Peggy Ference is first woman to play U.S. Open Challenge; Mark Wahlberg wins
Peggy Ference was the first woman to play in the event since its inception three years ago. She is a 51-year-old amateur golfer from New Jersey who won her spot in the event by competing in an online essay contest. She received 37% of the 65,000+ votes cast, sending her to play with actor Mark Wahlberg, hockey great Wayne Gretzky and NFL quarterback Drew Brees.
Oh, and she was required to hit from the mens' tees on the actual U.S. Open course.
Peggy shot a 118, which was good for fourth place, but she wasn't actually that far behind Brees' 102, Gretzky's 100 and Wahlberg's 97. The goal Tiger Woods set three years ago when this started is to break 100. The golfers play 18 holes and their scores are multiplied by 4, to represent a 4-day U.S. Open tournament.
"I just had to try to get it in the short stuff as quickly as possible," Ference told ESPN. "Just to learn how to hit the shot to get it out of the rough was very challenging."
"It felt like a hurricane," Wahlberg said. "I'm glad it's over. It was tough out there."