GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Furman alumni Betsy King and Maggie Will are slated to compete in the inaugural U.S. Senior Women's Open Championship, which will be contested at the par 72, 6,082 yard Chicago Golf Club, in Wheaton, Ill., July 12-15.
The 120-player field features 61 exempt players, 16 who have won the U.S. Women's Open, including King, who won the event in 1989 and 1990.
In rounds one and two, play will begin at 7 a.m. Central Daylight Time from both the 1st and 10th tees. The 50 lowest scorers plus players tied for 50th place will make the cut and advance to the third and fourth rounds, which will begin between 7-8 a.m. from hole No. 1.
King, a 1977 Furman graduate and Furman Athletics Hall of Fame inductee, was a member of the Paladin 1976 national championship squad. She went on to compete on the LPGA tour, recording 34 victories, including six major championships. A LPGA Hall of Famer, she was a three-time LPGA Player of the Year, a five-time Solheim Cup player, and a winning U.S. Solheim Cup captain. King is the founder of Golf Fore Africa, a non-profit organization that has raised over 2.5 million dollars for bringing clean water, improved sanitation, and hygiene education to rural villages in Africa.
"I am looking forward to playing in the first U.S. Senior Women's Open," said King. "It will be fun to be in competition, and it will be a chance to reconnect with old friends.."
Will competed for the Paladins from 1984 through 1987 and played at two NCAA Championships, including the 1987 championship, when Furman recorded a second-place finish. During her more than 20-year LPGA Tour career, Will won the 1990 Desert Inn International, the 1992 Sara Lee Classic, and the 1994 Children's Medical Center Classic. Following her competitive playing days, she served as the head women's golf coach at the University of Richmond, where she was named CAA Coach of the Year.
"It is exciting to make the field for the inaugural U.S. Senior Women's Open," said Will. "I have been working on my game, it has been somewhat like being back in college again. I have been applying a lot of the life lessons that I learned at Furman, and I will use them this week out at this tournament. This is an exciting time for women's golf. Hopefully we can encourage young girls to get involved in the game and stay in the game."
The 2019 U.S. Senior Women's Open will be held May 16-19 at Pine Needles Lodge and Golf Club in Southern Pines, N.C.
Julie Paré, Furman Sports Information