Over 1000 Enter Womens Open


USGAFor the third consecutive year the number of entries for the U.S Women's Open has surpassed 1,000. This year the USGA accepted 1,097 entries, slightly below last year's record of 1,158 for the Open at Cherry Hills Village, Colo.
The first to file an entry was LPGA player Wendy Ward on March 2nd. The last to file was Dawn Kaneshiro of Lahaina, Hawaii, who did so at 4:27:47 p.m. on May 3, the last day entries were accepted.
The youngest entrant is 10-year-old Julie Yang of Korea. The oldest player who listed her date of birth on her entry form is Anne Carr of Seattle, Wash., at age 62.
Entries were received from 46 states (all except Alaska, Nebraska, North Dakota and Wyoming). In addition to the U.S., entries were received from 37 countries: Australia, Bahamas, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Chinese Taipei, Colombia, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Norway, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Russia, Scotland, South Africa, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Thailand, Venezuela, Vietnam and Wales.
Fifty-nine golfers are currently fully exempt from having to qualify for the upcoming championship. Past champions who are fully exempt are Laura Davies (1987); Juli Inkster (1999, 2002); Birdie Kim (2005); Hilary Lunke (2003); Meg Mallon (1991, 2004); Liselotte Neumann (1988); Se Ri Pak (1998); Annika Sorenstam (1995, 1996); and Karrie Webb (2000, 2001). One other past champion, 1993 winner Jan Stephenson, has entered to go through qualifying.
The number of fully exempt golfers will increase with the inclusion of top 35 money leaders on the official 2006 LPGA Tour money list at the end of May. Spots are also reserved for anyone who wins an official LPGA Tour event through the start of the 2006 Womens Open who is not already fully exempt.
Local qualifying at 16 sites begins May 15 and runs through May 23. Sectional qualifying, which will be conducted at eight sites, begins June 5 and concludes on June 13.
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