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Golly Ji! Another Surprise Win
Bethlehem, Pa. – Lately, the U.S. Women’s Open has had a habit of producing unheralded champions. This one was no dfifferent.
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Kerr Lets Women's Open Slip Away

Bethlehem, Pa. – With her steely nerves and steady play, no one seemed better prepared to win the 64th U.S. Women’s Open than Cristie Kerr.

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Kung Not Quite Par For The Course

Bethlehem, Pa. — Even par. From the outset of the 64th U.S. Women’s Open, Candie Kung set that as her goal and at no time was she about to deviate. 

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Prize Money List (PDF 69KB)
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The USGA Photo Store
Some of the most treasured assets in the USGA’s vast collection are the millions of images stored in the archives. Many of these iconic photographs are moments captured at the USGA’s national championships, including the U.S. Open, U.S. Women’s Open, U.S. Amateur and U.S. Women’s Amateur.
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A Pairing Of Old And New
Bethlehem, Pa. — Juli Inkster did her homework just in case, while Alexis Thompson knew only that the 49-year-old Inkster was on the LPGA.
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Leader Kerr Comfortable As The Favorite
Bethlehem, Pa. - Today’s final round of the 64th U.S. Women’s Open will surely bring raw exposure of these pressures to the contenders, but not simultaneously and not in the same proportions.
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Sunday's Running Updates
Bethlehem, Pa. - Follow Sunday's action via running updates, all the way until a champion is crowned.
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Kerr Counter Punches, Maintains Her Lead
Bethlehem, Pa. – This 64th edition of the U.S. Women’s Open at Sock’em Valley – err Saucon Valley – is turning into a real bruiser.
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Creamer's Title Hopes Take A Hit

Bethlehem, Pa. – No excuses. No tears. But likely no U.S. Women’s Open title once again for Paula Creamer.

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Blumenherst, Uribe Forever Linked
Bethlehem, Pa. — Early morning weekend tee times at the U.S. Women’s Open are often side notes to a larger script being written at the championship. At 8:20 a.m. on Saturday, the No. 5 group standing on the first tee appeared to be one of those overshadowed by the feature players.
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Notebook: Sweet As Candie
Bethlehem, Pa. - The lowest round of Saturday was carded by Candie Kung, who finished at 4-under 68. On moving day, she worked her way up the leaderboard and got in contention to walk home with another championship trophy.
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Running Updates For Saturday
It is moving day at the 2009 U.S. Women's Open. Follow the running updates of action taking place on the Old Course at Saucon Valley Country Club.
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Making A List: Strategize, Focus, Execute

Bethlehem, Pa. – One woman’s checklist for good golf this weekend at the 64th U.S. Women’s Open goes something like this: pain reliever, ice, concentrate, sleep, repeat.

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Kerr Leads Creamer By One At The Midway Point
Bethlehem, Pa. – Before the 2009 U.S. Women’s Open at Saucon Valley Country Club commenced, one parent of a competitor predicted the winning score would be over par.
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Cut Provides Davies, Others With Hope
Bethlehem, Pa. – You would think that a player as successful as Laura Davies, whose 51 world-wide victories include the 1987 U.S. Women’s Open, wouldn’t take much satisfaction from simply making another cut.
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Yankee Dandies: Three Americans Atop Leaderboard

Bethlehem, Pa. — Some 70 miles south of here 234 years ago, America’s founding fathers declared the nation’s independence in Philadelphia. On Friday, Cristie Kerr led a charging Yankee brigade in an attempt to separate itself from the field at the 64th U.S. Women’s Open.

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Friday's Running Updates
Bethlehem, Pa. - Follow all the action of the second round at Saucon Valley's Old Course.
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Scores Ballooning Fast, Early Morning Wave Through

Bethlehem, Pa. – When the spotlight descends on golf’s young and rising stars, the game’s seasoned competitors quietly follow their old routines in the shadows, for they are cool experts.

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Saucon Valley More Grit Than Grin
Bethlehem, Pa. – It happens at just about every championship. There is always a non-conformist, someone who defies the group-think, not to mention logic, and goes out and puts up a number.
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Pak Inspires A Generation Of Golfers

Bethlehem, Pa. – The 1998 battle seems a long time ago, but it remains fresh in the minds of those who saw it and its repercussions are still being felt in a big way.

