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Qualifying is back! USGA announces 22 sites for 76th U.S. Women's Open at Olympic Club


Qualifying is back, at least domestically, for the 2021 U.S. Women’s Open at Olympic Club. As good as the invitation-only field turned out for the 75th edition in Houston, the dreamers and up-and-comers and veterans trying to fight their way back will once again have the chance to play their way in across 22 different sites between April 26 and May 13, the USGA has announced.

The 76th U.S. Women’s Open will be held June 3-6 in San Francisco. Only two players have won the USWO after advancing through qualifying: Hilary Lunke (2003) and Birdie Kim (2005).

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“Last year was a difficult one in many respects and the decision to cancel qualifying did not come easily,” said John Bodenhamer, senior managing director, Championships in a release. “We are thankful to be able to safely bring back qualifying and the openness that embodies all our championships in 2021.”

The USGA introduced international qualifying sites for the Women’s Open in 2014, with contests typically held in England, Japan, China and South Korea. The USGA will make a decision in the coming weeks regarding the feasibility of hosting those qualifiers in the midst of the ongoing pandemic.

The Olympic Club’s Lake Course has previously hosted five U.S. Opens (1955, 1966, 1987, 1998 and 2012) three U.S. Amateurs (1958, 1981,2007), the 2004 U.S. Junior Amateur and the inaugural U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship in 2015.

Women’s Open qualifiers are contested over 36 holes and open to female professionals and amateurs with a handicap index not exceeding 2.4 Online entry applications open on Feb. 17 and continue through April 14.

2021 U.S. Women’s Open Qualifying Sites

Monday, April 26 (4)

Morongo Golf Club at Tukwet Canyon (Champions Course), Beaumont, California

Half Moon Bay (California) Golf Links (Old Course)

Oceanside Country Club, Ormond Beach, Florida

OGA Golf Course, Woodburn, Oregon

Tuesday, April 27 (1)

Belle Haven Country Club, Alexandria, Virginia

Wednesday, April 28 (1)

Old Hickory Golf Club, St. Louis

Thursday, April 29 (1)

Kishwaukee Country Club, Dekalb, Illinois

 Monday, May 3 (5)

Brentwood Country Club, Los Angeles

Marin Country Club, Novato, California

Bradenton (Florida) Country Club

Druid Hills Golf Club, Atlanta

Somerset Country Club, Mendota Heights, Minnesota

 Tuesday, May 4 (3)

Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club, Southern Pines, North Carolina

Shannopin Country Club, Pittsburgh

The Clubs at Houston Oaks, Hockley, Texas

 Wednesday, May 5 (1)

Dedham (Massachusetts) Country & Polo Club

 Monday, May 10 (4)

The Ranch Country Club, Westminster, Colorado

Oahu Country Club, Honolulu

Spring Lake Golf Club, Spring Lake, New Jersey

Oakmont Country Club, Corinth, Texas

 Tuesday, May 11 (1)

Banyan Cay Resort & Golf Club, West Palm Beach, Florida

 Thursday, May 13 (1)

Superstition Mountain Golf Club, Gold Canyon, Arizona

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