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2004 U.S. Women's Open Fact Sheet

July 1-4, 2004
Orchards Golf Club, South Hadley, Mass.

PAR AND YARDAGE – The Orchards Golf Club, on the campus of Mount Holyoke College, is set up at 6,473 yards and par is 36-35—71. 

ARCHITECT – The course at the Orchards was designed by Donald Ross and opened in 1922 as a nine-hole course.  The other nine holes, also designed by Ross, were finished in 1927.

HISTORY – First played in 1946, this is the 59th U.S. Women’s Open Championship.

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 28, through Wednesday, June 30.  Championship play will be conducted Thursday, July 1, through Sunday, July 4, with 18 holes of stroke play each day.  A tie after 72 holes will result in an 18-hole playoff on Monday, July 5.  If the playoff results in a tie, play will immediately continue hole-by-hole until a champion is determined.

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.

ENTRIES – A record 1,097 entries were accepted for the 2004 U.S. Women's Open.  The previous record of 980 entries was set in 2001.  Entries closed May 5. 

Entry forms were received from players representing 46 states (all except Alaska, Maine, Mississippi, and Wyoming) and 39 foreign countries: American Samoa, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Chinese Taipei, Colombia, Czech Republic,

England, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Iceland, India, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Scotland, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Venezuela, Wales and Zimbabwe.

SECTIONAL QUALIFYING – Sectional qualifying was conducted over 36 holes at nine sites from June 14-22.  

LOCAL QUALIFYING – Local qualifying, which was conducted for the first time in 2002, was held at 16 sites from May 17-25.

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.

PURSE—The total purse for the 2004 Championship is $3.1 million and the champion receives $560,000.  It is the largest winner’s check and total purse in women’s golf.

WOMEN’S OPEN EARNINGS – Two-time champion Juli Inkster is the all-time leader in U.S. Women’s Open earnings, $1,167,143.28.  Karrie Webb is second with $1,159,282. 

2003 CHAMPIONSHIP RECAP – Hilary Lunke rolled in a 15-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole of a Monday playoff to win the 58th U.S. Women’s Open at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club’s Witch Hollow course in North Plains, Ore. Lunke shot a 1-under-par 70 in the playoff to outlast Angela Stanford and Kelly Robbins for her first professional victory. Lunke became the first player to go through local and sectional qualifying to win the Women’s Open.  Prior to Lunke, no player had advanced through sectional qualifying to win the title.

WELCOME BACK – This is the second USGA championship to be conducted at the Orchards.  Michelle McGann won the 1987 U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship in the only USGA championship previously held at The Orchards.

The Women’s Open has been held in Massachusetts three times previously – at Salem Country Club in 1954 and 1984 and at Worcester Country Club in 1960.

ORCHARDS GC HOLE-BY-HOLE SET UP – 6,473 yards and par 71

Hole

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

Out

Par

4

4

5

4

3

4

3

4

5

36

Yards

408

359

502

421

158

384

185

388

527

3,332

Hole

10

11

12

13

14

15

16

17

18

In

Par

3

4

4

5

4

4

4

3

4

35

Yards

163

370

344

456

402

377

439

178

412

3,141

 

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

Date                            Network                       Broadcast Hours (EDT)

July 1                           ESPN                          2-6:00 p.m.
July 2                           ESPN                          2-6:00 p.m.
July 3                           NBC                            3-6:00 p.m.
July 4                           NBC                            3-6:00 p.m.

If needed, an 18-hole playoff would be conducted Monday, July 5, starting at noon EDT.  ESPN would broadcast the playoff in its entirety.

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.

WWW.USGA.ORG – Log on to the USGA Internet site at www.usga.org/championships/ for the latest U.S. Women’s Open information during the Championship.

TICKETS – A wide variety of tickets are available beginning at $30 for a one-day grounds pass for Thursday through Sunday.  A Season Pass, which includes all practice rounds, is $100.  To order tickets, call the Championship office at (800) 513-OPEN or order online at www.2004uswomensopen.com.

JUNIOR ATTRACTIONS Boys and girls age 16 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.

CHAMPIONS OF THE PAST DECADE:

1994    Patty Sheehan                                    1999    Juli Inkster     
1995    Annika Sorenstam                              2000    Karrie Webb
1996    Annika Sorenstam                              2001    Karrie Webb
1997    Alison Nicholas                                  2002    Juli Inkster
1998    Se Ri Pak                                           2003    Hilary Lunke

MULTIPLE WINS – Thirteen players have combined to win 32 of the previous 58 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 nine 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 – Twenty-nine USGA champions are in the Women's Open field. They are:

