Inaugural U.S. Senior Women's Open Championship

July 12th - 15th - Chicago Golf Club - Wheaton, Illinois

Championship Tickets and Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer registration for the 2018 U.S. Senior Women's Open Championship is now open and championship tickets to this historic event will be available for purchase starting in March.

Volunteer Information

Championship Field and Entries

The Championship is open to any professional or amateur golfer who is 50 years of age as of July 12 and has a Handicap Index not exceeding 7.4. The field will include 120 players, who will earn entry in the walking-only championship via sectional qualifying at sites nationwide in the spring of 2018 or through an exemption category. Updated exemption categories will be posted in 2018.

Schedule of Play

Eighteen holes of stroke play are scheduled from Thursday, July 12, through Sunday, July 15. In the case of a tie after 72 holes, a three-hole aggregate playoff will commence immediately after the conclusion of the fourth round.

Golf Ball Art Project

The City of Wheaton's Fine & Cultural Arts Commission is leading a community art project celebrating the U.S. Senior Women's Open. A number of 3-foot diameter giant golf balls will be on display throughout Wheaton from May 31 - August 31. 

The commission has completed accepting applications for businesses interested in purchasing a ball, but individuals and families can be part of a Community Ball. Community Ball sponsorships are $100 and are first-come, first-served. Checks made out to City of Wheaton, Cultural and Fine Arts, should be sent to Laurie Swanson, 20 Danada West, Suite 105, Wheaton, IL 60189. Please note this is for individuals and families only, not nonprofits or businesses. The deadline for the community ball is Wednesday, May 16th.

Summer of Golf Upcoming Events...

Golf Ball Hunt
Dates: May 31 - June 3
Location: Memorial Park, 208 W Union Avenue

Wheaton’s Fine and Cultural Arts Commission will be hiding 100 golf balls throughout Memorial Park during the Taste of Wheaton in honor of the first-ever U.S. Senior Women’s Open Championship at Chicago Golf Club. Kids are invited to find a golf ball and bring it to the USGA booth at the Taste of Wheaton for a prize. (Limit one ball per child.)

“Wheaton – the Summer of Golf” exhibit
Dates: June 1-July 15
Location: Wheaton Public Library, 225 N Cross Street

Lecture: “Wheaton, IL – Golf History Starts Here”  
Date: Tuesday, June 5
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Wheaton Public Library, 225 N Cross Street

Lecture by Nancy Flannery on Wheaton’s significance to the development of golf in the U.S. The history of golf in the United States had some of its early beginnings here in Wheaton which at one time had eight golf courses. Not only was the first 18-hole golf course in the USA built in Wheaton (The Chicago Golf Club – 1895) but some of the most important early inventions for golf as well as golf architects lived and worked in Wheaton. Learn about the mashie-niblick, the Foulis brothers, Herbert Tweedie, Charles B. MacDonald and others. The event is free and open to the public, although registration is required at the library’s events page

“Wheaton, IL – Golf History Starts Here” exhibit
Location: Arrowhead Golf Club, 26W151 Butterfield Road, Wheaton,
Ribbon-cutting ceremony and reception Wednesday, June 27, 5-7 p.m.

Wheaton’s Golf History Trolley Tour
Dates: Sunday, July 1, 1 p.m & 2:15 p.m..; Sunday, July 8, 1 p.m. and 2:15 p.m.
Location: Starts and ends at Arrowhead Golf Club, 26W151 Butterfield Road, Wheaton

Take an hour-long tour on a trolley to the sites of Wheaton’s golf past – locations of former golf courses, homes of golf architects, club makers, and golf pros, and learn about Wheaton’s unique and significant contributions to the development of golf in the USA. The mashie-niblick (7 iron) and the flag & cup holder for the greens were invented here!  Tickets are $5 per person for the tour with proceeds benefiting Historic Commission programs. All tour participants will receive a Wheaton Golf History map with the locations marked. Tickets may be purchased at the Wheaton Golf History Trolley Tour table from May 31 - June 2 at the Taste of Wheaton (Memorial Park 208 W. Union Avenue) or by mail. If sending by mail, please make checks out to City of Wheaton (write Golf History Trolley Tour in memo) and send to Sharon Barrett-Hagen, City Clerk, City of Wheaton, 303 West Wesley Street, Wheaton, IL 60187. Please include a note with the time and date of the tour requested and your contact information. Please direct questions to the City of Wheaton Historic Commission at

Lecture: “Wheaton, IL – Golf History Starts Here”
Date: Wednesday, August 15
Time: 1 p.m.
Location:  Mary Lubko Center, Memorial Park, Wheaton

Lecture by Nancy Flannery. The event is free and open to the public although registration is required through the Mary Lubko Center.

U.S. Senior Women's Open Student Art Contest  
Dates: Now thru Friday, June 8
Ages: 3rd grade thru 8th grade (3rd-5th grade division & 6th-8th grade division)
Location: Wheaton Public Library, 225 N Cross Street

Student artists are invited to be a part of the U.S. Senior Women's Open Art Contest sponsored by the Wheaton Public Library. Here are the rules:

  • Any materials may be used (crayons, markers, watercolor, paint, etc.)
  • Entries must be submitted on an 8 1/2" x 11" piece of paper
  • Entries must incorporate the following:
  1. Inaugural Senior Women's Open
  2. Chicago Golf Club
  3. July 9 - July 15
  4. Colors red, white & blue
  5. All entries must be submitted to the Wheaton Public Library by Friday, June 8th, 2018 with a completed entry form attached to the artwork. There will be a blue submission box in the Library on the Circulation Desk for students to turn in their artwork. Student Art Contest Entry Form

Winners will be announced on Monday, June 11th. The winner of the 3rd thru 5th grade division will have their artwork displayed on the front of 700 volunteer notebooks distributed at the championship. The winner of the 6th thru 8th grade division will have their artwork printed as a poster and sold in the merchandise pavilion throughout the week of the championship. All proceeds will benefit CUSD200. The winner of this division will also be invited out to the championship on either Saturday or Sunday, to sign their posters alongside a Senior Women's Open player.

All student artwork will be displayed throughout the championship grounds beginning Wednesday, July 11th thru Sunday, July 15th. All students ages 18 and under are admitted free into the championship.

About Chicago Golf Club

Chicago Golf Club in Wheaton is one of the five founding clubs of the USGA and the oldest golf club in the U.S. in continuous use at the same location. Founded in 1893 by Charles Blair Macdonald, who won the inaugural U.S.  Amateur in 1895, the original 18-hole course was renovated in 1923 by Seth Raynor and remains largely unchanged today.

Learn more about the U.S. Senior Women's Open Championship and the USGA