USGA Accepts Record Number Of Entries For 2010 U.S. Women's Open; 68 Golfers Currently Fully Exempt

Far Hills, N.J. (May 6) – The United States Golf Association has accepted a record 1,296 entries for the 2010 U.S. Women’s Open, to be played July 8-11 at Oakmont (Pa.) Country Club.

It is the second consecutive year a record number of entries were accepted for the Women’s Open. The previous record of 1,278 entries was set in 2009. It is the seventh consecutive year the number of entries for the championship has surpassed 1,000.

The first to file an entry was Catriona Matthew of Scotland, who was one of 31 people to enter on March 3, the first day online applications were available. The last to file was Sherry Andonian Smith of Castle Rock, Colo., who submitted her entry online at 4:57:12 p.m. on May 5, less than three minutes before the official deadline. More than 92 percent of the total entries were received online, including 70 on the last day applications were accepted.

The youngest entrant is 10-year-old Karen Kim of Corona, Calif., with a birth date of May 20, 1999. The oldest player who listed her date of birth on her entry form is Narelle Kirkland of Bryn Mawr, Pa., at age 64.

Entries were received from 47 states (all except Alaska, Maine and Wyoming) and the District of Columbia. In addition to the USA, entries were received from: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain (England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales), India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Paraguay, People’s Republic of China, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, , Russian Federation, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Chinese Taipei, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago and Venezuela.

Sixty-eight golfers are currently fully exempt from sectional qualifying for the upcoming championship. Defending champion Eun-Hee Ji leads the list of seven past winners who are fully exempt. Ji is joined by: Juli Inkster (1999, 2002); Cristie Kerr (2007); Meg Mallon (1991, 2004); Se Ri Pak (1998); Inbee Park (2008) and Karrie Webb (2000, 2001). Two other past champions, Laura Davies (1987) and Liselotte Neumann (1988), have entered sectional qualifying.

Six spots are reserved for anyone who is not already fully exempt who wins an official LPGA Tour event through the weekend prior to the start of the 2010 Women’s Open.

The remainder of the field will be filled via sectional qualifying, which will be played at 20 sites. Qualifying begins May 17 and runs through June 3.

Here are the 68 players currently exempt from qualifying for the 2010 U.S. Women's Open as of May 5:

Helen Alfredsson 7 Brittany Lincicome    5,6,7
Chie Arimura     10 Meg Mallon    1
Kyeong Bae       6,7 Catriona Matthew    4,7,10
Becky Brewerton    10 Kristy McPherson    7
Na Yeon Choi    6,7,9 Yuko Mitsuka    10
Paula Creamer    6,7 Ai Miyazato    6,7,8,9
Tania Elosegui    10 Mika Miyazato    7
Meaghan Francella   7 Shinobu Moromizato    10
Sandra Gal    7 Anna Nordqvist    3,7,9
Natalie Gulbis    7 Ji Young Oh    7
Sophie Gustafson    7,9,10 Se Ri Pak    3,7
Hee-Won Han    7 Hee Young Park    6,7
Maria Hjorth    7 Inbee Park    1,7,8
Katherine Hull    7 Suzann Pettersen    3,6,7,8,9
M.J. Hur    7,9 Morgan Pressel    5,6,7
Pat Hurst    7 Michele Redman    7
Vicky Hurst    7 So-Yeon Ryu    10
Juli Inkster    1 Hee-Kyung Seo    10
Jeong Jang    4 Jiyai Shin    4,6,7,8,9
Mi-Jeong Jeon    10 Marianne Skapnord    10
Eun-Hee Ji    1,6,7 Bo Bae Song    9
*Jennifer Johnson    2 *Jennifer Song    2,6
Cristie Kerr    1,6,7,8 Angela Stanford    7
Christina Kim    7 Sherri Steinhauer    4
In-Kyung Kim    6,7 Yani Tseng    3,5,7,8
Song-Hee Kim    6,7,8 Momoko Ueda    7
Candie Kung    6,7 Wendy Ward    7
Brittany Lang    7 Karrie Webb    1,5,7
Bo-Mee Lee    10 Michelle Wie    7,8,9
Jee Young Lee    7 Lindsey Wright    7
Jeong-Eun Lee    10 Amy Yang    7
Meena Lee    7 Eunjung Yi    7
Seon Hwa Lee    7 Sakura Yokomine    10
Stacy Lewis    7,8 Sun Young Yoo    7

*=Denotes amateur

Key to Player Exemptions: 

1. Winners of the U.S. Women's Open Championship for the last 10 years (2000-2009).
2. Winner and runner-up of the 2009 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. 15 lowest scorers and anyone tying for 15th place from the 2009 U.S. Women's Open Championship.
7. Top 50 money leaders from the 2009 final official LPGA money list.
8. Top 10 money leaders from the 2010 official LPGA money list, through May 5. (Must have filed an entry by May 5).
9. Winners of LPGA co-sponsored events, whose victories are considered official, from the conclusion of the 2009 U.S. Women's Open Championship to the initiation of the 2010 U.S. Women's Open Championship.
10. Top five money leaders from the 2009 Japan LPGA Tour, Korea LPGA Tour and Ladies European Tour.
11. Special exemptions selected by the USGA.

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