USGA sets record for U.S. Women's Open entries


The USGA received a total of 1,702 entries for the 2014 U.S. Women's Open, the highest number of applicants in the history of the event.

Entries were received from 46 states (all but Delaware, Maine, South Dakota and Vermont) as well as Puerto Rico, the District of Columbia and 52 foreign countries.

Eighty players are fully exempt into the event, held June 19-22 at Pinehurst No. 2, including defending champion Inbee Park and nine other past winners of the event. The remaining spots will be filled via 36-hole sectional qualifiers, conducted at 20 different sites from May 5-30. International qualifying will be held for the first time in the history of the event, with sectionals in China, England, Japan and the Republic of Korea. All four international qualifiers will be held Monday, May 19.

The number of entries exceeded the previous record of 1,420 set for last year's event at Sebonack Golf Club. The final entry received was from 17-year-old amateur Mackenzie Peyton, who submitted her form just eight minutes before the 5 p.m. ET deadline on April 30. At just nine years old, Alexa Pano is the youngest entrant in the field after winning her age group last month at the inaugural Drive, Chip and Putt national championship.