4th U.S. Senior Women's Open: Inside the Field

By Amy Morton, USGA

| Aug 20, 2022 | KETTERING, OHIO

4th U.S. Senior Women's Open: Inside the Field

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Among the 120 golfers in the 2022 U.S. Senior Women’s Open, there are:


Two players in the U.S. Senior Women’s Open field will celebrate a birthday during the championship. Catriona Matthew, of Scotland, turns 53 on Aug. 25 and Helene Chartrand, of Canada, turns 66 on Aug. 26.


JoAnne Carner, 83, of Kirkland, Wash., is the oldest player in this year’s U.S. Senior Women’s Open field. Carner has won more USGA championships than any other woman with eight.

Christine Lindsey, of Louisville, Ky. is the youngest player in the field. She turned 50 on June 11.

There are eight players in the field who are 50 years old. Seventeen players in the field are 64 or older.


There are 10 countries represented in the 2022 U.S. Senior Women’s Open – Australia (2), Canada (6), England (4), India (1), Italy (1), Japan (7), Peru (1), Scotland (2), Sweden (4), United States (93


There are 31 states represented in the 2022 U.S. Senior Women’s Open – Alabama (2), Arizona (8), Arkansas (1), California (12), Colorado (3), Connecticut (1), Florida (16), Georgia (3), Idaho (1), Illinois (3), Kansas (1), Kentucky (2), Louisiana (1), Maryland (2), Massachusetts (1), Michigan (1), Minnesota (3), Missouri (1), Montana (1), Nevada (1), New Hampshire (1), New York (4), North Carolina (1), Ohio (3), Oregon (1), Pennsylvania (5), South Carolina (3), Texas (4), Virginia (2), Washington (3), Wisconsin (2)


U.S. Senior Women’s Open champions (3): Annika Sorenstam (2021), Helen Alfredsson (2019), Laura Davies (2018)

U.S. Senior Women’s Open runners-up (3): Liselotte Neumann (2021), Juli Inkster (2018, 2019), Trish Johnson (2019)

U.S. Women’s Open champions (10): Amy Alcott (1980), JoAnne Carner (1971, 1976), Laura Davies (1987), Jane Geddes (1986), Juli Inkster (1999, 2002), Liselotte Neumann (1988), Alison Nicholas (1997), Annika Sorenstam (1995, 1996, 2006), Hollis Stacy (1977, 1978, 1984), Jan Stephenson (1983).

U.S. Women’s Open runners-up (9): Helen Alfredsson (1993, 2008), JoAnne Carner (1975, 1978, 1982, 1983, 1987), Tammie Green (1994), Pat Hurst (2006), Juli Inkster (1992), Rosie Jones (1984), Annika Sorenstam (2002, 2004), Hollis Stacy (1980), Kris Tschetter (1996)

U.S. Women’s Amateur champions (6): JoAnne Carner (1957, 1960, 1962, 1966, 1968), Amy Fruhwirth (1991), Pat Hurst (1990), Juli Inkster (1980, 1981, 1982), Jill McGill (1993), Carol Semple Thompson (1973)

U.S. Women’s Amateur runners-up (6): Brandie Burton (1989), JoAnne Carner (1956, 1964), Jill McGill (1994), Annika Sorenstam (1992), Carol Semple Thompson (1974), Kimberly Williams (1984)

U.S. Girls’ Junior champions (6): Brandie Burton (1989), Amy Alcott (1973), JoAnne Carner (1956), Pat Hurst (1986), Michelle McGann (1987), Hollis Stacy (1969, 1970, 1971)

U.S. Girls’ Junior runners-up (3): Amy Alcott (1971), JoAnne Carner (1955), Amy Fruhwirth (1985)

U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur champions (4): Martha Leach (2009), Ellen Port (1995, 1996, 2000, 2011), Laura Shanahan Rowe (2001), Carol Semple Thompson (1990, 1997)

U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur runners-up (5): Laura Coble (2009), Mary Jane Hiestand (2017), Martha Leach (2011), Ellen Port (2002), Carol Semple Thompson (1992)

U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur champions (6): Karen Garcia (2015), Judith Kyrinis (2017), Ellen Port (2012, 2013, 2016), Lara Tennant (2018, 2019, 2021), Shelly Stouffer (2022), Carol Semple Thompson (1999, 2000, 2001, 2002)

U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur runners-up (5): Susan Cohn (2013), Judith Kyrinis (2014), Ellen Port (2021), Carol Semple Thompson (2005), Sue Wooster (2018, 2019, 2022)

