U.S. SENIOR WOMEN'S OPEN

Currently Exempt Players for 6th U.S. Senior Women's Open

By USGA

| Mar 07, 2024 | Liberty Corner, N.J.

Currently Exempt Players for 6th U.S. Senior Women's Open

The list of exempt players for the 6th U.S. Senior Women's Open Championship, which will be conducted Aug. 1-4 at Fox Chapel Golf Club in Pittsburgh, Pa.

BOLD denotes a first time a player is listed and (a) indicates an amateur.  

1. Winners of the U.S. Senior Women’s Open Championship (10-year exemption):

Laura Davies (2018)
Helen Alfredsson (2019)
No championship contested in 2020 due to COVID-19
Annika Sorenstam (2021)
Jill McGill (2022)
Trish Johnson (2023)

2. From the 2023 U.S. Senior Women’s Open Championship, the 20 lowest scorers and anyone tying for 20th place:

Trish Johnson
Leta Lindley
Catriona Matthew
Annika Sorenstam
Moira Dunn-Bohls
Judith Kyrinis (a)
Patricia Meunier-Lebouc
Tammie Green

Jean Bartholomew
Terrill Samuel (a)
Brandie Burton
Silvia Cavalleri
Charlotta Sorenstam

Akiko Fukoshima
Maggie Will

Jill McGill
Suzy Green-Roebuck
Martha Leach (a)
Mikino Kubo
Pat Hurst
Christa Johnson

3. From the 2023 U.S. Senior Women's Open Championship, the amateur(s) returning the lowest 72-hole score:

Judith Kyrinis (a)

4. Winners of the U.S. Women's Open Championship who reached their 50th birthday on or before August 1, 2024 (10-year exemption):

Mary Mills
Catherine Lacoste
Donna Caponi
JoAnne Carner
Susie Berning
Sandra Palmer

Hollis Stacy
Jerilyn Britz
Pat Bradley
Jan Stephenson
Kathy Baker Guadagnino
Laura Davies
Betsy King
Kathy Cornelius
Murle Lindstrom
Sandra Haynie
Amy Alcott
Janet Alex Anderson
Jane Geddes
Liselotte Neumann

Meg Mallon
Patty Sheehan
Lauri Merten
Annika Sorenstam
Alison Nicholas
Juli Inkster

5. From the 2023 and 2024 U.S. Women's Open Championship, any player returning a 72-hole score who is age eligible.

2023 -- No age-eligible players returned a 72-hole score
2024 -- Championship May 30-June 2

6. Any professional or applicant for reinstatement who has won the U.S. Women's Amateur Championship, and who has reached their 50th birthday on or before August 1, 2024 (three-year exemption):

Silvia Cavalleri (1997)
Wendy Ward (1994)
Jill McGill (1993)
Vickie Goetze (1989, 1992)

7. Winners of the U.S. Women's Amateur Championship who reached their 50th birthday on or before August 1, 2024 (must be an amateur; five-year exemption):

N/A

8. Winners of the 2022 and 2023 U.S. Senior Women's Amateur Championship, and the 2023 runner-up (must be an amateur):

Shelly Stouffer (a) (2022 champion)
Sarah Gallagher (a) (2023 champion)

Brenda Corrie Kuehn (a) (2023 runner-up)

9. Winners of the 2022 and 2023 U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur Championship (must be an amateur):

10. Playing members of the two most current United States and Great Britain & Ireland Curtis Cup Teams, and the two most current United States Women's World Amateur Teams (must be an amateur):

11. Winners of the 2018-2024 Senior LPGA Championship, and the 2022-2024 runners-up (must be age-eligible):

Trish Johnson (2021 champion; 2023 runner-up)
Annika Sorenstam (2022 runner-up)
Helen Alfredsson (2019 champion)
Laura Davies (2018 champion)
2024 exemptions will be determined May 25, 2024

12. From the 2023 and 2024 Senior LPGA Championship, the 10 lowest scorers and anyone tying for 10th place:

Trish Johnson
Silvia Cavalleri
Jackie Gallagher-Smith
Clarissa Childs
Christa Johnson
Tammie Green
Patricia Meunier-Lebouc
Jamie Fischer

