The Broadmoor Resort and Golf Club hosted media day on Tuesday leading up to this year’s Women’s Open, which will be contested July 7-10 on the East Course at the storied resort. Defending Open champion Paula Creamer headlined the list of speakers, which also included new USGA Executive Director Mike Davis; Martha Lang, chairperson of women’s championships for the USGA; and Broadmoor Director of Golf Russ Miller.
Creamer won her first major title at the Women’s Open last year at Oakmont in Pennsylvania. She is easily one of the more well-liked of U.S. players on the LPGA tour, especially from a fan’s perspective. Being the U.S. Open champion comes with a lot of responsibility, and a lot of perks, too. She was planning to do a tandem skydive on Tuesday morning with an Air Force representative, but that got wiped out because of the iffy weather. “I had always said that if I ever won a major, I was going to skydive,” Creamer said. “I’m still going to do it. Unfortunately, it just couldn’t happen today.”
Since winning last year, Creamer has also been able to fly in an F-16 with a member of the Thunderbirds; play at Augusta National; and be on “The Price Is Right” television game show. “I had one chance to make a 12-foot putt. That was pressure!” she said. Creamer also admitted to feeling very patriotic as she walked up the final hole with last year’s Open firmly in hand, almost as much as she does playing for the United States in the Solheim Cup.
Creamer has kept the Open trophy on her kitchen table this past year. “It’s the first thing I see when I come in, and the last thing I see when I leave. I’ve had the best breakfast, lunch, and dinner for the past year. It’s a big trophy, so I need a solid base.”
It was also announced Tuesday that Creamer will hold a clinic for junior golfers during tournament week on the Broadmoor practice range at 2:00 pm on Tuesday, July 5.
Television coverage for this year’s Women’s Open will be expanded from year’s past. The Golf Channel will have a preview show on Wednesday, July 6. Then during play, ESPN2 will carry the event on Thursday and Friday from 3:00-7:00 pm. NBC will have weekend coverage beginning at 1:00 pm both Saturday and Sunday.
Ticket sales are ahead of pace for a record-setting attendance total. Tickets can be purchased at www.2011uswomensopen.com, or at local King Soopers stores. Active and retired military can purchase tickets for half price. Military Day will be on July 4, when all military members will be admitted free. July 4 is the first practice day for the event. Remember also that children 17 and under are admitted free with a paid adult admission, and the first row of all grandstands will be reserved for children’s viewing.