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USGA restores qualifying for U.S. Women’s Open

After COVID-19 reshaped '20 Open, USGA sets 22 qualifying sites for June 3-6 event at The Olympic Club in San Francisco

Announced: By the USGA, that qualifying will be restored for the U.S. Women’s Open, which is scheduled for June 3-6 at The Olympic Club in San Francisco. According to a USGA news release issued Tuesday, qualifying will be held at 22 sites in 16 states from April 26 to May 13. The tournament is open to female professionals and amateurs with a Handicap Index not exceeding 2.4. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, qualifying was not held for the 2020 U.S. Women’s Open, which was delayed by six months and eventually played in December. According to the USGA, since qualifying began in 1976, two champions have come from golfers seeking to play their way into the national championship. American Hilary Lunke won her only LPGA title with a playoff victory in 2003 at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club in Oregon. Two years later, qualifier Birdie Kim of South Korea also won her lone LPGA title, at Cherry Hills near Denver. In last year's Open, South Korea's A Lim Kim, making her first start in the U.S., won with birdies on the last three holes at Champions Golf Club in Houston.

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