Before the U.S. Golf Association awarded Lancaster Country Club this week’s 70th U.S. Women’s Open back in 2008, you’d have to go back some 75 years since the last major golf tournament was contested in south-central Pennsylvania. And even then, when Hershey Country Club played host to the 1940 PGA Championship, that event was the better part of an hour north of York.
This year marks the first time LCC will host a major championship, and it set a record for the number of entrants who tried to qualify for the 156-player field. Just over the past 20 years, the U.S. Women’s Open has grown from 826 qualifying hopefuls in 1995 to 1,873 this year.
“The fact that we have qualifiers all over the world now is a true sign of how the game is growing, and I don’t know if we could be any happier with where we are with entries this year.”
Tickets and patrons: This year’s Women’s Open is also expected to see a record number of tickets sold over the course of the week and for the four days of actual tournament play.
Exact numbers on how many tickets have been sold for the event haven’t been released yet, but Women’s Open executive committee member Rory Connaughton said that every time he’s asked the tournament’s general chairman, Jerry Hostetter, about ticket sales, his response is “pretty good.”