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THE USGA  has announced that the volunteer registration is now open for the very first U.S. Sr. Women’s Open, to be held from July 12-15 next year.

The championship will be contested at the historic Chicago Golf Club that will be enjoying it’s 126th year of being a golf facility. The club is located in the west suburban area of Chicago, the town of Wheaton Illinois.

The newly renovated North Course at Innisbrook in Tarpon Springs Florida. Pictured the 5th green.

The championship is in need of near 1,000 volunteers, that will serve on 15 committees.

Those committee include, Marshals, Player Services, Leader Boards, and Merchandise. The assignments are given out on a first-come, first-served basis.

All interested volunteers should contact the United States Golf Association at USGA.org/seniorwomensopen.

Volunteers are required to purchase the Volunteer Package for $85. This does include one championship golf shirt, one championship golf jacket, one championship golf hat and championship pin, one water bottle and volunteer credential valid for all seven days of the championship, as well as complimentary food, snacks and beverages on the days they volunteer. All volunteers are asked to perform four shifts of of 5-6 hours per day, through out championship week.

The U.S. Sr. Women’s Open at Chicago Golf Club.

The inaugural U.S. Sr. Women’s Open is open to professional females, and amateur females with a handicap index of not more than 7.4, who have reached their 50th birthday as of the first day of the championship.

The field will consist of 120 players who have earned entry through an exemption category or through sectional qualifying at a site across the nation in spring of 2018.

The Chicago Golf Club was founded in 1892 by Charles Blair MacDonald, the champion of the first U.S. Amateur in 1895. The club is the oldest golf club in the United States in continuous use at the same location, and is one of the five founding clubs of the USGA.

The historic Chicago Golf Club in Wheaton.

The 2018 U.S. Sr. Women’s Open will be the clubs 12th USGA Championship and it’s first since the 2005 Walker Cup matches, won by the team from the United States.

There have been three U.S. Opens played at the club (1897,1900,1911) and four U.S. Amateurs (1897, 1905, 1909 and 1912). Other USGA Championships do include the 1903 U.S. Women’s Amateur and the 1979 U.S. Senior Amateur. The club served as the host venue for the 1928 Walker Cup matches.

Ticket information will be announced at a later date, along with the unveiling of the new U.S.Sr. Women’s Trophy. For more information on the championship and the USGA  Golf House Museum in Far Hills, New Jersey, and other USGA programs. Please visit USGA.org.

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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.