The USGA has made good on its recent promise to unveil international qualifying for the U.S. Women’s Open.
The USGA will stage international qualifiers for the 2014 Women’s Open at sites in China, Japan, South Korea and England on May 19, the association is announcing in a news release today.
“The USGA has long been committed to presenting the U.S. Women’s Open as the premier event in international women’s golf,” USGA President Thomas J. O’Toole Jr. said in the release. “With the addition of international qualifying, we are happy to expand the championship field to include more of the very best players from across the globe.
“We extend many thanks to our friends and partners around the world for their efforts in helping us accomplish this mission.”
The Monday qualifiers are slated for the Garden Course at CGA Nanshan International Training Centre in China; Higashi Nagoya Country Club in Japan; Woo Jeong Hills Country Club in South Korea; and Buckinghamshire Golf Club in England.
Global Golf Post reported Feb. 10 that the USGA would announce international qualifying in the four named countries.
One footnote: The USGA’s announcement includes the news that the USGA handicap index limit for amateurs wishing to enter the U.S. Women’s Open has been lowered to 2.4 from 4.4.