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2009 U.S. Women's Open Fact Sheet
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PAR AND YARDAGE – 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.

SAUCON VALLEY C.C. HOLE-BY-HOLE – 6,740 yards and par 36-35—71

Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out

Par 5 4 4 3 4 5 4 4 3 36

Yards 549 435 373 154 409 559 453 387 210
(178)
3,529

Hole 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In

Par 4 3 5 4 4 4 4 3 4 35

Yards 332
(252)
165 555 433 399 339
(257)
374 170 444 3,211

ARCHITECT – Herbert Strong designed Saucon Valley Country Club’s Old Course, which opened in 1922. Revisions were completed by Perry Maxwell and Tom Marzolf.

WELCOME BACK – The 2009 U.S. Women’s Open will be the sixth USGA championship conducted at Saucon Valley Country Club. The club’s Old Course previously hosted the 1951 U.S. Amateur (won by Billy Maxwell); the 1983 U.S. Junior Amateur (won by Tim Straub); the 1987 USGA Senior Amateur (won by John Richardson) and the 1992 and 2000 U.S. Senior Opens, won by Larry Laoretti and Hale Irwin, respectively.

COURSE LAYOUT – The fairways will range in width from approximately 25 to 35 yards. On either side of the fairways, a 6-foot wide swath of intermediate rough running the length of each hole will be set to 1˝ inches. Then, there will be an 21-foot band of first cut of primary rough (height to be determined) and a second cut of deepest rough left and right of the landing areas (height to be determined). The greens will be set to run at 12 to 12˝ feet on the Stimpmeter for the duration of the championship.

COURSE RATING AND SLOPE – Based on the course setup, the Course Rating for Saucon Valley Country Club’s Old Course is 79.8. Its Slope Rating is 145.

2008 CHAMPIONSHIP RECAP – Inbee Park, winner of the 2002 U.S. Girls’ Junior and a finalist on two other occasions, added the biggest championship in women’s golf to her trophy collection with her victory in the 2008 U.S. Women’s Open at Interlachen Country Club in Edina, Minn.

While everyone atop the leader board going into the final round stumbled, the 19-year-old Park managed a 2-under-par 71 (9-under 283) to win the 2008 U.S. Women’s Open by four strokes, thus becoming the youngest champion in the event’s history and usurping the mark held by one of her country’s greatest players.

Se Ri Pak, who won a memorable 20-hole playoff in 1998 over amateur Jenny Chuasiriporn, previously was the youngest winner at 20 years, 9 months.

"I am very honored to win this championship," said Park, a native Korean who now resides in Henderson, Nev. "It’s the first win for my career and hopefully there will be a lot more. I really can’t believe I just did this."

THE CHAMPION RECEIVES – In addition to prize money, the champion will receive a gold medal, custody of the Harton S. Semple Trophy for the ensuing year, and an exemption from qualifying for the next 10 U.S. Women’s Open Championships.

CHAMPIONS OF THE PAST DECADE:
1999 Juli Inkster 2004 Meg Mallon
2000 Karrie Webb 2005 Birdie Kim
2001 Karrie Webb 2006 Annika Sorenstam
2002 Juli Inkster 2007 Cristie Kerr
2003 Hilary Lunke 2008 Inbee Park

MULTIPLE WINS – Fourteen players have combined to win 35 of the previous 63 Women’s Opens. Two players have won four Women’s Opens: Betsy Rawls (1951, 1953, 1957, 1960) and Mickey Wright (1958, 1959, 1961, 1964). Four players have won three Women’s Opens: Babe Didrikson Zaharias (1948, 1950, 1954), Susie Maxwell Berning (1968, 1972, 1973), Hollis Stacy (1977, 1978, 1984) and Annika Sorenstam (1995, 1996, 2006). Eight players have won two Women’s Opens each: Louise Suggs (1949, 1952), Donna Caponi (1969, 1970), JoAnne Carner (1971, 1976), Betsy King (1989, 1990), Patty Sheehan (1992, 1994), Juli Inkster (1999, 2002), Karrie Webb (2000, 2001), and Meg Mallon (1991, 2004).

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 ties, and anyone within 10 strokes of the leader.

CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE – Practice rounds will be played Monday, July 6, through Wednesday, July 8. Championship play will be conducted Thursday, July 9, through Sunday, July 12, with 18 holes of stroke play each day.

If the championship is tied after four rounds, a three-hole playoff will take place immediately following the conclusion of the fourth round. 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 female professional golfer, or any amateur female golfer with a USGA Handicap Index not exceeding 4.4.

ENTRIES – There were a record 1,278 entries accepted for the 2009 U.S. Women’s Open, the sixth consecutive year the number of entries surpassed 1,000. The previous record of 1,251 entries was set in 2007.

LOCAL QUALIFYING – Local qualifying, which was conducted for the first time in 2002, was conducted at 15 sites from May 18-June 2.

SECTIONAL QUALIFYING – Sectional qualifying was conducted over 36 holes at eight sites on June 11 and 15.

PURSE – The total purse for the 2009 championship is $3.25 million and the champion receives $585,000. It is the largest total purse in women’s golf.

