The U.S. Women’s Open, the oldest women’s championship open to both professionals and amateurs, takes place this week at classic Lancaster Country Club. The USGA received a record 1,873 entries for this year’s championship, and the ladies will play for a $4 Million purse, with $720,000 going to the winner.
This is the first major championship ever hosted in central Pennsylvania, so there’s little doubt the community will be out in full force to support the event!
To me, this has always been the most prestigious championship in women’s golf. Every sport in every state or country has his or her “open championship” or “national championship.” I was fortunate to win ours three times (1995, 1996, 2006) and I cherish those memories.
Designed by “Golden Age” golf course architect William Flynn, 14 of Lancaster’s 18 holes call for tee shots to severely sloped landing areas. As such, this will be a stern test from tee to green, as players will be required to work their ball both ways to find the fairways and greens. On top of that, they will have to master their nerves and tremendous crowds that go hand in hand with such a prestigious tournament.
Did you know there’s more than the U.S. Women’s Open on the line this week in Pennsylvania? I’m honored to be associated with the Rolex ANNIKA Major Award. It recognizes the player who, during a current LPGA Tour season, compiles the most outstanding record in all five major championships. Points are awarded for top-10 finishes, but to take home the trophy, a player must win at least one of the events. ANA Inspiration winner Brittany Lincicome leads the 2015 standings after finishing fourth at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. Inbee Park, winner of the 2015 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, sits in second after her victory. I can’t wait to watch the action unfold and see where things stand on Sunday evening.
Finally, here’s a tip to help your game. We all know how important putting is, especially on the speedy greens associated with major championships. There will be a lot of testy four footers coming down the stretch and the eventual champion will most likely be the one who handles those best. Learn my three techniques to help you make every four footer in your next tournament here!