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2003 U.S. Women's Open Championship
Fact Sheet
July 3-6, 2003
Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club, North Plains, Ore.


PAR AND YARDAGE - The Witch Hollow course at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club is set up at 6,509/6,550 yards and par is 36-35-71. The 6,550 yards will be the longest course in U.S. Women's Open history.

ARCHITECT - Pumpkin Ridge's Witch Hollow was designed by Robert Cupp and opened in 1992.

FORMAT - The championship is conducted at stroke play over 72 holes. There are 156 players in the championship field. After 36 holes, the field is cut to the 60 lowest scorers and anyone tying for 60th place, and anyone within 10 strokes of the leader.

CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE - Practice rounds will be played Monday, June 30 through Wednesday, July 2. Championship play will be conducted Thursday, July 3 through Sunday, July 6, with 18 holes of stroke play each day. A tie after 72 holes will result in an 18-hole playoff on Monday, July 7. If the playoff results in a tie, play will immediately continue hole-by-hole until a champion is determined.

ENTRIES - The deadline for entries for the 2003 U.S. Women's Open was April 30, and 929 entries were received. The record of 980 entries was set in 2001.

WHO CAN ENTER - The Women's Open is open to any professional or amateur golfers who were females at birth. Amateur golfers must maintain a USGA Handicap Index not exceeding 4.4.

SECTIONAL QUALIFYING - Sectional qualifying will be conducted over 18 holes at eight sites from June 9-17. No sectional qualifier has ever won the Women's Open in the same year.

LOCAL QUALIFYING - Local qualifying, which was conducted for the first time in 2002, will be held at 15 sites from May 12-20.

HISTORY - First played in 1946, this is the 58th U.S. Women's Open Championship.

2002 CHAMPIONSHIP RECAP - Juli Inkster shot a final-round 4-under-par 66 to come back and defeat Annika Sorenstam by two strokes at Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson, Kan. At 42 years old, Inkster became the second-oldest Women's Open champion, behind only Mildred "Babe" Didrickson Zaharias.
It was the second national title for Inkster at Prairie Dunes - in 1980 she captured the first of her three consecutive U.S. Women's Amateurs there.

WELCOME BACK - This is the fifth USGA championship to be conducted at Pumpkin Ridge in the club's relatively short history. The U.S. Women's Open has been conducted here once before, in 1997, and was won by Alison Nicholas of England.
In 2000, the U.S. Junior Amateur (won by Matthew Rosenfeld) and the U.S. Girls' Junior (won by Lisa Ferrero) were held concurrently. The first USGA championship held at Pumpkin Ridge was the 1996 U.S. Amateur, the historic third straight Amateur victory for Tiger Woods.

PUMPKIN RIDGE GC HOLE-BY-HOLE SET UP - 6,509/6,550 yards and par 71.

Hole
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
Out
Par
4
3
4
5
3
4
5
4
4
36
Yards
383
169
386
531
163
411
559
379
427
3,408

Hole
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
In
Par
3
5
3
4
4
3
4
4
5
35
Yards
156/197
534
127
387
394
175
407
419
502
3,101/3,142


TELEVISION COVERAGE - All times listed are Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).

Date Network Broadcast Hours (EDT)
July 2 ESPN 4:30-5 p.m. (preview show)
July 3 ESPN 4-8 p.m.
July 4 ESPN 4-8 p.m.
July 5 NBC 4-7 p.m.
July 6 NBC 3-7 p.m.


If needed, an 18-hole playoff would be conducted Monday, July 7, starting at noon EDT. ESPN would broadcast the playoff in its entirety.

TICKETS - A wide variety of tickets are available beginning at $25 for a one-day grounds pass for Thursday through Sunday. A weekly pass, including all practice rounds, is $70. To order tickets, call the Championship office at (866) 503-2002 or order online at www.pumpkinridgechampionships.com.

JUNIOR ATTRACTIONS - Boys and girls age 17 and under will receive complimentary admission when accompanied by a ticketed adult. A variety of activities will be held free of charge during the week.

PURSE-The total purse for the 2002 Championship was $3.0 million and the champion received $535,000. It is the largest winner's check and total purse in women's golf.

