PAR AND YARDAGE: The Broadmoor East Course will be set up at 7,047 yards and will play to a par of 36-35-71. It is the longest course in U.S. Women’s Open history, surpassing Interlachen Country Club (6,789 yards) in 2008.
HOLE BY HOLE: Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Total
Par 4 4 5 3 4 4 4 3 5 36
Yards 420 339 560 142 426 402 426 166 535 3,416
Hole 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
Par 4 4 3 4 4 4 3 5 4 35
Yards 460 440 223 450 413 432 180 600 443 3,631
WHO CAN ENTER: The championship is open to any professional and amateur golfer with a USGA Handicap Index not exceeding 4.4.
ENTRIES: Entries for the 2011 U.S. Women’s Open close on May 4. A record 1,296 entries were accepted for the 2010 U.S. Women’s Open, the seventh consecutive year the number of entries surpassed 1,000.
CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE: Practice rounds will be played Monday, July 4, through Wednesday, July 6. Championship play will be conducted Thursday, July 7, through Sunday, July 10, with 18 holes of stroke play each day for the starting field of 156 golfers. After 36 holes, the field will be cut to the low 60 scorers (and ties) and any player within 10 strokes of the leader.
If the championship is tied after four rounds, a three-hole playoff will take place immediately following the conclusion of the fourth round. If the playoff results in a tie, play will immediately continue hole-by-hole until a champion is determined.
PURSE: The total purse for the 2010 championship was $3.25 million and the champion received $585,000. It is the largest total purse in women’s golf.
WHAT THE WINNER RECEIVES: In addition to prize money, the champion will receive a gold medal, custody of the Harton S. Semple Trophy for the ensuing year, and an exemption from qualifying for the next 10 U.S. Women’s Open Championships.
COLORADO AND THE USGA: The 2011 U.S. Women’s Open will be the 30th USGA championship conducted in Colorado.
COLORADO AND THE WOMEN'S OPEN: The 2011 U.S. Women’s Open will be the third Women’s Open conducted in Colorado.
HISTORY: First played in 1946, this is the 66th U.S. Women’s Open Championship. The first U.S. Women’s Open, played at Spokane (Wash.) Country Club in 1946, was the only one conducted at match play. The short-lived Women’s Professional Golfers Association (WPGA) conducted the championship, which was won by Patty Berg. The WPGA conducted the Women’s Open until 1949, when the newly formed Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) took over the operation of the championship. The LPGA ran the Women’s Open for four years but in 1953 asked the United States Golf Association to conduct the championship, which it has done ever since.
The youngest winner of the U.S. Women’s Open was Inbee Park, who won the 2008 championship at the age of 19 years, 11 months and 18 days. Babe Zaharias, who won the 1954 Women’s Open at age 43 years and six months, is the championship’s oldest winner.
In 1967, Catherine Lacoste, daughter of French tennis player Rene Lacoste and 1927 British Ladies Amateur champion Simone Thion de la Chaume, became the only amateur to win the Women’s Open. Six other amateurs have come close – with runner-up or co-runner-up finishes, most recently Brittany Lang and Morgan Pressel in 2005, but none have matched Lacoste’s feat.
FUTURE U.S. WOMEN'S OPENS:
July 5-8, 2012 – Blackwolf Run Golf Club, Kohler, Wis.
June 27-30, 2013 – Sebonack Golf Club, Southampton, N.Y.
June 19-22, 2014 – Pinehurst (No. 2) Resort & Country Club, Village of Pinehurst, N.C.
July 9-12, 2015 – Lancaster (Pa.) Country Club
PHOTO MEDIA SERVICE: The USGA will offer daily complimentary high-resolution photographs during the U.S. Women’s Open (Monday-Sunday) for news use only. For more information and to register, contact the USGA Photo Archives at email@example.com.
IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS: USGA Communications Department – (908) 234-2300
MORE INFORMATION: Please contact Beth Murrison of USGA Championship Communications by cell phone at (908) 310-5259 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.