The USGA today announced its exemption categories from sectional qualifying for the U.S.
Senior Women’s Open Championship, which will be contested for the first time July 12-15, 2018 at
Chicago Golf Club in Wheaton, Ill. A full list of exemption categories – which includes any player in
her first 10 years of age eligibility who has won a U.S. Women’s Open Championship – is available
The U.S. Senior Women’s Open is open to professional females, and amateur females with a
Handicap Index not exceeding 7. 4, who have reached their 50th birthday as of the first day of
the championship. The field will include 120 players, who will earn entry into the championship
through an exemption category or via sectional qualifying at sites nationwide. Exempt players who
wish to compete in the championship must file an entry. Qualifying sites will be announced in the
spring of 2018.
“Starting next summer, the U.S. Senior Women’s Open Championship will provide the game’s
ultimate test for some of the most decorated women in golf, both professional and amateur,” said
Stuart Francis, USGA Championship Committee chairman. “Chicago Golf Club, one of five founding
member clubs of the USGA, will serve as a grand stage that will celebrate these incredible players who
Several age-eligible players who meet exemption criteria for the 2018 U.S. Senior Women’s Open
have won U.S. Women’s Open Championships, including: three-time champion Hollis Stacy (1977,
1978 and 1984), Juli Inkster (1999 and 2002), Amy Alcott (1980), Pat Bradley (1981), Laura Davies
(1987) and Liselotte Neumann (1988).
Also exempt is any player in her first three years of age eligibility who has won the U.S. Women’s
Amateur, ANA Inspiration, Ricoh Women’s Open, KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, Evian
Championship or the Ladies’ British Open Amateur. Players in this category include Dottie Pepper,
who won the 1992 and 1999 ANA Inspiration; Kay Cockerill, the 1986 and 1987 U.S. Women’s
Amateur champion; and Pearl Sinn, the 1988 U.S. Women’s Amateur champion.
The U.S. Senior Women’s Open format will mirror that of the U.S. Open, U.S. Women’s Open
and U.S. Senior Open championships: a walking-only, 72-hole stroke-play competition over four
consecutive days. There will be a 36-hole cut to the top 50 players, including ties, and prize money
will be announced at a later date.
USGA Announces Sectional Qualifying
Exemptions for Inaugural U.S.
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The Golf Channel’s Kay Cockerill,
a two-time winner of the U.S.
Women’s Amateur is an exempt
player for the inaugural U.S.