Rookie Class of 2003 Part III

By Lpga Tour MediaMarch 5, 2003, 5:00 pm
LPGA logo for LeaderboardsDAYTONA BEACH, Fla. ' For the third and final week, we continue our in-depth look at the 24 members of this LPGA Tour rookie class. Not only will the Tours first year members be battling it out for the Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year award, but they also will be looking for valuable experience that can pay dividends for their future professional careers.
The 24 rookies that compose the 2003 class are a mixture of world talent as they represent 11 different countries: Brazil; Chile; Denmark; England; France; Japan; Korea; Mexico; Norway; Spain; and the United States. Christina Kim and Lorena Ochoa earned their 2003 LPGA Tour card by finishing in the top three on the 2002 Futures Tour money list, while the remaining 22 rookies earned their cards at the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament in October 2002.
The final eight rookies profiled today are listed in alphabetical order.
Suzann Pettersen, Norway ' In her native country, golf and the name Suzann Pettersen are basically synonymous. Pettersen is a five-time Norwegian champion and made her Solheim Cup debut in 2002 for the European Team. In 2002, she notched three top-10 finishes on the Evian Ladies European Tour (LET), including two runner-up finishes. Pettersen has exempt status for the 2003 Tour season after finishing tied for 10th at the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament. In her spare time, she likes to listen to music and enjoys working out.
Stacy Prammanasudh, United States ' Prammanasudh is the owner of the longest un-hyphenated last name on Tour. She will make her 2003 debut at the Safeway PING Presented by Yoplait in Phoenix after accepting a sponsor exemption. Prammanasudh was a four-time First-Team All-American at the University of Tulsa, where she won 10 collegiate events, second most in school history behind LPGA Tour and World Golf Halls of Famer Nancy Lopezs 11 titles. While at Tulsa, she earned her degree in exercise and sports science and finished her senior season ranked second nationally. Prammanasudh earned non-exempt status for 2003 after finishing tied for 24th at the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament. Her hobbies include watching movies and swimming.
Carrie Roberts, United States ' Roberts has a degree in community health from Brigham Young University, where she also won six collegiate events and was a three-time Utah State Match Play champion. She tied the knot last September when she married Corey Roberts, who will caddie for her during her rookie season. Her maiden name is Summerhays, and yes, her father is Bruce Summerhays, who has played on the Champions Tour since 1998. Dad was on the bag for Roberts successful attempt at the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament, where she tied for 21st to earn exempt status. Roberts enjoys basketball, knitting and religion. She is the only player on Tour from Utah.
Georgina Simpson, England ' Simpson is the only rookie from the 2003 class to hail from England. She attended San Jose State University' well known for its tradition of supplying strong womens golfers'where she received her degree in advertising. She turned professional in 2001 and played on the Evian LET. Simpson qualified for the Tour on her first attempt and is exempt in 2003 after tying for 10th at the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament. Her tastes in sports are extreme. When not under the sun on the course, she sometimes can be found indoors on the ice, playing hockey. Simpson also has an avidity for Leeds United soccer games.
Lisa Strom, United States ' Strom joins LPGA Tour and World Golf Halls of Famer Marlene Hagge as the only other player on Tour born in South Dakota. She attended The Ohio State University and graduated with a degree in exercise science. In 2002, she played on the Futures Tour and recorded seven top-10 finishes. She is non-exempt for 2003 after finishing tied for 59th at the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament. Wedding bells are in Stroms future, as she is engaged to Rich Fernandes. The two are planning a December ceremony. Some of Stroms hobbies include playing the piano, working out and shoe shopping.
Iben Tinning, Denmark ' Tinning became the first player from Denmark to compete in Solheim Cup competition when she represented the European Team in 2002. In 2002, she also won the LETs Ladies Irish Open and the La Perla Italian Open. She made headlines in 2001 when she tied for third at the Weetabix Womens British Open, one of the LPGAs four majors. Tinning earned non-exempt status for 2003 after finishing tied for 24th at the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament. She enjoys watching movies in her free time.
Ashley Palmer Winn, United States ' A graduate from Louisiana State University with a marketing degree, Winn recorded a pair of top-10 finishes on the Futures Tour in 2002. She was a three-time NCAA All-American at LSU before turning professional in 1999. She qualified for the Tour on her third attempt and has non-exempt status in 2003 after finishing tied for 47th at the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament. Winn enjoys an active off-season, as she fancies snow skiing, traveling and exercising.
Young-A Yang, Korea ' Born Nov. 18, 1978, in Seoul, Yang now calls Knoxville, Tenn., home. She attended the University of Tennessee and graduated with a degree in psychology. She finished second at the 1999 and 2000 SEC Championships and placed fifth at the 2001 NCAA Championship. Yang qualified for the Tour on her first attempt and is exempt for 2003 after finishing tied for 21st at the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament. She started playing golf at the age of 10, and her hobbies include watching football and shopping.
Related Links:
  • LPGA Rookies Part One
  • LPGA Rookies Part Two
  • Getty Images

    No indication when Trump Turnberry will next host an Open

    By Jay CoffinJuly 18, 2018, 12:25 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Turnberry last hosted The Open in 2009, during that magical week where Tom Watson, at age 59, nearly won his sixth claret jug. Ultimately, Stewart Cink won in a playoff.

