March 30, 2011 |
Jane Blalock won a tournament at Mission Hills Country Club out in the desert in Rancho Mirage 39 years ago. The winner's check was for $20,000, five times more than any other event on the LPGA Tour at the time. "It seems like yesterday," Blalock said this week. "And oh, my gosh, imagine what it was like. The next-largest check that year was for $5,000. Imagine that difference today, it would be like having a $10-million tournament. " That little tournament in the desert was launched by entertainer Dinah Shore, and her star power thrust women's golf into the mainstream.
February 5, 2011 |
In the world of professional golf, the LPGA Tour is the runt of the litter. Even more so now. Annika Sorenstam is gone. She won so much for so long and did so in such a cool, collected way that whatever limited fan base the tour had, she made it larger. Lorena Ochoa is gone. She won so much in such a short time, and did so in such a cool, collected way that whatever fan base Sorenstam had grown, Ochoa grew it more. Clearly, for those dozens who care, the LPGA needs a new leading lady.
July 14, 2010 |
Call off the search party for America's top LPGA talent. With Paula Creamer now holding the U.S. Women's Open trophy and Cristie Kerr's record LPGA Championship romp, American women have produced a ringing response to the APB sent out after failing to win any of the season's first eight events. "It's great to see another American win," Kerr told reporters as Creamer wrapped up her four-stroke victory. "I think we can all finally stop answering, 'When are the Americans going to come up to the challenge?
June 27, 2010 |
Soaked in champagne and poised to become the first American ranked first in the world, Cristie Kerr was left amazed and nearly speechless after completing one of the most dominating performances at the LPGA Championship — and any other major, for that matter. "It's a dream performance," Kerr said Sunday after winning her second major title by a whopping 12 strokes at Locust Hill Country Club in Pittsford, N.Y. "It's like you wake up or you dream — I can't even speak right now."
June 26, 2010
Holding an eight-stroke lead and 18 holes away from a second major title, Cristie Kerr wasn't about to declare victory in the LPGA Championship. "I can sit here and say, 'Give me the trophy now.' But it's not going to happen," Kerr said after shooting a 69 Saturday. "I've got one more round of golf to play." Kerr's focus was on display during a rain-soaked round at the Locust Hill Country Club in Pitttsford, N.Y., where she went to 13-under 203 entering the final round Sunday.
June 24, 2010 |
Cristie Kerr shot a four-under-par 68 on Thursday for a share of the first-round lead with Stacy Lewis and Seon Hwa Lee in the LPGA Championship at Pittsford, N.Y. It's still anybody's event at Locust Hill Country Club outside Rochester as the tough conditions — including a persistent and gusting wind — created a logjam behind the leaders in the LPGA Tour's second major of the season. Inbee Park , Mika Miyazato and Lindsey Wright were a stroke back.