May 5, 2016
The USGA announced Thursday that it has accepted 1,855 entries for the upcoming U.S. Women’s Open, just shy of the record 1,873 entries received for last year’s event.
Entries came from 48 different states – all but Alaska and Wyoming – along with 52 different countries. The most domestic entries came from California (290) followed by Florida (270), while the most international entries came from Japan (184) and South Korea (136).
The entrants included 93 players who are already exempt to the field at CordeValle in San Martin, Calif., including 10 former champions. The oldest entrant came from 73-year-old Jerilyn Blitz, who won the U.S. Women’s Open in 1979, while the final entry came from Canadian professional Maude-Aimee LeBlanc, who beat the deadline by only 19 minutes.
Players still have three ways to earn spots into the final field: win any of the remaining LPGA events before the U.S. Women’s Open, crack the top 50 in the Rolex Rankings on July 4, or earn one of the spots available via sectional qualifying.
The U.S. Women’s Open will be played July 7-10.