Organizers thrilled with community support of U.S. Open

Written by Tim Lambert and Radio Pennsylvania | Jul 9, 2015 5:00 AM

Photo by AP Photo/Frank Franklin II

Fans watch golfers practice putting on the 18th hole during a practice round for the U.S. Women's Open golf tournament at Lancaster Country Club this week.

(Lancaster) -- The best women golfers in the world are teeing off today in Lancaster County as the U.S. Women's Open gets underway.

Ticket sales are pacing well and organizers believe the tournament could set a record for attendance.

Diana Murphy is the vice president and chairman on the USGA Championship Committee.

She says 10 former U.S. Open champions are taking part among the diverse field of golfers. American Michelle Wie is the defending champion.

"We have representative from 25 different country. We have 25 amateurs competing, including 11 players in the Top 50 of the Women's World Amateur Golf ranking and 52 players who are making their first appearance in this national championship," she says.

Murphy says fan interest has been amazing.

"We expect record crowds," she says. "Really, the community has just turned out in a remarkable fashion to support this championship."

Some 25,000 fans are expected per day Saturday and Sunday at the Lancaster Country Club as players compete for a record purse of $4.5 million.

The championship round is set for Sunday.

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