Brooklawn Country Club, a private country club in Fairfield, Connecticut was founded in 1895, becoming one of the earliest members of the USGA, will host the 2021 U.S. Senior Women's Open Championship July 29-Aug. 1.

HARTFORD, Conn. – Connecticut lost a chance to host another major championship last year because of the COVID-19 pandemic but gets another shot in July.

The U.S. Senior Women’s Open will be played July 29-Aug. 1 at Brooklawn Country Club in Fairfield, which is two weeks earlier than originally planned.

“In an effort to both ensure a strong field and prioritize our broadcast opportunities, we have made the decision to adjust the dates of the third U.S. Senior Women’s Open,” said John Bodenhamer, the USGA’s senior managing director, Championships. “After listening to player feedback and consulting with our new broadcast partner, NBCUniversal, it was clear that separating the dates from the week of the AIG Women’s Open was important to the overall success of the championship.”

The U.S. Senior Women’s Open was one of 10 USGA championships canceled in 2020 due to the pandemic. Last June, NBC Universal took over the United States media rights for USGA championships through 2026.

The 2021 U.S. Senior Women’s Open will be the third USGA Open championship and fifth overall USGA championship hosted by Brooklawn Country Club. The club, founded in 1895, hosted the 1974 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship, won by David Nevatt; the 1979 U.S. Women’s Open, won by Jerilyn Britz; the 1987 U.S. Senior Open, won by Gary Player; and the 2003 U.S. Girls’ Junior, won by Sukjin-Lee Wuesthoff.

The format for the USGA’s newest championship will continue to be a walking-only, 72-hole stroke play competition over four consecutive days with a 36-hole cut to the top 50 players, including ties. World Golf Hall of Famer Laura Davies won the inaugural U.S. Senior Women’s Open at Chicago Golf Club in Wheaton, Ill., in 2018. Helen Alfredsson captured the 2019 championship at Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club in Southern Pines, N.C.

The U.S. Senior Women’s Open is open to female professionals and female amateurs with a handicap index not exceeding 7.4 who have reached 50 years of age by the start of the championship.



Worked as sports writer for The Hartford Courant for 38 years before retiring in 2008. His major beats at the paper were golf, the Hartford Whalers, University of Connecticut men’s and women’s basketball, Yale football, United States and World Figure Skating Championships and ski columnist. He has covered every PGA Tour stop in Connecticut since 1971, along with 30 Masters, 25 U.S. Opens, four PGA Championships, 12 Deutsche Bank Championships, 15 Westchester (N.Y.) Classics and four Ryder Cups. He has won several Golf Writers Association of America writing awards, including a first place for a feature on John Daly, and was elected to the Connecticut Golf Hall of Fame in 2009. He also worked for the Connecticut Whale hockey team for two years when they were renamed by former Hartford Whalers managing general partner Howard Baldwin, who had become the marketing director of the Hartford Wolf Pack, the top affiliate of the New York Rangers.

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