FAR HILLS, N.J. – The United States Golf Association
today announced sectional qualifying sites for the 2014 U.S. Women’s Open
Championship, to be contested June 19-22 at Pinehurst Resort & Country
Club’s Course No. 2 in the Village of Pinehurst, N.C.
Sectional qualifying, conducted over 36 holes, will be
held at 20 sites across the United States and four international sites between
May 5 and May 30. Player applications are now available at www.usga.org/champs/apply. The entry deadline is 5 p.m. EDT on April 30. The championship is open to
female professionals, and female amateur golfers with a Handicap Index® not
“Sectional qualifying is a crucial part of bringing
this most democratic of championships to the world’s elite players,” said
Daniel B. Burton, USGA vice president and chairman of the Championship
Committee. “With the cooperation of our partners, both domestic and
international, we look forward to welcoming the best players from across the
globe to Pinehurst.”
Industry Hills Golf Club, near Los Angeles, has held U.S.
Women’s Open sectional qualifying annually since 2010. Its Eisenhower Course
was a local qualifying site in 2009 (the final year of local qualifying, which
was conducted from 2002-09), and it hosted sectional qualifying in 1980 and
1982. The Eisenhower Course will also serve as a U.S. Open local qualifying
site on May 6.
In addition to Industry Hills, The Heritage at
Westmoor, in Westminster, Colo., and The Country Club at DC Ranch, in
Scottsdale, Ariz., will host both U.S. Women’s Open sectional qualifying and
U.S. Open local qualifying. The Heritage at Westmoor will hold U.S. Women’s
Open sectional qualifying on May 14, two days after U.S. Open local qualifying.
The Country Club at DC Ranch will hold U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open
qualifying on May 12 and May 28, respectively.
Quail Valley Golf Club in Vero Beach, Fla., will host
both U.S. Women’s Open and U.S. Open sectional qualifying, on May 30 and June
2, respectively. This will be the second time the club has hosted U.S. Open
qualifying and the first time for the Women’s Open.
Carolina Trace Country Club in Sanford, N.C., will
host U.S. Women’s Open qualifying on its Lake Course for the sixth consecutive
year. Three courses will host sectional qualifying for the third time: Oak
Valley Golf Club in Beaumont, Calif. (2011, 2013, 2014); Waialae Country Club
in Honolulu, Hawaii (2012-14); and The Woodlands (Texas) Country Club’s Player
Course (2012-14). Waialae C.C. was a local qualifying site in 2002, while The
Woodlands C.C. hosted Anne Sander’s 1989 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur victory.
As previously announced, international U.S. Women’s Open
sectional qualifying will be conducted for the first time. Qualifying will be
conducted at four sites, in the People’s Republic of China, England, Japan and
the Republic of Korea on May 19.
Two U.S. Women’s Open champions have reached the
championship through the qualifying process: Hilary Lunke (2003) and Birdie Kim
(2005). Lunke won after advancing through local and sectional qualifying, while
Kim competed in the sectional stage.
Considered the world’s premier women’s golf
championship, the U.S. Women’s Open is one of 13 national championships
conducted annually by the USGA. The Handicap Index limit was lowered from 4.4
to 2.4 this year due to the rapid growth of women’s amateur golf. The
championship was first conducted in 1946 and its winners include notable
players such as Babe Didrikson Zaharias, Betsy Rawls, Mickey Wright, Hollis
Stacy, Amy Alcott, Meg Mallon, Annika Sorenstam, Se Ri Pak, Juli Inkster,
Cristie Kerr, Paula Creamer and Inbee Park.
Sectional qualifying sites and dates are subject to
change. For the most up-to-date list, visit www.usga.org/champs/apply.
2014 U.S. Women’s Open Sectional Qualifying Sites (24)
The Honors Golf Club Dallas, Carrollton, Texas
Butler (Pa.) Country Club
Waialae Country Club, Honolulu, Hawaii
The Heritage at Westmoor, Westminster, Colo.
Oak Valley Golf Club, Beaumont, Calif.
Buckinghamshire Golf Club, Buckinghamshire, England
CGA Nanshan International Training Centre (Garden Course), Shandong, China
Higashi Nagoya Country Club, Aichi Prefecture, Japan
Woo Jeong Hills Country Club, Chungnam, Korea
Dunwoody Country Club, Atlanta, Ga.
Half Moon Bay (Calif.) Golf Links (Old Course)
Hermitage Country Club, Manakin-Sabot, Va.
Indian Hill Club, Winnetka, Ill.
North Oaks (Minn.) Golf Club
Lake Forest Country Club, Lake St. Louis, Mo.
Rainier Golf & Country Club, Seattle, Wash.
The Woodlands (Texas) Country Club (Player Course)
Rumson (N.J.) Country Club
Industry Hills Golf Club at Pacific Palms Resort (Eisenhower Course), City of Industry, Calif.
Thorny Lea Golf Club, Brockton, Mass.
The Country Club at DC Ranch, Scottsdale, Ariz.
The Ritz-Carlton Members Golf Club, Bradenton, Fla.
Carolina Trace Country Club (Lake Course), Sanford, N.C.
Quail Valley Golf Club, Vero Beach, Fla.