Some 35 years after the formation of the U.S. Senior Open, the USGA announced Saturday that it will present the first U.S. Senior Women's Open in 2018.
The governing body made the announcement at its annual meeting in New York. Starting in '18, the USGA will conduct 14 national championships.
“The necessary equation for success and long-term viability of this championship has gradually and finally come together,” said USGA executive director Mike Davis.
Some of the details still have to be figured out, but the event will be a 72-hole, stroke-play event for women ages 50 and older. Field and purse size, qualification and exemption criteria, playoff rules and tournament sites still need to be decided and will be announced in the future.