LET Announces 2005 Schedule

By Martin ParkDecember 15, 2004, 5:00 pm
Ladies European TourThe Robe di Kappa Ladies European Tour (LET) announced Wednesday that the 2005 tournament schedule will be the strongest in its 25-year history with a total prize fund approaching 9million in a calendar featuring 20 events.
Not since 1990 has the tour witnessed a schedule of this depth and along with a 1.1million increase in prize money - a 16% improvement on 2004 - the LET will be expanding its global footprint in 2005 and will visit 17 different countries on four continents.
The tour will also witness new events in South Africa, Singapore, Thailand and Finland and will also see the return to the schedule of tournaments in Norway, Denmark and Austria.
The season begins in February with the $200,000 Singapore Ladies Masters at Laguna National Golf and Country Club, a week after the mens European Tour play at the same venue.
It will be the first time the LET has ventured into the Southeast Asia region and the event will be co-sanctioned with the Ladies Asian Golf Tour (LAGT) and the Korean Ladies Professional Golfers Association (KLPGA).
The tour will bounce around from continent-to-continent, before really taking off in the summer months.
From July 20-23, some of the very finest players in the world will gather again on the shores above Lake Geneva to contest the 11th edition of the $2.5million Evian Masters where last season, Wendy Doolan from Australia won a thrilling event ahead of World number one Annika Srenstam.
Karen Stupples from England will defend her first major championship title at the 1.05million Weetabix Womens British Open, which takes place from July 28-31 at Royal Birkdale GC near Southport, one of the finest links golf courses anywhere in the world.
From Aug. 4-7, the Swedish Open returns to Vasatorp GC in Helsingborg where it is anticipated Srenstam will defend the title she won in convincing fashion last year in Stockholm.
From Sept. 9-11, the 12 players of Team Europe, captained by Swede Catrin Nilsmark, will aim to make history for her continent as they head to Crooked Stick GC in Indianapolis for The Solheim Cup.
Europe, the defending champions after their record-breaking win in Sweden in 2003, will aim to win the title on U.S. soil for the first time, but they will have to overcome all the odds and an expected strong team headed by the legendary Nancy Lopez.
The final event as the schedule stands at present will be the KLM Ladies Open in Holland which takes place from Sept. 16-18 at a venue to be announced soon.
But the LET are confident of announcing more events in the early part of 2005, which will boost the playing opportunities for the members and possibly increase the total prize fund to over 10million for the first time in its history.
2005 Schedule:
February 3-5 -- Singapore Ladies Masters -- Laguna National Golf and Country Club
February 10-12 -- Womens World Cup of Golf -- Fancourt Hotel and Country Club Estate in George, South Africa.
February 24-27 -- ANZ Ladies Masters -- Royal Pines GC, Queenslands Gold Coast.
March 31 - April 3 -- Thailand Ladies Open -- Alpine Golf and Country Club, Thailand
April 7-10 -- Tenerife Ladies Open from -- Costa Adeje GC, Thailand
May 12-15 -- Open de Espaa Femenino ' Venue TBD
May 26-29 -- Golfclub Fhrenwald, Austria

June 2-5 -- BMW Ladies Italian Open -- Sheraton Parco dei Medici, Rome
June 9-12 -- Arras Open de France -- Anzin St. Aubin in the Pas de Calais
July 8-10 -- Ladies English Open -- Venue TBD
July 14-16 -- OTP Bank Central European Open -- Old Lake GC, Budapest
July 20-23 ' Evian Masters -- Lake Geneva
July 28-31 -- Weetabix Womens British Open -- Royal Birkdale GC, Southport, England
August 4-7 -- Swedish Open -- Vasatorp GC, Helsingborg
August 11-14 -- Wales Ladies Championship of Europe -- Machynys Peninsula GC, Llanelli, Carmarthenshire, South Wales.
August 19-21 -- Ladies Norwegian Masters ' Venue TBD
August 26-28 -- Ladies Finnish Masters -- Helsinki GC, Finland
September 1-4 -- Nykredit Masters -- Kokkedal GC, Hrsholm, Copenhagen.
September 9-11 -- The Solheim Cup -- Crooked Stick GC, Indianapolis
September 16-18 -- KLM Ladies Open, Venue TBD, Holland
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Watch: Rory finds trouble, and more trouble, and more ...

By Golf Channel DigitalMarch 23, 2018, 4:33 pm

Rory McIlroy was in a must-win situation against Brian Harman in order to have a chance to advance to the one-and-done portion of the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play.

And, as you can see, McIlroy did not get off to an ideal start on Friday.

McIlroy lost the third, fifth and ninth holes at Austin Country Club. Harman led, 3 up, at the turn.

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Watch: Stefani makes hole-in-one, has no clue

By Golf Channel DigitalMarch 23, 2018, 3:18 pm

Shawn Stefani made a hole-in-one on the par-3 17th in the second round of the Corales Puntacana Resorts and Club Championship.

However, he never saw it go in.

Stefani knew he hit a great shot, and this isn't shown in the video below, but he just questioned everyone around him if they saw the ball go into the hole.

A Golf Channel cameraman finally gave him the news and Stefani responded with an enthusiastic thumbs up.

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Trio lead Kia Classic; Davies shoots 82

By Associated PressMarch 23, 2018, 3:01 am

CARLSBAD, Calif. - Laura Davies had a nightmare round days after contending for a title at age 54, and Caroline Hedwall, Jackie Stoelting and Hee Young Park topped the Kia Classic leaderboard.

