1996 U.S. Women’s Open Film: It’s Swede Again

1996 U.S. Women’s Open Film: It’s Swede Again


the United States Women’s Open has given
us many magical moments in 1956 amateur Barbara McIntyre eagled the final hole
and was runner-up Mickey Wright conquered Baltus row to win her third
championship Hollis Stasi outlasted Joann corner for
her second straight win Betsy King mastered Indian would to put
her name on the cup Patti Sheehan enjoyed a glorious victory at Oakmont
triumphant times in the greatest championship in women’s golf the United
States Golf Association presents the 1996 United States Women’s Open
Championship from the beautiful pine needles Lodge and Golf Club in the sand
hills of Southern Pines North Carolina the 51st Women’s Open it’s sweet again give way to the great players of today
this is truly a world-class field a brilliant collection of foreign players
includes Annika Sorenstam Laura Davies Lisa lot Norman and Carrie Webb and don’t forget the American stars Meg
Mallon Patti Sheehan Beth Daniel Jane Geddes and Brandi Burt
all of them have come together to vie for the national championship at this
very special place pine needles in the gently rolling sand hills of North
Carolina is the home of the legendary Peggy Kirk Bell it was here that Peggy
and her husband Warrenville purchased a golf course and began to build one of
America’s great golf resorts Peggy Kirk Bell is one of the pioneers
of American women’s professional golf not only was she a great player a Curtis
Cup player as well as a leading professional of the 1950s she is a
renowned instructor and one of this country’s great sports women much
admired and much loved Peggy has a role as host of the women’s open her
involvement attracted 2,500 loyal volunteers and a salute from the USGA
Peggy’s she comes as close to being the heart and soul she certainly it’s the
heart and soul of this place she represents everything is good and so
we begin the 51st United States women’s a record-breaking total of 875 women
entered this 1996 championship an entry that was narrowed to a field of 150
professionals and amateurs pine needles a classic Donald Ross layout was in
superb condition the intermediate rough was an inch long at the primary rough at
a stout three inches was not to be tangled with fast and firm greens our
our tradition at the Women’s Open and these offered a rapid pace a speedy 11
on the stimpmeter as the first round began there were a number of favorites
but few predicted that the defending champion could repeat Sweden’s young Annika Sorenstam was
playing well but only five players have won this championship two years in a row
a greater possibility seemed to be Australia’s rookie sensation
khari Webb who was leading the women’s professional tour in nearly every
category Annika Sorenstam started fast hitting this masterful approach to the
first hole of the championship khari Webb meanwhile was forced to make
a 5-footer for her par on the first hole but Annika was off to a great beginning
this for a birdie on number one odda cos Women’s Open victory in 1995
was something of a surprise but the Women’s Open launched a storybook year
for this young player from Sweden and she was leading money winner in the
United States Europe and Australia in 1996 other players emerged Michele
Redman had this birdie putt at the 14th to go to 2-under par and the powerful
Laura Davies at the par-5 10th proved she still had a delicate touch around
the greens favoured in almost every tournament she enters Lara had this putt
to tie for the early lead ahead on the 13th hole missing McGeorge
could join the leaders at 1-under if she made this birdie putt the finishing hole
at pine needles is a long and difficult par-4
the hole calls for a well-placed tee shot to the top of a rise then it’s
downhill to a well bunker green which drops off severely in the back
a typical Donald Ross design late in the first round Kim Williams began to cause
a stir firing this fine iron shot to the 18th green Kim’s approach set up this birdie putt she finished as the leader in the
clubhouse with a 1-under par 69 what would she have to do to keep up this
pace Rico Higashi Oh a young amateur from Japan had this shot from the rough
to keep her even par round going at the 18th hole and now Rico from
five-and-a-half feet for a round of 70 meanwhile Annika had lost a couple of
strokes she’s won over par at the par-3 13th from 15 feet Annika could get back
to even par a nice firm stroke and a birdie meanwhile other players such as
Julie Inkster were playing some wonderful shots this tremendous bunker
