Thursday, July 9

2015 U.S. Women's Open Fact Sheet

The U.S. Women's Open began today in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Following is select information from the "2015 U.S. Women's Open Fact Sheet" provided by the United States Golf Association (USGA).

SITE INFORMATION
July 9-12, 2015
Lancaster (Pa.) Country Club (lancastercc.com)
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PAR AND YARDAGE 
Lancaster Country Club will be set up at 6,483 yards and will play to a par of 35-35—70. (NOTE: yardages subject to change).

ARCHITECT 
Designed by William Flynn, the Old Course at Lancaster Country Club opened in 1920. A course restoration was completed in 2007, under the guidance of Ron Forse.

TELEVISION COVERAGE                          
Date                           Show                   Broadcast Hours (Local/EDT)         Network        
July 9 (Thursday)        First Round             2-7 p.m.                                       Fox Sports 1
July 9 (Thursday)        Wrap-Up Show        7-7:30 p.m.                                  Fox Sports 1
July 10 (Friday)           Second Round        2-7 p.m.                                       Fox Sports 1
July 10 (Friday)           Wrap-Up Show        7-7:30 p.m.                                  Fox Sports 1
July 11 (Saturday)       Third Round            2:30-6:30 p.m.                                   Fox
July 11 (Saturday)       Wrap-Up Show        6:30-7 p.m.                                  Fox Sports 1
July 12 (Sunday)         Fourth Round          2:30-6:30 p.m.                                   Fox
July 12 (Sunday)         Wrap-Up Show        6:30-7 p.m.                                  Fox Sports 1

CHAMPIONSHIP FIELD
The starting field of 156 golfers will be cut after 36 holes to the low 60 scorers and ties.

SCHEDULE OF PLAY         
Practice rounds will be played Monday, July 6, through Wednesday, July 8. Eighteen holes of stroke play are scheduled each day from Thursday, July 9, through Sunday, July 12.

If the championship is tied after four rounds, a three-hole aggregate 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.

2014 CHAMPION
Michelle Wie won the 69th U.S. Women’s Open at Pinehurst Resort & Country Club’s Course No. 2. It was her second career USGA championship victory, but first since she won the 2003 U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links at age 13. The 24-year-old Wie played confidently throughout, including her 25-foot birdie putt on the 17th hole on Sunday after a double bogey on the previous hole narrowed her lead to one stroke. Wie finished with an even-par 70 and a 2-under-par 278 total, two strokes ahead of world No. 1 and fellow American Stacy Lewis, who matched the championship’s low round of 66 on Sunday and finished at even-par 280. 

WHAT THE WINNER RECEIVES
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.

PURSE
The 2014 purse was $4 million; the winner earned $720,000.

HISTORY
This is the 70th 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 Women’s Professional Golfers Association (WPGA) conducted the inaugural championship, won by Patty Berg. The WPGA conducted the Women’s Open until 1949, when the newly formed Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) took over 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 is Inbee Park, who won the 2008 championship at the age of 19 years, 11 months, 18 days. Babe Didrikson Zaharias, who won the 1954 Women’s Open at age 43 years, 6 months, is the oldest winner.

ACTIVE CONSECUTIVE U.S. WOMEN’S OPEN APPEARANCES (through 2014)
Karrie Webb (19, 1996-2014), Se Ri Pak (18, 1997-2014), Cristie Kerr (17, 1998-2014), Angela Stanford (15, 2000-2014), Paula Creamer (12, 2003-2014), Candie Kung (12, 2003-2014), Suzann Pettersen (12, 2003-2014), Brittany Lincicome (11, 2004-2014)

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