Sheehan Receives 2002 Patty Berg Award

By Lpga Tour MediaDecember 17, 2002, 5:00 pm
LPGA Tour Hall of Famer Patty Sheehan is the recipient of the 2002 Patty Berg Award in recognition of her many contributions to womens golf. The award, instituted in 1979 by the LPGA board of directors, is named in honor of LPGA Founder and Hall of Famer Patty Berg.
Sheehan, a 35-time LPGA champion and LPGA Tour Hall of Famer since 1993, led the U.S. Solheim Cup team to victory in the 2002 Solheim Cup and will also captain the 2003 squad.
I just dont know what to say, said Sheehan. Im completely shocked and cant believe it. This is one of the highest honors you can get in golf. Its really been a special year for me, especially for not having played on Tour that much. Patty (Berg) is such a special person and is the epitome of the LPGA and what the LPGA is all about. To win an award in her name, I am so amazed and am just speechless.
It has been quite a year for Sheehan. In addition to leading the U.S. Team to a 15 - 12 victory at the Solheim Cup, she was one of 7,200 torchbearers to carry the Olympic flame during the Olympic torch run for the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in her home city of Reno, Nev. She also won the 2002 Copps Great Lakes Classic on the Womens Senior Golf Tour (WSGT), the official senior tour of the LPGA.
Sheehan has enjoyed an impressive LPGA career, which began in 1980. She was named 1981 Rookie of the Year, Rolex Player of the Year in 1983 and won the 1984 Vare Trophy for lowest scoring average. Six of her 35 career victories came in major championships: LPGA Championship (1983-84, 1993); U.S. Womens Open (1992, 1994) and Nabisco Dinah Shore (1996). She was recognized during the LPGAs 50th Anniversary in 2000 as one of the LPGA s top 50 players and teachers.
Patty is an extremely deserving recipient of this award, said Ty Votaw, commissioner of the LPGA. Just like Patty Berg, Patty Sheehan is a truly special lady, one of the best players in LPGA history and a classy example of success and excellence in the world of golf. Patty is not only a fierce competitor, but is also a loving mother and valued adviser for all of us associated with the LPGA. She embodies everything the Patty Berg Award stands for.
Sheehan won at least one tournament every year from 1981-86 and 1988-96, with a career best five wins coming in 1990. In addition to her 35 LPGA victories, she has also won four professional international events. Along with her six major titles, she also finished as runner up in major championships six times throughout her career. Sheehan, who has earned more than $5.5 million during her career, competed as a member of the U.S. Solheim Cup Team in 1990, 1992, 1994 and 1996.
Im so happy that Patty has won this award, said Berg. Shes just a great and wonderful lady, and Im honored to have my name and my award associated with her. I was at the Solheim Cup this year to see her lead the U.S. team to victory and am confident that her team will win again in Sweden next year. As a fellow LPGA Tour Hall of Famer, I have known Patty for some time and have a lot of respect for her as a player and person.
The 1994 Flo Hyman Award winner, Sheehan was inducted into the Collegiate Golf Hall of Fame in 1990 and received the 1988 Charles Bartlett Award from the Golf Writers Association of America (GWAA) for her unselfish contributions to the betterment of society. She was one of eight athletes featured on Sports Illustrateds annual Sportsman of the Year cover in 1987.
In 1986, she was honored with the Samaritan Award, and was named Female Player of the Year by the GWAA in 1984 and 1993. As an amateur, Sheehan won the 1980 AIAW National Championship title and was an undefeated member of the 1980 U.S. Curtis Cup Team. She also won the 1977 and 1978 California Womens Amateur championships and won the Nevada State Amateur from 1975 78.
A mother of two, Sheehan is also a golf course design consultant for the Greenhorn Creek Golf Course in Angels Camp, Calif., Rancharrah in Reno, Nev., and Gold Mountain in Portola, Calif.
A five person selection committee chooses the Patty Berg Award recipient, which is given to an individual who, like Berg, exemplifies diplomacy, sportsmanship, goodwill and contributions to the game of golf. Past recipients of the award are: Marilynn Smith (1979); Betsy Rawls (1980); Ray Volpe (1984); Dinah Shore (1985); David Foster (1986); Kathy Whitworth (1987); John D. Laupheimer (1988); Patty Berg (1990); Karsten Solheim (1991); Judy Dickinson (1992); Kerry Graham (1993); Charles S. Mechem Jr. (1994); Suzanne Jackson (1996); Judy Bell (1997); Judy Rankin (1999); Louise Suggs (2000); and Pat Bradley (2001).
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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.”