WOMEN'S OPEN EARNINGS - Two-time champion Karrie Webb remains the all-time leader in U.S. Women's Open earnings, with $1,158,532. Juli Inkster is second with $1,069,780.

THE CHAMPION RECEIVES - In addition to prize money, the champion will receive a gold medal, custody of the Harton S. Semple Cup for the ensuing year, and an exemption from sectional qualifying for the next 10 U.S. Women's Opens.

CHAMPIONS OF THE PAST DECADE:

1993 Lauri Merten   1998 Se-Ri Pak
1994 Patty Sheehan   1999 Juli Inkster
1995 Annika Sorenstam   2000 Karrie Webb
1996 Annika Sorenstam   2001 Karrie Webb
1997 Alison Nicholas   2002 Juli Inkster


MULTIPLE WINS - Thirteen players have combined to win 32 of the previous 57 Women's Opens. Two players have won four Women's Opens: Betsy Rawls (1951, 1953, 1957, 1960) and Mickey Wright (1958, 1959, 1961, 1964). Three players have won three Women's Opens: Babe Didrikson Zaharias (1948, 1950, 1954), Susie Maxwell Berning (1968, 1972, 1973), and Hollis Stacy (1977, 1978, 1984). Eight players have won two Women's Opens each. They are Louise Suggs (1949, 1952), Donna Caponi (1969, 1970), JoAnne Carner (1971, 1976), Betsy King (1989, 1990), Patty Sheehan (1992, 1994), Annika Sorenstam (1995,1996), Juli Inkster (1999, 2002), and Karrie Webb (2000, 2001).

WOMEN'S OPEN PLAYOFFS - There have been eight 18-hole playoffs in the history of the Women's Open. The 1998 playoff was the first to go extra holes. Only one player, JoAnne Carner, has been involved in more than one playoff - she won a playoff against Sandra Palmer in 1976 and lost to Laura Davies in 1987.

USGA CHAMPIONS IN THE FIELD - To date, 21 USGA champions are in the Women's Open field. They are:
Danielle Ammaccapane - 1985 Women's Amateur Public Links
Beth Bauer - 1997 Girls' Junior
Brandie Burton - 1989 Girls' Junior
Beth Daniel - 1975, 1977 Women's Amateur
Laura Davies - 1987 Women's Open
Dorothy Delasin - 1996 Girls' Junior; 1999 Women's Amateur
Vicki Goetze-Ackerman - 1989, 1992 Women's Amateur
Juli Inkster - 1980-82 Women's Amateur; 1999 and 2002 Women's Opens
Betsy King - 1989, 1990 Women's Opens
Emilee Klein - 1991 Girls' Junior
Kelli Kuehne - 1994 Girls' Junior; 1995, 1996 Women's Amateurs
Candie Kung - 2001 Women's Amateur Public Links
Becky Lucidi - 2002 Women's Amateur
Meg Mallon - 1991 U.S. Women's Open
Jill McGill - 1993 Women's Amateur; 1994 Women's Amateur Public Links
Liselotte Neumann - 1988 Women's Open
Alison Nicholas - 1997 Women's Open
Se Ri Pak - 1998 Women's Open
Grace Park - 1998 Women's Amateur
Annika Sorenstam - 1995, 1996 Women's Opens

PAIRING AND STARTING TIMES - Pairings and starting times will be distributed to the media on Friday, June 27. They will also be posted on the USGA Internet site at www.usga.org.

PLAYER INTERVIEWS - A complete schedule of pre-Championship interviews for Tuesday and Wednesday will be published and distributed prior to Championship week.

USGA TOLL-FREE INTERVIEW HOTLINE
- Broadcast quality preview interviews with top players will be available toll-free at (888) 321-USGA, or at www.usga.org.

WWW.USGA.ORG - Log on to the USGA Internet site (www.usga.org) for the latest U.S. Women's Open information during the Championship.

DIRECTIONS TO PUMPKIN RIDGE - From Portland Airport to Media Parking: Take I-205 South to I-84 West to I-5 South to I-405 North. Follow signs to Beaverton and US-26 West. Take US-26 West for approximately 20 miles to Exit 57. Make a right at the light, go through a four-way stop sign intersection, and make a left onto North Avenue. Entrance to media parking will be on your right.

