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Jul 7, 2011 1:18 AM by Lee Douglas

Generation gap at the U.S. Women's Open

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - A variety of generations will be represented at this week's U.S. Women's Open at the Broadmoor. There are 156 golfers in the field ranging in age from 13 to 55.

The youngest is a 13-year-old, getting ready for eighth grade, spending the start of U.S. Open week wondering if she should be asking these players for autographs or playing beside them.

The oldest is 55, winner of six majors and all but retired - yet still with enough game to grind through qualifying and earn a spot in what she says will be her last pro tournament.

13-year-old Mariel Galdiano and 55-year-old Betsy King both have tee times at the Broadmoor on Thursday, even though in the golf world, they are playing from completely different sets of tees.

Such is life at the U.S. Women's Open, where the world's best try to enhance their resumes while competing against each other - along with dozens of amateurs, qualifiers and other underdogs with big dreams.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)




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