.; Entries: 70

1963: Mary Mills, 289 (-3); Sandra Haynie; Louise Suggs, 292; Kenwood C.C., Cincinnati, Ohio; Entries: 84

1964: Mickey Wright, 290 (-2)-70; Ruth Jessen, 290-72; San Diego C.C., Chula Vista, Calif.; Entries: 57

1965: Carol Mann, 290 (+2); Kathy Cornelius, 292;Atlantic City C.C., Northfield, N.J.; Entries: 84

1966: Sandra Spuzich, 297 (+9); Carol Mann, 298; Hazeltine National G.C., Chaska, Minn.; Entries: 101

1967: a-Catherine Lacoste, 294 (+10); Susie Maxwell, Beth Stone, 296; Virginia Hot Springs G. & T.C. (Cascades Course), Hot Springs, Va.; Entries: 98

1968: Susie Maxwell Berning, 289 (+5); Mickey Wright, 292; Moselem Springs G.C., Fleetwood, Pa.; Entries: 104

1969: Donna Caponi, 294 (+2); Peggy Wilson, 295; Scenic Hills C.C., Pensacola, Fla.; Entries: 99

1970: Donna Caponi, 287 (+3), Sandra Haynie, Sandra Spuzich, 288; Muskogee (Okla.) C.C.; Entries: 131

1971: JoAnne Gunderson Carner, 288 (E); Kathy Whitworth, 295; Kahkwa Club, Erie, Pa.; Entries: 141

1972: Susie Maxwell Berning, 299 (+11); Kathy Ahern, Pam Barnett, Judy Rankin, 300; Winged Foot G.C. (East Course), Mamaroneck, N.Y.; Entries: 176

1973: Susie Maxwell Berning, 290 (+2); Shelley Hamlin, Gloria Ehret, 295; Country Club of Rochester (N.Y.); Entries: 150

1974: Sandra Haynie, 295 (+7); Beth Stone, Carol Mann, 296; La Grange (Ill.) C.C.; Entries: 155

1975: Sandra Palmer, 295 (+7); a-Nancy Lopez, JoAnne Gunderson Carner, Sandra Post, 299; Atlantic City C.C., Northfield, N.J.; Entries: 175

1976: JoAnne Gunderson Carner, 292 (+8)-76; Sandra Palmer, 292-78; Rolling Green G.C., Springfield, Pa.; Entries: 205

1977: Hollis Stacy, 292 (+4); Nancy Lopez, 294; Hazeltine National G.C.; Chaska, Minn.; Entries: 197

1978: Hollis Stacy, 289 (+5); JoAnne Gunderson Carner, Sally Little, 290; Country Club of Indianapolis (Ind.); Entries: 297

1979: Jerilyn Britz, 284 (E); Debbie Massey, Sandra Palmer, 286; Brooklawn C.C., Fairfield, Conn.; Entries: 335

1980: Amy Alcott, 280 (-4); Hollis Stacy, 289; Richland C.C., Nashville, Tenn.; Entries: 337

1981: Pat Bradley, 279 (-9); Beth Daniel, 280; La Grange (Ill.) C.C.; Entries: 434

1982: Janet Alex, 283 (-5); Sandra Haynie, Donna H. White, JoAnne Gunderson Carner, Beth Daniel, 289; Del Paso C.C., Sacramento, Calif.; Entries: 360

1983: Jan Stephenson, 290 (+6); JoAnne Gunderson Carner, Patty Sheehan, 291; Cedar Ridge C.C., Tulsa, Okla.; Entries: 414

1984: Hollis Stacy, 290 (+2); Rosie Jones, 291; Salem C.C., Peabody, Mass.; Entries: 558

1985: Kathy (Baker) Guadagnino, 280 (-8); Judy Clark, 283; Baltusrol G.C. (Upper Course), Springfield, N.J.; Entries: 626

1986: (July 10-13) Jane Geddes, 287 (-1)-71; Sally Little, 287-73; NCR C.C., Kettering, Ohio; Entries: 704

1987: Laura Davies, 285 (-3)-71; Ayako Okamoto, 285-73; JoAnne Gunderson Carner, 285-74; Plainfield (N.J.) C.C.; Entries: 712

1988: Liselotte Neumann, 277 (-7); Patty Sheehan, 280; Baltimore (Md.) C.C. (Five Farms, East Course); Entries: 736

1989: Betsy King, 278 (-6); Nancy Lopez, 282; Indianwood G. & C.C. (Old Course), Lake Orion, Mich.; Entries: 736

1990: Betsy King, 284 (-4); Patty Sheehan, 285; Atlanta Athletic Club (Riverside Course), Duluth, Ga.; Entries: 785