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Positioning Is Key To Playing Saucon Valley
Bethlehem, Pa. – That only five players bettered par in the opening round of the 64th U.S. Women’s Open was hardly a surprise, given the exacting nature of the exam and the tradition of the championship. The story going forward isn’t so much about breaking par, but rather about which players can resist getting broken.
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First Round In The Books
Bethlehem, Pa. – Sometimes the numbers don’t lie. A quick glance at the course statistics summary for Thursday’s opening round at the 2009 U.S. Women’s Open will show that the par-4 second and third holes on the Old Course at Saucon Valley Country Club were the two most difficult.
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These Kids Are All Right

Bethlehem, Pa. — Amid the specter of the U.S. Women’s Open and all its major trappings, teenagers Jessica Korda and Alexis Thompson are being, well, teenagers just trying to keep it real.

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Proud Day For Puerto Rico

Bethlehem, Pa. —There was a small gathering to witness history — a handful of USGA officials, the players and their caddies, and a smattering of spectators and volunteers. Missing was the usual media contingent that chronicles such occasions.

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Too Early To Call: Three In Clubhouse With Lead
Bethlehem, Pa. – Take a red number and be happy. Despite a near-perfect day to play golf and nary a breeze blowing through the Lehigh Valley, the Old Course at Saucon Valley Country Club was hardly in a giving mood for Thursday’s opening round of the 2009 U.S. Women’s Open.
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Thursday Running Updates
Bethlehem, Pa. - Follow all the action from Thursday's first round at Saucon Valley Country Club.
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Reynolds Hardly A Surprising Contender
Bethlehem, Pa. – The leading player on the Duramed Futures Tour, Jean Reynolds, is a prime example of a confident player rising to the level of the competition.
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Allie White's First Women's Open
Bethlehem, Pa. – On Wednesday, the last day of practice before the U.S. Women’s Open began, Allie White, 19, sat on the grass behind the practice tee.
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A Truly Wide Open
Bethlehem, Pa. – It’s a cliché and a bad pun and a tired observation to note that any “Open” golf championship that lacks a clear favorite is truly “wide open.”
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Young Golfer Steals Show At Women's Open

Bethlehem, Pa. – Something was missing from Saucon Valley Country Club on Wednesday afternoon.

Players and caddies filled the fairways of the Old Course. Volunteers held their assigned positions. 
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Scoliosis Bonds Lewis, Fan On Site

Bethlehem, Pa. – It started with a letter. Jay Desjardins had read the inspirational story of Stacy Lewis following her 2007 triumph at the NCAA Division I Women’s Championship for the University of Arkansas, and his thoughts immediately turned to his 13-year-old daughter, Grace.

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Ochoa Feeling Positive About Chances
Bethlehem, Pa. – Lorena Ochoa admits to having an affinity for the U.S. Women’s Open that belies her experiences in it.
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Maturing Stanford On The Cusp

Bethlehem, Pa. — What is necessary to win a major is no longer in Cristie Kerr’s memory bank.

It's also something Angela Stanford has learned.

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Notebook: Course Receives Rave Reviews
Bethlehem, USGA – Mike Davis has been around a lot of USGA championship venues, so when he says Saucon Valley Country Club’s Old Course is in the best shape during his tenure at a U.S. Women’s Open, it’s a major statement.
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Roney Gets Saucon Valley In Order
National environmental award winner James J. Roney Jr., has Saucon Valley Country Club's Old Course in Bethlehem, Pa., ready to host the best female golfers in the world.
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From Golf Journal Archives: An Amateur As An Open Champ

Editor’s note: This article originally appeared in the August, 1967 edition of The Golf Journal, the official magazine of the USGA.

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Qualifying Process To Change For 2010

Far Hills, N.J.  – The United States Golf Association has announced a change to the qualifying process for the U.S. Women’s Open Championship. Previously, the qualifying process for the Women’s Open included an 18-hole local qualifier and a 36-hole sectional qualifier.

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Diminutive Shin Proving To Be A 'Giant' Among Brethren

Bethlehem, Pa. – Nicknames aren’t arbitrary labels, but, rather, tend to be earned. You get more than one, and you’re really doing something. Case in point is Jiyai Shin, who is known in her native Korea as “Little Giant.”

