Annie Park of Levittown, the one Long Islander in Long Island's first U.S. Women's Open, will tee off at 12:52 p.m. Thursday at Sebonack Golf Club in Southampton.
Having won the NCAA women's individual title and leading Southern Cal to the team title in her first few months at college, Park will be playing in her second Open. She will begin Thursday on the 10th hole in the tournament's first round with Izzy Beisiegel of Canada, who two years ago was the first female to earn status on a men's tour when she made it through the Canadian Tour's qualifying school, and Christine Song of Tennessee, an LPGA Symetra Tour player.
The Women's Open, like the men's Open that was held last week at Merion, features a grouping of the top three players in the world rankings. Inbee Park, Stacy Lewis and Suzann Pettersen will begin at No. 10 at 7:40 a.m. Thursday. Inbee Park has won the season's first two majors and is bidding for the five-stop LPGA Grand Slam.
Defending champion Na Yeon Choi will play with 16-year-old phenom Lydia Ko and Brittany Lincicome (8:02 a.m., No. 1). Morgan Pressel and Paula Creamer begin at 1:36 and 1:58, respectively, on the first hole. The latter is playing with multiple major winner Yani Tseng. Cristie Kerr starts at 1:47 p.m. on the 10th hole.