Senior Women’s Open launched

USGA president Thomas O’Toole Jr confirmed the event will be over 72 holes and open to professional and amateur players aged 50 and over, with the field size, qualifying criteria and venue yet to be decided.

The tournament is the third added to the USGA schedule in the last two years, taking their number of annual events to 14.

???We have studied and discussed the need for this championship for many years and now we can celebrate its introduction,??? said O???Toole in a statement on the USGA website.

???The USGA has been leading and supporting women???s golf since 1895 and it has never been stronger. We hope that current and younger players will be inspired to see national championship competition long into their playing careers.???

USGA executive director Mike Davis added: ???The necessary equation for success and long-term viability of this championship has gradually and finally come together.

???Even though we have not yet decided on a venue or an exact date for the inaugural championship, we wanted to celebrate its coming.

???We feel strongly that factors such as the international strength of the LPGA and the increasing number of age-eligible quality competitors from around the world, as well as the growth of women???s golf, are key to reaching this historic announcement.

“The number of entries in our women???s championships continues to grow. We hope this new championship will inspire both amateurs and professionals.???

The tournament is expected to feature the likes of Dame Laura Davies, the 1987 US Women’s Open champion, seven-time major winner Juli Inkster and former Solheim Cup captain Meg Mallon, who won her two US Women’s Open titles 13 years apart.