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PAKIN' EM IN: U.S. WOMEN'S OPEN SETS NEW ATTENDANCE RECORD
Published July 7, 1998
Sunday's final round of the U.S. Women's Open drew a "throng" of 24,000 to the Blackwolf Run course in Kohler, WI, boosting the event's four-day attendance total to 115,000 and breaking the previous attendance record of 109,482 set last year (Tom Flaherty, MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL, 7/6). The merchandise tent at the Women's Open "nearly sold out Sunday," and opened early Monday morning to sell the "remaining few items" (JOURNAL SENTINEL, 7/6). A gallery of more than 8,000 attended yesterday's 18-hole playoff between Se Ri Pak and Jenny Chuasiriporn, which was won by Pak (JOURNAL SENTINEL, 7/7). The USGA charged a $10 admission fee for yesterday's playoff, and granted free admission to fans under the age of 17 (THE DAILY). EQUAL PAY & PLAY: USA TODAY's Christine Brennan, on the disparity between the purses of the U.S. Open and the U.S. Women's Open: "There could be no better way for the USGA to show how much it wants to encourage the participation of girls and women in golf than to unilaterally declare the prize money will be equal for the men's and women's Opens next year" (USA TODAY, 7/7). In D.C., Tony Kornheiser writes that yesterday's playoff "capped a four-day run of women in sports only a fool would ignore. Everywhere you turned this weekend there were female athletes on television" (WASHINGTON POST, 7/7). NOTE: Last weekend's Greater Hartford Open (GHO) drew a total attendance of 245,000, down from last year's record attendance total of 260,000 (HARTFORD COURANT, 7/6).