Back to NOLA: City Park's Place

By Mercer BaggsMay 25, 2011, 9:00 pm

NEW ORLEANS – Oceola Probst has the perfect New Orleans name, the kind that when he introduces himself you wonder, “Is he messing with me?”

But his name’s legit and he’s every bit as local as one would think an Oceola Probst would be.

Mr. Probst is 78 years old. He’s been playing City Park golf courses since 1951 – or ’52, somewhere around that time.

“I get out here about once a week nowadays,” he says, putting his golf shoes into the back of his pick-up truck with the camper hood. “Got a group, usually come out here on Wednesdays. Used to be a 6 handicap, but now about an 18 with my bad back.”

Mr. Probst is fresh from playing the North Course at City Park. It’s the lone remaining track from a once 72-hole layout that was reduced to near rubble by Hurricane Katrina.

It took one day to destroy more than 150 years of doing, one day to cause more than $55 million in damages. On Aug. 29, 2005, 1,300 acres of shared memories and history was just a plot of land – just tangled nature.

“It was discussed, about letting the park go,” said current City Park chief development officer John Hopper. “But no one wanted to go that route, because you would have a 1,300-acre cancer in the middle of the city. That would be hard for the surrounding area to recover.”

“City Park,” Hopper continued, “is part and parcel of the fabric of New Orleans. It’s where people say, ‘My dad taught me how to play golf here,’ ‘I caught my first fish here,’ ‘I played football here,’ ‘I got married here.’”

City Park has always been more than just a golfing locale, but golf used to be the heart of the financial operation, pumping in more cash flow than any other resource to keep the park up and running. Prior to Katrina, golf contributed $4.5 million to an operating budget of nearly $11 million.

Today, the operating budget is roughly the same, but golf, with only one venue rather than four, is the fourth primary earner, with a gross budgeted revenue of $1.5 million.

But soon, one way or the other, there will be two venues.

“On March 22,” said North Course general manager Gary Nelson, “it was officially approved for a new 18 holes.”

City Park is currently working with the Bayou District Foundation to make that new layout a “championship” course. But as BDF co-founding member Mike Rodrigue reiterated several times during an interview, “it’s a public process.”

“If it was a private sector we could move with a lot more agility,” Rodrigue said. “With the public process, you pick a time to meet and talk about the next meeting.”

Rodrigue loves City Park. He’s one of those kids about which Hopper described, a kid who used to ride on the back of his dad’s pull cart.

He and fellow BDF co-founder Gerry Barousse have a plan. It won’t be easy to execute, but nothing’s been simple in nearly six years.

Their Bayou District Foundation was created in the wake of Katrina with seed money from the Fore!Kids Foundation, which raises funds for children’s charities and was chaired by Rodrigue for eight years.

It’s modeled after the East Lake Foundation in Atlanta and, like its predecessor, it reaches well beyond golf. Its purpose, according to its website, is “to create a new mixed-income community, complete with schools and recreational facilities in the old St. Bernard Housing Community.”

Golf is a large part of that equation.

“It’s twofold,” Barousse said of golf’s contribution to the foundation. “It allows us to generate capital for projects and put that back into the community. The other side is introducing golf to young children in the community.”

Added Rodrigue, “Historically, people that lived in St. Bernard didn’t visit City Park – it’s three blocks away. People were intimidated to come over. Part of what we’ve done in the last four years is to introduce golf, initially through Bayou District junior golf programs and now partnering with the First Tee.”

Katrina flooded 80 percent of New Orleans. When she busted the 17th Street Canal, water washed over St. Bernard Parish and City Park in a near Biblical sense. All are still fighting to recover to this day.

Census reports show New Orleans lost nearly one-quarter of its residents pre-Katrina to 2010 (estimated 455,000 to 343,829).

St. Bernard, meanwhile, has lost nearly half its population since the catastrophe. But it’s on the mend, thanks to philanthropic sources like the Bayou District Foundation and the St. Bernard Project, which has built 343 houses, to date, in the parish since its founding in March 2006.

