Wie Gets US Womens Open Invitation

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2004 U.S. WomenMichelle Wie has accepted a special exemption from qualifying for the 2004 U.S. Womens Open Championship.
 
It will be the second consecutive U.S. Womens Open appearance for the 14-year-old from Honolulu. Wie finished tied for 39th at the 2003 championship.
 
Her USGA career began when she qualified for the 2000 U.S. Womens Amateur Public Links Championship at age 10, making her the youngest to ever qualify for a USGA event. She became the youngest to ever win an adult USGA championship when she won the 2003 Womens Amateur Public Links in Palm Coast, Fla.
 
Wie will also represent the USA at the Curtis Cup Match, to be held June 12-13 at Formby Golf Club in Merseyside, England. She will be the youngest to ever play in the Match.
 
We are pleased to extend this exemption to Michelle into the Womens Open, said Jeanne Myers, chairman of the USGA Womens Committee. She is an exceptional talent and has proven herself against the best players in the world. The USGA has always been proud of its association with amateur golf, and we are happy to acknowledge the outstanding play of one of our countrys best young amateurs.
 
It is the first time an amateur has been given a special exemption into the Womens Open. Jay Sigel received a special exemption into the 1980 U.S. Open and Aaron Baddeley received one into the 2000 U.S. Open. In 2003, Vinny Giles received a special exemption into the 2003 U.S. Senior Open.
 
The Women's Open will be played from July 1-4 at the Orchards Golf Club, located on the campus of Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Mass.