Beth Bauer – 1998 Girls’ Junior
Beth Daniel – 1975, 1977 Women’s Amateur
Catherine Cartwright – 2000 Women’s Amateur Public Links
Silvia Cavalleri – 1997 Women’s Amatuer
Laura Davies – 1987 Women’s Open
Dorothy Delasin – 1996 Girls’ Junior; 1999 Women’s Amateur
Vicki Goetze-Ackerman – 1989, 1992 Women’s Amateurs
Pat Hurst – 1986 Girls’ Junior; 1990 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 and 1996 Women’s Amateurs
Candie Kung – 2001 Women’s Amateur Public Links
Hilary Lunke – 2003 Women’s Open
Meg Mallon – 1991 Women’s Open
Jill McGill – 1993 Women’s Amateur; 1993 Women’s Amateur Public Links
Liselotte Neumann – 1988 Women’s Open
Virada Nirapathpongporn – 2003 Women’s Amateur
Se Ri Pak – 1998 Women’s Open
Grace Park – 1998 Women’s Amateur
In-Bee Park – 2002 Girls’ Junior
Nicole Perrot – 2001 Girls’ Junior
Deb Richard – 1984 Women’s Amateur
Laurie Rinker – 1980 Girls’ Junior
Michelle Saiki – 1993 Girls’ Junior
Aree Song – 1999 Girls’ Junior
Annika Sorenstam – 1995, 1996 Women’s Opens
Wendy Ward – 1994 Women’s Amateur
Karrie Webb – 2000, 2001 Women’s Opens

DIRECTIONS TO THE ORCHARDSFrom the Springfield Marriott to Media Parking:  Take I-91 North to Exit 16 – this is Route 202 North.  Stay on Route 202 through Holyoke, following signs to South Hadley.  Go over a bridge and at the rotary take the second exit for 116 North to South Hadley.  At the bottom of the exit ramp, make a right onto 116 North and go approximately three miles.  Mount Holyoke College will be on your right.  Follow signs to Media Parking Lot B.

MEDIA CENTER PHONE NUMBERS – Contact USGA media relations staff members at the Orchards Golf Club during the U.S. Women’s Open by phone at (413) 540-2635 or by fax (413) 540-2641.  Staff members on site will be Beth Murrison, Craig Smith, Rhonda Glenn, Marty Parkes and Suzanne Colson.

FUTURE WOMEN'S OPENS – The 2005 championship will be conducted from June 23-26 at Cherry Hills Country Club in Englewood, Colo.  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.  The 2010 Women’s Open will be conducted at Oakmont (Pa.) Country Club from July 8-11.

EXEMPT PLAYERS – There are 56 players 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 (56) FOR THE 2004 U.S. WOMEN’S OPEN

(as of 6/22/04)

Shi Hyun Ahn                          8, 9
Helen Alfredsson                     8, 9
Donna Andrews                      6
Heather Bowie                        7
Beth Daniel                             6, 7, 9
Ashli Bunch                             8
Laura Davies                           7, 8, 10
Dorothy Delasin                      7, 8, 9
Laura Diaz                              6, 7
Wendy Doolan                        7, 8
Elisabeth Esterl                       10
Yuri Fudoh                               6, 11
Natalie Gulbis                          6, 7
Sophie Gustafson                   4, 7, 9, 10
Hee-Won Han                         7, 8, 9
Pat Hurst                                 7, 8
Juli Inkster                               1, 3, 6, 7, 8, 9
Jeong Jang                              6, 7
Seol-An Jeon                           8
Rosie Jones                            6, 7, 8
Lorie Kane                               7, 8
Soo-Yun Kang                         7
Cristie Kerr                              6, 7, 8
Christina Kim                          8
Mi Hyun Kim                            7, 8
Young Kim                              8
Betsy King                               12
Candie Kung                           7, 8, 9
Ji-Hee Lee                               11
Jung Yeon Lee                        7, 8
Hilary Lunke                            1, 6, 7
Meg Mallon                              7, 8, 9
Catriona Matthew                    7, 8
Mhairi McKay                           6, 7
Patricia Meunier-Lebouc         5, 6, 7
Becky Morgan                         7, 8
Lorena Ochoa                         6, 7, 8, 9
Se Ri Pak                               1, 3, 4, 7, 8, 9
Gloria Park                              7, 8
Grace Park                              5, 6, 7, 8
*Jane Park                              2
Dottie Pepper                          12
Suzann Pettersen                   6, 7
Stacy Prammanasudh            8
Michele Redman                     7, 8
Kelly Robbins                          6, 7
Jennifer Rosales                     6, 7, 8, 9
Aree Song                               6, 8
Annika Sorenstam                  1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Angela Stanford                      6, 7
Sherri Steinhauer                    4, 8
Karen Stupples                       7, 8
Rachel Teske                          6, 7, 8
Wendy Ward                           7, 8
Karrie Webb                            1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9
*Michelle Wie                          12

* = 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 2003 U.S. Women’s Open Championship, the 20 lowest scorers and anyone tying for 20th place
7) From the 2003 final official LPGA money list, the top 40 money leaders
8) From the 2004 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 2003 U.S. Women’s Open Championship to the initiation of the 2004 U.S. Women’s Open Championship
10) Top three players from the 2003 Ladies European Tour Order of Merit
11) Two leading money winners from the 2003 Japan LPGA Tour
12) Special exemptions selected by the USGA