City Park is on the rise as well.

“Pre-Katrina, we had 130 full-time employees,” Hopper said. “We were at 23 at one point after the storm and now were up to 85. The picture is much rosier, but there was a lot of suffering to get to this point.”

City Park is largely self-sufficient. It gets $1.9 million from state funds, but nothing from the city of New Orleans in respect to its operating budget.

“We need lots and lots of golf, lots of weddings, lots of people coming to the amusement park, lots of people renting our facilities,” Hopper said.

The golf rounds will increase. They currently stand around 43,000 a year on the North Course, according to Nelson, and with what is being proposed, the “championship” venue should be quite an attraction. It will play from 5,150 yards to 7,240 yards, with five sets of tees; sit over 250 acres; is being designed by Rees Jones Architects; and will be comprised of half of the old East Course and half of the old West Course.

“It will be competitive with anything on offer in the city,” said Barousse. “It’s accessible by street car from downtown, it’s seven minutes by cab. It will be very tourist friendly, Convention Center friendly.”

The Bayou District Foundation very much wants to be a part of this project. Income created can benefit other endeavors and they can play a larger role in developing golf in the community.

City Park, likewise, wants BDF to be a partner.

“Their involvement will allow the course to be of much better quality,” Hopper said. “If for some reason it doesn’t work, the park is prepared to move forward with the money we have on our own to develop that land for a golf course.

“The optimist in me says we are close to solidifying that partnership, but for a project that has a $24 million price tag, there are a lot of details to work out. It’s a lot of stars that have to align. If there was only one donor, it would be a whole lot more simple. But Bayou District Foundation is bringing money to the table, we’re bringing money to the table, FEMA is bringing money to the table, we need to find donors, we’re a state agency not a private development, so all of those things have to come together.”

It’s a public process.

The park had a master plan in place prior to Katrina to have all of its projects to be completed or in development by 2018. It’s since been amended. The date is still desired, but the contents of the plan have been jumbled about a bit.

“The original plan called for a 54-hole facility,” Rodrigue noted, as the South Course was going to be closed for reuse as outdoor recreation and the other courses were going to be renovated to some degree. “We revised it to a 45-hole facility and it has further been reduced to a 36-hole facility.

“Most of the negative comments were about affordability. They also wanted more hiking and biking which didn’t exist before.”

“We’re probably another four or five months before we can start really to see things open up,” Barousse said. “We had hoped to be ready for the Super Bowl in 2013 (to be contested in New Orleans), that’s not a realistic expectation now.”

Stated Hopper, “We’re looking at about two years after the ink dries.”

It took three years for the North Course, noted as the beginner’s track, to re-open post-Katrina. Eventually it will have a sibling, that’s not in question – just the superiority of that sibling.

Excellence is something with which City Park is very familiar. As site of the PGA Tour’s New Orleans Open from 1938-62, it hosted golf royalty like Ben Hogan, Gene Sarazen and Byron Nelson.

But it’s not the kings of golf, rather the common man to which City Park caters. Men like Oceola Probst.

As Probst headed home to Metairie, a magpie group of golfers spaced out along the two-tier driving range on the North Course.

Down near the far right of the range a ball clanked loudly against one of the stables, enough to make those 15 stalls down take notice.

W.G. Choi and T.K. Lee were trying to practice in anonymity, but their unstructured swings betrayed them. The two, on loan from South Korea, were taking a break from work at the Waterford Nuclear Generating Station in nearby Killona.

Choi is 30; Lee 34. Both men have been playing for but two months and at the moment, they’re hitting balls in directions a contortionist would think impossible.

But they’re smiling.

“Here to have fun,” Lee said. “Enjoy weather.”

Up a few stalls to the left, Gary Dupuy was giving his son, Gavin, a lesson. Gavin’s mother, grandmother and sister were watching, also enjoying the sun and breeze, as was his cousin, Evan.

