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U.S. Senior Women’s Open Championship Trophy as seen at United States Golf Association in Far Hills, N.J. on Thursday, January 26, 2018. (Copyright USGA/Jonathan Kolbe)

THE EXCITEMENT is continuing to build over the inaugural U.S. Sr. Women’s Open at the historic Chicago Golf Club in Wheaton. Above are the first pictures by the USGA of the new trophy, which for now is not named, but could be in the future.

The USGA has finalized it’s list of exempt players for the first U.S. Sr. Women’s Open that will be played at the Chicago Golf Club in July.

The championship is open to all professional females and amateur females with a handicap index that does not exceed 7.4., and will have reached the age of 50 by the first day of competition on July 12th. the field of players will be capped at 120.

Online entries for all players who wish to play must be filed between March 7th and May 23rd. The field will compete in a 72-hole stroke-play competition, to be held over four straight days. There is a 36-hole cut to the low 50 players and ties after 36 holes.

The Chicago Golf Club will be hosting it’s 12th USGA Championship, and it’s first since the 2005 Walker Cup Matches won by Team USA.

The following players are from a partial list of player exempt from sectional qualifying. There are 18 different exemptions being offered by the USGA, to view them all visit

Donna Andrews, Susie Berning, Pat Bradley, JoAnne Carner, Donna Caponi, Laura Davies, Beth Daniel, Jane Geddes, Meg Mallon, Nancy Lopez, Carol Mann, Liselotte Neumann, Alison Nicholas. Sandra Palmer, Dottie Pepper, Lisa Grimes (in the field), Kathy Baker Guadagnino, Sandra Haynie, Juli Inkster, Betsy King, Patty Sheehan, Hollis Stacy, Jan Stephenson, Kris Tschetter, Kathy Whitworth, Mickey Wright, Trish Johnson and Lorie kane.

Due to injuries or recovering from injuries, it is expected at this time that former U.S. Women’s Open Champion Meg Mallon and World Golf Hall of fame inductee Nancy Lopez will not compete in 2018.

Follow this site, Chicagoland Golf Magazine and for updates on the 2018 U.S. Sr. Women’s Open.

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Rory spent over 8 years growing up working at Rob Roy Golf Club in Prospect Hts.IL, then two years at Chevy Chase in Wheeling. He has covered golf in Chicago since 1986. Rory was one of the initial members of WSCR all-sports radio Chicago and covered golf there for 5 seasons, before moving on to work for ESPN/Sportsticker and ESPN Radio. In addition to hosting Golfers on Golf Radio on WCPT AM820 Chicago, he writes for both the Chicago District (CDGA) Magazine, and formerly Chicagoland Golf. Rory has played over 525 courses in 39 states, and rates golf courses. He does golf course management and communications consulting, within the golf industry.