The historic Chicago Golf Club is the site for the inaugural US Women’s Senior Open in Wheaton, IL.
During the event, 120 women golfers over the age of 50 are competing for a $1 million purse, making this the richest event in women’s senior golf.
USGA executive director and chief operating officer Mike Davis announced the event during the organization’s annual meeting at the Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami Beach. In 2017, the first Senior LPGA Championship was held, featuring 81 golfers competing over 54 holes.
The US Women’s Senior Open emphasizes the quality of women’s golf, as well as the popularity. As golf has become more and more popular, the game has increasingly grown as a spectator sport.
“It’s a classy decision,” Amy Alcott said, regarding the event and purse. “One that indicates how much things have changed in women’s sports. Golf doesn’t stop at 50. We want an arena to showcase our talent and now we really have one.”
The Chicago Golf Club is one of five founding members of the USGA. In the first round of the event, there were theatrics. Hall of Fame golfer JoAnne Carner, who won 43 times on the LPGA Tour, shot her age with a 79.
The event also features legendary golfers like Helen Alfredsson, Juli Inkster, Jean Bartholomew, Marilyn Lovander and Alicia Dibos.