shot saved a part late in the day Beth Daniel faced a shot
from deep rough at the 12th Beth’s beautiful upright swing made this fine
shot possible then a birdie putt to get to even par within a stroke of the lead on the final hole Beth Daniel out for
several weeks with a back injury could gain a share of the lead with this
birdie putt and she made it so Beth joins the leaders and so at
1-under par 69 Kim Williams and Beth Daniel with Annika Sorenstam only a
stroke behind an even par Kris Jenner also with an even par 70 former champion
Jane Geddes at 71 michelle McGann’s at +2 along with Tammy green Vicky gets at
+3 Patty Sheehan and Jo Ann Carter former champions of +4 Nancy Lopez a
disappointing 77 on the day pine needles venue of the 1996 Women’s Open is owned
and operated by Peggy Kirk Bell and her family Peggy and her husband Warren
bought pine needles in 1953 designed by Donald Ross the course was constructed
with hard manual labor while mules were used to pull old scrapers that break the
land along its natural flow pine needles a six thousand two hundred and seven
yard Par 70 layout and a glorious sight for the championship and in the second
round the biggest names in women’s golf were making a move for the title Annika Sorenstam began her charge and at
the 10th at this pitch for her third shot to the par 5 well done from four
feet for a birdie and Annika it’s three under par brandy Burton who won the u.s. girls
junior on this same course in 1989 had a birdie try at the 8th that moved Brandi
to within three strokes of the lead and another contender 1986 champion Jayne
Geddes with this iron approach shot to the 8th hole if Jane can make a birdie
here she would pull to within two strokes of Annika these greens were
extremely fast and Jane charged the hole but the cup got in the way and she’s in
two subpar figures another champion three-time winner Hollis Stacy chose to
putt from 10 feet off the cutting surface at the 9th hole always a crowd favorite Hollis’s birdie
moved her to three over par another champion Lisa lot Newman was making a
bit of a move at the long par-3 13th it required a wood from the tee but fine
wood shots release a lot spread and butter when she won in 1988 with a well
deserved birdie Lisa lock moves to one over par then it
was a faceoff at the top of the leaderboard Annika Sorenstam had this
car putt at the 14th but missed and dropped to 2-under par meanwhile Jane
Geddes birdied with this short putt and pulled into a tie so the leaders are
2-under par a charged up Jane Geddes almost told her approach to the 11th
green wonderful shot and with that easy birdie
putt Jane moved into the lead all alone at 3-under par the 16th hole at pine
needles is another long dish par-3 at 172 yards the hole calls for a good long
iron shot over a natural wash area – an undulating green Meg Malin at 4 over par
is a fine long iron player and Meg nearly hold this great shot but
Meg still had to get the ball into the hole
she failed a disappointing waste of a verify golf shot Kim Williams the leader
after the first round was having her troubles in the second she missed this
short putt and dropped to five over par Pat Bradley the 1981 champion began her
move with this long birdie putt at the 15th hole back at the 13th Jane Geddes
faced this long bunker shot but she took too much sand Jane knew that shot would
cost her and this 12-foot putt to save par would be left all the way Jane well
knows what another woman’s open victory would mean to win it again it would be
the ultimate because I would appreciate it and now I think I’m a better golfer
and I think I’m worthy of it now 1886 maybe I wasn’t as worthy as right at the
end of her own round Annika would pick up another birdie after this wonderful
approach shot to the 18th green from 10 feet she made it to finish with
a 67 and with her first round of 70 was free under par she had the lead again
relying on the strong points of her game and so at the halfway point Sorenstam
had a three-stroke lead over Brandi Burton Jane Geddes and former Curtis Cup
player Emily Klein former champion Lisa lot
Newman at three over par Michelle Redman also at three over and Pat Bradley Chris
chatter are at 4-over par Michelle Magan at +5 Beth Daniel now at +7 along with
Kim Williams and Kerry web 62 players made the cut which came at eight over
par that eliminated Dottie pepper Sweden’s Helen Alfredson Nancy Lopez and Betsy King but it’s a
triumphant year for women with Judy Bell the first woman to head the USGA the new
USGA President Judy Bell talked about what the women’s open means to her after
