Peggy Ference is first woman to play U.S. Open Challenge; Mark Wahlberg wins

us-open-challenge-peggy-ference-mark-wahlberg-drew-brees-wayne-gretzky.jpgThe U.S. Open Challenge is a celebrity event that was held on June 9 but aired Sunday, June 20 before the actual U.S. Open started its final day of play on NBC.

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.