New dates set for U.S. Senior Women’s Open Championship

LIBERTY CORNER, N.J. – The United States Golf Association (USGA)  announced today that the 3rd U.S. Senior Women’s Open will be played July 29-Aug. 1, 2021, at Brooklawn Country Club in Fairfield, Conn. The championship was previously scheduled to take place Aug. 19-22.
“In an effort to both ensure a strong field and prioritize our broadcast opportunities, we have made the decision to adjust the dates of the 3rd U.S. Senior Women’s Open,” said John Bodenhamer, the USGA’s senior managing director, Championships. “After listening to player feedback and consulting with our new broadcast partner, NBCUniversal, it was clear that separating the dates from the week of the AIG Women’s Open was important to the overall success of the championship.”
The U.S. Senior Women’s Open was one of 10 USGA championships canceled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Last June, NBCUniversal took over the United States media rights for USGA championships through 2026.
The 2021 U.S. Senior Women’s Open will be the third USGA Open championship and fifth overall USGA championship hosted by Brooklawn Country Club. The club, founded in 1895, hosted the 1974 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship, won by David Nevatt; the 1979 U.S. Women’s Open, won by Jerilyn Britz; the 1987 U.S. Senior Open, won by Gary Player; and the 2003 U.S. Girls’ Junior, won by Sukjin-Lee Wuesthoff.
The format for the USGA’s newest championship will continue to be a walking-only, 72-hole stroke play competition over four consecutive days with a 36-hole cut to the top 50 players, including ties. World Golf Hall of Famer Laura Davies won the inaugural U.S. Senior Women’s Open at Chicago Golf Club in Wheaton, Ill., in 2018. Helen Alfredsson captured the 2019 championship at Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club in Southern Pines, N.C.
The U.S. Senior Women’s Open is open to female professionals and female amateurs with a Handicap Index® not exceeding 7.4 who have reached 50 years of age by the start of the championship.

SOURCE: USGA


Forest Hills sets pro shop holiday hours

Forest Hills Golf Course in La Crosse is getting into the holiday spirit with its annual pro shop holiday hours.
The pro shop will be open from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Dec. 8 through 10, and Dec. 15 through 17.
Gift cards always make a perfect stocking stuffer for that special golfer on your Christmas list. From now through Dec. 17, receive a free $5 gift card for every $50 gift card purchased. Gift cards can be purchased for any denomination and are valid for golf, cart rental, merchandise, food and beverage.
Forest Hills also features a special holiday golf package. Receive a gift certificate, golf for 2 including cart valid for any day in 2021, and 1 dozen premium Titleist or Bridgestone golf balls for only $109.95.
For more information, call 608-779-4653.