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Creamer Aces First Pitch

Philadelphia  – The anxiety creased Paula Creamer’s face.

She gripped the rough edges of the ball with her manicured fingers, hoping to develop some kind of symbiotic relationship. To borrow from the infamous Ty Webb, ‘Be the ball, be the ball’ resonated within.
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Notebook: Female Sports Legends Inspire
Bethlehem, Pa. – A crowd of wide-eyed young girls spent a portion of Tuesday morning admiring their idols thanks to the Women in Sports Foundation.
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Women's Open Title Up For Grabs

Bethlehem, Pa. - If Paula Creamer did not know otherwise, she might feel as if Father Time has stood her up. “I know what I’m going to be asked at many of my press conferences,” said Creamer. ‘ “How come you haven't won a major? ’ ”

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A Champion's Dedication
Reigning U.S. Girls' Junior champion Alexis Thompson, 14, of Coral Springs, Fla., understands that to be a great player requires plenty of sacrifices on and off the golf course. Thompson will be competing in her third U.S. Women's Open this week at Saucon Valley C.C., and she shared low-amateur honors at the Kraft Nabisco Championship earlier this year.
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Notebook: Blumenherst Set For First Women's Open As A Professional
Amanda Blumenherst, who claimed the 2008 U.S. Women's Amateur, is making her fourth U.S. Women's Open appearance this week at Saucon Valley Country Club, but it will be her first as a professional. She turned pro shortly after the NCAA Division I Women's Championship in late May.
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Top 10 U.S. Women's Open Moments
The Top 10 Moments in U.S. Women's History have spanned the better part of 60-plus years. The USGA's Rhonda Glenn has compiled a list of her favorites.
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Rules Blog: How The Course Sets Up
The U.S. Women’s Open Championship, held this year at Saucon Valley Country Club’s Old Course is set up at a whopping 6,740 yards, par 36-35 – 71.  It’s not the longest course for the Women’s Open Championship.
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Growing Stronger From Agony Of Defeat
In 1992, Patty Sheehan stood on the 18th green of the famed Oakmont (Pa.) Country Club, the Harton S. Semple U.S. Women’s Open Trophy clasped securely in her arms. Spectators cheered the combative little player, barely 5-feet 3-inches tall and weighing this side of 130 pounds.
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Full Field Alpha List Of 2009 U.S. Women's Open Field
An alphabetical listing of the 2009 U.S. Women's Open field as of June 29. One spot is being held for the winner of the LPGA Tour's Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic if the player has not already qualified for the championship.
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The USGA and Women’s Golf
Women’s golf has long been an integral part of the USGA’s endeavors to make golf accessible to all players.
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18 Questions With Alexis Thompson
In 2007, Alexis Thompson, at 12 years, 4 months, became the youngest to ever qualify for a U.S. Women's Open, surpassing fellow south Floridian Morgan Pressel. Last July, Thompson of Coral Springs, Fla., became the second-youngest champion in U.S. Girls' Junior history , winning the title at 13 years, 5 months. (Aree Wongluekiet was 13 years, 3 months in 1999).
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The Keystone State for Championship Golf
When it comes to hosting USGA national championships, no state can claim more history, tradition or sheer number of competitions than Pennsylvania.
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Thompson Leads 2009 U.S. Women’s Open Qualifiers
USGA champions earned medalist honors at four of the eight sectional qualifiers held for the 2009 U.S. Women’s Open Championship, which will be played July 9-12 at Saucon Valley Country Club’s Old Course in Bethlehem, Pa.
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2009 U.S. Women's Fact Sheet
Saucon Valley Country Club’s Old Course is set up at 6,740 yards and par is 36-35—71. The longest course in U.S. Women’s Open history was the 6,789 yards played at Interlachen Country Club in 2008.
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Have T-shirts, Will Cheer
As the third- and fourth-graders at Fountain Hill Elementary School made their way down the steps toward the cafeteria, a sense of anticipation filled the air.
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Inbee-lievable! Park Youngest Women’s Open Champion Ever
With all the talk about America’s best player that doesn’t own a major, a 23-year-old seeking to be the first to win a major in her professional debut and the swan song for one of the game’s greats, somebody somehow forgot to mention a 19-year-old Korean whose established quite a solid USGA résumé.
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