USGA Celebrates a Historic First – Hosting the 78th Women’s U.S. Open at Pebble Beach Golf Links

By Jason Bruno

U.S.Women’s Open Media Day at Pebble Beach – May 2nd, 2023

Pebble Beach, California (May 3, 2023) – This year’s National Championship marks a first for the finest women golfers in the world – the 78th U.S. Women’s Open will be contested from July 6-9, at famed Pebble Beach Golf Links in Monterey, California. A record number of entrants are competing for a spot in the field to become the first U.S. Women’s Open champion at Pebble Beach.

On Tuesday, May 2nd the media gathered on the Monterey Peninsula to celebrate the historic first for the Women’s game. Notable athletes on-hand were Brandi Chastain, Kristi Yamaguchi and Mina Harigae (representing the Bay Area), as well as LPGA stars – Morgan Pressel and Michelle Wie. USGA CEO Mike Whan was gushing with pride to bring the women’s biggest championship to the place he called “Our Scotland”.

In 2023, the USGA is launching the “Firsts at Pebble” campaign, which encourages fans to share content consisting of photos, videos and stories of their very first experience at Pebble Beach using the hashtag #FirstAtPebble and tagging the @uswomensopen – those who participate will be entered for a chance to win one of five custom U.S. Women’s Open prize packs that include tickets to the championship.

Several key factors will contribute to making the 78th Women’s U.S. Open the best championship in Women’s Golf

  • For the first time ever, the USGA has accepted more than 2,000 entries for the U.S. Women’s Open, surpassing the previous record of 1,874 for the 2022 U.S. Women’s Open at Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club in Southern Pines, N.C.
  • NBCU will present live primetime coverage of the third and final rounds (July 8-9) of the U.S. Women’s Open on NBC, marking the first time a women’s golf major will air live on network in primetime. Coverage of the U.S. Women’s Open will be available throughout the championship on NBC, USA Network and Peacock, totaling 26 hours of live coverage as well as 26 hours of supporting coverage from Golf Channel’s Live From.
  • Fans will also be able to follow the action with a next-generation digital experience featuring every shot from every player on both the USGA app and website. With ShotCast powered by Cisco, the 2023 U.S. Women’s Open will mark the first time a comprehensive visual shot-tracking experience will be available during a women’s event, which will include dynamic shot trails, radar data, green view and video highlights so fans can follow everything live to the minute or catch up on their favorite players after the round. 
USGA CEO Mike Whan addresses the media at Pebble Beach on May 2nd, 2023

Pebble Beach will host ten USGA championships in the next 25 years, beginning with this summer’s Women’s U.S. Open. Pebble Beach will also host in 2035, 2040 and 2048. Pebble Beach has previously hosted two U.S. Women’s Amateurs, five U.S. Amateurs and six U.S. Opens, most recently the 2019 U.S. Open won by Gary Woodland.

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