LPGA Announces 2003 Schedule

By Lpga Tour MediaNovember 20, 2003, 5:00 pm
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Commissioner Ty M. Votaw today announced a 2004 LPGA Tour schedule that will feature 33 events with total prize money in excess of $42 million. Votaw made the announcement during a press conference at the season-ending ADT Championship in West Palm Beach.
The LPGA Tour is enjoying one of the most prosperous times and robust fan bases in LPGA history, stated Votaw. Attendance, viewership and LPGA.com traffic are up, and our sponsors are responding with sizable purse increases. Our players are competing for more money than ever before week-in and week-out as a result of the tremendous support and commitment from our tournament sponsors.
We are extremely pleased with the strength of the 2004 schedule. All official money events from 2003 will return in 2004, many with significant purse increases, and with a new event in Nashville, we are poised for an very successful tournament season. We look forward to continuing to showcase the very best in womens golf in markets worldwide.

Highlights of the 2004 schedule include:
-33 events, including 24 full-field events, eight limited-field events and one unofficial money event;
-Full-field purses are expected to be at least $31.4 million, a $2.4 million increase from 2003;
-Players are expected to compete for an average of $1,308,000 per full-field official money event, the highest-ever average.
-The LPGA returns to the Nashville, Tenn., area with the Franklin American Mortgage Championship Benefiting Vanderbilt Childrens Hospital hosted by Amy Grant and Vince Gill.
-The Michelob ULTRA Open at Kingsmill will offer a $2.2 million purse, $600,000 more than in 2003 and representing the highest LPGA purse besides the U.S. Womens Open.
-The Sybase Classic presented by Lincoln Mercury in New Rochelle, N.Y., will offer a $1.25 million purse, $300,000 more than in 2003.
-The Office Depot Championship Hosted by Amy Alcott will offer a $1.75 million purse, an increase of $250,000 from 2003.
-In addition to the Safeway Classic Presented by Pepsi in Portland, Ore., Safeway has expanded its involvement with the LPGA by taking over the full sponsorship of a second LPGA event, the Safeway International presented by Coca-Cola, in Phoenix. The Safeway International purse will increase by $200,000 from 2003. Each Safeway-sponsored LPGA event will feature a $1.2 million purse.
-The LPGAs Toledo, Ohio, stop welcomes the addition of Owens Corning to the LPGA title sponsor family with the Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic presented by Kroger, featuring a $1.1 million purse, $100,000 more than 2003.
-The Wegmans Rochester LPGA Presented by Lincoln Mercury increased its purse by $100,000 ($1.3 million), and the Samsung World Championship, a limited-field event, increased its purse by $25,000 ($825,000).
-There will be 24 full-field events, up from 23 in 2003.
The television schedule for 2004 will be released after the first of the year, and coverage is expected to remain consistent with past years. In 2003, 30 of 34 events were televised, including this weeks ADT Championship, representing more than 260 hours of coverage in the United States.
The purses, dates and sites for the LPGAs four majors are: the Kraft Nabisco Championship, $1.6 million, March 25-28, at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, Calif.; the McDonalds LPGA Championship, $1.6 million, June 10-13, at the DuPont Country Club in Wilmington, Del.; the U.S. Womens Open conducted by the USGA, $3.1 million, July 1-4, at The Orchards in South Hadley, Mass.; and the Weetabix Womens British Open, $1.6 million, July 29-Aug. 1, at Sunningdale Golf Club in Sunningdale, Berkshire, England.
LPGA Schedule   March 11-14Welchs/Frys Championship            $  800,000 Randolph North Golf Complex, Dell Urich Golf Course, Tucson, AZ  March 18-21Safeway International Presented by Coca-Cola1,200,000 Superstition Mountain Golf and Country Club, Superstition, AZ  March 25-28Kraft Nabisco Championship1,600,000 Mission Hills Country Club, Rancho Mirage, CA  April 2-4Office Depot Championship Hosted by Amy Alcott1,750,000 El Caballero Country Club, Tarzana, CA  April 15-17LPGA Takefuji Classic1,100,000 The Las Vegas Country Club, Las Vegas, NV  April 29-May 2Chick-fil-A Charity Championship hosted by Nancy LopezTBD Eagles Landing Country Club, Stockbridge, GA  May 6-9Michelob ULTRA Open at Kingsmill2,200,000 Kingsmill Resort & Spa, Williamsburg, VA  May 13-16Franklin American Mortgage Championship 900,000 benefiting Vanderbilt Childrens Hospital Vanderbilt Legends Club, Franklin, TN  May 20-23Sybase Classic Presented by Lincoln Mercury1,250,000 Wykagyl Country Club, New Rochelle, NY  May 27-30LPGA Corning Classic1,000,000 Corning Country Club, Corning, NY  June 4-6Kellogg - Keebler Classic1,200,000 Stonebridge Country Club, Aurora, IL  June 10-13McDonalds LPGA Championship 1,600,000Dupont Country Club, Wilmington, DE  June 18-20ShopRite LPGA ClassicTBD Marriott Seaview Resort & Spa (Bay Course), Galloway Twp., NJ  June 24-27Wegmans Rochester LPGA Presented by Lincoln Mercury 1,300,000 Locust Hill Country Club, Pittsford, NY  July 1-4U. S. Womens Open conducted by the USGA3,100,000 Orchards Golf Club, South Hadley, MA  July 8-11BMO Financial Group Canadian Womens Open1,300,000 Legends on the Niagra, Niagra Falls, Ontario  July 16-18Giant Eagle LPGA Classic$1,000,000Squaw Creek Country Club, Vienna, OH  July 21-24Evian Masters2,100,000Evian Masters Golf Club, Evian-les-Bains, France  July 29-Aug 1Weetabix Womens British Open1,600,000Sunningdale Golf Club, Berkshire, England  Aug 5-8Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic Presented by Kroger1,100,000 Highland Meadows Golf Club, Sylvania, OH  Aug 20-22Wendys Championship for Children 1,100,000Tartan Fields Golf Club, Dublin, OH  Aug 26-29Wachovia LPGA Classic Hosted by Betsy King1,200,000Berkleigh Country Club, Kutztown, PA  Sept 2-5State Farm Classic1,200,000The Rail Golf Course, Springfield, IL  Sept 10-12John Q. Hammons Hotel Classic1,000,000Cedar Ridge Country Club, Tulsa, OK  Sept 17-19Safeway Classic Presented by Pepsi1,200,000Columbia Edgewater Country Club, Portland, OR  Sept 23-26Longs Drugs Challenge1,000,000TBA, Sacramento, CA  Oct 7-10Asahi Ryokuken International Championship at Mount Vintage 1,000,000Mount Vintage Plantation Golf Club, North Augusta, SC  Oct 14-17Samsung World Championship 825,000The Players Course at The Woodlands, Woodlands, TX  TBDSports Today Classic1,500,000TBD, S. Korea  Nov 5-7TBATBA Nov 11-14LPGA Tournament of Champions 750,000Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail, TBD, AL  Nov 18-21ADT Championship1,000,000Trump International Golf Club, West Palm Beach, FL  Dec 18-19Wendys Three Tour Challenge850,000Reflection Bay Golf Club at Lake Las Vegas, Henderson, NV
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Lincicome grouped with two rookies in Barbasol

