Pumpkin Ridge, originally scheduled to host the Championship in 2004, agreed to move its commitment up a year because the USGA decided to change the 2003 championship from its previously announced site of Lake Merced Golf Club in Daly City, Calif.
'As early planning discussions progressed between Lake Merced officials and the USGA, it became apparent that logistics associated with construction of the club's infrastructure posed a conflict with the 2003 Women's Open. Both the club and the USGA are disappointed that we will not be able to bring the Women's Open to Lake Merced at this time,' said Trey Holland, president of the USGA. 'But we believe that Pumpkin Ridge's successful track record with the USGA championships, including the Women's Open, will benefit the championship greatly.'
Pumpkin Ridge, a Bob Cupp design that opened in 1992, was the site of the 1997 U.S. Women's Open, where record crowds of nearly 110,000 watched Alison Nicholas win the championship by one stroke over Nancy Lopez. The club also hosted the 2000 U.S. Junior Amateur and U.S. Girls' Junior Championships simultaneously, and was the site of the record-setting third straight U.S. Amateur championship for Tiger Woods in 1996.
The U.S. Women's Open is one of 13 national championships conducted by the USGA, 10 of which are strictly for amateurs.
Prior to returning to Pumpkin Ridge, the 2002 U.S. Women's Open will be conducted at Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson, Kan., July 4-7.