First- and second-round tee times and other tidbits for the 2013 U.S. Women’s Open
By Stephanie Wei under US Women's Open

Sebonack is pretty, but don’t let that fool you

Sebonack is raring to go for an incredibly scenic U.S. Women’s Open, but its beauty is deceiving. And the USGA sets up the golf course, so expect a grueling challenge, especially with these tricky greens — some of which are about as natural-looking as the surface of the moon — and strong winds.

The USGA is also quite deft at putting together great pairings for the first two rounds. 2012 USWO champ Na Yeon Choi will play with 2012 U.S. Amateur champ Lydia Ko, who is also only 16 years old, and Brittany Lincicome.

Other marquee pairings include Inbee Park, who has won five times this year, including the season’s first two majors, Stacy Lewis and Suzann Pettersen, the top-three ranked players in the world, followed by Vicky Hurst, Michelle Wie and Eun-Hee Ji, and then Ai Miyazato, Lexi Thompson, Karrie Webb — three fantastic groups in a row for your viewing pleasure.

Thursday’s featured threesome includes I.K. Kim, Yani Tseng and Paula Creamer.

Also, look out for hometown favorite Annie Park, who won the NCAA individual championship and led USC to the team title last month. I watched Park tee off with Lizette Salas and Kyung Kim this afternoon and Park, who was adorable, received the loudest cheers.

Of course, there’s also the Korda sisters — Jessica, 20, and Nelly, 14, who is the youngest competitor in the field. Meanwhile, Juli Inkster, the oldest at 53, is making her 34th USWO start, a championship record.

Oh, and this tidbit from the USGA notes just made me LOL: “Based on the course setup for the championship, the Course Rating™ is 80.9. The Slope Rating® is 152.”

Since I’ve been asked this a gazillion times, my favorite for the week? Pick an Asian, any Asian.


Other useful info, like the TV coverage:

ESPN2 and NBC will broadcast a combined 15 hours of live coverage from the 2013 U.S. Women’s Open.
June 27 – ESPN2, 3-7 p.m. EDT, first round
June 28 – ESPN2, 3-7 p.m. EDT, second round
June 29 – NBC, 2:30-3 p.m. EDT, pre-game coverage; NBC, 3-6 p.m. EDT, third round
June 30 – NBC, 2:30-3 p.m. EDT, pre-game coverage; NBC, 3-6 p.m. EDT, fourth round
Among the 156 players in the field include…
U.S. Women’s Open champions (10) – Na Yeon Choi (2012), Paula Creamer (2010), Juli Inkster (1999, 2002), Eun-Hee Ji (2009), Cristie Kerr (2007), Birdie Kim (2005), Se Ri Pak (1998), Inbee Park (2008), So Yeon Ryu (2011), Karrie Webb (2000, 2001)
U.S. Women’s Open runners-up (10) – Na Yeon Choi (2010), Juli Inkster (1992), Cristie Kerr (2000), Candie Kung (2009), Brittany Lang (2005), Suzann Pettersen (2010), Morgan Pressel (2005), Hee Kyung Seo (2011), Angela Stanford (2003), Amy Yang (2012)
U.S. Women’s Amateur champions (6) – Juli Inkster (1980, 1981, 1982), Danielle Kang (2010, 2011), Lydia Ko (2012), Jane Park (2004), Morgan Pressel (2005), Mariajo Uribe (2007)
U.S. Women’s Amateur runners-up (4) – Azahara Munoz (2008), Jennifer Johnson (2009), Jessica Korda (2010), Jane Park (2003)
U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links champions (7) – Mina Harigae (2007), Tiffany Joh (2006, 2008), Kyung Kim (2012), Candie Kung (2001), Yani Tseng (2004), Emily Tubert (2010), Michelle Wie (2003)
U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links runner-up (1) – Michelle Wie (2004)
U.S. Girls’ Junior champions (6) – Doris Chen (2010), Julieta Granada (2004), I.K. Kim (2005), Inbee Park (2002), Jenny Shin (2006), Lexi Thompson (2008)
Quote of the (yester)day: “It’s a lot more firm and fast, like even since yesterday the golf course is getting a little brown in spots. The fairways are getting those round brown spots and the greens are getting a lot firmer. So with the heat and possibly the wind here, they just have to make sure it doesn’t get kind of ridiculous. Because they could lose control of this golf course fairly quickly with the heat and the wind and as firm as things are getting right now.” –Cristie Kerr

Here’s the full list of tee times and pairings: (I bolded some of the groups that stood out to me at first glance.)

