Betsy King Given US Womens Open Spot


FAR HILLS, N.J. -- Two-time U.S. Women's Open champion and LPGA Hall of Fame member Betsy King has accepted a special exemption from qualifying for the 2003 Championship, to be played July 3-6 at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club in North Plains, Ore.
King, who won the Women's Open in 1989 and 1990, has 34 professional tournament victories, including seven majors. Counting 2002, she has played in 27 consecutive Women's Opens, with six top-5 finishes. She finished third in 1995 and was second after two rounds of the 2000 Women's Open before faltering. She was the low amateur at her first Women's Open in 1976.
She became the first LPGA player ever to record four rounds in the 60s in a major championship when she shot 68-66-67-66 in winning the 1992 Mazda LPGA Championship. Her other major victories were the 2000 LPGA Corning Classic and the 1987, 1990 and 1997 Nabisco Championship.
A three-time Rolex Player of the Year Award winner (1984, '89 and '93), King also won the Vare Trophy for lowest scoring average in 1987 and 1993. She also received the 1996 William and Mousie Powell Award, given annually for exemplifying the spirit of the LPGA.
King was named the Golf Writers Association of America Female Player of the Year in 1989. She has played on five U.S. Solheim Cup teams (1990, '92, '94, '96, and '98).