US Women's Open Preview
This week is the 74th US Women’s Open being played at The Country Club of Charleston. This is one of my favorite women’s events of the year because it has sectional qualifying that is played over 36 holes. You will often find many amateur players qualifying for the event. This year a local player qualified. Megan Furtney just graduated for St. Charles North High School and will be attending Duke University this fall. She finished in second place at the Elgin Country Club sectional site. I have spent a lot of time with Megan over the years watching her play and helping her out as needed when she was in middle school. It will be exciting to see her compete on the USGA’s biggest stage in women’s golf. The field consists of 156 players with a cut after 36 holes to the low 60 scorers and ties.
About the Course - The Country Club of Charleston was designed by Seth Raynor and opened for play in 1925. Known for its challenging green complexes and sweeping Lowcountry vistas, the course features well-known template holes, including the signature “Redan” par-3 No. 11, where Sam Snead once famously carded a 13. The 2019 U.S. Women’s Open will be the second USGA championship conducted at the club, with Emma Talley winning the 2013 U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship, defeating Cindy Feng, 2 and 1, in the final. Beyond its USGA history, the Country Club of Charleston boasts a long legacy of championship play. The Azalea Invitational, one of the nation’s premier amateur events, as well as the Beth Daniel Junior invitational and the Azalea Senior are hosted annually at the Club. The Club has also hosted 27 state championships.
Defending Champion - Ariya Jutanugarn
Players To Watch - Jin-Young Ko, Sung Hyun Park, Brooke Henderson, Inbee Park, Lexi Thompson
My Pick - Brooke Henderson
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