A handfull of prominent pros carry a stronger-than-usual emotional attachment into this week’s CVS/pharmacy LPGA Challenge.
With CVS/pharmacy’s title sponsorship ending when the event concludes, the tour’s in danger of losing its only Northern California tournament.
That’s troubling for Paula Creamer, Natalie Gulbis, Juli Inkster, Pat Hurst and Christina Kim, all who have roots and connections to the region.
Gulbis, who was raised in the Sacramento area, made her first LPGA appearance in the CVS/pharmacy LPGA Challenge back when it was known as the Long Drugs Challenge. She was 14 when she Monday qualified into the event. She says securing this event’s future is important to her.
“It’s been on my mind all year,” Gulbis said by telephone before the event began. “I’m very passionate about the LPGA and about this event being in Northern California. I think there will be a lot of conversations after the tournament. I’m hoping to do whatever I can to keep this event in Northern California, whether it’s here or around the Bay area.”
Creamer grew up in nearby Pleasanton and has been enjoying a homecoming celebration in her first return since winning her first major championship last summer. She’s scheduled to present her U.S. Women’s Open trophy to Castlewood Country Club officials today for temporary display. It's the club where she grew up playing.
“It’s as much mine as it is theirs,” Creamer said.