Notes Acker-Macosko Sets LPGA Record


Anna Acker-Macosko set a new LPGA 18-hole record for a par-71 course during the final round of the Longs Drugs Challenge. Acker-Macosko, who joined the LPGA Tour in 1996 and had a previous career-low of 64, lit up the course Sunday by carding an 11-birdie, bogey-free final round 60.
Acker-Macosko shot 69-70-72-60=271 (-13) and tied for fifth, tying her career-best finish. She posted nines of 31-29 to break the previous par-71 course record by one shot. Se Ri Pak set the previous mark of 61 at the 1998 Jamie Farr Kroger Classic. Her 11-birdie round ties five other players who trail Annika Sorenstams 13-birdie round of 59 by two shots.
CRUSH Magazine Debuts This Month
The premiere issue of CRUSH, the official magazine of the official magazine of CRUSH the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA), is now available to golf fans across the country. CRUSH is distributed nationwide at select newsstands, premiere golf resorts, on-site at various LPGA Tour events, through and at other locations.
A glossy magazine on high-quality paper, CRUSH is published in two sizes: a full-sized luxury version and a more compact version for LPGA Tour events. The 216-page magazine features Annika Sorenstam on the cover and articles about LPGA players throughout. The issue also includes features on fashion, finance, golf accessories, beauty, food and travel.
The CRUSH luxury edition retails luxury edition retails at $8.99 and is available at Books-a-Million, Albertsons, Kroger, Walden Books, Borders, Barnes and Noble, Hudson News, Dillon News Group and Hastings. The compact edition retails at $7.99 and can be purchased through with exclusive member promotions.
CRUSH is published by TMC USA LLC of West Palm Beach, Fla., and TMC USA will be donating a percentage of the retail cover price to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, the offi cial national charity of the LPGA. Plans for 2005 include two issues of CRUSH for spring and fall.
Dibos Becomes U.S. Citizen
Alicia Dibos, a native of Peru who joined the LPGA Tour in 1993, earned U.S. citizenship on Sept. 17 at a courthouse in Bridgeport, Conn. Dibos said, The LPGA gave me the opportunity to make a wonderful career in this country, and thanks to the LPGA, I am so proud to become a U.S. citizen.
Dibos recorded 14 top-10 finishes in her LPGA career, including a tie for second after a sudden-death playoff at the 1994 Childrens Medical Center Classic. Dibos, who is a member of the LPGA T&CP earned more than $960,000 as an LPGA player before leaving the Tour full-time in 2003 to take a position as assistant pro at Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, N.Y.
New Title Sponsor for LPGAs Mobile Stop
Mobile, Ala.-based Mitchell Company has reached a title sponsorship agreement with Raycom Sports, owner and operator of the Mobile LPGA Tour event, securing the events future in the city of Mobile. The multiyear agreement renames the event the Mitchell Company Tournament of Champions.
The Mitchell Company is recognized as one of the largest and most diverse real estate companies in the Southeastern United States and is recognized as one of the top-100 home builders in the U.S.
The Mitchell Company Tournament of Champions is an $800,000, limited-field event featuring players who have won an LPGA tournament in 2001-04, as well as active LPGA Tour and World Golf Hall of Fame members. The 2004 Mitchell Company Tournament of Champions will take place of Nov. 11-14 at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trails Magnolia Grove Golf Club on the Crossings course and will be televised by The Golf Channel.
Kim Becomes Sixth Rolex First-Time Winner
Christina Kim became the sixth Rolex First-Time Winner of the season with her win at the Longs Drugs Challenge. She joins Karen Stupples, Jennifer Rosales, Lorena Ochoa, Kim Saiki and Moira Dunn as prestigious first-time winners.
Baena, Lim Record First Career Aces
Marisa Baena, a fifth-year LPGA player, recorded her first-career hole-in-one during the first round of the Longs Drugs Challenge. Baena aced the 14th hole from 184 yards with a 5-iron. Siew-Ai Lim aced the 12th hole during the second round from 162 yards with a 6-iron, which was also her first-career hole-in-one.