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Suzy Whaley's Special Week at the U.S. Senior Women's Open

Last week was a historic week for women’s golf and PGA Vice President Suzy Whaley was right in the middle of it. Whaley competed among the 120 player field at the inaugural U.S. Senior Women's Open at Chicago Golf Club last week.

"It's an incredibly special week," Whaley said after her Friday round. "It means the world to me to be able to compete, to play in something that's a first, and then to have women here who made my career possible, to be on the same lengths with them is tremendous."

Whaley finished 13-over through two rounds, missing the cut by one shot. Whaley shot 77-82 in the first two rounds. She qualified for the inaugural event by earning one of the five spots in a sectional qualifier at The Olympic Club outside San Francisco.

"For me it was an opportunity of a lifetime and one that gave me the chance to support women’s golf. My hope is that this event continues for many generations to come."

Whaley is familiar with being a part of history. She is one of six women to ever play in a PGA Tour event, joining Babe Didrikson Zaharias, Shirley Spork, Annika Sorenstam, Suzy Whaley, Michelle Wie and most recently Brittany Lincicome. Whaley competed in the 2003 Greater Hartford Open after winning the Connecticut PGA Section Championship.