The Inaugural U.S. Senior Women’s Open Fact Sheet


Fact Sheet:
Inaugural U.S. Senior Women’s Open

July 12-15, 2018, Chicago Golf Club, Wheaton, Ill. | #USSeniorWomensOpen |

Course Setup

Chicago Golf Club will be set up at 6,082 yards and will play to a par of 36-37—73. Based on the setup, the Course Rating™ is 76.7 and the Slope Rating® is 142.

Chicago Golf Club Hole by Hole

Hole      1            2         3         4         5         6         7          8            9          Total

Par        4            5         3         5         4         4         3          4            4           36

Yards   374        445     167     478     325     320     153      346        389        2,997

Hole      10         11       12        13        14       15        16        17          18          Total

Par        3            4         5          3          4        4           5          4            5           37

Yards   136        354      464     148      347     321       517     373        425        3,085

Note: Yardages subject to change.

About the Chicago Golf Club
The course at Chicago Golf Club, located about 30 miles west of Chicago, was designed by World Golf Hall of Famer Charles B. MacDonald. It is one of the five founding clubs of the USGA and the oldest golf club in the U.S. in continuous use at the same location. Originally opened as a nine-hole course, it was increased to 18 in 1893 and renovated in 1923 by Seth Raynor and remains largely unchanged today. The club has hosted 11 USGA Championships, the sixth-most in USGA history. It has been the site of three U.S. Opens, four U.S. Amateurs, a U.S. Women’s Amateur, two Walker Cup Matches and one U.S. Senior Amateur.


Tickets for the 2018 U.S. Senior Women’s Open are available for purchase atusseniorwomensopen.comTrophy Club Weekly One Day Tickets are $30, and Trophy Club Championship Two Packs are available for $50. Tickets are good for any one day Thursday – Sunday. All Juniors age 18 and under receive complimentary admission.

The USGA received 462 entries for the 2018 U.S. Senior Women’s Open. The championship is open to any professional or amateur golfer who is 50 years of age as of July 12 and has a Handicap Index® not exceeding 7.4. Entries closed on May 23.

Championship Field

A starting field of 120 players will compete in the inaugural U.S. Senior Women’s Open. Eighteen holes of stroke play are scheduled each day from Thursday, June 12, through Sunday, June 15, with a cut after 36 holes to the low 50 scorers, including ties.

Sectional Qualifying
Sectional qualifying, played over 18 holes, was conducted at 17 sites nationwide between June 4 and June 20. Qualifying sites were located in 16 states, including two in California. To view qualifying results, click here.

Exempt Players

The following 58 players are fully exempt into the 2018 U.S. Senior Women’s Open:

  • Kristi Albers
  • Amy Alcott
  • Helen Alfredsson
  • Danielle Ammaccapane
  • Janet Anderson
  • Donna Andrews
  • Jean Bartholomew
  • Laura Baugh
  • Jane Blalock
  • Nanci Bowen
  • Pat Bradley
  • Murle Breer
  • Jerilyn Britz
  • Macarena Campomanes
  • Kay Cockerill
  • Jane Crafter
  • Laura Davies
  • Alicia Dibos
  • Judy Dickinson
  • Cindy Figg-Currier
  • Joanne Foreman
  • Jane Geddes
  • Tammie Green-Parker
  • Lisa Grimes
  • JoAnne Gunderson Carner
  • Mary Jane Hiestand
  • Carolyn Hill
  • Juli Inkster
  • Becky Iverson
  • Christa Johnson
  • Trish Johnson
  • Cathy Johnston-Forbes
  • Rosie Jones
  • Lorie Kane
  • Betsy King
  • Hiromi Kobayashi
  • Judith Kyrinis
  • Jenny Lidback
  • Sally Little
  • Marilyn Lovander
  • Lauri Merten
  • Alice Miller
  • Barbara Moxness
  • Barb Mucha
  • Martha Nause
  • Liselotte Neumann
  • Alison Nicholas
  • Sandra Palmer
  • Ellen Port
  • Cindy Rarick
  • Michele Redman
  • Laurie Rinker
  • Terrill Samuel
  • Nancy Scranton
  • Hollis Stacy
  • Jan Stephenson
  • Kris Tschetter
  • Sue Wooster

Schedule of Play

Eighteen holes of stroke play are scheduled each day from Thursday, July 12, through Sunday, July 15. In the case of a tie after 72 holes, a two-hole aggregate playoff will commence immediately after the conclusion of the fourth round.

Thursday, July 12: Round 1, 18 holes, stroke play
Friday, July 13: Round 2, 18 holes, stroke play; after 36 holes, the field will be cut to the low 50 scorers, including ties

Saturday, July 14: Round 3, 18 holes, stroke play

Sunday, July 15: Round 4, 18 holes, stroke play

Television Coverage

FS1 will televise the final two rounds of the U.S. Senior Women’s Open. All times EDT.

Day                        Network                    Time                        Program

July 14                   FS1                           4-6 p.m.                   Third Round
July 15                   FS1                           4-6 p.m.                   Final Round


The total purse for the inaugural U.S. Senior Women’s Open is $1 million.

Inaugural Championship
The USGA announced the establishment of the U.S. Senior Women’s Open on Feb. 6, 2015. It was the third new championship added to the USGA schedule in the past two years. The addition of the U.S. Senior Women’s Open increases the number of national championships conducted annually by the USGA to 14.

Future U.S. Senior Women’s Open Sites         
May 16-19, 2019: Pine Needles Lodge and Golf Club, Southern Pines, N.C.

USGA Championships at Chicago Golf Club

1897, 1900, 1911 U.S. Open

1897, 1905, 1909, 1912 U.S. Amateur

1903 U.S. Women’s Amateur

1928, 2005 Walker Cup

1979 U.S. Senior Amateur

2018 U.S. Senior Women’s Open

USGA Championships in Illinois

The 2018 U.S. Senior Women’s Open will be the 61st USGA championship conducted in Illinois. The first USGA championships held in the state were the 1897 U.S. Amateur and the U.S. Open, both played at Chicago Golf Club, won by H.J. Whigham and Joe Lloyd, respectively. The most recent USGA championship played in Illinois was the 2012 U.S. Mid-Amateur, won Nathan Smith at Conway Farms Golf Club in Lake Forest.



About Author

Glen Turk is a Wisconsin native who has been the Senior Writer/Editor of Midwest Golfing Magazine since 2006. Besides being an avid golfer, Glen enjoys traveling, music, and cheering on the finest professional sports team of all-time, the Green Bay Packers. Glen’s ultimate golf goal is to play in all fifty states and currently he is more than half way there. His other dream, albeit far-fetched, it to record an ace in all seven states of our distribution area. Thanks to an ace in Illinois in 2015, and one in Michigan in 2016, he has three down, four to go!

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