U.S. Women’s Public Links champions (4): Danielle Ammaccapane (1985), Amy Fruhwirth (1992), Tracy Hanson (1991), Jill McGill (1994)

USA Curtis Cup Players (11): Danielle Ammaccapane (1986), Brandie Burton (1990), JoAnne Carner (1958, 1960, 1962, 1964), Amy Fruhwirth (1992), Tracy Hanson (1992), Juli Inkster (1982), Noreen Mohler (1978), Ellen Port (1994, 1996), Hollis Stacy (1972), Carol Semple Thompson (1974, 1976, 1980, 1982, 1988, 1990, 1992, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002), Kimberly Williams (1986)

GB&I Curtis Cup Players (3): Laura Davies (1984), Trish Johnson (1986), Catriona Matthew (1990, 1992, 1994)

USA Curtis Cup Captains (3): Noreen Mohler (2010), Ellen Port (2014), Carol Semple Thompson (2006, 2008)

World Golf Hall of Famers (8): Amy Alcott, JoAnne Carner, Laura Davies, Juli Inkster, Carol Semple Thompson, Annika Sorenstam, Hollis Stacy, Jan Stephenson


The 120-player field includes 48 fully exempt golfers, 10 of whom are U.S. Women’s Open champions. Qualifying was played over 18 holes at 16 sites across the United States between July 11 and Aug. 8. There were qualifying sites in 15 states, including two in California.

QUALIFIERS – 72 players earned their spot in the field via qualifying

Kay Daniel, 51, of Covington, La. will be playing in her 25th USGA championship and second U.S. Senior Women’s Open. Her daughter Abbey plays golf for Mississippi State, the same school where Kay played from 1989-92. Abbey played in last week’s U.S. Women’s Amateur at Chambers Bay, where she lost in the Round of 64 and has played in nine USGA championships. Mother and daughter played together in the 2019 U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball and reached the Round of 32. Kay won the 2005 Louisiana Women’s Amateur and recently earned low-medalist honors at the 2022 installment of the championship.

Sue Wooster, 60, of Australia, will be playing in her fourth U.S. Senior Women’s Open. She recently advanced to the final of the 2022 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur in Alaska, where she was defeated by Shelly Stouffer, 4 and 3. Wooster is the sixth player to go 0-for-3 in USGA finals, and fourth to have it happen in the same championship. As the 2022 runner-up, Wooster received a silver medal and a three-year exemption into the U.S Senior Women’s Amateur as well as exemptions into the 2022 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur, 2023 U.S. Women's Amateur and 2023 U.S. Senior Women’s Open.

Patricia Ehrhart, 56, of Honolulu, Hawaii, will be playing in her third U.S. Senior Women’s Open. Originally from Sioux Falls, S.D., Ehrhart was the leading money winner on the LPGA’s Futures Tour (now Symetra Tour) in 1996 and played on the LPGA Tour in 1997 before regaining her amateur status in 2014. She is the travel and event manager for Margaritaville Surf Team. Her three daughters, Scarlett, Lola and Mason, are all team members. Margaritaville captain is award-winning singer/songwriter Jimmy Buffett.

Martha Linscott, 53, of Mission Hills, Kan., is playing in her 14th USGA championship and first Open championship. She recently played in the 2022 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur in Alaska, where she advanced to the Round of 64. Martha began playing golf at age 12 and played on the golf team at Missouri State. She now coaches golf at Park University.

Mary Jane Hiestand, 63, of Naples, Fla., will be competing in her 51st USGA championship and second U.S. Senior Women’s Open. Mary Jane is a seven-time Florida State Golf Association Women's Senior Player of the Year and five-time Women's Florida Cup Team member. The Pontiac, Mich., native is also a member of the Michigan Golf Hall of Fame.

Juli Inkster

Juli Inkster would love to add the U.S. Senior Women's Open title to her two U.S. Women's Open victories. (USGA/Darren Carroll)

AMATEURS – There are 37 amateurs in the 120-player field.