the cut was made the competition tightened saturday is moving day at the
Women’s Open Pat Bradley began to emerge when she birdied the 13th hole the
greens were a bit faster this Saturday but Pat made her – from 15 feet and
pulled to within 4 strokes of the lead one of the contenders was Laura Davies
who could birdie the 10th if she could get it up and down from just off the
green her chip was a bit past the hole but still it’s a birdie putt then Lara for the four and it went in
the side door Laura was now within four strokes of the lead but Annika was doing
some work of her own she had picked up another birdie and then made this smooth
putt to drop to 5-under PAR pigs are heating up Tammy green wrapped in this birdie putt
at the 11th hole to get to even par but it was brandi burton who was really
making a move with this shot to the 9th green brandi couldn’t know that this
ball would be well placed below the hole and she would have yet another putt for
birdie brandi seemed more focused in this
championship than in recent years she made the birdie putt to go to 1-under
par the par-4 12th hole saw a lot of action first a lovely iron shot to the
green from Tammy green then Tammy made her second straight
birdie to get to 1-under par up ahead Nancy Harvey caused some fireworks with
this birdie at the 16th green at the 12th hole Jane Geddes hit a
wonderful approach shot from off of the pine needles very well played now a go
at a birdie for Jane Brandi Burton at 2-under par faced this
approach shot to the 11th green and Brandi would have a chance to pick up
another stroke her playing companion Annika Sorenstam found some rare trouble
on that same hole Brandi had a rather long putt but if she made it it was a
birdie and she made it now at 3-under par she was putting some pressure on
Annika Annika for par that was a bogey unfamiliar territory
for the young Swede and she had only a two stroke lead at this point Pat
Bradley tried to finish with some flair on the final hole and her approach shot was nearly
hole-high that would have a chance for a birdie and to pick up another stroke but Pat’s putt was just short she would
have liked that birdie but Pat shot a wonderful third round of 67 and was at
1-over par after 54 holes Jane Getty said even par at the 14th
hole still had some fireworks left and this was yet another beautiful approach
shot then the birdie opportunity yes and Jane was 1-under par the 14th
hole is a long par 4 at 401 yards bunkers guard this small Donald Ross
green but there’s an interesting chipping area to the right of the green
Annika was in that chipping area while Brandee caught one of the bunkers after this chip from the high fringe
Annika would have to work hard for her part brandy played her bunker shot with real
finesse Annika tried to save a part but missed and dropped to 4-under par her short bogey putt was another
disaster to firm and she was now free under par meanwhile Brandi Burton
wrapped in this putt for a great save and we had a tie at the top of the
leaderboard Brandee and Annika 3-under with Jayne
only two strokes behind but events caused the leaderboard to change again
Brandi’s bunker shot at the 16th skidded well past the hole her putt for a par
never touched the cup and Brandi dropped a 2-under par at the very next hole
Annika hit this iron shot well left of the hole brandy was in yet another bunker but she
managed to hit this long bunker shot to within 8 feet of the cup while it looked as if Annika might have
a difficult to putt she made this long slick putt for yet
another birdie brandy for a par missed her pot and she fell three strokes
behind at the final hole of this third round Jayne Geddes found a greenside
bunker her putt for par was short of the hole a discouraging bogey to end the day
but Jane still finished the round with a 70 and was even par with one round to
play for brandy the 18th hole was crucial and she had this very difficult
chip shot from a downhill lie what a fine golf shot meanwhile she watched Anika’s
birdie-putt fall short but Annika tapped in for a car a 69 and a 4-under par
total with this putt Brandi could remain just three shots
back and she made it great save this was a tremendous performance by these two
young players each shot 69 what would their chances be on Sunday with one round left to play Annika had a
three-stroke lead over brandy Burton while Jane Geddes was four behind Pat
Bradley and Tammy Greene just five off the pace
Laura Davies now at 2-over par appeared to be out of the running
Emily Klein was at free over Maria Buena at six over par former champions Meg
