Briarwood selected for Senior Women’s Open qualifying site

Laura Davies, left, and Nancy Lopez greet each other at the first tee during the final round of the 2018 U.S. Senior Women’s Open at Chicago Golf Club in Wheaton, Illinois. [Chris Keane/USGA, Special to Independent Newsmedia]

One of 17 courses picked, SCW hosts April 23 event


Briarwood Country Club, at 20800 N. 135th Ave., in Sun City West, was selected as one of 17 sectional qualifying sites for the 2nd U.S. Senior Women’s Open, of the United States Golf Association (USGA), which will take place May 16-19 at Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club in Southern Pines, North Carolina.

Sectional qualifying, conducted over 18 holes, will take place across the country between April 17-30. Briarwood will host one of five sectional qualifiers Tuesday, April 23. It will be the tournament’s only Arizona site.

The championship is open to any female competitor who is at least 50 years of age as of May 16 and whose Handicap Index does not exceed 7.4.

Online player registration begins Monday, Feb. 18 at . The entry deadline is 2 p.m. Arizona time Wednesday, April 10.

The U.S. Senior Women’s Open format mirrors that of the U.S. Open, U.S. Women’s Open and U.S. Senior Open championships: a walking-only, 72-hole stroke-play competition over four consecutive days. There will be a 36-hole cut including the top-50 players and ties.

This will be the sixth USGA championship contested at Pine Needles and the first since the 2007 U.S. Women’s Open, won by Cristie Kerr. The club, which hosted the 1996 and 2001 U.S. Women’s Opens, will also host the U.S. Women’s Open in 2022.

The inaugural U.S. Senior Women’s Open was held in July at Chicago Golf Club in Wheaton, Illinois, and was won by World Golf Hall of Famer Laura Davies.

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What: U.S. Senior Women’s Open sectional qualifying

When: Tuesday, April 23

Where: Briarwood Country Club, 20800 N. 135th Ave., Sun City West

About: Player entry deadline is 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 10. Register at starting Monday, Feb. 18.

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