U.S. WOMEN'S OPEN
Medical University of South Carolina Named Regional Supporter
November 15, 2018
The 74th U.S. Women’s Open Championship will team up with the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) health system to provide on-site health and wellness services and junior programming, the two organizations announced today. Conducted by the USGA, the championship will be held May 30-June 2, 2019 at the Country Club of Charleston.
“We believe the U.S. Women’s Open Championship will greatly benefit from the support of MUSC Health, and this collaboration further demonstrates the Charleston community’s support for this championship – the most important championship for women in golf,” said Matt Sawicki, U.S. Women’s Open championship director. “MUSC Health is hugely impactful in Charleston, and their medical expertise as well as passion for inspiring juniors to lead healthy lifestyles align well with our championship’s mission.”
As part of its on-site support during championship week, MUSC Health will provide all first aid and medical treatment for fans, volunteers and players at various locations throughout the facility. In addition, it will lead a campaign focused on ensuring that fans prioritize sun safety and hydration while enjoying the championship.
Through its support of junior programming, MUSC will be an integral part of activities for juniors and their families leading up to and during the championship. All youths age 18 and under will receive complimentary admission to the championship with a ticket-holding adult. Specific on-site activities for juniors will be announced closer to the championship.
“It’s our pleasure to support the U.S. Women’s Open Championship,” said Dr. Patrick J. Cawley, MUSC Health CEO and Executive Vice President for Health Affairs, University. “At MUSC Health, we strive to do what we can to build healthier communities beyond our hospital walls and the family-friendly aspect of the championship is a great opportunity to do that. Children and women’s healthy lifestyles are at the forefront for us as we plan the opening of our MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital and Pearl Tourville Women’s Pavilion next year, and teaming up with some of the world’s greatest female athletes in our own backyard is a special opportunity to highlight our commitment to the care of women and children in our community.”
MUSC and the U.S. Women’s Open will work together to engage with the community through a variety of programs and events leading up to the championship, with a special focus on the MUSC medical center and Children’s Hospital. As part of the announcement, the championship’s co-chair and Charleston native Darius Rucker brought the U.S. Women’s Open trophy to the Children’s Hospital and spent time with patients, engaging in conversation and even getting in some putting.
The U.S. Women’s Open Championship is the ultimate test of golf for the best female players in the world. Hosted at iconic venues nationwide, the U.S. Women’s Open will be staged in Charleston for the first time in 2019. It will mark the second time the championship is contested in the state of South Carolina.