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Indy Women In Tech Championship Photo Gallery

Here are some photos that my wife and I took today at the Indy Women In Tech Championship. This place is spectacular. Holes 15 through 18 are inside the Speedway oval!

Indy Women In Tech Championship Driven by Group 1001

This week the LPGA returns to the USA and the state of Indiana for the playing of the Indy Women In Tech Championship Driven by Group 1001.

Last year was the inaugural playing of this tournament, and it was played as a 54 hole event to give the players time to get to France for the Evian Championship. Lexi Thompson pulled away from Lydia Ko in the final round and was victorious by a four stroke margin.

This year this tournament is a full four day, 72 hole event.

This will be tournament #23 of 32 on this year's LPGA schedule.

Here are the Key Details:
Course:  Brickyard Crossing Golf Club
Location:  Indianapolis, Indiana
Defending Champion:  Lexi Thompson
Winning Score:  63-66-68 = 197 (-19)

Final Field: 144 players
Par:  36/36 = 72
Yardage:  6,599
Purse:  $2,000,000

My strength of field rating is a very solid 67% (up from 52% last year). This is one of the biggest year to year increases in the eight years I have been doing field ratings. Thirty-six of the top 50 players from the LPGA Prio…

Rating the 2018 LPGA Rookies - Part 2.

Before I get started with this week's subject I want to give a big congratulations to Georgia Hall for winning the Ricoh Women's British Open. Georgia, who entered the final round one stroke behind Pornanog Phatlum, shot a final round five under par 67 to win win by 2 strokes. It was Hall's first win on the LPGA Tour. 

Now on to this week's subject matter:

It has been 3 months since I last did a report card on this year's rookies. At that time the LPGA had only played 11 tournaments, they have now completed 22 events. So much has changed. 

The Year 2017 was a strong year for LPGA rookies. Twelve rookies finished in the top 100 on the LPGA money list and retained their full time playing privileges. One other rookie retained her card by finishing in the top ten on the Symetra Tour. It does not appear that the 2018 rookies can match those numbers.

I would like to change this up a bit this time, by strictly rating these girls on their chances of retaining LPGA cards for th…

118th U.S. Women's Amateur Championship Preview

The LPGA is taking a one week break this week before resuming their schedule in Indianapolis.

I would like to take this time to preview a very important USGA event that is taking place this week.

The 118th U.S. Women's Amateur Championship

Many of my readers may remember last year's championship when University of Texas senior Sophia Schubert, 21, of Oak Ridge, Tenn., became the first player over the age of 19 to win the championship in nine years with her 6-and-5 victory over Stanford sophomore Albane Valenzuela, of Switzerland, at San Diego Country Club in Chula Vista, Calif.

Here are the Key Details:
Championship Venue:  Golf Club of Tennessee
Location:  Kingston Springs, Tenn.
Architect:  Tom Fazio
Par:  71
Yardage: 6,275

Dates of Championship:  August 6-12
Field:  156 players
Eligibility: Any female amateur whose handicap index does not exceed 5.4
Defending Champion: Sophia Schubert
Winning Margin: 6 and 5 over runner-up Albane Valenzuela

Championship Field
A starting field o…

Ricoh Women's British Open Preview, Pairings, and Much More

Congratulations go out to Ariya Jutanugarn for winning the Aberdeen Standard Investments Ladies Scottish Open. Ariya finished one stroke better than runner-up Minjee Lee. For Jutanugarn it was her tenth win on the LPGA Tour, and her third win this year.

This week the LPGA travels to England for the playing of the Ricoh Women's British Open. I.K. Kim will be trying to defend the title she won last year in Fife, Scotland. I.K.'s final round 71 was good enough to top a charging Jodi Ewart Shadoff (she shot a final round 64) by two strokes.

This will be tournament #22 of 32 on this year's LPGA schedule, and fourth of five major championships scheduled for this year.

Here are the key details:

Course:  Royal Lytham & St. Annes Golf Links
Location:  Lancashire, England
Defending Champion: I.K. Kim
Winning Score:  65-68-66-71 = 270 (-18)

Final Field: 144 players
Par: 72
Yardage:  6,697
Purse: 3,250,000

My strength of field rating is a solid **82% (down from 84% last year). Forty…