Whaley to Play Greater Hartford Open


HARTFORD, Conn. -- Suzy Whaley, who became the first woman to ever qualify for a PGA Tour event, has accepted an invitation to play in the Canon Greater Hartford Open.
Whaley qualified for the GHO in September when she carded a 1-under-par to win the Connecticut sectional title. She is currently a head golf pro in Connecticut and played in college at North Carolina. Whaley has previously competed twice on the LPGA Tour.
Whaley won the sectional by playing on a a course that measured 6,239 yards, about 10 percent shorter than the rest of the field. When the GHO tees it up, the course will measure 6,820 yards.
The GHO will be held from July 21-27 at the TPC at River Highlands. Whaley's husband is the general manager at River Highlands.
The future of the tournament had been doubt for much of the fall, but organizers received enough support from corporate sponsors and the state to acquire the $4 million needed to stage the event.
Phil Mickelson, the No. 2 ranked golfer in the world, is the two-time defending champion at the Greater Hartford Open.
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