The US Women's Amateur, the forerunner to the Women's Open, was first played in 1895, more than a half century before the current tournament was sanctioned by the USGA.
In 1938 Opal Hill and Helen Hicks were two of the very few women golf professionals in the world. By 1946, there were enough female pro golfers to form the Women's Professional Golfers Association with the kickoff of the Women's Open held at the Spokane Country Club that year.
• Despite a diagnosis of colon cancer in 1954 golf legend Babe Didrickson-Zaharias kept on playing. That same year, one month out of surgery, she won her third US Women's Open title.
• Betsy Rawls (1951, 1953, 1957, 1960) and Mickey Wright (1958, 1959, 1961, 1964) are tied for the most US Women's Open titles.
• In 1965, the final round of the championship was televised nationally for the first time. The Women’s Open has been televised every year since.
• Still in her rookie season, 20-year-old Se Ri Pak became the youngest-ever winner of the U.S. Women's Open in 1998.
• An 11-year-old from Silicon Valley, Lucy Li made headlines in 2014 for becoming the youngest golfer ever to qualify for the U.S. Women's Open.
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