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 are available for purchase.
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.
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 June 15th.
Summer of Golf Upcoming Events...
Exhibit: “Wheaton – the Summer of Golf”
Dates: June 1 - July 15
Location: Wheaton Public Library, 225 N Cross Street
Exhibit: "Wheaton - Golf History Starts Here"
Date: Wednesday, June 27
Time: 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Location: Arrowhead Golf Club, 26W151 Butterfield Road, Wheaton
Join the City of Wheaton's Historic Commission, the Fine Arts & Culture Commission and Wheaton Park District's DuPage County Historical Museum for a special ribbon-cutting ceremony and reception in honor of the 'Wheaton - Golf History Starts Here' exhibit.
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 $10 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 by mail. 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. Direct questions to the City of Wheaton Historic Commission at firstname.lastname@example.org. Trolley tickets may also be purchased at the Wheaton Public Library on 6/21 from 4-7pm; 6/22 from 3-5pm; 6/23 from 2-5pm; 6/30 from 1-4pm.
Presentation: "Renee Powell Professional Golfer"
Date: Wednesday, July 11
Time: 3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Location: Wheaton Public Library, 225 N Cross Street (Large Meeting Room)Registration Required: www.wheatonlibrary.org / 630-868-7520
Global golf ambassador and U.S. Women’s Open participant, Renee Powell, speaks about her experience as a golf professional and her family’s history in the game. Ms. Powell will share how she is changing the world through the game of golf by her family’s legacy, junior golf programs and veteran golf programs for both men and women.
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.
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.