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USGA names 2019 US Women’s Open host, decides venues for new senior event

The host sites for the 2021 US Women’s Open and the first two editions of the new US Senior Women’s Open events have been announced by the United States Golf Association (USGA).

The Olympic Club’s Lake Course in San Francisco, California will stage the 76th US Women’s Open from June 3-6. The course has staged the men’s equivalent five times before but has never hosted the women’s major.

“Hosting the 2021 US Women’s Open will be a magnificent moment for the membership and staff of the Olympic Club,” John Espiritu, club president, said. “San Francisco and the Olympic Club share a rich history of hosting USGA national championships, and we are honoured to add the US Women’s Open to our championship record. We look forward to 2021 and hosting the world’s best players on our world-class course.”

The 2021 U.S. Women’s Open will mark the fourth time the championship will be held in California, and the second time in a five-year span that it will be held in Northern California. On July 7-10, the 71st US Women’s Open will be conducted at CordeValle, located in San Martin. Chun In-gee (pictured) of South Korea is the reigning US Women’s Open champion after claiming victory in Lancaster, Pennsylvania last year.

Meanwhile, details of the inaugural US Senior Women’s Open have been released. The Chicago Golf Club in Wheaton, Illinois will stage the first-ever edition of the event in 2018 from July 12-15, while Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club in North Carolina will play host in the following year from May 16-19.

Only women aged 50 or over on the opening day of the championship will be eligible to compete at the event, which will be open to professional and amateur golfers. The championship will take place over the course of four days and will take on a similar format to the US Women’s Open.

In other news, Diana Murphy has been elected as the 64th president of the USGA, which governs golf worldwide alongside The R&A.

Murphy has been associated with the USGA since 1996 and will serve as president for a year. She is the second woman in the association’s 121-year history to serve as president, following Judy Bell, who was president in 1996 and 1997.