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U.S. Women’s Open Golf Championship Tees Off in Charleston



U.S. Women’s Open Golf Championship Tees Off in Charleston
WRITER: 
May 2019

On May 30, 156 of the best golfers in the world will compete for the coveted title at the Country Club of Charleston

The 74th U.S. Women’s Open Golf Championship tees off on May 30 at the Country Club of Charleston, bringing world-class competitors and fans aplenty to the Lowcountry. For five days, 156 of the best golfers in the world will duke it out for the coveted title on James Island

1739 The year golf arrived in Charleston: local merchant William Wallace received a shipment of clubs from his Scotland-based brother.

The U.S. Women’s Open is available to professional and amateur female golfers with a Handicap Index not exceeding 2.4. For golfers, the lower the handicap, the better—meaning all these players are seriously skilled.

Only one amateur has ever won the Women’s Open. Catherine Lacoste—daughter of French tennis player (and polo shirt icon) René Lacoste and 1927 British Ladies Amateur champion.

The Country Club of Charleston holds a special place in the heart of Charleston native and Hall of Famer Beth Daniel. The two-time U.S. Women’s Amateur champion, who also won 33 times as a professional, first learned to play on this course.

Last year’s champ Ariya Jutanugarn became the sixth player to win both the U.S. Girls’ Junior (2011) and the U.S. Women’s Open championship (2018). She’s also the first-ever U.S. Open winner from Thailand.

Golf fans from across the country will descend on Charleston for the chance to watch their favorites in action—more than 100,000 people are expected to attend over the course of five days.