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Strong European force head for Women's US Open

Twenty members of the Evian Tour, including 11
members of last year's victorious Solheim Cup team, will play in the 2001 Women's US Open which starts next Thursday at Pine Needles GC in North Carolina.

Of those players, 10 succeeded at regional qualifying and a further two are among the top four alternates to make this Europe's strongest ever presence at the second women's Major of the year.

World number one Annika Sorenstam leads the assault, looking to add a third US Open title to her CV and her sixth title of an amazing year so far.
Joining her is reigning Evian Tour Order of Merit winner Sophie Gustafson, who will be hoping to add the US Women's Open to her British Open she won
last year at Royal Birkdale.

Former World number one and 1987 US Open champion Laura Davies will spearhead the British charge, and is joined by 1997 US Open winner Alison Nicholas and fellow 2000 Solheim Cup stars Trish Johnson and Scotland's
Janice Moodie.

Scot Catriona Matthew and England's Johanna Head, Joanne Morley and Suzanne Strudwick complete the British contingent.

Sweden's Maria Hjorth fired a 67, the lowest qualifying score at The Legacy
GC in Phoenix, to cruise through, while compatriot Helen Alfredsson returned
a 68 at Brentwood GC in Tennessee.

But most of the Evian tourists qualified at The Standard GC in Atlanta, with
France's Karine Icher, winner of the 2001 Evian Tour qualifying school,
leading the way with a two under par 70.

Spain's Solheim Cup star Raquel Carriedo, runner up at the La Perla Italian
Open last week, fired a 71 with England's Head a shot further back. Sweden's
Sofia Grönberg-Whitmore, New Zealander Lynette Brooky and France's Marine
Monnet sneaked in with 73's

Solheim Cup Swede Catrin Nilsmark completed the list of qualifiers with a 70
in Ohio and compatriot Eva Dalhoff and France's Anne Marie Palli are among
the top four alternates.

Exempt players:
Laura Davies (ENG)
Sophie Gustafson (SWE)
Trish Johnson (ENG)
Carin Koch (SWE)
Catriona Matthew (SCO)
Janice Moodie (SCO)
Joanne Morley (ENG)
Alison Nicholas (ENG)
Annika Sorenstam (SWE)
Charlotta Sorenstam (SWE)

Sectional Qualifiers:
Maria Hjorth (SWE)
Karine Icher (FRA)
Raquel Carriedo (ESP)
Johanna Head (ENG)
Sofia Grönberg-Whitmore (SWE)
Marine Monnet (FRA)
Lynette Brooky (NZL)
Helen Alfredsson (SWE)
Suzanne Strudwick (ENG)
Catrin Nilsmark (SWE)

Anne-Marie Palli (FRA)
Eva Dalhoff (SWE)

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