CHICAGOLAND GOLF PUBLISHER VAL RUSSELL holds up a copy of the magazine, the June issue should be out this weekend, and includes our preview on the U.S. Open. THE MEDIA learns more today on the Sr. Players Championship at Exmoor #Mediaday  ______________________________________________________________________

    THE CHICAGO GOLF CLUB HOSTS THE INAUGURAL U.S. SR. WOMEN’S OPEN FROM JULY 12-15, Tickets are on sale now, please visit USGA.org for more details.       _____________________________________________________________________

GOLFERSONGOLF.COM by RORY SPEARS, Director of Content and Creation. Follow Rory to the U.S. Sr. Women’s Open at Chicago Golf Club, and on Twitter @GogBlogGuy, and on Facebook, and Linkedin.

THE SWEET 16 are on their way to Wheaton and the Chicago Golf Club to participate in the first ever U.S. Sr. Women’s Open July 12-15.

The USGA has now announced that 16 former U.S. Women’s Open champions will compete in the Sr. Women’s Open.

Those players are three-time champion Hollis Stacy, Amy Alcott, Pat Bradley, Jeriyln Britz, Laura Davies, Jane Geddes, JoAnne Gunderson Carner, Juli Inkster,, Betsy King, Murie Lindstrom Breer, Lauri Merten, Liselotte Neumann, Alison Nicholas, Sandra Palmer, Patty Sheehan, and Jan Stephenson. Joining the past champions in the field are six players who had runner-up finishes in U.S. Women’s Open, Helen Alfredsson, Donna Andrews, Tammie-Green Parker, Rosie Jones, Sally Little and Kris Tschetter.

“We’re thrilled by the response our USGA Champions have had to this inaugural championship, and know the Chicago Golf Club will provide an outstanding venue for fans to watch some of the games greats tee it up on what will now be senior women’s golf grandest stage,” said Mike Davis, USGA CEO. “The consistent growth in women’s golf has been inspiring and we hope this inaugural event is just one of the many great new moments for this important segment of the game.”

The new U.S. Sr. Women’s Open is open to women who are professional golfers, or amateurs whose handicap index does not exceed 7.4, all player must be 50 years of age or older by the start of the first round of the championship on July 12th.

Sectional qualifying for the remaining places in the field of 120 players, will begin on June 4th, and continue through June 20th. They will be held at 17 sites across the country in a total of 16 states including two sites in California. The USGA received 462 entries from golfers in 39 states to play, with the most entries (73) coming in from Florida.

Susan West of Tuscaloosa Alabama was the first player to apply just minutes after registration opened up on March 7th. Pat Bradley was the first exempt player to apply, and Lynn Thompson from Cincinnati Ohio, was the player to apply only three minutes before the deadline.

For more information see usseniorwomensopen.com.

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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 WNDZ Am 750 Chicago, he writes for both Chicagoland Golf and the Chicago District (CDGA) Magazine. Rory has played over 460 courses in 37 states, and rates golf courses. He does golf course management and communications consulting, in the golf industry.