Prammanasudh Eyes Return to Site of Win

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Stacy Prammanasudh still is getting used to the belly putter she switched to during the offseason. Returning to the site of her lone LPGA Tour victory might help that transition.
 
'It's kind of like coming home again,' the defending champion said of the Vanderbilt Legends Club, site of this week's Franklin American Mortgage Championship.
 
'I've always played well here in the past, and I've been here before. I'm sure I'll be a little bit nervous. It's another golf tournament, and I have to go out and play like I normally do week-to-week, so I'm excited.'
 
Defending that title won't be easy because Lorena Ochoa and Karrie Webb, Nos. 1 and 2 on the year's money list, are here. Both Ochoa and Webb are playing well with a victory apiece on the tour this year and having tied for second last week at the Ginn Clubs & Resort Open.
 
Annika Sorenstam is bypassing this event, which benefits the Monroe Carrell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt University in nearby Nashville for a third straight year.
 
Ochoa leads the tour in scoring, averaging 69.37, and she became the first Mexican to win on tour here in 2004. Prammanasudh won her title by three strokes over Ochoa last year.
 
'Lorena and Karrie have been playing great golf this year no doubt about that,' Prammanasudh said. 'But with how wet it is, you can shoot right at the pins, and you know you have to make birdies out here. You can only do what you can do. You can't control what anybody else is doing.'
 
Prammanasudh's season so far can't compare with what Ochoa or Webb have done.
 
She has been steady with four finishes in the top 13 in seven events and a tie for ninth at Safeway in March. She missed the cut in Stockbridge, Ga., last month, but was 24th last week.
 
This is Prammanasudh's third visit to this course as a pro, and she finished 14-under par both times. She also played here as a junior and knows the par-72, 6,458-yard course well.
 
'It's just a fun course. You know you can go out and make a lot of birdies and when it's wet conditions the way it has been in years past, you can go shoot at the greens and be aggressive,' Prammanasudh said.
 
Get her on the greens with the new putter, and she's feeling much more confident. She has an average of 29.7 putts per round through seven tournaments compared to 30.56 putts per round in 2005.
 
'Still it's a learning process, using it, and I've always used a conventional putter my whole life. That's helped me with my consistency on the greens a little bit,' she said.
 
Everyone likely will get the chance to shoot at the pins. Rain has fallen on this course in each of the five LPGA tournaments held here and there's a 50 percent chance of thunderstorms for the first round Thursday. Webb said everyone understands this when signing up for this tournament.
 
'It's just that time of the year up here and the weather is either pretty good or, you know, we could have a storm,' Webb said.
 
'I know coming in here that you're going to have to have patience as far as delays and maybe possibly play more than 18 holes in a day. But that's just the way it is. You just try and hope that you're switched on when it's your turn to play,' Webb said.
 
Divots
This event will feature a pair of local high school seniors. Sara Hunt of Columbia Central High automatically was entered into the field after several withdrawals, avoiding Monday's qualifier. She recently finished third in an event on Pinehurst No. 2 and tees off Thursday afternoon with Naree Song and May Wood. Callie Nielson is a senior at University School of Nashville and will tee of Thursday morning with Danah Ford and Cathy Johnston-Forbes.
 
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