“I’m 7 ½,” Evan said of his age. “He’s 7 ¾.”

The Dupuys used to live in St. Bernard Parish. Katrina forced their relocation to North Carolina, where Gary works as a pediatrician.

“We came back to visit family,” Gary said. “My wife’s sister lives here. They had a two-story home so they were able to salvage things, but we just had a single-story and all of our stuff was totaled.”

After a few words of instruction and encouragement, Gavin took a few swings and missed on each occasion. Gary then stepped in behind him and helped him make contact.

“Finally,” the exasperated 7 ¾-year-old said.

Rebecca and Lacy Mirovich weren't having any issues striking the ball. Despite having only picked up the game two years ago, both are quite accomplished amateurs, their very proud father, Dannie, made known.

Like the Dupuys, Dannie and family resided in the greater New Orleans area before the storm. And like the Dupuys, they relocated to North Carolina.

They were back in town visiting his wife’s mother and Dannie didn’t hesitate to bring his daughters to one of the only public courses around these parts.

“The girls play all the time,” Dannie said of Rebecca, a 17-year-old high school senior, and Lacy, a 15-year-old sophomore. “We’ve got 3 acres of land in North Carolina, which we could never have down here, and I built a 20-, 40- and 60-yard chipping area as well as a sand trap.

“After school, the girls hit 100 balls a day and you can see the results. In just two years, Lacy has an 11.9 handicap and Rebecca’s is 6.9.”

That’s what you get at City Park: kids, teens, fathers, mothers, grandparents, blacks, whites, Asians, t-shirts, collars, veterans, beginners, those of skill, and those … just having a good time and delighting in the weather.

“It’s an Everyman golf course,” Hopper said of City Park’s current singular layout. “With this course, with the proposed course and with everything we do at City Park, we are trying to fulfill a single mission: providing services to the people that they want.”

Hurricane Katrina flooded 90 percent of City Park’s 1,300 acres. It did damage equal to five times the park’s annual operating budget. It decimated its work force.

In 2018, when the original master plan was set to go live, New Orleans will turn 300 years old. And whether projects are finished or just getting started, whether there are 18 holes of golf, 36 holes or more, there will still be a City Park.

“It’s been a difficult recovery process,” Hopper said. “But, in the end, we’re building a better park.”



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NBC Sports' Coverage of LPGA Tour in 2017 Most-Viewed Season Ever for NBC Sports

By Golf Channel Public RelationsDecember 13, 2017, 8:45 pm

NBC Sports’ LPGA Tour Coverage Ties 2013 for Most-Watched Year Since 2011

NBC and Golf Channel Boast Top-6 Most-Watched Women’s Golf Telecasts in 2017

Beginning with the dramatic playoff finish at the Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic in January and concluding with Lexi Thompson winning the $1 million Race to the CME Globe, nearly 22 million viewers tuned in to LPGA Tour coverage across Golf Channel and NBC in 2017. This makes 2017 the most-viewed LPGA Tour season across NBC Sports since Golf Channel joined the NBC Sports Group in 2011. Additionally, 2017 tied 2013 as the LPGA Tour’s most-watched year across NBC Sports since 2011. Coverage drew an average of 221,000 viewers per telecast in 2017 (+24% vs. 2016), according to data released by The Nielsen Company.

NBC SPORTS GROUP CLAIMS TOP-6 MOST-WATCHED WOMEN’S GOLF TELECASTS IN ‘17

For the first time ever in televised women’s golf, Sunday’s final round of the RICOH Women’s British Open (Sunday, Aug. 6, 2017, 1.1 million viewers) delivered the most-watched and highest-rated women’s golf telecast of the year. NBC’s Saturday (Day 2) coverage of the Solheim Cup in August placed second with 968,000 viewers, followed by Sunday’s Solheim Cup coverage on NBC with 946,000 viewers. Golf Channel’s live coverage of Sunday’s final day of the Solheim Cup drew 795,000 viewers, the most-watched women’s golf event on cable in eight years.

