Record Number Enter Womens Open


The United States Golf Association has accepted a record 1,097 entries for the 2004 U.S. Womens Open, scheduled for July 1-4 at the Orchards Golf Club in South Hadley, Mass.
Of the 1,097 entries received, 631 were submitted online. This is the first time in the championships history that the number of entries has surpassed 1,000. The previous record of 980 entries received was set in 2001.
The youngest golfer to enter was Indias Tanya Wadhwa, an 11-year-old currently residing in Bradenton, Fla. Five 12-year-olds submitted an entry form, including Isabelle Lendl of Groton, Conn., the daughter of tennis great Ivan Lendl. Amateurs Barbara Israel of New York, N.Y., and Toni Wiesner of Fort Worth, Texas, both 58 years old, were the oldest to submit entries.
Fifty-one golfers, including nine past champions, are currently fully exempt from having to qualify for the upcoming Championship. That number could increase should anyone not already fully exempt win one of the LPGA official events before the Womens Open begins, as well as anyone who moves into the top 35 on the LPGA money list by May 26.
Entry forms were received from players representing 44 states and 39 foreign countries: American Samoa, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Chinese Taipei, Colombia, Czech Republic, England, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Iceland, India, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Scotland, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Venezuela, Wales and Zimbabwe.