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April 12, 2002

The Orchards Golf Club to Host 2004 U.S. Women's Open

The Orchards Golf Club, located on MHC's campus, has been selected as the site of the 2004 U.S. Women's Open, the United States Golf Association announced Friday, April 5. Donald Ross designed the course, which opened in 1922 as a nine-hole layout. Ross finished another nine holes in 1927.

Spanning more than 160 acres, the Orchards will be the host site for the 2002 NCAA Women's Division III Championship that will be played May 14–18. The Massachusetts State Amateur was played at the Orchards in 2001.

"This is a unique opportunity," says Laurie Priest, MHC director of athletics. "We have one of the top golf courses at one of the best colleges for women. We are excited about everything coming together for this major sporting event."

"We look forward to welcoming the U.S. Women's Open to the Orchards and to Mount Holyoke," said Mary Jo Maydew, vice president for finance and administration, "and we are committed to working with Arnold Palmer Golf Management, the Orchards, and the town of South Hadley to ensure that this event is a success for the entire community."

"We are honored to have been chosen for such a prestigious event," says Glenn Zito, director of golf for Arnold Palmer Golf Management, which oversees the Orchards. "We are starting some course improvements this summer, and we are excited to work with our local community to showcase golf in western Massachusetts."

The Women's Open was held in Massachusetts three times previously. It was played at Salem Country Club in Peabody in 1954 and 1984 and at Worcester Country Club in 1960.

Prior to 2004, the U.S. Women's Open will be conducted July 4–7, 2002, at Prairie Dunes Golf Club in Hutchinson, Kansas, and July 3–6, 2003, at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club in North Plains, Oregon.

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