Rank

Network

Event

Day

Avg. Viewers P2+

1

NBC

RICOH WOMEN'S BRITISH OPEN

Sunday

1,100,526

2

NBC

SOLHEIM CUP

Saturday

968,202

3

NBC

SOLHEIM CUP

Sunday

946,387

4

NBC

KPMG WOMEN'S PGA CHAMPIONSHIP

Sunday

839,983

5

NBC

RICOH WOMEN'S BRITISH OPEN

Saturday

808,578

6

GOLF

SOLHEIM CUP

Sunday

795,000

ADDITIONAL VIEWERSHIP MILESTONES FOR WOMEN’S GOLF IN 2017

  • ANA Inspiration - The LPGA’s first major championship delivered thefifth most-watched LPGA final round in Golf Channel history with 551,000 viewers when So Yeon Ryu defeated Lexi Thompson in a playoff following Thompson being assessed a four-stroke penalty earlier in the final round.
  • KPMG Women’s PGA Championship – The LPGA’s second major was seen by 6.6 million viewers across Golf Channel and NBC, the largest audience for the event on record (2006-17). Sunday’s final round on NBC, which saw Danielle Kang win her first LPGA Tour event over defending champion Brooke Henderson, also was the most-watched telecast in the event’s history with 840,000 average viewers.
  • RICOH Women’s British Open – NBC’s Sunday coverage of the RICOH Women’s British Open delivered the most-watched and highest-rated women’s golf telecast in 2017 (.78 U.S. HH rating, 1.1 million viewers). In total, 7 million unique viewers tuned in to coverage across Golf Channel and NBC, the most-watched RICOH Women’s British Open in the past 10 years and the most-watched among the five women’s major championships in 2017.
  • Solheim Cup – Seen by a total audience of 7.3 million viewers across Golf Channel and NBC, the Solheim Cup posted the largest total audience for women’s golf since the 2014 U.S. Women’s Open on ESPN/NBC. Golf Channel’s live coverage of the final day drew 795,000 average viewers, becoming the most-watched women’s golf telecast on cable in the last eight years, since the final day of the 2009 Solheim Cup.

GOLF CHANNEL DIGITAL POSTS RECORD STREAMING CONSUMPTION

Golf Channel Digital posted record numbers of LPGA streaming consumption with 11.9 million live minutes streamed across LPGA Tour telecasts in 2017 (+563% vs. 2016).

  • Solheim Cup – Three-day coverage of the Solheim Cup saw 6.3 million minutes streamed across NBC Sports’ Digital platforms, trailing only the 2016 Rio Olympics (9 million) as the most-ever for a women’s golf event airing on Golf Channel / NBC.
  • RICOH Women’s British Open – Four-day coverage of the RICOH Women’s British Open saw 2 million minutes streamed, +773% vs. 2016.

NBC Sports Group combined to air 31 LPGA Tour events in 2017 and a total of 420 hours of coverage, the most in LPGA history. The exclusive cable home to the LPGA Tour, Golf Channel aired coverage of four of five women’s major championships in 2017, with three majors also airing on NBC: the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, RICOH Women’s British Open and The Evian Championship. The biennial Solheim Cup also returned to network television for the first time in 15 years with weekend coverage on NBC.

Source: Nielsen 2017 Live+Same Day DVR vs. prior available data. Persons 2+ avg 000’s and/or Persons 2+ reach w/six-minute qualifier. Digital Metrics from Adobe Reports & Analytics. Details available.

Hensby takes full responsibility for violation

By Rex HoggardDecember 13, 2017, 5:28 pm

The PGA Tour’s Anti-Doping Program manual covers 48 pages of details, from the pressing to the mundane, but for Mark Hensby the key section of the policy could be found on Page 5.

