U.S. Women's Open

The U.S. Women’s Open is an annual 72-hole stroke play competition for female golfers. The first three editions were organized by the Women’s Professional Golfers Association, with the inaugural contest in 1946 played as a match play contest for the one and only time. The LPGA then sanctioned the Open from 1949 to 1952 until the USGA took control and that governing body now runs the event.

Harton S. Semple Trophy

The original trophy presented to Patty Berg, the winner of the first contest, was one donated by Spokane Athletic Round Table, the event sponsor at Spokane Country Club (now Kalispel Golf & Country Club) in Washington. The USGA introduced a new trophy when it assumed responsibility for the tournament in 1953 but this was retired to the USGA museum in 1992. Since then, the champion is presented with the Harton S. Semple Trophy, named after the USGA President in 1973-1974.

One of nine national competitions conducted by the USGA, the U.S. Women’s Open is considered as one of the five major championships in the LPGA Tour calendar. It’s open to any professional or amateur female golfer (with a specified handicap limit) and there’s no age limit – Lexi Thompson qualified to play when she was a 12-year-old girl in 2007 then Lucy Li gained entry as an 11-year-old in 2014. Winners of certain major amateur title are also exempt from qualifying.

In the first fifty years of operation, only six non-American women managed to win the Open. The first of these was Fay Crocker from Montevideo in Uruguay, who won by 4 shots in 1955 at Wichita Country Club in Kansa. Twelve years later, an even more remarkable winner appeared: 22-year-old Catherine Lacoste from France. Her 2-stroke win at Th...

U.S. Women's Open host courses

Atlanta Athletic Club (Riverside)

13th Georgia - Best in Area

Host to the 1990 US Women’s Open, the Riverside forms one of two great golf courses at the 36-hole Atlanta Athletic Club. Originally designed by Robert Trent Jones Snr, the layout was renovated by his son Rees in 2003.

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Atlantic City

15th New Jersey - Best in Area

This venerable course has hosted national championships on several occasions over the years and Atlantic City Country Club claim to have coined the golfing term “birdie”.

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Baltimore (East)

1st Maryland - Best in Area 65th USA Ranking 74th North America Ranking

Although the club was inaugurated in 1898, the East course at Baltimore Country Club was designed by the great genius of golf course architecture, A.W. Tillinghast and it opened for play in 1926.

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Baltusrol (Lower)

4th New Jersey - Best in Area

Baltusrol Golf Club takes its name from Mr Baltus Roll who once farmed this land in the 19th century before his untimely murder.

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Baltusrol (Upper)

6th New Jersey - Best in Area

The Upper course at Baltusrol Golf Club was laid out by the "Creator of Golf Courses", the legendary A. W. Tillinghast.

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Blackwolf Run (Meadow Valleys)

12th Wisconsin - Best in Area

The 2012 US Women’s Open was held at Blackwolf Run; the Championship course comprised the back nine of the Meadow Valleys layout (featuring water on the last three holes) plus holes 1-4 and 14-18 of the River course.

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Blackwolf Run (River)

6th Wisconsin - Best in Area

The Blackwolf Run resort is named after Black Wolf, chief of the Winnebago Indians. A composite 18 holes from both the River and Meadow Valleys courses was used when the LPGA US Open was played here in 1998.

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Broadmoor (East)

6th Colorado - Best in Area

Golf arrived at the Broadmoor Resort in 1918 when Donald Ross created an 18-holer which was split in two when Robert Trent Jones Snr added two 9-hole loops, forming the East course in 1952 and the West in 1964.

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Brooklawn

10th Connecticut - Best in Area

Host to the 1979 US Women’s Open and 1987 US Senior Open, the course at Brooklawn Country Club is a late 1920s redesign by A. W. Tillinghast that’s been modified and adapted for the modern era by Ron Forse.

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Cedar Ridge

18th Oklahoma - Best in Area

Joe Finger laid out the Cedar Ridge Country Club course in 1969 and it hosted the U.S. Women’s Open in 1983 when Jan Stephenson became the first Australian to win the title.

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U.S. Women's Open Leaderboard

Rank Name Courses Played
1 Paul Rudovsky Courses Played 49
2 Joseph Andriole Courses Played 40
3 Cory Lewis Courses Played 38
4 Bob McCoy Courses Played 37
5 Fergal O'Leary Courses Played 35
6 Mark White Courses Played 31
7 Paul Jones Courses Played 29
8 James Gold Courses Played 28
= Andy Troeger Courses Played 28
= David Harak Courses Played 28