LANCASTER, Pa. – The U.S. Women’s Open will be played with possible record crowds this weekend.
The USGA expects as many as 25,000 could be on the grounds at Lancaster Country Club on Saturday and again on Sunday.
USGA executive director Mike Davis said his organization briefly considered declaring this week’s championship a sellout. No U.S. Women’s Open has ever been played as a sellout.
“When we sell out of something, it’s because we say if we get more people it’s going to be a bad experience,” Davis said. “Admittedly, we’ve done some U.S. Opens before – those sell out, way in advance – and we’ve said if we had to do it over again, we wouldn’t put as many people on the course. It ended up being not a good experience for those that came.”
The U.S. Women’s Open attendance record was set in 2005 at Cherry Hills outside Denver. The championship attracted 131,298 that week.
Davis said ticket sales for this U.S. Women’s Open were not capped, but advance sales were so good the organization considered doing so.
“A month ago, we were asking, should we sell out?” Davis said. “I talked to LPGA officials and they said that would be a great problem. I talked to [LPGA commissioner] Mike Whan and he said `We’ve never had that issue.’”
Players love playing in front of so many spectators.
“I knew early on this week that we'd have a great atmosphere here this year,” Karrie Webb said. “People were excited to have us here.”