U.S. Women’s Open dates changed
n The U.S. Women’s Open is coming to Mississippi early.
Old Waverly Golf Club in West Point had originally been named as the Open host site for 2000, but will switch dates with the Merit Club in Libertyville, Ill. West Point will now host the 54th U.S. Women’s Open Championship June 3-6 1999, with the Merit Club hosting the 2000 Open.
When the PGA of America recently announced that its 1999 PGA Championship would be contested Aug. 12-15 at nearby Medinah Country Club, United States Golf Association officials wanted to avoid having two major championships scheduled in the Chicago area within a three-week period.
“I think this is a high compliment to Old Waverly that the USGA believes we can get ready in a shorter period of time,” Old Waverly general manager Bill Maxey said. “It is a challenge we are looking forward to.”
Old Waverly, which opened in 1988, will be one of the newest golf courses to host a Women’s Open. The course was designed by Bob Cupp and Jerry Pate, who won the 1974 U.S. Amateur and the 1976 U.S. Open.
“This will truly be an event not just in West Point, but within all of Mississippi and the entire South,” said George Bryan, chairman of the board at Old Waverly.
Although this will be the first USGA championship conducted at the club, Old Waverly has hosted men’s and women’s Southeastern Conference collegiate championships. Before the U.S. Women’s Open, it will also serve as the venue for the 1997 Southern Women’s Amateur.