melon and Patti Sheehan where it’s seven over par four players
Annika Sorenstam is atop the leaderboard brandy Burton won the 1989 us girls
junior on this very same Golf Course Jane Geddes is a power hitter who won
the Women’s Open in 1986 and in 1981 Pat Bradley came from behind with a blazing
66 to win the Women’s Open does a past champion have an edge Sunday was clear and pleasant and as in
the early rounds there was little wind this was the day when the Women’s Open
Championship would be decided now the focus was on two players Brandee and
Annika annika got off to a hot start on the
par-3 3rd hole a fine short iron shot set up a birdie for the defending
champion at the 5th hole Brandi lost a stroke to the lead and had this tap in
for bogey now she’s even par so all eyes went to Chris chatter Chris at the 8th
hole had this putt for a birdie to get to 1 over par Pat Bradley and Jayne Geddes were also
making a bid at the 8th hole each would pick up a stroke here first
Jane for a birdie then Pat matched her but Chris cheddar was about to birdie
her second hole in a row at the ninth hole she made it and she was now at even
par and having a great round Annika refused to be rattled
here’s her approach shot to the 8th green and then a birdie try to go to
6-under par and establish a six stroke lead so Annika seemed to be out
distancing the field with a six stroke margin over the next four players at the
par-5 10th hole Chris chatter was in a green side bunker in to that wonderful
golf shot left her with this short cut for her third birdie in a row at the ninth hole Brandi Burton got back
on track with a birdie to go back to 1-under par Laura Davies of crowd
favorite early on was far back but she was still trying on every shot that was
for a birdie at the 13th and while some were joking around Annika meant business
playing beautifully Annika had this eagle putt at the par-5 10th it was just you know when you’re in the
zone it feels like doesn’t matter what you do you can you know you can close
your eyes and swing things just go your way
Cristie Kerr an amateur fired final round of 69 and finished as low amateur
in this Women’s Open Championship Kristy would next be on her way to Ireland to
play on the American Curtis Cup team the 176 yard 13th hole is downhill bunkered
left and right this par 3 drops off in the back and proper Club selection is
crucial at the 13th tee Jane Geddes hit a beautiful shot setting up a birdie on
this par 3 hole Jane made it and vaulted to 1-under par
at the same hole a little bit later Annika found the right-hand bunker one
of her rare miscues ahead of her a Christian played the par-3 16th hole
with a fine iron shot to the green to set up yet another birdie try Chris was really on a roll this birdie
pulled her to within four strokes of the lead with only four holes left to play
Monica even though she had a four stroke lead could not afford to make mistakes
and on the 15th hole she met that challenge birdie on the 16th hole the
par 3 she’s struck again watch this one and for Brandee Burton the 16th hole was
also no problem a birdie but Annika had a short birdie putt too and she seemed
to be pulling away from the field Chris cheddar would not birdie the final hole
of the championship a fine par 4 however gave her a great closing round of 66
reminding us of how special the Women’s Open is Pat Bradley had a birdie putt on
the 18th hole that’s a great final round of 69 and a third-place tie the 1986 champion Jane Geddes was
finishing up the Women’s Open with a fine closing round of 72 tie for third
at even par as Annika Sorenstam parents watched from the gallery their daughter
was given a heroines welcome at the final green by a record-breaking crowd the defending champion missed this final
green but at 8-under par her victory was assured brandy Burton missed a par on
the final hole but even with a bogey she too would finish at even par to a tee
time for third place well done brandy and now Annika Sorenstam for a par a perfect finish and a record Women’s
Open Championship score of 272 that’s this would make me so happy that
you win a tournament when you play well it’s hard to say in words to win it once
is wonderful to do it you know twice and do it two in a row it it’s it’s an
incredible feeling now it’s hard to believe it’s true again and you know I
never understand and so Annika Sorenstam name will be
listed twice on the United States Women’s Open Championship Cup the
defending champion has won and it’s sweet again

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