Juli Inkster during a practice round ahead of the U.S. Senior Women's Open.

Juli Inkster during a practice round ahead of the U.S. Senior Women's Open.

Chris Keane

The first ever U.S. Senior Women’s Open kicked off today at Chicago Golf Club with a stacked roster of champions and active LPGA pros. Elaine Crosby currently holds the lead with three below par through 17th. With a three-way tie for the second position, Trish Johnson, Liselotte Neumann, and Laura Davies all finished with two below par. 

Creating an opportunity for women over 50 to win another USGA Championship, a few returning champs include Amy Alcott, Pat Bradley, JoAnne Carner, Betsy King, and many others. The field includes 120 players ranging from amateur to seasoned pro's - all who are at least 50 years old and earned their entry through sectional qualifiers in the spring. 

Returning champion Carner, 79, played the final nine holes under par and scored a 6-over-par 79 to tie with her age. 

The historic event takes place throughout the weekend with the next game set for Friday, July 14 at 1pm PDT.