Davies shot a 10-over 82 on Thursday at rainy Aviara Golf Club - four days after tying for second behind Inbee Park in the Founders Cup, and five days after shooting a 9-under 63 in the Phoenix event.

Fighting Achilles tendon and calf problems in her left leg, Davies opened double bogey-bogey-par-bogey. She bogeyed Nos. 9, 10 and 12, had another double on 15 and bogeyed 16. The 82 was the World Golf Hall of Famer's highest score on tour since also shooting 82 in the 2013 Marathon Classic. On Monday, she jumped 208 spots to No. 155 in the world.

Hedwall, Stoelting and Park shot 66 in the final event before the major ANA Inspiration next week at Mission Hills. Ariya Jutanugarn, also coming off a second-place tie in Phoenix, was a stroke back with 2015 champion Cristie Kerr, In-Kyung Kim and Nicole Broch Larsen.

Hedwall closed her bogey-free round with birdies on the par-5 eighth and par-4 ninth. The Swede played her final 10 holes in 6 under. Players were allowed to lift, clean and place their golf balls in the fairways because of the damp conditions.

''I hit it really well and started making a couple putts in my back nine,'' Hedwall said. ''I'm really happy with how I'm playing and looking forward to the rest of the days.''

Stoelting finished with a birdie on the par-4 18th. She had seven birdies and a bogey.

''I hit a lot of fairways,'' Stoelting said. ''I don't necessarily hit if far, but keeping it in the fairway is super key this week. The rough is much thicker this year than last year.''

Full-field scores from the Kia Classic

Hee Young Park birdied the final three holes, finishing on No. 9.

''The greens are really soft,'' Park said. ''So, easier on the second shot.''

The 40-year-old Kerr had a bogey-free round.

''I like this golf course,'' Kerr said. ''I think it's a tough golf course and you can't fall asleep on any shot. I mean, it's just a really great course. The layout. The rough is high. You got to pay attention. I think that's maybe why I play a little better here than some other places.''

Jutanugarn closed with a 5-under 31 on the front nine.

''It's rain today and a little bit windy, but my irons help me a lot,'' Jutanugarn said. ''Just start to make some putts. ... It's pretty tough for me. I always feel like the course here is really hard because the greens really bumpy, and you're not going to hit far here.''

Lydia Ko and defending ANA champion So Yeon Ryu topped the group at 68.

Ko also played her final nine in 31. She missed the cut last week in the Founders Cup in Phoenix.

''I holed some really good putts on my back nine,'' Ko said. ''I didn't hit the ball fantastic, but just being able to hole some good birdie putts was key.''

She won the 2016 event at Aviara.

''This is a pretty tough golf course,'' Ko said. ''Putting is a huge key around this course where if you do miss a green, making those clutch par putts and then making those birdie opportunities that you get.''

Jennifer Song and Jeong Eun Lee also shot 68. Brooke Henderson had a 69, and Lexi Thompson a 70.

Inbee Park was at 71 with Singapore champion Michelle Wie and 2014 Kia winner Anna Nordqvist. Top-ranked Shanshan Feng had a 72, playing alongside Park. Defending champion Mirim Lee shot 74.

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With old clubs returned, Kim (and new clubs) starts strong at Kia

By Randall MellMarch 23, 2018, 1:53 am

Almost two months after her golf clubs went missing, the same clubs she used to win last year’s Ricoh Women’s British Open, In-Kyung Kim was happily reunited with them this week.

She fetched them and her golf bag two days ago at the Carlsbad, Calif., police department.

A man bought them as a used set from a sporting goods store in the area, with Kim’s LPGA I.D. still in the golf bag.

Notably, Kim celebrated with a return to the leaderboard Thursday in the first round of the Kia Classic.

Kim opened with a 5-under-par 67, though she didn’t use her newly rediscovered clubs. She stayed with the replacement set that she put together after her clubs went missing. Her Women’s British Open clubs never showed up after she got off a plane in Southern California upon her return home from the season-opening Pure Silk Bahamas Classic.

“It was really difficult at first,” Kim said of getting used to her new set of clubs. “I really worked hard, like worked a lot, went to the factory like a dozen times.”

Full-field scores from the Kia Classic

Kim said she made several visits to the factory folks, trying to get the loft and lies of her new clubs just the way she wanted, close to the configuration that helped her win the Women’s British Open.

“They were like, `I.K., are you ever happy?’” Kim said.

Actually, only five of Kim’s “lost” clubs turned up with her golf bag at that sporting goods store. Still, Kim was happy to get three wedges, two hybrids and her golf bag back.

“It’s kind of good to have a conclusion,” Kim said.

Kim can thank a “What’s in the bag?” segment with Ladies European Tour TV analyst Alison Whitaker for leading to the retrieval of her clubs. Kim explained to Whitaker how her clubs went missing during the telecast of the HSBC Women’s World Championship three weeks ago.

A golf fan in the San Diego area saw Golf Channel’s telecast of that segment.

“One of his friends bought the tour bag,” Kim said. “The other friend knew about my story, and he was like, `No, dude, that's not for selling. It's stolen.’”

Kim was delighted to meet the men who returned her clubs when she picked them up at the Carlsbad Police Department.

“Just good for me,” Kim said.