MEDIA CENTER PHONE NUMBERS - Contact USGA media relations staff members at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club during the U.S. Women's Open by phone at (503) 647-9300 or by fax (503) 647-9301. Staff members on site will be Beth Murrison, Craig Smith, Rhonda Glenn, Marty Parkes and Suzanne Colson.

USGA MEDIA CONTACTS - For more information, contact Beth Murrison or Craig Smith by phone at (908) 234-2300 or by fax (908) 234-2179.

FUTURE WOMEN'S OPENS - The 2004 championship will be conducted July 1-4 at Orchards Golf Club in South Hadley, Mass. Cherry Hills Country Club in Englewood, Colo., will host the 2005 Women's Open, June 23-26. The 2006 will be played at Newport Country Club in Newport, R.I., from June 29 to July 2; the 2007 Women's Open will be contested at Pine Needles Lodge and Golf Club in Southern Pines, N.C., from June 28 to July 1, and Interlachen Golf Club in Edina, Minn., will host the 2008 Women's Open, from July 26-29.

EXEMPT PLAYERS - There are 58 players who are currently fully exempted into the Women's Open. The remainder of the players in the field will earn their spots via qualifying. The total field is 156 players.

PLAYERS FULLY EXEMPT (58) FOR THE 2003 U.S. WOMEN'S OPEN
(as of 5/7/03)

Danielle Ammaccapane 7
Donna Andrews 6
Beth Bauer 6, 7
Heather Bowie 7
Lynette Brooky 6
Brandie Burton 13
Raquel Carriedo 6
Beth Daniel 6, 7
Laura Davies 7
Dorothy Delasin 7
Laura Diaz 6, 7
Wendy Doolan 9
Michelle Ellis 7
Yuri Fudoh 11
Kasumi Fujii 11
Vicki Goetze-Ackerman 7
Kate Golden 7
Natalie Gulbis 7
Sophie Gustafson 4, 10
Hee-Won Han 7
Maria Hjorth 7, 10
Juli Inkster 1, 3, 6, 7
Brandi Jackson 2
Jeong Jang 7
Rosie Jones 7
Lorie Kane 6, 7
Cristie Kerr 7, 9
Mi Hyun Kim 7, 9
Betsy King 12
Emilee Klein 7
Carin Koch 7
Kelli Kuehne 6, 7
Candie Kung 7, 9
Leta Lindley 7
Stephanie Louden 6
Becky Lucidi 2
Meg Mallon 7, 9
Paula Marti 10
Catriona Matthew 7
Jill McGill 6
Mhairi McKay 6, 7
Patricia Meunier-Lebouc 5, 7, 9
Janice Moodie 6, 7
Joanne Morley 6
Liselotte Neumann 7
Alison Nicholas 1
Se Ri Pak 1, 3, 4, 6, 7, 9
Gloria Park 7, 9
Grace Park 6, 7, 9
Dottie Pepper 5
Michele Redman 7
Kelly Robbins 6, 7
Jennifer Rosales 6, 7
Annika Sorenstam 1, 5, 6, 7, 9
Sherri Steinhauer 4
Rachel Teske 6, 7, 9
Shani Waugh 6, 7
Karrie Webb 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 9

* = amateur

Key to Player Exemptions -

  1. Winners of the U.S. Women's Open for the last 10 years
  2. Winners of the U.S. Women's Amateur for the last two years and runner-up for the most recent year
  3. Winners of the LPGA Championship for the last five years
  4. Winners of the Women's British Open Championship for the last five years
  5. Winners of the Kraft Nabisco Championship the last five years
  6. From the 2002 U.S. Women's Open Championship, the 20 lowest scorers and anyone tying for 20th place
  7. From the 2002 final official LPGA money list, the top 40 money leaders
  8. From the 2003 official LPGA money list, the top 35 money leaders through May 25
  9. Winners of LPGA co-sponsored events, whose victories are considered official, from the conclusion of the 2002 U.S. Women's Open Championship to the initiation of the 2003 U.S. Women's Open Championship
  10. Top three players from the 2002 Ladies European Tour Order of Merit
  11. Two leading money winners from the 2002 Japan LPGA Tour
  12. Special exemptions selected by the USGA
  13. Winners of the du Maurier Classic for the last five years

 



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