The United States Golf Association (USGA) today announced that the third US Senior Women’s Open will be played July 29 to August 1, 2021, at Brooklawn Country Club in Fairfield, Conn. The championship was previously scheduled to take place August 19-22, 2021.
“In an effort to both ensure a strong field and prioritize our broadcast opportunities, we have made the decision to adjust the dates of the third US Senior Women’s Open,” said John Bodenhamer, the USGA’s senior managing director, Championships.
“After listening to player feedback and consulting with our new broadcast partner, NBCUniversal, it was clear that separating the dates from the week of the AIG Women’s Open was important to the overall success of the championship.”
The US Senior Women’s Open was one of 10 USGA championships cancelled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Last June, NBCUniversal took over the United States media rights for USGA championships through 2026.
“It was clear that separating the dates from the week of the AIG Women’s Open was important to the overall success of the championship.” – John Bodenhamer
The 2021 US Senior Women’s Open will be the third USGA Open championship and fifth overall USGA championship hosted by Brooklawn Country Club. The club, founded in 1895, hosted the 1974 US Junior Amateur Championship, won by David Nevatt; the 1979 US Women’s Open, won by Jerilyn Britz; the 1987 US Senior Open, won by Gary Player; and the 2003 US Girls’ Junior, won by Sukjin-Lee Wuesthoff.
The format for the USGA’s newest championship will continue to be a walking-only, 72-hole stroke play competition over four consecutive days with a 36-hole cut to the top 50 players, including ties.
World Golf Hall of Famer Laura Davies won the inaugural US Senior Women’s Open at Chicago Golf Club in Wheaton, Ill., in 2018. Helen Alfredsson captured the 2019 championship at Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club in Southern Pines, N.C.
The US Senior Women’s Open is open to female professionals and female amateurs with a Handicap Index® not exceeding 7.4 who have reached 50 years of age by the start of the championship.