USGA to launch Senior Women's Open in 2018

Sat Feb 7, 2015 1:25pm EST
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By Larry Fine

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The United States Golf Association will be balancing its championships lineup by launching a U.S. Senior Women's Open in 2018, USGA president Thomas O'Toole Jr announced on Saturday.

"We have studied and discussed the need for this championship for many years and now we can celebrate its introduction," O'Toole said at the annual USGA meeting.

Every championship conducted by the U.S. ruling body for golf has a female counterpart with the exception of the U.S. Senior Open, which has been contested since 1980.

"The opportunity to extend the inspiration of championships to this important part of golf’s family is something we approach with great humility and a sense of duty," O'Toole said.

"Support of the women’s game is at an all-time high. (This) serves a population of our golf community that is hungry to compete for a national title and frankly a sector of golfers we have not serviced before."

Professional and amateur players aged 50 and older will be eligible for the championship, which will be contested over 72 holes of stroke play in four days with a cut after 36 holes.

The venue, field size and details of the qualifying process

have yet to be announced.   Continued...