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Creamer, Inkster return home for Swinging Skirts

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It’s homecoming week for Juli Inkster and Paula Creamer.

Inkster and Creamer will tee it up at Lake Merced Golf Club in Thursday’s start of the inaugural Swinging Skirts Classic in San Francisco with family and friends out to cheer them on.

Inkster, 53, grew up in the Bay Area, in Santa Cruz, went to college at San Jose State and lives today in Los Altos. Creamer, 27, grew up in Pleasanton, east of San Francisco. This week marks the first time the LPGA has hosted an event in Northern California since the CVS/Pharmacy Challenge in 2010.

“I feel bad for the tournament office,” Creamer said. “They have had to deal with me and my family. My dad has been in there the last couple days, 10 times, dealing with tickets and this and that.”

Inkster is excited to have women’s golf showcased once again in the region she has called home her entire life.

“I'm just very happy that Lake Merced has decided to host this,” Inkster said. “Everybody has asked me all year, `What is Lake Merced like?' It's not a country club. It's a golf course. It's going to be all you can bring. And I haven't heard one bad thing about it. Everybody has been very happy about the way it's set up and how hard it's playing.”