Michelle Estill Set For U.S. Senior Open
TEMPE, Ariz. - Sun Devil Women's Golf Associate Head Coach Michelle Estill will compete in the 2021 U.S. Senior Women's Open, taking place July 29-August 1 at Brooklawn Country Club in Fairfield, Connecticut.
"I am so humbled to have this opportunity to play in the U.S. Senior Women's Open and honored to be representing ASU," Estill remarked. "I always have such pride wearing the pitchfork and it makes this USGA major extra special."
The four-day, 72-hole event brings together the top female golfers over the age of 50, with several former LPGA Championships competing in the field. It is only the third edition of the event, part of the LPGA's Senior Tour.
Estil enjoyed an extremely successful LPGA career of her own after leaving Arizona State in 1989. In 1990, she finished second at the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament to earn exempt status for the LPGA Tour. She went on to win LPGA Rolex Rookie of the Year in 1991 and had four top-20 finishes the following year. In her career, she earned over $1.95 million in prize money thanks to 25 career Top-10's. Estill emerged victorious at the 1991 PING-Cellular One LPGA Golf Championship, kickstarting an excellent professional career.
"I am so excited to see Coach Estill play in the US Senior Women's Open," Head Coach Missy Farr-Kaye exclaimed. "She had an amazing professional career on the LPGA and it is great to see her compete again!'
She last played on the LPGA tour at the 2006 State Farm Classic, competing at the highest level for over 15 years. Estill has made many contributions to the association and to the game, as a playing member from 1991-2006, as well as serving on the LPGA Board of Directors and Executive Committee (1996-98) and as President (1998). In 1994, she received the Budget Service Award for the LPGA Urban Youth Pen Pal Program.
"I'm super excited to play and know it will be magical no matter the outcome," Estill added "Thankful to Missy Farr-Kaye and ASU Athletics for giving me the chance to be away from Tempe and continuing to grow as a coach and person. I am one lucky Sun Devil."
The Assistant Coach on the 2017 National Championship team will compete in a field of 120 golfers, including former LPGA stars Annika Sorenstam and Juli Inkster. The best 50 golfers after the first two rounds will make the cut and advance to the final two days. The final two days of the event will be aired on GOLF Channel. The Par 71, 6,711-yard Brooklawn Country Club course also hosted the 1979 U.S. Women's Open.
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