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