    While Turnberry remains on The Open rota, according to the R&A, there is no clear understanding of when the club, purchased by Donald Trump in 2014 before he became President of the United States, will next host the championship. The next open date is 2022.

    “With respect to 2022, I’ve already said, ’21 we’re going to be celebrating the 150th playing of The Open at St. Andrews,” R&A chief executive Marin Slumbers said Wednesday on the annual news conference on the eve of The Open. “And in ’22, we’ll be going south of the border.”

    Full-field tee times from the 147th Open Championship

    Full coverage of the 147th Open Championship

    South of the border means the 2022 Open will be at one of the three venues in England. Since the 2020 Open is at Royal St. George’s, that leaves Royal Lytham & St. Annes and Royal Liverpool as the two remaining options. Since Lytham (2012, Ernie Els) last hosted The Open before Liverpool (2014, Rory McIlroy), that’s the likely choice.

    Trump was at Turnberry for two days last weekend, 150 miles southwest of Carnoustie. The R&A said it did not receive any communication from the U.S. president while he was in the country.

    Turnberry hosted the Women’s British Open in 2015. Inbee Park beat Jin-young Park by three shots.

    Getty Images

    Slumbers explains driver test; Rory weighs in

    By Rex HoggardJuly 18, 2018, 12:18 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Players and manufacturers were informed about three weeks ago that the R&A intended to test individual drivers at this week’s Open Championship, marking the first time the rule makers have taken the current standards to players.

    Although the R&A and USGA have been COR (coefficient of restitution) tests on drivers for some time, they have been pulling the tested clubs from manufacturers, not players.

    “We take our governance role very seriously, not just on the Rules of Golf and amateur status, but also equipment standards, and we felt it was an appropriate next step to more actively seek to test players' drivers straight out of the bag,” said Martin Slumbers, the R&A’s chief executive.

    Thirty players were notified their drivers would be tested this week - including Paul Casey, Brooks Koepka, Jason Day and Henrik Stenson - from a list that roughly mirrored the breakdown of various brands based on current equipment counts.

    Full-field tee times from the 147th Open Championship

    Full coverage of the 147th Open Championship

    The R&A test center was set up on the Carnoustie practice range, and according to Slumbers there were no violations of the testing limits, which essentially measure the spring-like effect of the driver clubface.

    Although none of the drivers failed the testing, Rory McIlroy did say that TaylorMade was “singled out a bit more than anyone else.”

    “A manufacturer is always going to try and find ways to get around what the regulations are. It's a bit of an arms race,” said McIlroy, who plays TaylorMade equipment but said his driver was not tested. “If there is some drivers out there that have went a little bit over the limit, then obviously guys shouldn't be playing them. I think the manufacturers are smart enough to know not to try to push it too much.”

    There was no individual driver testing at last month’s U.S. Open, and it’s not expected to become the norm on the PGA Tour, but Slumbers did say the R&A tested drivers at an event earlier this year on the Japan Golf Tour.

    Getty Images

    Carnoustie open to any number of scenarios

    By Rex HoggardJuly 18, 2018, 12:07 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Carnoustie holds a distinct position within the Open Championship’s rotation of storied venues. It’s come by its nickname, Car-Nasty, honestly as the undisputed rough-and-tumble heavyweight of all the championship links.

    Historically, Carnoustie is a beast. A punch in the mouth compared to the other stops on The Open dance card. If the likes of the Old Course and Muirfield are the fair ladies of the rotation, the Angus Coast brute would be the unfriendly bouncer.

    As personas go, Carnoustie wears its reputation well, but the 147th edition of the game’s oldest championship has taken on a new look this week. It’s not so much the softer side of Carnoustie as it is a testament to the set up philosophy of the R&A.

    Unlike its sister association in the United States, the R&A allows Mother Nature to decide what kind of test a championship will present and this Open is shaping up to be something far different than what the golf world is accustomed.

    Instead of the thick, lush rough that ringed the fairways in 1999 and 2007, the last two stops at the par-71 layout, this year has a dust bowl feel to it. The stories have already become legend: Padraig Harrington hit a 457-yard drive on the 18th hole during a practice round that bounced and bounded into Barry Burn and on Monday Tiger Woods slashed a 333-yard 3-iron down the same power alley.

