King and Friends Return to Berkleigh CC


In its sixth year, the First Union Betsy King Classic returns to a four-day format and Berkleigh CC. Although there was talk at the end of last year of moving the tournament to another site, Berkleigh, designed by Scotsman Robert White, will once again host the LPGA event.
White, a native of St. Andrews, holds the distinguished honor of being the first president of the PGA of America (1916). He designed seven courses in Pennsylvania in his lifetime ' Berkleigh was the last of the seven to be built (1926).
The par-72 course features 6,197 yards of lush Bent grass. Its narrow fairways, fast greens, and meandering creeks make Berkleigh a challenging course for the 144 competitors that will tee it up Thursday.
The signature hole of this course is No. 6. At over 221-yards in length, the par-3 requires a solid tee shot over water and a savvy short game to safely make it to the well-bunkered green, making it a particularly challenging hole.
Last years winner Michele Redman had only three rounds last year to work her magic. She took home the trophy after recording three rounds in the 60s to finish 14-under 202 with a three-stroke advantage over the rest of the field. This year, as defending champion, Redman has 72 holes ' four days worth ' to defend her title.
This years field includes Helen Alfredsson, Mi Hyun Kim, and Hee-won Han as well as Jan Stephenson, Meg Mallon and of course Betsy King. 72-holes of stroke play begin on Thursday with 144 players competing for a share of the $800,000 purse.
Weather looks good with highs in the 80s and lows in the 60s. There is a chance of thunderstorms during the final round, but overall it should be sunny skies and partly cloudy.