The River Course at Kingsmill was previously home to the Michelob Ultra Kingsmill Championship, which was founded in 2003 and was on the LPGA tournament schedule for seven years. After a two-year break, the Williamsburg, Va. tournament stop returns for the 2012 season and will be the final event before the LPGA heads over to the United Kingdom for the season’s final major.
The ladies teeing it up this week have an affection for the Kingsmill stop, which seems only fitting since Virginia is for lovers. Here’s what some of the players had to say about the Kingsmill Championship:
“I've got great memories here and I stay with a great family, the Wickers, and it's such a great time. The golf course is one of my favorites, it's about my favorite on tour, and I've just got good feelings all around when I come here.” – Cristie Kerr
“I like it, I like how it feels here, I like the people, everybody's been so nice, it's very relaxed. It's such a big tournament type of feel when you walk through or drive through the gates there at the beginning. It just makes you want to play well.” – Paula Creamer
“At the beginning of the season I was maybe thinking about skipping this tournament just to have two weeks off at home and go straight to the British. And I think I said that to Sophie Gustafson and she said, ‘No, you have to go to Kingsmill, it's so amazing there.’ So I guess I changed my plans and I'm happy I did and it's great. The golf course is one of the best we play all year. Fans are really good, all volunteers, and so far everything has been great.” – Azahara Munoz
“I was really excited to come because everybody said so many positive things and spoke so highly about the course, so I was really looking forward to coming.” – Beatriz Recari
“Obviously to be able to say you've got a tee time in an LPGA tournament, bottom line, is a very special thing, but to be able to come back here to Kingsmill to Williamsburg and to a community that's known professional golf for a number of years. It's very special to be back because these people, they know what they're doing. They love their golf, they're passionate about it, they're thankful to have us here, which I don't understand why because we're taking up all their tee times, but whatever. They've been great.” – Christina Kim
“First of all, it's nice to be back here, I just love this golf course and I just missing this tournament really bad. I feel really happy to be here. I love the tournament atmosphere, the always-good crowds and the tournament is really organized. It's just so many great things. I know so many great things about this tournament, so that's why I miss this so much.” – Ai Miyazato