WOMEN’S OPEN EARNINGS – Six women have surpassed the $1 million mark in Women’s Open earnings, led by three-time champion Annika Sorenstam with $1,961,042. Three two-time winners are on the list: Meg Mallon ($1,277,370), Karrie Webb ($1,274,150) and Juli Inkster ($1,299,168). Se Ri Pak, the 1998 champion, has earned $1,122,062 and Cristie Kerr ($1,191,959) became the latest to join the list after her victory at the 2007 championship.

2009 U.S. WOMEN’S OPEN TELEVISION COVERAGE
All times listed are Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)

Date Network Program Broadcast Hours
       
July 8 ESPN2 SportsCenter @ Women’s Open 5:30-6:30 p.m.
July 9 ESPN First Round 2-6 p.m.
July 10 ESPN Second Round 2-6 p.m.
July 11 NBC Third Round 3-6 p.m.
July 12 NBC Fourth Round 3-6 p.m.

If the championship is tied after four rounds, a three-hole playoff will take place immediately following the conclusion of the fourth round.

GROUPINGS AND STARTING TIMES – Groupings and starting times will be distributed to the media on Friday, July 3. They will also be posted on the USGA Web site at www.usga.org.

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

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

PHOTO MEDIA SERVICE – The USGA will offer daily complimentary high-resolution photographs during the U.S. Women’s Open (Monday-Sunday) for news use only. For more information and to register, contact Ellie Kaiser of the USGA at ekaiser@usga.org or (908) 234-2300, ext. 1294.

TICKETS – Daily tickets, weekly packages, special packages and flex books are available at various prices. For more information, visit https://www.2009uswomensopen.com/ticketing/ or any participating Wegmans for tickets.

PENNSYLVANIA AND THE USGA – The 2009 U.S. Women’s Open will be the 78th USGA championship conducted in Pennsylvania. The state of Pennsylvania, which will also host the Walker Cup at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore from Sept. 12-13, 2009, has hosted more USGA championships than any other state.

PENNSYLVANIA AND THE WOMEN’S OPEN – The 2009 U.S. Women’s Open will be the seventh Women’s Open conducted in Pennsylvania. The previous championships were: 1952 at Bala Golf Club in Philadelphia (won by Louise Suggs); 1959 at Churchill Valley Country Club in Pittsburgh (won by Mickey Wright); 1968 at Moselem Springs Golf Club in Fleetwood (won by Susie Maxwell Berning); 1971 at the Kahkwa Club in Erie (won by JoAnne Gunderson Carner); 1976 at Rolling Green Golf Club in Springfield (won by Gunderson Carner); and 1992 at Oakmont (Pa.) Country Club (won by Patty Sheehan).

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.

HISTORY – First played in 1946, this is the 64th U.S. Women’s Open Championship.

The first U.S. Women’s Open, played at Spokane (Wash.) Country Club in 1946, was the only one conducted at match play. The short-lived Women’s Professional Golfers Association (WPGA) conducted the championship, which was won by Patty Berg. The WPGA conducted the Women’s Open until 1949, when the newly formed Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) took over the operation of the championship. The LPGA ran the Women’s Open for four years but in 1953 asked the United States Golf Association to conduct the championship, which it has done ever since.

The youngest winner of the U.S. Women’s Open was Inbee Park, who won the 2008 championship at the age of 19 years, 11 months and 18 days. Babe Zaharias, who won the 1954 Women’s Open at age 43 years and six months, is the championship’s oldest winner.

In 1967, Catherine Lacoste, daughter of French tennis player Rene Lacoste and 1927 British Ladies Amateur champion Simone Thion de la Chaume, became the only amateur to win the Women’s Open. Six other amateurs have come close – with runner-up or co-runner-up finishes, most recently Brittany Lang and Morgan Pressel in 2005, but none have matched Lacoste’s feat.

WOMEN'S OPEN PLAYOFFS – There have been 10 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.

A new playoff format started with the 2007 U.S. Women’s Open. If the championship is tied after four rounds, a three-hole playoff will take place immediately following the conclusion of the fourth round.

USGA CHAMPIONS IN THE FIELD – Twenty-six USGA champions are currently in the Women's Open field. They are:

