LPGA Club Pro Championship

By Lpga Tour MediaMarch 10, 2003, 5:00 pm
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. ' LPGA International, the home course of the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA), will host the 2003 and 2004 GOLF FOR WOMEN Magazine LPGA Teaching and Club Professional (T&CP) Championships, the premier national competition for women teaching and club professionals. The 2003 event will be held Aug. 4-6 at the nationally renowned facility. The 54-hole event was previously held at Mid Pines Inn & Golf Club in Southern Pines, N.C., which is owned and operated by LPGA pioneer Peggy Kirk Bell and her family, from 2000-02. This years $102,000 event will mark the 16th staging of the event and Golf For Womens 11th year as title sponsor. Suzy Whaley, who will play in the PGA Tours Greater Hartford Open in May, will return to defend her title. The Titleist, Cobra and FootJoy Pro-Am will precede the tournament on Sunday, Aug. 3. We at Golf For Women are delighted this prestigious event will be played at LPGA International for the next two years, said Barrie Oringer, executive director, creative services for Golf For Women magazine. Mid Pines Inn & Golf Club, along with the whole Bell family, were wonderful hosts the past three years, and I thank them for their dedication to the event. LPGA International is a top-notch facility, one that has hosted a number of high-quality tournaments in the past, so I know the tournament will have a good home for the next two years. The 54-hole national event will take place at LPGA Internationals Legends Course and is open to all active Master, Class A and B, Apprentice, Life and Senior members in good standing of the LPGA T&CP membership. The field will be limited to the first 150 entries. A portion of these spots will be held for Senior Division competitors, age 50 and over. The Championship Division winner earns a spot in the 2004 McDonalds LPGA Championship Presented by AIG, one of the LPGA Tours four major championships, and in the 2004 GOLF FOR WOMEN Magazine LPGA T&CP Championship. LPGA International is a perfect host site for the next two GOLF FOR WOMEN Magazine LPGA T&CP Championships, and Im proud to bring the tournament to the LPGAs home town of Daytona Beach, said LPGA Commissioner Ty M. Votaw. A crucial component of our strategic business plan is increasing the memberships national recognition, and bringing the LPGA T&CP memberships crown jewel of competitions to a facility like LPGA International is right in line with that goal. Mid Pines Inn & Golf Club and Peggy Kirk Bell greatly helped with that process during the last three years, and Im confident Director of Golf and General Manager Nancy Henderson and LPGA International will continue the trend. Last year, Whaley, who resides in Farmington, Conn., carded a six-under-par 66 in the opening round to take a three-stroke lead over Levon Huntley of Grass Valley, Calif. Whaley widened her lead to nine strokes after a second-round, three-under-par 69 heading into final round action. She matched two-over-par 74s with Cheryl Anderson of Stamford, Conn., in the final round to top Anderson by a record nine strokes with a 209 (- 7) total. Her win earned her a spot in the 2003 McDonalds LPGA Championship Presented by AIG, June 5-8. In the Senior Division, for members age 50 and over, M.J. Smith of Waldorf, Md., posted rounds of 75-72-69=216 (E) to win the Senior Division title by five strokes over 2001 champion Vicki Phillips of Fairfax, Va. As a member of the LPGA T&CP membership, Im honored to have the GOLF FOR WOMEN Magazine LPGA T&CP Championship come to LPGA International for the next two years, said Nancy Henderson, director of golf and general manager of LPGA International and 1994 and 2001 LPGA Professional of the Year. To be able to add this national championship event to our list of tournaments hosted is a great honor. I am looking forward to having my LPGA friends and colleagues from across the United States here in Daytona Beach for this years tournament. The LPGA International golf complex includes a new clubhouse with a 3,000-square-foot pro shop and Knickers Bar & Grill; two golf courses; a conference center; banquet facilities; and the LPGA Golf Academy. The state-of-the-art teaching academy includes three practice holes, five putting greens, chipping greens, practice bunkers and a 360-yard, double-ended driving range. Guests and members enjoy private instruction, golf schools, clinics and playing lessons by LPGA and PGA professionals. The LPGA International courses are the Champions course, designed by Rees Jones, and Legends course, designed by Arthur Hills. The Legends opened in October 1998. Playing from 5,155 yards to 6,984 yards, the Legends incorporates rolling greens, tight fairways and strategic hazard placements, testing the players skill in course management and shot making. The first time the Legends hosted a professional tournament was in 2000 with the LPGAs season-ending Arch Wireless Championship. In 2001, the Legends course began hosting the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament, which has been held in the fall at LPGA International since 1994. LPGA International will also be the host site for the 2003 LPGA T&CP Southeast Section Championship and the AJGAs 2003 Rolex Girls Junior Championship, an event it hosted in 2002. Since it opened, LPGA International has been selected for many awards, including Golf For Womens 2002 50 Best Courses for Women list. With a circulation of 500,000 and a readership of 1.9 million, Golf For Women magazine is the leading womens golf lifestyle publication. The bimonthly magazine is part of The Golf Digest Companies, a separate operating unit from Advance Magazine Publishers Inc. The Golf Digest Companies also includes Golf Digest, Golf World, Golf World Business, GolfDigest.com, Golf Digest Schools, Golf Digest Research Resource Center, Golf Digest Sports Marketing, Global Affiliates, The Database of Golf in America, and Golf Digest Licensing & Custom Publishing.
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What's in the bag: CareerBuilder winner Rahm

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 22, 2018, 10:37 pm

Jon Rahm defeated Andrew Landry in a playoff to earn his second PGA Tour title at the CareerBuilder Challenge. Here's what's in his bag:

