Jane Blalock and Mary Jane Hiestand to compete at Chicago Golf Club July 12-15
(LIBERTY CORNER, N.J.) - Jane Blalock, a 27-time winner on the LPGA Tour, and Mary Jane Hiestand, the runner-up in the 2017 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship, have received special exemptions into the inaugural U.S. Senior Women’s Open Championship, which will be conducted July 12-15, 2018, at Chicago Golf Club in Wheaton, Ill.
“I had major goosebumps when I received the call,” said Blalock, a native of Portsmouth, N.H. “This is a historic event of mammoth proportions, so to have the chance to participate in this championship is so significant on many fronts. [Senior women] now have the chance to compete on golf’s most prominent stage. And those of us who did not win a U.S. Open will now have another chance.”
Hiestand, 58, an amateur golfer from Naples, Fla., finished second to Kelsey Chugg in the 31st U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur last November at Champions Golf Club in Houston, Texas. She has competed in 43 USGA championships, including a semifinal finish in the 2013 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur Championship at CordeValle in San Martin, Calif.
“I’m just so excited,” said Hiestand, a Michigan native and a member of that state’s Golf Hall of Fame. “As soon as I heard four years ago that this championship was happening, I’ve been looking forward to it. And to not have to go through qualifying, it takes one variable out. It’s really the icing on the cake. I think this will be another huge stride for senior women’s golf.”
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