WHEATON, Ill. — Considering the historical importance for women’s golf, Elaine Crosby realized this round carried a good deal of significance.
Crosby shot a 3-under-par 70 Thursday at Chicago Golf Club for the lead after one round of the inaugural U.S. Senior Women’s Open.
“It’s history for women’s golf,” said Crosby, a two-time winner on the LPGA Tour. “We’ve worked really hard.”
A winner of two tournaments in 17 LPGA seasons, the 60-year-old Crosby owns a one-shot advantage over England’s Trish Johnson, Laura Davies and Sweden’s Liselotte Neumann heading into Friday’s second round.
Unlike the men, women professional golfers haven’t enjoyed an expansive senior tour with only a handful of events held on The Legends Tour.
So the chance to play a major USGA event for the first time has been important to the sport’s future.
“I mean, just being here, it’s just an amazing feeling,” Neumann said
Crosby had to qualify to play in the first senior open and on Thursday made the most of it.
She started on the back nine with a 3-under-par 34 and made just one bogey on the day at one of the oldest 18-hole courses in the country. Crosby called a par save on her first hole a key to her round, and from there a smart approach made the difference as firm, dry fairways made it possible for shorter hitters to excel.
“I’m not a long hitter necessarily,” Crosby said. “I’m certainly not hitting it with Trish Johnson.”
The winner of three LPGA titles and 19 Ladies European Tour titles, Johnson also won the first Senior LPGA Championship in 2017. She birdied …read more