“The collector may allow you to delay reporting to the testing area for unavoidable obligations; however, you will be monitored from the time of notification until completion of the sample collection process,” the policy reads. “A failure to report to the testing area by the required time is the same as a doping violation under the program.”

Hensby, a 46-year-old former Tour winner from Australia, didn’t read that section, or any other part of the manual. In fact, he said he hasn’t received the circuit’s anti-doping manual in years. Not that he uses that as an excuse.

To be clear, Hensby doesn’t blame his anti-doping plight on anyone else.

“At the end of the day it’s my responsibility. I take full responsibility,” he told GolfChannel.com.

Like Doug Barron, Scott Stallings and even Vijay Singh before him, Hensby ran afoul of the Tour’s anti-doping policy because, essentially, of a clerical error. There were no failed tests, no in-depth investigations, no seedy entourages who sent Hensby down a dark road of performance-enhancing drug use.

Just a simple misunderstanding combined with bad timing.

Hensby, who last played a full season on Tour in 2003, had just completed the opening round of the Sanderson Farms Championship when he was approached by a member of the Tour’s anti-doping testing staff. He was angry about his play and had just used the restroom on the 17th hole and, he admits, was in no mood to wait around to take the urine test.

“Once I said, ‘Can I take it in the morning,’ [the Tour’s anti-doping official] said, ‘We can’t hold you here,’” Hensby recalled. “I just left.”

Not one but two officials called Hensby that night to ask why he’d declined to take the test, and he said he was even advised to return to the Country Club of Jackson (Miss.) to take the test, which is curious because the policy doesn’t allow for such gaps between notification of a test and the actual testing.

According to the policy, a player is considered in violation of the program if he leaves the presence of the doping control officers without providing the required sample.

A Tour official declined to comment on the matter citing the circuit’s policy not to comment on doping violations beyond the initial disclosure.

A week later, Hensby was informed he was in violation of the Tour’s policy and although he submitted a letter to the commissioner explaining the reasons for his failure to take the test he was told he would be suspended from playing in any Tour-sanctioned events (including events on the Web.com Tour) for a year.

“I understand now what the consequences are, but you know I’ve been banned for a performance-enhancing drug violation, and I don’t take performance-enhancing drugs,” Hensby said.

Hensby isn’t challenging his suspension nor did he have any interest in criticizing the Tour’s policy, instead his message two days after the circuit announced the suspension was focused on his fellow Tour members.

“I think the players need to read that manual really, really well. There are things I wasn’t aware of and I think other players weren’t aware of either,” he said. “You have to read the manual.”

It was a similar message Stallings offered following his 90-day suspension in 2015 after he turned himself in for using DHEA, an anabolic agent that is the precursor to testosterone production and banned by the Tour.

“This whole thing was a unique situation that could have been dealt with differently, but I made a mistake and I owned up to it,” Stallings said at the time.

Barron’s 2009 suspension, which was for a year, also could have been avoided after he tested positive for supplemental testosterone and a beta-blocker, both of which were prescribed by a doctor for what were by many accounts legitimate health issues.

And Singh’s case, well that chapter is still pending in the New York Supreme Court, but the essential element of the Fijian’s violation was based on his admitted use of deer-antler spray, which contained a compound called IGF-1. Although IGF-1 is a banned substance, the World Anti-Doping Agency has ruled that the use of deer-antler spray is not a violation if an athlete doesn’t fail a drug test. Singh never failed a test.

The Tour’s anti-doping history is littered with cases that could have been avoided, cases that should have been avoided. Despite the circuit’s best educational efforts, it’s been these relatively innocent violations that have defined the program.

In retrospect, Hensby knows he should have taken the test. He said he had nothing to hide, but anger got the best of him.

“To be honest, it would have been hard, the way I was feeling that day, I know I’m a hothead at times, but I would have probably stayed [had he known the consequences],” he admitted. “You’ve got to understand that if you have too much water you can’t get a test either and then you have to stay even longer.”

