U.S. Women's Open receives record number of entrants


The U.S. Golf Association announced Friday it has accepted a record 1,364 entries for the 2012 U.S. Women’s Open, to be played July 5-8 at Blackwolf Run in Kohler, Wis.

The number of entries surpassed the previous record of 1,296, set at Oakmont Country Club in 2010, when Paula Creamer won her first major title.

It is the ninth consecutive year the number of entries for the championship has exceeded 1,000.

The youngest entrant is 11-year-old Elizabeth Wang, who will turn 12 on May 22, while 61-year-old Bobbi Lancaster is the oldest.

Defending champion So Yeon Ryu prevailed in a playoff last year at The Broadmoor in Colorado. She is one of 85 players already exempt into the tournament.

The men’s U.S. Open had 9,006 entrants, the fourth-highest total in tournament history.