(Becky Iverson – photo provided by Wisconsin.Golf)
Becky Iverson, the PGA Director of Golf at The Bridges Golf Course in Madison, will tee it up at the inaugural U.S. Senior Women’s Open at Chicago Golf Club this week. The upper Michigan native was exempt for the championship through her play on the LPGA Legends Tour. Iverson has been on staff at The Bridges Golf Course since 2010 and has been playing select LPGA Legends Tour events the last few years. Iverson’s first round tee time will be at 1:18 off #1 on Thursday, and then she will hit the course at 8:06 off #10 on Friday.
Joining Iverson in the field are several other players with Wisconsin ties. Included in that group are three Wisconsin Golf Hall of Fame members, Sheboygan native Martha Nause, Appleton native Sue Ginter and Pewaukee resident Maggie Leef. Also included in that list is 1993 U.S. Women’s Open champion and Waukesha native, Lauri Merten. Finally rounding out the sixsome with Wisconsin ties is amateur Leigh Klasse of Cumberland, a Minnesota Golf Hall of Fame member. Nause was also exempt from qualifying through her LPGA Legends Tour play, while Ginter, Leef and Klasse earned their spots through sectional qualifying. Merten earned her spot in the field through the aforementioned major win on the LPGA Tour.
The U.S. Senior Women’s Open is open to any professional or amateur age 50 and older as of July 12th, 2018. 120 golfers in total will tee it up at the iconic C.B. Macdonald & Seth Raynor design. The 72-hole championship will run from Thursday-Sunday, July 12th-15th. After the second round of play the field will be cut to the low 50 and ties.
Live Scoring will be provided throughout the event and the final two rounds will be televised on the FS1.