Amateurs in the field (37): Tina Barker, Laura Carson, Helene Chartrand, Laura Coble, Lynne Cowan, Kay Daniel, Patricia Ehrhart, Michaelyn Farmer, Karen Garcia, Stephenie Harris, Mary Jane Hiestand, Gigi Higgins, Susie Keane, Sally Krueger, Kathy Kurata, Judith Kyrinis, Martha Leach, Maggie Leef, Martha Linscott, Theresa Mahlik, Lisa McGill, Noreen Mohler, Janet Moore, Anna Morales, Itsuko Moridaira, Julie Oxendine, Jayne Pardus, Ellen Port, Pam Prescott, Marion Reid, Kim Shek, Suzi Spotleson, Shelly Stouffer, Lara Tennant, Carol Semple Thompson, Sue Wooster, Sherry Wright

Ellen Port, 60, of St. Louis, Mo., nearly won her eighth USGA championship last year when she fell short in the final match of the 2021 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur to Lara Tennant, 2 and 1. Port, a seven-time USGA champion, has won four U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur titles, with her most recent coming in 2011. She is tied with Anne Quast Sander and Carol Semple Thompson for second among female USGA champions with seven titles, trailing only JoAnne Carner (eight). Port made history last year, becoming the first woman to win the Met Senior Amateur, the Metropolitan Amateur Golf Association's premier senior men's championship, prevailing in a four-hole playoff. She was co-low amateur and finished in a tie for 20th in the 2021 U.S. Senior Women’s Open at Brooklawn C.C. in Fairfield, Conn. The 2022 U.S. Senior Women’s Open will be her 70th USGA championship appearance.

Lara Tennant, 55, of Portland, Ore., became the first player since Carol Semple Thompson (1999-2002) to win three consecutive U.S. Senior Women's Amateur titles when she defeated seven-time USGA champion Ellen Port, of St. Louis, Mo., 2 and 1, in the championship match at The Lakewood Club in Point Clear, Ala., in 2021. Tennant, who played at the University of Arizona, is a four-time Oregon Senior Women’s Amateur champion and winner of the 2020 California Senior Women’s Amateur and 2019 R&A Women’s Senior Amateur Championship. She was one of seven amateurs to make the cut in the 2021 U.S. Senior Women’s Open and finished in a tie for 29th. She made the first hole-in-one in U.S. Senior Women’s Open history in the inaugural championship at Chicago Golf Club on the 163-yard 7th hole. Tennant won 20 straight matches in the U.S. Senior Women’s Open over a four-year stretch before falling in the Round of 16 at this year’s championship in Anchorage, Alaska.

Judith Kyrinis, 57, of Canada, won the 2017 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur by defeating Terrill Samuel at Waverley Country Club in Portland, Ore. Kyrinis, a 2019 Ontario Golf Hall of Fame inductee, shared low-amateur honors with Sally Krueger in the 2019 U.S. Senior Women’s Open at Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club. Kyrinis won the 2021 Ontario Senior Championship. She recently played in the U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur and advanced to the quarterfinals, where she lost to fellow Canadian and eventual champion Shelly Stouffer, 3 and 2.

Amateur Players in U.S. Senior Women’s Opens

2021 33 7 Martha Leach & Ellen Port (T20)
2019 34 5 Judith Kyrinis & Sally Krueger (T29)
2018 29 7 Martha Leach (T10)


FIRST-TIMERS – There are 35 players making their U.S. Senior Women’s Open debut, including eight who are competing in their first year of age eligibility.

Players competing in their first U.S. Senior Women’s Open (35): Karen Bennett, Avis Brown-Riley, Brandie Burton, Stefania Croce, Moira Dunn-Bohls, Sue Ertl, Michaelyn Farmer, Karen Garcia, Stephenie Harris, Susie Keane, Denise Killeen, Leta Lindley, Christine Lindsey, Martha Linscott, Theresa Mahlik, Yukako Matsumoto, Smriti Mehra, Wendy Modic, Noreen Mohler, Anna Morales, Itsuko Moridaira, Catrin Nilsmark, Yuko Ogura, Julie Oxendine, Jayne Pardus, Pam Prescott, Marion Reid, Kim Shek, Yuka Shiroto, Adele Snyder, Suzi Spotleson, Shelly Stouffer, Tina Tombs, Tracy Hanson, Jill McGill

Brandie Burton, 50, of La Verne Calif., is the 1989 U.S. Girls’ Junior champion. That same year, Burton finished runner-up to Vicki Goetze in the U.S. Women’s Amateur. In 1990, she was a member of the USA Curtis Cup Team. In her professional career, she competed in five Solheim Cups (1992, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2000) and was a two-time LPGA Tour major champion. She secured her first du Maurier Classic title in 1993 following a playoff with Betsy King and won a second time in 1998 when she defeated Annika Sorenstam by one stroke. She was inducted into the Southern California Golf Association Hall of Fame in 2019.