  • Amanda Blumenherst – 2008 Women’s Amateur
  • Brandie Burton – 1989 Girls’ Junior
  • Laura Davies – 1987 Women’s Open
  • Meredith Duncan – 2001 Women’s Amateur
  • Lisa Ferrero – 2000 Girls’ Junior
  • Mina Harigae – 2007 Women’s Amateur Public Links
  • Pat Hurst – 1986 Girls’ Junior; 1990 Women’s Amateur
  • Juli Inkster – 1980-1982 Women’s Amateurs; 1999 and 2002 Women’s Opens
  • Cristie Kerr – 2007 Women’s Open
  • Birdie Kim – 2005 Women’s Open
  • In-Kyung Kim – 2005 Girls’ Junior
  • Kimberly Kim – 2006 Women’s Amateur
  • Candie Kung – 2001 Women’s Amateur Public Links
  • Meg Mallon – 1991, 2004 Women’s Opens
  • Se Ri Pak – 1998 Women’s Open
  • Inbee Park – 2002 Girls’ Junior; 2008 Women’s Open
  • Jane Park – 2004 Women’s Amateur
  • Kristen Park – 2007 Girls’ Junior
  • Morgan Pressel – 2005 Women’s Amateur
  • Jennifer Song – 2009 Women's Amateur Public Links
  • Meghan (Bolger) Stasi – 2006 and 2007 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateurs
  • Alexis Thompson – 2008 Girls’ Junior
  • Yani Tseng – 2004 Women’s Amateur Public Links
  • Maria Jose Uribe – 2007 U.S. Women’s Amateur
  • Karrie Webb – 2000, 2001 Women’s Opens
  • Eunjung Yi – 2005 Women's Amateur Publick Linkss

FUTURE U.S. WOMEN'S OPENS

  • July 8-11, 2010 – Oakmont (Pa.) Country Club
  • July 7-10, 2011 – The Broadmoor Golf Club, Colorado Springs, Colo.
  • June 27-30, 2013 – Sebonack Golf Club, Southampton, N.Y.
  • June 19-22, 2014 – Pinehurst Resort & Country Club, No. 2 Course, Village of Pinehurst, N.C.
  • July 9-12, 2015 – Lancaster (Pa.) Country Club

EXEMPT PLAYERS

There are 70 players fully exempted into the Women’s Open. There is still one exemption categories open but the remainder of the players in the field earned their spots via qualifying. The total field is 156 players.

PLAYERS FULLY EXEMPT (70) FOR THE 2009 U.S. WOMEN’S OPEN (as of 7/2)

Sun Ju Ahn 10
Helen Alfredsson 6, 7, 9, 10
Minea Blomqvist 7
Nicole Castrale 6, 7
He Yong Choi 10
Na Yeon Choi 7
Paula Creamer 6, 7, 8, 9
Laura Davies 11
Laura Diaz 7
Martina Eberl 10
Shanshan Feng 7
Allison Fouch 7
Louise Friberg 7
Yuri Fudoh 10
Akiko Fukushima 10
Sophie Gustafson 7
Hee-Won Han 7
Maria Hjorth 7
Katherine Hull 7, 9
Pat Hurst 9
Juli Inkster 1, 7
Jeong Jang 4, 7
Eun Hee Ji 7
Cristie Kerr 1, 6, 7, 8, 9
Birdie Kim 1
Christina Kim 7
In-Kyung Kim 6, 7, 8, 9
Song-Hee Kim 7
Young Kim 7
*Jessica Korda 6
Candie Kung 7, 9
Brittany Lang 7
Jee Young Lee 6, 7
Ji Hee Lee 10
Meena Lee 7
Seon Hwa Lee 7, 9
Stacy Lewis 6
Brittany Lincicome 5, 8, 9
Leta Lindley 7
Teresa Lu 6, 7
Meg Mallon 1
Kristy McPherson 7
Ai Miyazato 7
Anja Monke 10
*Azahara Munoz 2
Gwladys Nocera 10
Anna Nordqvist 3
Lorena Ochoa 4, 5, 7, 8, 9
Ji Young Oh 7, 8, 9
Se Ri Pak 3
Angela Park 6, 7
Hee Young Park 7
Inbee Park 1, 6, 7
Jane Park 7
Suzann Pettersen 3, 6, 7, 8
Stacy Prammanasudh 6, 7
Morgan Pressel 5, 7, 9
Hee Kyung Seo 10
Giulia Sergas 6, 7
Jiyai Shin 4, 8, 9, 10
Angela Stanford 7, 8, 9
Karen Stupples 4, 7
Yani Tseng 3, 7, 8, 9
Momoko Ueda 6, 7
*Maria Jose Uribe 6
Karrie Webb 1, 5, 7, 9
Lindsey Wright 7
Amy Yang 10
Eunjung Yi 9
Sun Young Yoo 7
* = amateur


Key to Player Exemptions –

  1. Winners of the U.S. Women's Open Championship for the last 10 years (1999-2008).
  2. Winner and runner-up of the 2008 U.S. Women's Amateur Championship (must be an amateur).
  3. Winners of the LPGA Championship the last five years.
  4. Winners of the Ricoh Women's British Open Championship the last five years.
  5. Winners of the Kraft Nabisco Championship the last five years.
  6. 15 lowest scorers and anyone tying for 15th place from the 2008 U.S. Women's Open Championship.
  7. Top 50 money leaders from the 2008 final official LPGA money list.
  8. Top 10 money leaders from the 2009 official LPGA money list, through June 1. (Must have filed an entry by May 6).
  9. Winners of LPGA co-sponsored events, whose victories are considered official, from the conclusion of the 2008 U.S. Women's Open Championship to the initiation of the 2009 U.S. Women's Open Championship.
  10. Top five money leaders from the 2008 Japan LPGA Tour, Korea LPGA Tour and Ladies European Tour.
  11. Special exemptions selected by the USGA.
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