Hensby said before his run in with the anti-doping small print he wasn’t sure what his professional future would be, but his suspension has given him perspective and a unique motivation.

“I was talking to my wife last night, I have a little boy, it’s been a long month,” said Hensby after dropping his son, Caden, off at school. “I think I have a little more drive now and when I come back. I wasn’t going to play anymore, but when I do come back I am going to be motivated.”

He’s also going to be informed when it comes to the Tour’s anti-doping policy, and he hopes his follow professionals take a similar interest.

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Lesson with Woods fetches $210K for Harvey relief

By Will GrayDecember 13, 2017, 2:51 pm

A charity event featuring more than two dozen pro golfers raised more than $1 million for Hurricane Harvey relief, thanks in large part to a hefty price paid for a private lesson with Tiger Woods.

The pro-am fundraiser was organized by Chris Stroud, winner of the Barracuda Championship this summer, and fellow pro and Houston resident Bobby Gates. It was held at Bluejack National in Montgomery, Texas, about an hour outside Houston and the first Woods-designed course to open in the U.S.

The big-ticket item on the auction block was a private, two-person lesson with Woods at Bluejack National that sold for a whopping $210,000.

Other participants included local residents like Stacy Lewis, Patrick Reed and Steve Elkington as well as local celebrities like NBA All-Star Clyde Drexler, Houston Texans quarterback T.J. Yates and Houston Astros owner Jim Crane.

Stroud was vocal in his efforts to help Houston rebuild in the immediate aftermath of the storm that ravaged the city in August, and he told the Houston Chronicle that he plans to continue fundraising efforts even after eclipsing the event's $1 million goal.

"This is the best event I have ever been a part of, and this is just a start," Stroud said. "We have a long way to go for recovery to this city, and we want to keep going with this and raise as much as we can and help as many victims as we can."

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LPGA schedule features 34 events, record purse

By Randall MellDecember 13, 2017, 2:02 pm

The LPGA schedule will once again feature 34 events next year with a record $68.75 million in total purses, the tour announced on Wednesday.

While three events are gone from the 2018 schedule, three new events have been added, with two of those on the West Coast and one in mainland China.

The season will again start with the Pure Silk Bahamas Classic on Paradise Island (Jan. 25-28) and end with the CME Group Tour Championship in Naples, Fla., (Nov. 15-18).

The LPGA played for $65 million in total prize money in 2017.

An expanded West Coast swing in the front half of the schedule will now include the HUGEL-JTBC Championship in the Los Angeles area April 19-22. The site will be announced at a later date.

The tour will then make a return to San Francisco’s Lake Merced Golf Club the following week, in a new event sponsored by L&P Cosmetics, a Korean skincare company. Both new West Coast tournaments will be full-field events.

The tour’s third new event will be played in Shanghai Oct. 18-21 as part of the fall Asian swing. The title sponsor and golf course will be announced at a later date.

“Perhaps the most important aspect of our schedule is the consistency — continuing to deliver strong playing opportunities both in North America and around the world, while growing overall purse levels every year,” LPGA commissioner Mike Whan said in a statement. “There is simply no better [women’s] tour opportunity in the world, when it comes to purses, global TV coverage or strength of field. It’s an exciting time in women’s golf, with the best players from every corner of the globe competing against each other in virtually every event.”

While the Evian Championship will again be played in September next year, the tour confirmed its plans to move its fifth major to the summer in 2019, to be part of a European swing, with the Aberdeen Standard Investments Ladies Scottish Open and the Ricoh Women’s British Open.

The Manulife LPGA Classic and the Lorena Ochoa Invitational are not returning to the schedule next year. Also, the McKayson New Zealand Women’s Open will not be played next year as it prepares to move to the front of the 2019 schedule, to be paired with the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open.

