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LPGA in Dallas-Fort Worth for first time in 22 years

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For the first time in 22 years, the LPGA is playing in the Dallas-Fort Worth area of Texas.

It’s a big week for 11 pros with Texas ties in this week’s inaugural North Texas LPGA Shootout at Las Colinas Country Club in Irving, Texas.

The last time the Dallas-Fort Worth area was host to an LPGA event was when the U.S. Women’s Open was played at Colonial Country Club in 1991. Meg Mallon won.

“I’m glad the LPGA is here,” Angela Stanford, a TCU grad who lives in Fort Worth just an hour from Las Colinas, said in a pre-tournament news conference. “I spend most of my time all year telling people how great it is here, so it’s nice to have the whole gang here.”

Stanford said her arrival for this week’s event upon returning from the Lotte Championship was different.

“It was a little odd getting off the airplane from Hawaii, because usually I will see Brittany Lang or Gerina Piller at the airport, but, like, the whole tour was following me,” Stanford said.

Joining Stanford, Lang and Piller as players who were either raised or now live in Texas are Stacy Lewis, Katie Futcher, Candie Kung, Heather Bowie Young, Wendy Ward, Julie Boland, Taylor Karle and Lisa McCloskey.

This week’s event will feature a twist with two cuts to make. After the second round, the 144-player field will be cut to the low 70 scores and ties. After the third round, it will be cut again to the low 50 and ties.