polo winter jacket How they dressed for the US Women’s Open
“It lets them see me so I don’t get hit,” Matthews said.
His wife, Shelda, wore bright sneakers so he can easily spot her if they’re separated in the hustle and bustle of the tournament. Women’s Open, every professional golfer, volunteer and spectator needs to figure out the same question: What do I wear?
Take July’s hot and humid weather, add the threat of showers, the vast golf course and the fact that this is the biggest women’s golf tournament around, and the answer isn’t easy.
Fans watching practice rounds balanced comfort and staying cool with stylish pops of color. Many wore golf clothing even if they weren’t competing.
Golfers mainly stuck with solid colors, but some of the players showed a lot of personality in their outfits, all the way down to their shoes.
Most of the golfers wore gear common at a tournament a hat or visor, sunglasses, a polo shirt (usually made of wicking fabric) and shorts or an athletic skirt, said Jasmine Grimm, personal stylist and CEO of Lancaster based Ruby Inc., an agency dedicated to helping women find the perfect clothes for their body type.
Haeji Kim was one of a few golfers wearing pants during practice rounds. Her plaid pants have a fun side pocket, which looked like a cargo Cookie Monster.
Yuting Shi, one of the younger golfers, broke from tradition and wore a polo with a message (“Hello and Smile”), stripes and buttons at one of the practices.
Michelle Wie wore sleek separates in solid colors during practice rounds. In the past, she has worn camo pattern tape to help her muscles and alignment. For this tournament, she went with pink and blue.
On the other side of the lines, about 2,300 volunteers staffed the Lancaster Country Club course. Their uniform of cobalt blue shirts and khaki skirts or shorts was a common sight. Many spectators followed suit. wearing a lot of khaki.
Allison Appleton of Millersville wore khaki shorts, a bright orange T shirt and purple sneakers. Women’s Open and watching the action, not focusing on her clothing. But she did put some thought into her outfit.
“I love fun colors,” she said.
Sisters Karen Halstead of Penn Township and Diane Lausman of Manheim Township both wore bright, lightweight shirts, khaki shorts and athletic shoes.
“We didn’t try to color coordinate,” Halstead said.
Lausman wore golf shoes for extra support. She’s had a grueling recovery after a bicycle accident a year ago, but she made it to the country club to watch the players practice.
“I love the game of golf and it was a goal for me to be walking again for this,” she said.
Spectators (and a few golfers) brought umbrellas to hide from the sun. Sue Kob of Mount Joy wore a big straw hat.
“I figured this wouldn’t fly off,” she said.
Tammy Yarnell of Lampeter Township brought a big umbrella to shield the sun during her second volunteer shift.
“I was exhausted,” she said about her first shift. “I have the umbrella because it’s hot out here.”
On the other end of the attention to detail spectrum, Taylor Merrill of Lancaster channeled “Caddyshack” with vintage 1970s pants, a graphic 1980s golf shirt and a floral golf hat.
“I love Rodney Dangerfield,” said Merrill, of Lancaster. “I love ‘Caddyshack.’ I love when people stare.”
In between were fans wearing flowing shirts, white pants and summer dresses.
“This sort of outfit is perfect for a nice summer day,” Grimm said.
Sarah Stoltzfus of Bird in Hand doesn’t like shorts, so she wore a dress and comfortable flat sandals. Her friend, Kari Denlinger of Harrisburg, focused on comfortable shoes and added a cool tank top and her signature pearl earrings.
Carey Eshleman of Lancaster picked her platform sandals first and then selected a breezy outfit a tank and a maxi skirt. Barb Grimm, of Lancaster, wanted to wear an outfit that was cool and appropriate, with shoes that were stylish yet comfortable, so she picked a dress and made sure to wear coordinating sunglasses.