1991: Meg Mallon, 283 (-1); Pat Bradley, 285; Colonial C.C., Fort Worth, Texas; Entries: 865

1992: Patty Sheehan, 280 (-4)-72; Juli Inkster, 280-74; Oakmont (Pa.) C.C.; Entries: 843

1993: Lauri Merten, 280 (-8); Donna Andrews, Helen Alfredsson, 281; Crooked Stick G.C., Carmel, Ind.; Entries: 850

1994: Patty Sheehan, 277 (-7); Tammie Green, 278; Indianwood G. & C.C. (Old Course), Lake Orion, Mich.; Entries: 858

1995: Annika Sorenstam, 278 (-6); Meg Mallon, 279; Broadmoor G.C. (East Course), Colorado Springs, Colo.; Entries: 826

1996: Annika Sorenstam, 272 (-8); Kris Tschetter, 278; Pine Needles L. & G.C., Southern Pines, N.C.; Entries: 875

1997: Alison Nicholas, 274 (-10); Nancy Lopez, 275; Pumpkin Ridge G.C. (Witch Hollow Course), North Plains, Ore.; Entries: 830

1998: Se Ri Pak, 290 (+6) 73-5-3; a-Jenny Chuasiriporn, 290-73-5-4; Blackwolf Run G.C., Kohler, Wis.; Entries: 925

1999: Juli Inkster, 272 (-16); Sherri Turner, 277; Old Waverly G.C., West Point, Miss.; Entries: 844

2000: Karrie Webb, 282 (-6); Cristie Kerr, Meg Mallon, 287; The Merit Club, Gurnee, Ill.; Entries: 953

2001: Karrie Webb, 273 (-7); Se Ri Pak, 281; Pine Needles L. & G.C., Southern Pines, N.C.; Entries: 980

2002: Juli Inkster, 276 (-4); Annika Sorenstam, 278; Prairie Dunes C.C., Hutchinson, Kan.; Entries: 971

2003: Hilary Lunke 283 (-1) 70; Angela Stanford 283-71; Kelly Robbins 283-73; Pumpkin Ridge G.C. (Witch Hollow Course), North Plains, Ore.; Entries: 929

2004: Meg Mallon 274 (-10); Annika Sorenstam 276; Orchards G.C., South Hadley, Mass.; Entries: 1,097

2005: Birdie Kim 287 (+3); a-Morgan Pressel, a-Brittany Lang, 289; Cherry Hills C.C., Cherry Hills Village, Colo.; Entries: 1,158

2006: Annika Sorenstam 284 (E) 70; Pat Hurst 284-74; Newport (R.I.) C.C.; Entries: 1,097

2007: Cristie Kerr 279 (-5); Lorena Ochoa, Angela Park 281; Pine Needles L. & G.C., Southern Pines, N.C.; Entries: 1,251

2008: Inbee Park 283 (-9); Helen Alfredsson 287; Interlachen C.C., Edina, Minn.; Entries: 1,236

2009: Eun-Hee Ji 284 (E); Candie Kung 285; Saucon Valley C.C. (Old Course), Bethlehem, Pa.; Entries: 1,278

2010: Paula Creamer 281 (-3); Na Yeon Choi, Suzann Pettersen 285; Oakmont (Pa.) C.C.; Entries: 1,296 

2011: #-So Yeon Ryu 281 (-3)-10; Hee Kyung Seo, 281-13; The Broadmoor (East Course), Colorado Springs, Colo.; Entries: 1,295

2012: Na Yeon Choi 281 (-7); Amy Yang 285; Blackwolf Run, Kohler, Wis.; Entries: 1,364 

2013: Inbee Park 280 (-8); I.K. Kim, 284; Sebonack Golf Club, Southampton, N.Y.; Entries: 1,420 

2014: Michelle Wie 278 (-2); Stacy Lewis, 280; Pinehurst Resort & Country Club (No. 2 Course); Village of Pinehurst, N.C.;  Entries: 1,702

2015: In Gee Chun, 272 (-8); Amy Yang, 273; Lancaster (Pa.) Country Club; Entries: §1,873

2016: #-Brittany Lang 282 (-6)-12; Anna Nordqvist, 282-15; CordeValle, San Martin, Calif.; Entries: 1,855

2017: Sung Hyun Park, 277 (-11); a-Hye-Jin Choi, 279; Trump National Golf Club (Old Course), Bedminster, N.J.; Entries: 1,709  

a = amateur
# = Three-hole playoff

= Record score (1996, 1999, 2015)

§ = Record entry (2015)