Sunday, December 2, 2018

Lancaster Country Club to Host 2024 U.S. Women’s Open Championship

The Pennsylvania facility hosted the championship in 2015, when In Gee Chun of Korea captured her first major championship

(LIBERTY CORNER, N.J.) – Lancaster (Pa.) Country Club has been selected by the USGA as the host site for the 79th U.S. Women’s Open in 2024. The championship, considered the ultimate test in women’s golf, will be held May 27-June 2.

The 2024 U.S. Women’s Open will be the second USGA championship contested at Lancaster Country Club. In Gee Chun of the Republic of Korea edged fellow Korean Amy Yang by one stroke to win the 2015 U.S. Women’s Open, her first of two career major championships. The championship set records for U.S. Women’s Open entries and attendance.

“The 2015 U.S. Women’s Open was one of the most successful in the championship’s history,” said Mike Davis, CEO of the USGA. “The golf course is one of the best in the United States, and the community’s support for golf is record-setting. We can’t wait to return to crown the 79th U.S. Women’s Open champion.”

Designed by William Flynn and opened in 1920, Lancaster was renovated in 2007 under the guidance of Ron Forse, who restored many of the original design features. Along with hosting the U.S. Women’s Open in 2015, the course was a local qualifying site for the 2008 U.S. Women’s Open, and it also hosted the 2002, 2007 and 2018 Pennsylvania Opens, the 1990 and 2005 Pennsylvania Women’s Amateurs, the 2014 Women’s Western Amateur and eight Pennsylvania State Amateur Championships.

“To host the most prestigious event in women’s golf for the second time is something our club and membership is especially proud of, and we’re honored the USGA accepted our invitation to host the U.S. Women’s Open in 2024,” said Ted Bloom, president of Lancaster Country Club. “We have incredibly special memories from 2015, when we crowned a worthy champion in In Gee Chun, someone who has become an important member of our community. We look forward to working with the USGA and the entire Lancaster community to host another memorable championship in just a few short years.”

Since her win at Lancaster, Chun has remained connected to the club and its community. Struck by the support she felt from the members, volunteers and fans attending the 2015 event, earlier this year Chun and the club partnered to found the In Gee Chun Lancaster Country Club Educational Foundation, which provides scholarships for local students seeking to achieve their educational and vocational goals.

“I am very excited for Lancaster Country Club to host the 2024 USWO, the site of my first win in the U.S., which gave me the opportunity to play on the LPGA Tour,” said Chun. “The golf course is a great challenge, and the 2015 event had amazing crowds. I have no doubt the community will again embrace this great championship.”

This will be the 91st USGA championship contested in Pennsylvania, which most recently hosted the 2016 U.S. Mid-Amateur and U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Championships. Upcoming USGA championships in the state include the 2020 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball at Philadelphia Cricket Club, the 2022 Curtis Cup at Merion Golf Club, and the 2022 U.S. Senior Open at Saucon Valley Country Club. It will also be the ninth U.S. Women’s Open played in Pennsylvania.

Upcoming U.S. Women’s Open Championships will be contested May 30-June 2, 2019, at the Country Club of Charleston (S.C.); June 4-7, 2020, at Champions Golf Club in Houston, Texas; June 3-6, 2021, at The Olympic Club in San Francisco, Calif.; June 2-5, 2022, at Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club; and June 1-4, 2023, at Pebble Beach (Calif.) Golf Links.

The U.S. Women’s Open is one of 14 national championships conducted annually by the USGA. It is open to professional female golfers and amateur females with a Handicap Index® not exceeding 2.4. The championship was first conducted in 1946 and its winners include Babe Didrikson Zaharias, Betsy Rawls, Mickey Wright, Hollis Stacy, Annika Sorenstam, Se Ri Pak, Juli Inkster, Cristie Kerr and Inbee Park.

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