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 17, 2018, 9:54 pm

Brittany Lincicome will tee it up with a pair of rookies when she makes her first start in a PGA Tour event Thursday at the Barbasol Championship at Keene Trace Golf Club in Nicholasville, Ky.

Lincicome, an eight-time LPGA winner, is scheduled to go off the 10th tee at 9:59 a.m. ET in the first round with Sam Ryder, 28, and Conrad Shindler, 29. They’re off the first tee Friday at 2:59 p.m. ET

Lincicome will become just the sixth woman to play in a PGA Tour event, joining Babe Zaharias, Shirley Spork, Annika Sorenstam, Suzy Whaley and Michelle Wie.

“The first three or four holes, I’ll be a nervous wreck, for sure,” Linicome said.



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Lincicome thrilled by reception from male pros

By Randall MellJuly 17, 2018, 8:31 pm

Brittany Lincicome wondered how PGA Tour pros would greet her when she arrived to play the Barbasol Championship this week.

She wondered if there would be resentment.

She also wondered how fans at Keene Trace Golf Club in Nicholasville, Ky., would receive her, and if a social media mob would take up pitchforks.

“I can’t stop smiling,” Lincicome said Tuesday after her first practice round upon arriving. “Everyone has been coming up to me and wishing me luck. That means a lot.”

PGA Tour pro Martin Piller, husband of LPGA pro Gerina Piller, welcomed her immediately.

Other pros sought her out on the practice putting green.

She said she was also welcomed joining pros at a table in player dining.

Fans have been stopping her for autographs.

“It has been an awesome reception,” said Dewald Gouws, her husband, a former long-drive competitor. “I think it’s put her much more at ease, seeing the reception she is getting. There’s a lot of mutual respect.”

Lincicome, 32, wasn’t sure if she would be playing a practice round alone Tuesday morning, but when she made her way to the first tee, Domenico Geminiani was there, just about to go off.

He waved Lincicome over.

“He said, `Hey, Brittany, do you want to join me?’” Gouws said. “Come to find out, Dom’s a pretty cool guy.”

Geminiani made it into the field as a Monday qualifier.

“The two of us were both trying to figure things out together,” Lincicome said.

Keene Trace will play to 7,328 yards on the scorecard. That’s more than 800 yards longer than Highland Meadows, where Lincicome finished second at the LPGA’s Marathon Classic last weekend. Keene Trace was playing even longer than its listed yardage Tuesday, with recent rains softening it.

Nicknamed “Bam Bam,” Lincicome is one of the longest hitters in the women’s game. Her 269.5 yard average drive is 10th in the LPGA ranks. It would likely be dead last on the PGA Tour, where Brian Stuard (278.2) is the last player on the stats list at No. 201.

“I think if I keep it in the fairway, I’ll be all right,” Lincicome said.

