April 21, 2016
2016 U.S. Women’s Open at CordeValle to Play Olympics Role
Players in the upcoming U.S. Women’s Open at CordeValle won’t just be looking to hoist the Harton S. Semple Trophy.
For some, a trip to Rio de Janeiro will also be a part of the drama.
The U.S. Women’s Open, slated for July 7-10, will be the final event for players to earn points towards the field for the 2016 Olympic Games. This year’s Olympics, to be held August 5-21, will feature both men and women’s golf for the first time since 1904.
The qualifications to be recognized as an Olympic contender and to represent one’s homeland and sport are as intense and meaningful as expected. The International Golf Federation, in conjunction with the International Olympic Committee, has determined that the field will be restricted to 60 players total for each the women’s and men’s side, with a maximum of four players each from any given country. Consideration is given only to the top-15 world rankings, with additional players eligible outside the top 15 so long as that country does not have two players currently among the top 15.
As of this week, Stacy Lewis and Lexi Thompson are among the top 5 players in the world and should be donning the Stars and Stripes this summer. Cristie Kerr sits at No.16, just outside the cutoff, which makes each qualifying event that much more significant. Brittany Lincicome (18), Gerina Piller (22), Jessica Korda (23) and Allison Lee (24) are top reserves at the moment.
Watch the drama and suspense unfold at CordeValle by visiting the official website at 2016uswomensopen.com. NCGA members purchasing tickets through May 14 receive a bonus $20 merchandise voucher. Tickets can be found at www.2016uswomensopen.com/ncga.