    “It’s so fast. It’s nothing like ’99 – that was like a jungle. It was wet, rough was up, there was wind. In 2007, it was cold and green,” said Ernie Els, who has played two championships at Carnoustie. “But this is very, very dry. Very different.”

    Full-field tee times from the 147th Open Championship

    Full coverage of the 147th Open Championship

    Anywhere else these divergent conditions would simply be the nature of the game’s most hands-off major, but at Carnoustie it’s created an information vacuum and wild uncertainty.

    Within a 48-hour window, two of the championship’s easy favorites offered diametrically contrasting philosophies on how they might play Carnoustie.

    “There's eight or nine drivers we hit. Depending on the wind direction, we could hit more,” said Brooks Koepka, who won his second consecutive U.S. Open last month. “It's so burnt out, where there's a lot of opportunity where the rough's not quite as thick as I expected it to be.”

    That was in contrast to how Jordan Spieth, this week’s defending champion, was thinking he would play the course.

    “I talked to [caddie Michael Greller] a little bit about what he thinks, and he said, ‘You might hit a lot of 5-irons off the tee, you might wear out 5- and 4-irons off the tee instead of hitting 3- or 2-irons like you're used to,’” Spieth said.

    Unlike previous championships that were played at Carnoustie, which were won by the player best prepared to take a punch, this one might come down to which strategy, controlled and calculated or bold and brash, works best.

    In theory, the bombers seem to be on to something, primarily as a result of the dry conditions that have produced uncharacteristically thin and playable rough. The alternative is weaving irons in between the countless bunkers that pepper each fairway, which on links courses are widely considered true hazards compared to what players face at other major venues.

    “I would definitely say it is a bomber’s course,” said Gary Woodland, who counts himself among the long-hitting set. “A lot of the bunkers here are 285, 290 [yards] to cover, for us that’s nothing. You can take them out of play, which normally isn’t the case because it’s windy and rainy over here.”

    That line of thinking leads to a rather narrow list of potential contenders, from betting favorite Dustin Johnson to Rory McIlroy and Koepka. But that logic ignores the inherent unpredictability of The Open, where countless contenders have been undercut by the rub of a bad draw and the always-present danger of inclement weather.

    Although this week’s forecast calls for continued dry weather, winds are currently forecast to reach 25 mph on Sunday which could upend game plans, regardless of how aggressive or conservative one intended to play the course.

    Despite conventional thinking and the realities of a modern game that is being dominated more and more by long hitters, there are compelling arguments for the other side of the bash-or-bunt debate.

    One needs to look no further than Woods’ record on similarly dusty tracks as an example of how a conservative approach can produce championship results. In 2006 at Royal Liverpool, Woods, who is playing his first Open since 2015, famously hit just one driver all week on his way to victory, and he was just as effective in 2000 at St. Andrews when the Old Course also played to a bouncy brown.

    “It could be that way,” Woods said when asked to compare ’06 at Hoylake to this week. “Either case, I'm not going to hit that many long clubs off the tees.”

    Adding to that uncertainty is Carnoustie’s track record in producing late drama on Sunday. This is, after all, the same slice of coast where Jean Van de Velde stepped to the 18th tee box with a three-stroke lead in 1999 only to slash his way to a closing triple-bogey 7 and the game’s most memorable, or regrettable, runner-up showing.

    In ’07, the heartbreak went extra frames for Sergio Garcia, who appeared poised to win his first major championship before he bogeyed the last hole and lost a playoff to Harrington.

    Even this week’s baked-out conditions can’t mitigate the importance and challenge of what many consider the most difficult Grand Slam finish; but the yellow hue has certainly created an added degree of uncertainty to an already unpredictable championship.

    Getty Images

    Slumbers: Mickelson penalty 'not good for the game'

    By Ryan LavnerJuly 18, 2018, 11:44 am

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – R&A chief executive Martin Slumbers said that Phil Mickelson’s controversial penalty at the U.S. Open was not “good for the game,” but he did not say explicitly whether the ruling would have been any different at The Open.

    Speaking Wednesday at his annual address, Slumbers said that he spoke with Mickelson last week about the incident. At Shinnecock Hills, Mickelson hit a moving ball in the third round but was not disqualified for a breach of etiquette. Instead, he received a two-shot penalty under Rule 14-5.

    Full-field tee times from the 147th Open Championship

    Full coverage of the 147th Open Championship

    “In the event of a similar situation this week, clearly, the first thing is you understand the facts because you never get the same situation and there will be lots of reasons,” Slumbers said. “But we have looked very carefully at the rules, and I don’t think it was good for the game and not the right way to have played this wonderful sport, and we would make a decision based on the facts of any incident that happened later in the week.”

    Rule 1-2, which includes a clause for disqualification, was not used because the infraction is covered under another rule.

    “Let’s also remember that it’s a moot point for next year,” Slumbers said, “because as of the first of January 2019, there would have been a DQ option in that equivalent rule.”