The U.S. Women’s Open will make its new place earlier in the summer, a permanent move in the tour’s scheduling. It will be played May 31-June 3 at Shoal Creek Golf Club outside Birmingham, Ala. The KPMG Women’s PGA Championship (June 28-July 1) will be played at Kemper Lakes Golf Club on the north side of Chicago and the Ricoh Women’s British Open (Aug. 2-5) will be played at Royal Lytham & St. Annes in England.

For the first time since its inception in 2014, the UL International Crown team event is going overseas, with the Jack Nicklaus Golf Club in Incheon, South Korea, scheduled to host the event Oct. 4-7. The KEB Hana Bank Championship will be played in South Korean the following week.

Here is the LPGA's schedule for 2018:

Jan. 25-28: Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic; Paradise Island, Bahamas; Purse: $1.4 million

Feb. 15-18: ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open; Adelaide, Australia; Purse: $1.3 million

Feb. 21-24: Honda LPGA Thailand; Chonburi, Thailand; Purse: $1.6 million

March 1-4: HSBC Women's World Championship; Singapore; Purse: $1.5 million

March 15-18: Bank of Hope Founders Cup; Phoenix, Arizona; Purse: $1.5 million

March 22-25: Kia Classic; Carlsbad, California; Purse: $1.8 million

March 29 - April 1: ANA Inspiration; Rancho Mirage, California; Purse: $2.8 million

April 11-14: LOTTE Championship; Kapolei, Oahu, Hawaii; Purse: $2 million

April 19-22: HUGEL-JTBC Championship; Greater Los Angeles, California; Purse: $1.5 million

April 26-29: Name to be Announced; San Francisco, California; Purse: $1.5 million

May 3-6: Volunteers of America LPGA Texas Classic; The Colony, Texas; Purse: $1.3 million

May 17-20: Kingsmill Championship; Williamsburg, Virginia; Purse: $1.3 million

May 24-27: LPGA Volvik Championship; Ann Arbor, Michigan; Purse: $1.3 million

May 31 - June 3: U.S. Women's Open Championship; Shoal Creek, Alabama; Purse: $5 million

June 8-10: ShopRite LPGA Classic presented by Acer; Galloway, New Jersey; Purse: $1.75 million

June 14-17: Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give; Grand Rapids, Michigan; Purse: $2 million

June 22-24: Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G; Rogers, Arkansas; Purse: $2 million

June 28 - July 1: KPMG Women's PGA Championship; Kildeer, Illinois; Purse: $3.65 million

July 5-8: Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic; Oneida, Wisconsin; Purse: $2 million

July 12-15: Marathon Classic presented by Owens-Corning and O-I; Sylvania, Ohio; Purse: $1.6 million

July 26-29: Aberdeen Standard Investments Ladies Scottish Open; East Lothian, Scotland; Purse: $1.5 million

Aug. 2-5: Ricoh Women's British Open; Lancashire, England; Purse: $3.25 million

Aug. 16-19: Indy Women in Tech Championship presented by Guggenheim; Indianapolis, Indiana; Purse: $2 million

Aug. 23-26: CP Women's Open; Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada; Purse: $2.25 million

Aug. 30 - Sept. 2: Cambia Portland Classic; Portland, Oregon; Purse: $1.3 million

Sept. 13-16: The Evian Championship; Evian-les-Bains, France; Purse: $3.85 million

Sept. 27-30: Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Purse: $1.8 million

Oct. 4-7: UL International Crown; Incheon, Korea; Purse: $1.6 million

Oct. 11-14: LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship; Incheon, Korea; Purse: $2 million

Oct. 18-21: Name to be Announced; Shanghai, China; Purse: $2.1 million

Oct. 25-28: Swinging Skirts LPGA Taiwan Championship; New Taipei City, Chinese Taipei; Purse: $2.2 million

Nov. 2-4: TOTO Japan Classic; Shiga, Japan; Purse: $1.5 million

Nov. 7-10: Blue Bay LPGA; Hainan Island, China; Purse: $2.1 million

Nov. 15-18: CME Group Tour Championship; Naples, Florida; Purse: $2.5 million