News & ToursJune 24, 2008

The Numbers From Interlachen

63  This year marks the 63rd U.S. Women's Open. The first was played in

156 contestants in the field representing 23 countries.

27 are amateurs.

13  the youngest contestant, Alexis Thompson, who was also the youngest last

year at 12.

53  the oldest contestant, Martha Nause, a former LPGA regular, who now

coaches at nearby Macalester (Minn.) men's and women's golf teams.

279 Cristie Kerr's winning 5-under-par score at last year's open at Pine

Needles in North Carolina.

1911 the year Interlachen Country Club opened. William Watson designed the

original course. Donald Ross redesigned it in 1921 with some revisions by

Robert Trent Jones in 1963.

1930  the year Bob Jones won the U.S. Open at Interlachen, the third event

of his Grand Slam.

6,789  the number of yards the course will play, the longest in U.S. Women's

Open history. Par is 73.

560,000  the dollars first prize brought last year. This year's purse will

be announced later this week.

10 past champions in the field: Laura Davies, 1987; Liselotte Neumann, 1988;

Se Ri Pak, 1998; Juli Inkster, 1999 and 2002; Karrie Webb, 2000 and 2001;

Hilary Lunke, 2003; Meg Mallon, 2004; Birdie Kim, 2005; Annika Sorenstam,

2006; Cristie Kerr, 2007.

72 the number of holes in regulation play. The cut will come after 36 holes

and include the low 60 scores plus ties and anyone within 10 strokes of the

leader. A tie at the end of 72 holes will be decided by an immediate 3-hole

playoff and continue if need be until there is a winner.

And finally... 22,500 spectators expected each day

--Topsy Siderowf

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