Thursday, no. 1 / Friday, no. 10

6:45 a.m./12:30 p.m.: Chelsea Harris, Ayako Uehara, Jamie Hullett

6:56 a.m./12:41 p.m.: Alice Kim, a-Erica Herr, a-Elizabeth Schultz

7:07 a.m./12:52 p.m.: Aimee Cho, Macarena Silva, a-Gabriella Then

7:18 a.m./1:03 p.m.: Christi Cano, a-Emily Tubert, Caroline Westrup

7:29 a.m./1:14 p.m.: Stephanie Sherlock, Elena Robles, Tiffany Lua

7:40 a.m./1:25 p.m.: Jenny Shin, Carly Booth, Belen Mozo

7:51 a.m./1:36 p.m.: Jane Park Danielle Kang, Mariajo Uribe

8:02 a.m./1:47 p.m.: Na Yeon Choi, a-Lydia Ko Brittany Lincicome

8:13 a.m./1:58 p.m.: Sun Young Yoo, Se Ri Pak, Jennifer Johnson

8:24 a.m./2:09 p.m.: Miki Saiki, Karen Stupples, Caroline Masson

8:35 a.m./2:20 p.m.: Sophie Gustafson, Natalie Gulbis, Je-Yoon Yang

8:46 a.m./2:31 p.m.: Jennifer Rosales, Kristy McPherson, Becky Morgan

8:57 a.m./2:42 p.m.: Charyoung Kim, Lindsey Wright, Yoonkyung Heo

Thursday, no. 10 / Friday, no. 1

6:45 a.m./12:30 p.m.: Jackie Barenborg Stoelting, a-Yueer Feng, Amelia Lewis

6:56 a.m./12:41 p.m.: Tiffany Tavee, Lindy Duncan, a-Kyung Kim,

7:07 a.m./12:52 p.m.: Kirby Dreher, a-Nelly Korda, Rachel Rohanna

7:18 a.m./1:03 p.m.: a-Doris Chen, a-Kelli Bowers, Felicity Johnson

7:29 a.m./1:14 p.m.: Meena Lee, Katie Futcher, Pernilla Lindberg

7:40 a.m./1:25 p.m.: Inbee Park, Stacy Lewis, Suzann Pettersen

7:51 a.m./1:36 p.m.: Vicky Hurst, Michelle Wie, Eun-Hee Ji

8:02 a.m./1:47 p.m.: Ai Miyazato, Lexi Thompson, Karrie Webb

8:13 a.m./1:58 p.m.: Alison Walshe, Jodi Ewart Shadoff, Candie Kung

8:24 a.m./2:09 p.m.: Danah Bordner, Sarah-Jane Smith, Mi Jung Hur

8:35 a.m./2:20 p.m.: Carlota Ciganda, Karine Icher, Caroline Hedwall

8:46 a.m./2:31 p.m.: Karin Sjodin, Momoko Ueda, Soo Jin Yang

8:57 a.m./2:42 p.m.: a-Nicole Zhang, Stacey Keating, Nicole Jeray

Thursday, no. 1 / Friday, no. 10

12:30 p.m./6:45 a.m.: Paz Echeverria, a-Karinn Dickinson, Caroline Powers

12:41 p.m./6:56 a.m.: a-Brooke Mackenzie Henderson, P.K. Kongkraphan, TBD

12:52 p.m./7:07 a.m.: a-Mariah Stackhouse, Irene Cho, Katy Harris

1:03 p.m./7:18 a.m.: Maude-Aimee Leblanc, Austin Ernst, Taylore Karle

1:14 p.m./7:29 a.m.: Christel Boeljon; Moira Dunn, Pornanong Phatlum

1:25 p.m./7:40 a.m.: Mika Miyazato, Gerina Piller, Julieta Granada

1:36 p.m./7:51 a.m.: Morgan Pressel, Azahara Munoz, Hee Kyung Seo

1:47 p.m./8:02 a.m.: Amy Yang, Brittany Lang, Haeji Kang

1:58 p.m./8:13 a.m.: I.K. Kim, Paula Creamer, Yani Tseng

2:09 p.m./8:24 a.m.: Katherine Hull-Kirk, Christina Kim, Juli Inkster

2:20 p.m./8:35 a.m.: Chie Arimura, Ilhee Lee, Sandra Gal

2:31 p.m./8:46 a.m.: Hee-Won Han, Cynthia Lacrosse, Sydnee Michaels

2:42 p.m./8:57 a.m.: Laura Diaz, Janice Moodie, Birdie Kim,

Thursday, no. 10 / Friday, no. 1

12:30 p.m./6:45 a.m.: Catherine Matranga, a-Shannon Aubert, Kendra Little

12:41 p.m./6:56 a.m.: Megan Grehan, a-Mariel Galdiano, Ji Young Oh

12:52 p.m./7:07 a.m.: a-Annie Park, Izzy Beisiegel, Christine Song

1:03 p.m./7:18 a.m.: Emily Childs, Thidapa Suwannapura, a-Casie Cathrea

1:14 p.m./7:29 a.m.: Giulia Sergas, Hee Young Park, Chella Choi

1:25 p.m./7:40 a.m.: Mina Harigae, Mo Martin, Nicole Castrale

1:36 p.m./7:51 a.m.: a-Mikayla Harmon; Angela Stanford, Lizette Salas

1:47 p.m./8:02 a.m.: Cristie Kerr, Jiyai Shin, So Yeon Ryu

1:58 p.m./8:13 a.m.: Beatriz Recari, Catriona Matthew, Jessica Korda

2:09 p.m./8:24 a.m.: Ariya Jutanugarn, Anna Nordqvist, Shanshan Feng

2:20 p.m./8:35 a.m.: Kris Tamulis, Tiffany Joh, Lorie Kane

2:31 p.m./8:46 a.m.: Brooke Pancake, Ha-Neul Kim, Dewi Claire Schreefel

2:42 p.m./8:57 a.m.: a-Alexandra Kaui, Jessica Shepley, Sally Watson