KOHLER, Wis. - Three former Duke standouts Amanda Blumenherst, Brittany Lang and Jennie Lee will each tee off on Thursday at the 2012 U.S. Women’s Open, which is being played at the 6,954-yard, par 72 Blackwolf Run Course in Kohler, Wis.
The championship will feature 156 golfers, is conducted from July 5-8 and after the 36-hole mark the field will be cut to the low 60 scorers and ties.
Blackwolf run will host the U.S. Women’s Open for the first time since 1998 when former Duke All-America Jenny Chuasiriporn sank a 45-foot putt in the final hole in the final round to send the championship into a playoff with Se Ri Pak. Chuasiriporn, who was a rising senior and amateur golfer at the time, ended up falling in the Monday playoff in 20 holes.
Blumenherst will see action in her seventh U.S. Women’s Open with her best finish coming in 2006 as she was tied for 10th, which was her first open appearance. The 2009 Duke graduate and three-time National Player of the Year has missed the cut in the last two U.S. Opens. On the season, she is 66th on the LPGA money list with $74,322.00 earnings.
A runner-up in the 2005 U.S. Women’s Open, Lang will appear in her eighth open and has made four straight cuts in the tournament. In 2010, she tied for fifth overall with a three-over-par, 287. Lang, a 2004 and 2005 Duke All-America, registered her first career LPGA victory two weeks ago when she won the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic on June 24 at the Grey Silo Golf Course in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. She currently ranks 11th on the LPGA money list with $384,685.00 earnings.
Lee, who is a 2009 Blue Devil graduate, will compete in her sixth U.S Women’s Open and was the tied for the low amateur at the 2007 open with rounds of 71,74,75 and 74 for a total of 294. With $15,293.00 earned on the season, she ranks 121st on the tour money list.
So Yeon Ryu of Korea is the reigning U.S. Women’s Open as she defeated Hee Kyung Seo in a three-hole aggregate playoff.
The action can be seen live on ESPN2 from 4-8 p.m., on July 5 and 6 on ESPN2 for the first and second rounds. On July 7 and 8, the coverage will be shown on NBC in the third and fourth rounds.