Field set for final 2020 major women’s championship

LIBERTY CORNER, N.J. – The United States Golf Association announced the field for the 75th U.S. Women’s Open Championship is complete with the addition of 28 players who earned their way into the championship through the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings.
The final major championship of the 2020 golf season will be contested Dec. 10-13 at Champions Golf Club in Houston, Texas. The 156-player field for the championship is composed entirely of exempt players due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The historic 75th anniversary field boasts nine U.S. Women’s Open champions, while 42 players will be making their championship debuts in Houston. The field will also have seven Texas residents, including 2016 champion Brittany Lang, who grew up in McKinney.
The 28 players who gained entry via the Rolex Rankings are: Hae Ran Ryu, Sophia Popov, Ayaka Furue, Yuka Saso, Sakura Koiwai, Na Rin An, Song Yi Ahn, Erika Hara, Yuna Nishimura, Ji Hyun Kim, Anne van Dam, Alena Sharp, Lala Anai, Eri Okayama, Cristie Kerr, Pornanong Phatlum, Jun Min Lee, Ji Hun Oh, Emily Kirstine Pedersen, Mi Jeong Jeon, Maria Fernanda Torres, Bo Ah Kim, Teresa Lu, Wei-Ling Hsu, Ye Rim Choi, Asuka Kashiwabara, Sarah Schmelzel, and So Yi Kim.
Hae Ran Ryu won the Jeju Samdasoo Masters in 2019 to earn her LPGA of Korea Tour card and successfully defended her title in August. The 19-year-old also has two runner-up finishes among her six top-10s this year. She will be making her U.S. Women’s Open debut.
Popov will be making her second U.S. Women’s Open start. Since turning professional in 2014, Popov has mainly played on the Symetra Tour, but she earned three tournament wins on the Cactus Tour during the COVID-19 break before earning her first major victory at the AIG Women’s Open at Royal Troon in August.
Kerr is one of the nine U.S. Women’s Open champions set to compete in Houston. The seasoned veteran earned her first major title in the 2007 U.S. Women’s Open at Pine Needles, finishing two strokes ahead of the runners-up. Kerr has 20 LPGA Tour wins, including a second major championship title at the Women’s PGA Championship in 2010. This is Kerr’s 22nd straight Women’s Open appearance, with seven top-10 finishes in addition to her victory.
The USGA announced on April 3 that the 75th U.S. Women’s Open, initially scheduled for June 4-7, would be moved to Dec. 10-13. To account for reduced daylight, the Jackrabbit Course at Champions Golf Club will be used in Rounds 1 and 2 along with the Cypress Creek Course, which was originally slated to host all four rounds of championship play. In June, the USGA announced that the championship would be conducted without traditional qualifying and on Oct. 21, the USGA announced that the championship would not have fans on-site due to health and safety concerns resulting from the ongoing pandemic.
Considered the world’s premier women’s golf championship, the U.S. Women’s Open is one of 14 national championships conducted annually by the USGA. The championship began in 1946 and its winners include Babe Didrikson Zaharias, Betsy Rawls, Mickey Wright, Hollis Stacy, Amy Alcott, Meg Mallon, Annika Sorenstam, Se Ri Pak, Juli Inkster, Cristie Kerr, Paula Creamer, Inbee Park and Michelle Wie.

SOURCE: USGA


Trempealeau Mountain offering holiday specials, winter hours

La Crosse area golf courses continue to find ways to keep their cash registers ringing... even in the offseason.
Chad and Amy Landis, at Trempealeau Mountain Golf Club in Trempealeau, WI, are offering limited bar and grill service throughout the winter, including a unique holiday idea this month.
The bar and grill is open from 3 p.m.-8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday throughout the winter, with a two-week closing from Dec. 24-Jan. 5, for the Christmas holidays.
Trempealeau Mountain also has gift cards valid towards golf next year or for use in the bar and grill. Buy a $50 gift card and get a $10 bonus, or buy a $100 gift card and get $25 bonus dollars.
The Landis couple is also offering a new “No Peeking” holiday special. Dine at Trempealeau Mountain in December for great perks in January.
“Come join us in December to receive a Red Envelope with the purchase of each entrée for your opportunity to win prizes,” said Chad Landis. “No peeking! Bring the UNOPENED envelope back in January to have staff open for discounts and give-a-ways!”
Early bird memberships for the 2021 season are also available, but only until Dec. 31. These memberships include a 2021 WSGA handicap, reciprocal play (to be determined), a 10% member discount on merchandise and entry into the 2021 club championship.
All memberships are available on the club’s website, or in the clubhouse. However, there is a limited number of early bird memberships available.
For more information, go to www.GolfTheMountain.com, or call 608-534-7417.

Forest Hills Golf Course closing for 2020 season

Forest Hills Golf Course in La Crosse is closing for the season on Thursday.
In a statement issued from the course today, Veterans Day, course officials said, “First and foremost, we would like to thank our veterans for their service and making America the greatest place on earth to live.”
Forest Hills will be walking only today. Thursday will be the final day of play for the 2020 golf season and carts will be available for use on the front 9 only.   
“Thank you for making the best of a crazy year,” the statement said. “We look forward to seeing everyone in the spring. Please be safe!”