PITTSFORD, N.Y. – Paula Creamer grew up in Pleasanton, Calif., but she considers the Rochester area a home away from home on tour, and that makes this farewell edition of the Wegmans LPGA Championship especially poignant.
Creamer, 28, first played in the LPGA’s Rochester event on a sponsor’s exemption when she was 16. The galleries have watched her grow up over the years.
“I learned how to drive a car here and now I’m getting married,” Creamer said.
Creamer said she arrived her first year here with a learner’s permit and would drive to Locust Hill with her father in a relative’s car. The event was special because her grandfather, Tom Creamer, used to drive over every year from his home in Ithaca to watch until his death in 2012. She has had the same security detail, Moses and Sean, every year she has played. They made the trip to Ithaca for her grandfather’s funeral. She said a number of volunteers here did.
“I’ve made so many friends here,” Creamer said.