Inaugural U.S. Senior Women’s Open to offer $1 million purse

screen-shot-2018-02-03-at-11-59-03-amThe U.S. Golf Association is launching the inaugural U.S. Senior Women’s Open with flair.

“It’s a classy decision,” Amy Alcott said. “One that indicates how much things have changed in women’s sports.”

Alcott, who is automatically eligible to play in the U.S. Senior Women’s Open by virtue of her status as a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame and as a winner of the 1980 U.S. Women’s Open, said she’s really excited about playing. Fox Sports will televise the tournament.

“Golf doesn’t stop at 50,” she said. “We want an arena to showcase our talent and now we really have one.”

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Hal Group 2017

Hal Group 2017This picture was taken this past Tuesday at the Cipriani Wall Street. It was the 2017 world golf Hall of Fame inductions. It is always an honor to put my blazer on and welcome in a new class of inductees. My induction came in 1999 at the WGHOF in St. Augustine, Florida with the late Seve Ballesteros and Lloyd Mangrum.


The Bond Between Amy Alcott and Hollis Stacy

Future World Golf Hall of Fame members Amy Alcott and Hollis Stacy first met as competitors during the 1969 USGA Girls’ Junior Championship and formed a lasting friendship while going on to achieve great success on the LPGA Tour. Alcott remembers Stacy making the comment “where did you come from?” after taking the early lead. This was, Alcott says, the start of a “competitive friendship that would span into adulthood.”

This article is the second in a series of Highlights from The World Golf Hall of Fame Museum by Curator, Travis Puterbaugh. It can be read in its entirety on

Gil Hanse is Interviewed by ESPN

Gil Hanse relocated from his home, spending a lot of time in Brazil to oversee the construction of the Olympic Golf Course. Scott Halleran/Getty ImagesIn addition to sharing the extensive challenges that the design team faced while putting the course together, he also credited Amy for their shared success.

Hanse brought on Amy Alcott as a consultant and could not have been happier with her role.

“Her being in the room I think gave us more credibility having a women’s golf Hall of Famer up there,” Hanse said. “She talked wonderfully about how she got into the game and how much this golf course could provide an opportunity going forward.”

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The women of USA GOLF plan to capitalize on their unique situation

Alcott at the grand opening of the "Road to Rio" exhibit at the World Golf Hall of Fame in St. Augustine, Florida, this past June. Image courtesy of the World Golf Hall of Fame.

Image courtesy of the World Golf Hall of Fame

Amy shares the details of what makes her 2016 Rio Olympic golf course design special, while others interviewed share their excitement for this year’s games and the opportunity to play on the new course.

“My input was kind of [that] golf courses tend to be designed from the back tee forward. I wanted to make sure that after the Olympics [there would be] playable tees for all levels of golfers,” she said.

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Amy Alcott Happy With Olympic Course Design

TheDesertSunAmy Alcott is a three-time winner of the ANA Inspiration and the first champion to leap into the lake next to the 18th green to celebrate.

But this summer Alcott will be taking part in another first in women’s golf. Alcott was part of the design team led by Gill Hanse in putting together the Rio de Janeiro course that will be used for the Olympic Games in August. Alcott said the challenge was to come up with a course that could challenge the best men and the best women in the world.

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Amy Visits Israel for the First Annual SHALVA Golf Tournament

HALL OF FAME golfer Amy Alcott tees off at the SHALVA Golf Tournament this week in Caesarea. (photo credit:YOSSI KLAR)It is quite difficult to say no to a request from SHALVA , the Association for Mentally and Physically Challenged Children in Israel.

Which is how World Golf Hall of Famer Amy Alcott found herself in the Holy Land this week for the first annual SHALVA Golf Tournament, held on Monday at the Caesarea Golf Club.

“A close friend of mine in the US – Jewish sports agent Arn Tellem – was involved in sponsoring the tournament, and when he reached out to me to come to Israel and be the honorary chairperson, I was thrilled to help bring attention to SHALVA internationally about the wonderful work they are doing,” said Alcott to The Jerusalem Post from SHALVA ’s impressive headquarters in Har Nof.

(The new SHALVA National Children’s Center will open its doors in August 2015 in the heart of Jerusalem.) Monday’s tournament and awards luncheon in Caesarea featured more than 100 participants and raised vital funds needed to support SHALVA ’s programs, which provide quality care for over 500 children with special needs, empowering their families, and promoting social tolerance.

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