Lincicome is an eight-time LPGA winner, with two major championships among those titles. She is just the sixth woman to compete in a PGA Tour event, the first in a decade, since Michelle Wie played the Reno-Tahoe Open, the last of her eight starts against the men.

Lincicome will join Babe Zaharias, Shirley Spork, Annika Sorenstam, Suzy Whaley and Wie in the elite ranks.

Zaharias, by the way, is the only woman to make a 36-hole cut in PGA Tour history, making it at the 1945 L.A. Open before missing a 54-hole cut on the weekend.

What are Lincicome’s expectations?

She would love to make the cut, but . . .

“Just going to roll with it and see what happens,” she said. “This is once in a lifetime, probably a one-and-done opportunity. I’m just going to enjoy it.”

Lincicome grew up playing for the boys’ golf team at Seminole High on the west coast of Florida. She won a couple city championships.

“I always thought it would be cool to compete against the guys on the PGA Tour,” Lincicome said. “I tend to play more with the guys than women at home. I never would have gone out and told my agent, `Let’s go try to play in a PGA Tour event,’ but when Tom Murray called with this opportunity, I was really blown away and excited by it. I never in a million years thought I would have this opportunity.”

Tom Murray, the president of Perio, the parent company of Barbasol and Pure Silk, invited Lincicome to accept one of the tournament’s sponsor exemptions. Lincicome represents Pure Silk.

Lincicome said her desire to play a PGA Tour event is all about satisfying her curiosity, wanting to know how she would stack up at this level. She also wants to see if the experience can help take her to the next level in the women’s game.

As a girl growing up, she played Little League with the boys, instead of softball with the girls. She said playing the boys in golf at Seminole High helped her get where she is today.

“The guys were better, and it pushed me to want to be better,” Lincicome said. “I think playing with the guys [on the PGA Tour], I will learn something to take to LPGA events, and it will help my game, for sure.”

Lincicome has been pleased that her fellow LPGA pros are so supportive. LPGA winner Kris Tamulis is flying into Kentucky as moral support. Other LPGA pros may also be coming in to support her.

The warm fan reception Lincicome is already getting at Keene Trace matters, too.

“She’s already picked up some new fans this week, and hopefully she will pick up some more,” Gouws said. “I don’t think she’s putting too much expectation on herself. I think she really does just want to have fun.”

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Stunner: Inbee Park steps aside for Int. Crown

By Randall MellJuly 17, 2018, 4:00 pm

There was a big surprise this week when the LPGA announced the finalized lineups for the UL International Crown.

Rolex world No. 1 Inbee Park won’t be teeing it up for the host South Koreans Oct. 4-7 in Incheon.

She has withdrawn, saying she wanted another Korean to be able to experience the thrill of representing her country.

It’s a stunner given the importance the LPGA has placed on taking the UL International Crown to South Korea and its golf-crazy allegiance to the women’s game in the Crown’s first staging outside the United States.

Two-time major champion In Gee Chun will replace Park.

"It was my pleasure and honor to participate in the first UL International Crown in 2014 and at the 2016 Olympics, and I cannot describe in one word how amazing the atmosphere was to compete as a representative of my country,” Park said. “There are so many gifted and talented players in Korea, and I thought it would be great if one of the other players was given the chance to experience the 2018 UL International Crown.”

Chun, another immensely popular player in South Korea, was the third alternate, so to speak, with the world rankings used to field teams. Hye Jin Choi and Jin Young Ko were higher ranked than Chun but passed because of commitments made to competing in a Korean LPGA major that week. The other South Koreans who previously qualified are So Yeon Ryu, Sung Hyun Park and I.K. Kim.

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Na: I can admit, 'I went through the yips'

By Rex HoggardJuly 17, 2018, 3:35 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Following his victory two weeks ago at A Military Tribute at the Greenbrier, Kevin Na said his second triumph on the PGA Tour was the most rewarding of his career.

Although he declined to go into details as to why the victory was so gratifying at The Greenbrier, as he completed his practice round on Tuesday at the Open Championship, Na shed some light on how difficult the last few years have been.

“I went through the yips. The whole world saw that. I told people, 'I can’t take the club back,'” Na said on Tuesday at Carnoustie. “People talked about it, 'He’s a slow player. Look at his routine.' I was admitting to the yips. I didn’t use the word ‘yip’ at the time. Nobody wants to use that word, but I’m over it now so I can use it. The whole world saw it.”

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Na, who made headlines for his struggles to begin his backswing when he found himself in the lead at the 2012 Players Championship, said he asked other players who had gone through similar bouts with the game’s most dreaded ailment how they were able to get through it.

“It took time,” he said. “I forced myself a lot. I tried breathing. I tried a trigger. Some guys will have a forward press or the kick of the right knee. That was hard and the crap I got for it was not easy.”

The payoff, however, has steadily arrived this season. Na said he’d been confident with his game this season following a runner-up showing at the Genesis Open and a fourth-place finish at the Fort Worth Invitational, and he felt he was close to a breakthrough. But being able to finish a tournament like he did at The Greenbrier, where he won by five strokes, was particularly rewarding.

“All good now,” he smiled. “I knew I was good enough to win again, but until you do it sometimes you question yourself. It’s just the honest truth.”