13. From the final 2023 official Legends of the LPGA Performance Points list, the top 30 point leaders and ties:

Leta Lindley
Trish Johnson
Juli Inkster
Jill McGill
Annika Sorenstam
Michele Redman
Tammie Green
Christa Johnson
Moira Dunn-Bohls
Lisa DePaulo
Liselotte Neumann
Pat Hurst
Silvia Cavalleri
Jackie Gallagher-Smith
Jean Bartholomew
Rosie Jones
Cathy Johnston-Forbes
Helen Alfredsson
Maggie Will
Nicole Jeray
Catrin Nilsmark

Lisa Grimes
Patricia Meunier-Lebouc
Kimberly Williams
Maria McBride
Jamie Fischer

14. Winners of the Legends of the LPGA co-sponsored events, excluding team events, whose victories are considered official, in 2022 and 2023 and during the current calendar year to the initiation of the current year's U.S. Senior Women's Open Championship. Events must be a minimum of 36 holes. (NOTE: Blank entries will be filed by the USGA for players who become exempt after the close of entries):

Juli Inkster

15. Winners of the LPGA Professionals National Championship (Championship Division) from 2018-23, and the five lowest scorers and ties from the most recent Championship (2023):

N/A

16. From the 2023 LPGA Professionals National Championship (Senior Division), the three lowest scorers and ties:

Lisa DePaulo
Cathy Johnston-Forbes
Nicole Jeray
Kimberly Williams

17. Winners of the 2023 Women's Senior Amateur conducted by The R&A and Canadian Women's Senior Amateur Championships (must be an amateur):

Jackie Foster (a) (Women's Senior Amateur)
Mary-Ann Hayward (a) (Canadian Women's Senior Amateur)

18. Winners of the following events when deemed a major by the LPGA Tour and who reached their 50th birthday on or before August 1, 2024. The Chevron Championship (1983-present); Evian Championship (2013-present); AIG Women's British Open (1979-present); KPMG Women's PGA Championship (1955-present); Titleholders Championship (1946-1966 and 1972);  and/or Western Open (1930-1967). (This is a 10-year exemption):

Annika Sorenstam
Patricia Meunier-Lebouc
Brandie Burton
Pat Hurst
Karen Stupples
Catriona Matthew
Amy Alcott
Helen Alfredsson
Donna Andrews
Jody Anschutz Rosenthal
Susie Berning
Nanci Bowen
Pat Bradley
Betty Burfeindt
Donna Caponi
Beth Daniel
Laura Davies
Gloria Ehret
Shirley Englehorn
Jane Geddes
Tammie Green
Sandra Haynie
Marlene Hagge
Chako Higuchi
Juli Inkster
Christa Johnson
Cathy Johnston-Forbes
Judy Kimball
Betsy King
Jenny Lidback
Sally Little
Nancy Lopez
Meg Mallon
Alice Miller
Mary Mills
Martha Nause
Sandra Palmer
Dottie Pepper
Sandra Post
Kelly Robbins
Nancy Scranton
Patty Sheehan
Hollis Stacy
Sherri Steinhauer
Jan Stephenson
Sherri Turner
Joyce Ziske

19. From the LPGA Tour Career Money List, the top 10 players who are age-eligible and not otherwise exempt as of February 14, 2024:

Lorie Kane
Sophie Gustafson
Rachel Hetherington
Carin Hjalmarsson
Janice Moodie
Danielle Ammaccapane
Michelle McGann
Tina Barrett
Emilee Klein
Wendy Doolan

20. Winners of the LPGA Tour co-sponsored events, whose victories are considered official, from 2018-2023 and during the current calendar year to the initiation of the 2024 U.S. Senior Women's Open Championship:

No players currently age-eligible

21. Playing members of the United States and European Solheim Cup Teams within the last 10 years (2014-2023):

Catriona Matthew

22. From the 2023 final Ladies European Tour and Japan LPGA Tour career money lists, the top five money leaders:

Laura Davies
Annika Sorenstam

23. Special exemptions as selected by the USGA. Must have filed an entry by close of entries on May 29, 2024. Deadline for submission of request is May 29, 2024. Players must select a qualifying site at the time of entry:

TBD