Driver: TaylorMade M4 (9.5 degrees), with Aldila Tour Green 75 TX shaft

Fairway wood: TaylorMade M3 (19 degrees), with Aldila Tour Green 75 TX shaft

Irons: TaylorMade P790 (3), P750 (4-PW), with Project X 6.5 shafts

Wedges: TaylorMade Milled Grind (52, 56 degrees), Milled Grind Hi-Toe (60 degrees), with Project X 6.5 shafts

Putter: TaylorMade Spider Tour Red

Ball: TaylorMade TP5x

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Strange irked by Rahm-Landry friendly playoff

By Jason CrookJanuary 22, 2018, 9:45 pm

Curtis Strange knows a thing or two about winning golf tournaments, and based on his reaction to the CareerBuilder Challenge playoff on Sunday, it’s safe to say he did things a little differently while picking up 17 PGA Tour victories in his Hall-of-Fame career.

While Jon Rahm and Andrew Landry were “battling” through four extra holes, Strange, 62, tweeted his issues with the duo’s constant chit-chat and friendly banter down the stretch at La Quinta Country Club, where Rahm eventually came out on top.

The two-time U.S. Open champ then engaged with some followers to explain his point a little more in depth.

So, yeah ... don't think he's changing his perspective on this topic anytime soon ever.

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Randall's Rant: The Euros won't just roll over

By Randall MellJanuary 22, 2018, 9:36 pm

The Ryder Cup may not be the King Kong of golf events yet, but you can hear the biennial international team event thumping its chest a full eight months out.

As anticipation for this year’s big events goes, there is more buzz about Europe’s bid to hold off a rejuvenated American effort in Paris in September than there is about the Masters coming up in April.

Thank Europe’s phenomenal success last weekend for that.

And Rory McIlroy’s impassioned remarks in Abu Dhabi.

And the provocative bulletin board material a certain Sports Illustrated writer provided the Europeans a couple months ago, with a stinging assault on the Euro chances that read like an obituary.

McIlroy was asked in a news conference before his 2018 debut last week what he was most excited about this year.

The Ryder Cup topped his list.

Though McIlroy will be trying to complete the career Grand Slam at Augusta National come April, he talked more about the Ryder Cup than he did any of the game’s major championships.

When asked a follow-up about the American team’s resurgence after a task-force overhaul and the injection of young, new star power, McIlroy nearly started breaking down the matchup. He talked about the young Americans and how good they are.

“Yeah, the Americans have been, obviously, very buoyant about their chances and whatever, but it’s never as easy as that. ... The Ryder Cup’s always close,” McIlroy said. “I think we’ll have a great team, and it definitely won’t be as easy as they think it’s going to be.”

McIlroy may have been talking about Alan Shipnuck’s bold prediction after the American Presidents Cup rout last fall.

Or similar assertions from TV analysts.

“The Ryder Cup is dead – you just don’t know it yet,” Shipnuck wrote. “One of the greatest events in sport is on the verge of irrelevancy. The young, talented, hungry golfers from the United States, benefitting from the cohesive leadership of the Task Force era, are going to roll to victory in 2018 in Paris.”

European Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn won’t find words that will motivate the Euros more than that as he watches his prospective players jockey to make the team.

And, boy, did they jockey last weekend.

The Euros dominated across the planet, not that they did it with the Ryder Cup as some rallying cry, because they didn’t. But it was a heck of an encouraging start to the year for Bjorn to witness.

Spain’s Jon Rahm won the CareerBuilder Challenge on the PGA Tour, England’s Tommy Fleetwood started the week at Abu Dhabi paired with American and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson and won the European Tour event, and Spain’s Sergio Garcia won the Singapore Open in a rout on the Asian Tour.

And McIlroy looked close to being in midseason form, tying for third in his first start in three months.

Yes, it’s only January, and the Ryder Cup is still a long way off, with so much still to unfold, but you got an early sense from McIlroy how much defending European turf will mean to him and the Euros in Paris in September.

The Masters is great theater, the U.S. Open a rigorous test, The Open and the PGA Championship historically important, too, but the Ryder Cup touches a nerve none of those do.

The Ryder Cup stokes more fervor, provokes more passion and incites more vitriol than any other event in golf.

More bulletin board material, too.

Yeah, it’s a long way off, but you can already hear the Ryder Cup’s King Kong like footsteps in its distant approach. Watching how the American and European teams come together will be an ongoing drama through spring and summer.

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Quail Hollow officials promise players easier conditions

By Rex HoggardJanuary 22, 2018, 9:14 pm

Quail Hollow Club - a staple on the PGA Tour since 2003 - debuted as a longer, tougher version of itself at last year’s PGA Championship, receiving mixed reviews from players.

The course played to a lengthened 7,600 yards at last year’s PGA and a 73.46 stroke average, the toughest course in relation to par on Tour in 2017. As a result, it left some players less than excited to return to the Charlotte, N.C.-area layout later this spring for the Wells Fargo Championship.

It’s that lack of enthusiasm that led officials at Quail Hollow to send a video to players saying, essentially, that the course players have lauded for years will be back in May.

The video, which includes Quail Hollow president Johnny Harris and runs nearly five minutes, begins with an explanation of how the first hole, which played as a 524-yard par 4 at the PGA, will play much shorter at the Wells Fargo Championship.

“I had a number of my friends who were playing in the tournament tell me that tee was better suited as a lemonade stand,” Harris joked of the new tee box on the fourth hole. “I doubt we’ll ever see that tee used again in competition.”

Harris also explained that the greens, which became too fast for some, will be “softer” for this year’s Wells Fargo Championship.