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NORTON, Massachusetts – Nearly a month after qualifying for her first U.S. Senior Women’s Open Championship at The Bay Club at Mattapoisett, Hingham’s Pamela Kerrigan-Johnson will head south this week to begin play in the Championship Proper, being contested at North Carolina’s Pine Needles Lodge and Golf Club beginning on Thursday, May 16. In its second year, the four-day, four-round stroke play event is the fourth Open Championship managed by the USGA after making its debut last July at Chicago Golf Club in Wheaton, Illinois.
The 120 player field, consisting of female professional golfers or amateur competitors with a handicap index not exceeding 7.4, will be cut down to the top 50 scorers and ties who will get to compete on both Saturday and Sunday, respectively.
Johnson, who was playing in her first competitive event in nearly 11 years when she qualified for the Senior Women’s Open Championship, carded an 18-hole score of 2-under 69 to lead the group of five women who advanced from the designated sectional qualifier. She is a golf instructor at both Hatherly Country Club and Black Rock Country Club.
Bay State natives Meg Mallon, the 2004 U.S. Women’s Open Champion, and Pat Bradley, a World Golf Hall of Fame member, were both exempt into the field but will not be competing this week.
Pamela Kerrigan-Johnson (Hingham, Mass.)
Round 1: Tee 10 | 1:24 p.m. ET || Round 2: Tee 1 | 8:14 a.m. ET
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