Avis Brown-Riley, 58, of North Las Vegas, Nev., is a LPGA Professional Class A member, breast cancer survivor, author of the book, “Building of a Champion: How I became a champion in life: The Avis Brown-Riley Story” and has even appeared on an episode of ABC’s Holey Moley. Brown-Riley gives back to her community through the San Diego Inner City Junior Golf Foundation, which is run by her family. The organization introduces inner-city kids to the game of golf to help them build character and learn the game for a lifetime.


Jane Geddes, 62, of Tampa, Fla., is competing in her fourth U.S. Senior Women’s Open. Less than a decade after picking up a club for the first time, she won her first professional victory, the 1986 U.S. Women’s Open at this year’s U.S. Senior Women’s Open host site NCR Country Club. She played on the LPGA Tour between 1983 and 2003. Geddes was a member of the 1996 USA Solheim Cup Team and was an assistant captain for the 2003 Solheim Cup. In 2006, she took a full-time job working for the LPGA in Daytona Beach, where she was part of the team that persuaded the IOC to accept golf as an Olympic sport. Following the LPGA, she held roles with the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), the International Association of Golf Administrators, LPGA Women Who Play (formerly the EWGA), LPGA Amateur Golf Association and Legends of the LPGA. She currently works as an independent business consultant.

Cheryl Fox, 55, of Tiffin, Ohio, will be playing in her fourth U.S. Senior Women’s Open. Fox is the director of golf at Fostoria Country Club in Fostoria, Ohio, during the summer and in the winter months is the assistant golf professional at Gator Trace Golf and Country Club in Fort Pierce, Fla. Her golf career did not start until after college at which point she played on the Futures Tour from 1999 until 2002. In 2018, she won the Ohio Women’s Open Senior Division and recently finished T4 at the Illinois Women’s Open.

Adele Snyder, 52, of Lebanon, Ohio, will be competing in her first U.S. Senior Women’s Open. Snyder was the No. 1-ranked girls player in the United States as a 17-year-old in 1986. Her male counterpart that year was Phil Mickelson. She went on to become a three-time All-America golfer at Stanford University. In 1996, she won the Northeast Championship while eight months pregnant. She is currently a director of sales at a major national grocery store.

Suzi Spotleson, 55, of Canton, Ohio, won the Ohio State Women’s Mid-Amateur and Senior Amateur titles in 2017, 2018 and 2021. She began playing golf after graduating from Northwestern University, where she was a four-year varsity letter winner in softball and played in the College World Series. Spotleson recently played in the 2022 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur, where she advanced to the Round of 16. She is a banking compliance leader at Synchrony Financial.


The 2022 U.S. Senior Women’s Open will be the 41st USGA championship held in Ohio and the fourth at NCR Country Club. The Buckeye State most recently hosted the 2019 U.S. Junior Amateur at Inverness Club in Toledo, won by Preston Summerhays.

Year – Championship – Champion

1986 U.S. Women’s Open (Jane Geddes)

1998 U.S. Mid-Amateur (John “Spider” Miller)

2005 U.S. Senior Open (Allen Doyle)

2013 USGA Women’s State Team (New Jersey)


Jane Geddes is exempt into the 4th U.S. Senior Women’s Open from her victory in the 1986 U.S. Women’s Open at NCR Country Club, when she overcame a five-stroke deficit with seven holes to play in the final round to force a Monday playoff with Sally Little, which she captured by two strokes.

Players in the field who competed in the 1986 U.S. Women’s Open (14): Amy Alcott, Danielle Ammaccapane, Barb Bunkowsky, JoAnne Carner, Laura Davies, Jamie Fischer, Jane Geddes, Tammie Green, Juli Inkster, Rosie Jones, Anne Marie Palli, Michele Redman, Hollis Stacy and Jan Stephenson.


NCR Country Club, located in Southwest Ohio, proudly boasts two Dick Wilson signature golf courses. The famed architect is credited with such historic designs as Bay Hill, Cog Hill, Doral’s Blue Monster and Laurel Valley, to name a few. The South Course, which will host the 2022 U.S. Senior Women’s Open, has long been considered a championship-caliber golf course. The South Course has been a host site for many state, regional and national golf championships in its almost 70-year history.


The winner will earn an exemption into the 2023 U.S. Women’s Open Presented by ProMedica at Pebble Beach (Calif.) Golf Links (July 6-9) and an exemption into the next 10 U.S. Senior Women’s Open Championships or through age 65 (whichever yields the higher number of exemptions). She will also receive a gold medal and custody of the U.S. Senior Women’s Open Trophy for one year, as well as have her name entered in the USGA Hall of Champions.

Amy Morton is an assistant manager of communications for the USGA. Email her at amorton@usga.org