(Lancaster) -- Preparations are well underway in the midstate for the 2015 U.S. Women's Open golf tournament.
The 70th annual edition will be held next July at the Lancaster Country Club.
Golf legend and Pennsylvania native Arnold Palmer will serve as the honorary chairman of tourney. He helped mark the start of the countdown to when the best women golfers in the world will tee-off.
"A golf course like Lancaster Country Club will be one that will give (the players) all they want for a challenge and certainly they'll play well here," he says.
The 84-year-old Palmer is considered one of the greatest golfers in history. The Latrobe native joined members of the United States Golf Association this past weekend at an event in Lancaster.
He says his home state is a great place to golf.
"Even though we have some pretty severe winters, the summers are beautiful and (there) really a great selection of very fine golf courses," he adds. "You can't beat that."
The tournament, which was last held in Pennsylvania in 2009 in Bethlehem, is expected to generate some $25 million for the midstate's economy.
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