New Major Dubbed a Success


Devoid of patrons, majestic grandstands hover without purpose on the once crowded grounds of Sunningdale Golf Club. They, along with the occasional scrap of rogue brown paper - once wrapped around ambrosial treats - are all that remain of the 2001 Weetabix Womens British Open and the 60,000 golf enthusiasts who came to see the world's best golfers compete for the newest major title.
I think it was a very good week, LPGA Tour Commissioner Ty Votaw said upon his return to the states. There were large and enthusiastic crowds as well as great press coverage in the U.K.
'Sunningdale was a great location for this year's event.
Votaw is also please with the quality of courses that will host the event in future years. Turnbury then Royal Lytham host the next two Womens British Opens
The golf savvy gallery, camouflaged much like their surroundings in a myriad of gray and brown hues, withstood four days of dodgy weather - their hopes pinned on a fellow countrywoman taking home the spoils.

Since inception an Australian, two Americans and two Swedes have won the Womens British Open.
Neither Englishwoman nor Scot has captured the British Open title. And now that it is officially what many had considered it for years ' a major ' a win by one of their own would be all the more poignant.
English and Scottish players flirted with the lead throughout the weekend to no avail.
In the end the Womens British Open found a new champion in Koreas Se Ri Pak.
Englands Laura Davies, a mere two points shy of entrance into the Hall of Fame, made a valiant effort early on only to fall short of her goal after a calamitous final round of 4-over-par 76. Scotlands Janice Moodie and Catriona Matthew each shot their highest scores of the tournament on Sunday to finish tied for third place.
It was Pak who found magic in her bag. Never too far off the lead, Se Ri shot a blazing final round of 6-under-par 66 to become the first Korean woman to win this event.
This is huge for me, Pak said. In 1998, that was my first time in England, and I played so bad, so I didnt want to come back. But now this tournament is a major, so I was thinking, 'this is going to be one for my collection.'
Se Ri Pak is now just one win away from a career grand slam and shes young 'just 23-years-old, Votaw said of Pak who needs to win the Nabisco Championship to complete her goal. Thats pretty remarkable.
Pak is just one of many young golfers to join the more lucrative LPGA Tour in recent years.
The transmigration of top world players to America has become a disturbing trend, which in more recent years has left many to wonder if there would or could be any respectable competition held outside of the U.S.
This week showcased up-and-coming talent the likes of Spains Marina Arruti and Scotlands Kathryn Marshall - who both finished in the top-10 - as well as Englands Johanna Head - who finished in the top-25 - proving that ample competition exists in foreign players.
With tough competition, a talented winner who could quite possibly give Karrie Webb and Annika Sorenstam a run for Player of the Year and great venues to boot - the Women's British Open, now a full fledged major, can be dubbed nothing short of a smashing success.