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Pure Silk Championship Presented by Visit Williamsburg Preview, Pairings, and More

This week the LPGA moves to the state of Virginia for the playing of the Pure Silk Championship Presented by Visit Williamsburg.

I am sure that most of my readers will have noticed that this tournament has a new name this year. For many years it was known as the Kingsmill Championship. This tournament also has had a history of big name winners including: Ariya Jutanugarn, Cristie Kerr, Jiyai Shin, Suzann Pettersen, Se Ri Pak, Karrie Webb, Lexi Thompson, and Annika Sorenstam.

Last year's tournament brought us one of the most exciting finishes of the entire season. Ariya Jutanugarn defeated both In Gee Chun and Nasa Hataoka in a playoff. Brooke Henderson missed the playoff by just one shot. The tournament was shortened to 54 holes because of rain.

This will be the first of twelve consecutive tournaments to be played in twelve consecutive weeks. It will include four Major Championships.

This will be tournament #12 of 33 tournamnets on this year's LPGA  schedule.

Here are the Key D…

LPGA Rookie Spotlight: Kristen Gillman

With the LPGA in the middle of a two week break, I thought that this would be a good time to spotlight another LPGA Rookie.

The player I have chosen today is:
Kristen Gillman
Date of Birth:September 22, 1997 (21 years old)
Hometown: Austin, Texas
Resides: Austin, Texas
Rookie Year: 2019

Other Career Highlights: Finished 6th at the ANA Inspiration (Major Championship) in April 2019, for her first LPGA top ten.Finished 13th at the inagural LPGA Q-Series to earn her full-time 2019 LPGA playing card.In 2018 became just the second player since the year 2000 to win the U.S. Women's Amateur Championship twice.Was a member of the winning 2018 Curtis Cup team, where she had a record of 5-0-0.
Other Rookie Spotlights:
Lauren Stephenson Jeongeun Lee6
Muni He
Klara Spilkova
This Week's Trivia Question:  
What two LPGA players won the Rookie of the Year Award and the Vare Trophy (lowest scoring average) in the same year? 
For theanswer to this week's trivia question press here.

Rating the 2019 LPGA Rookies - Part 1

With the LPGA season about 1/3 complete I would like to take a look at how the rookies are faring so far this year. I will do this again at the 2/3 mark and a final time at the end of the season.

These ratings are strictly based on how they fared in LPGA events only. Any successes or failures on other tours are not considered here. My main objective here is to analyze the chances of these rookies retaining their LPGA cards for next season.

Depending on the player's priority rating, some have played up to 8 events this year, others haven't teed it up at all. I have given grades to all players that have played in at least 2 tournaments, otherwise they have been marked incomplete.

You might think that some of these grades I have given are harsh, but this is the big time now, and these players have to take advantage of every opportunity, or risk losing their cards. 

Ideally, you would like to finish in the top 80 on the money list. That will guarantee you a priority list ranking good …

Are Lydia Ko's Best Days Behind Her?

The LPGA has now finished exactly 1/3 of its 2019 schedule (11 of 33 tournaments have been completed). We have already had winners from six different countries. In fact, ten different players have already brought home trophies.

One person that has not finished on top of the leaderboard this year is Lydia Ko.

Lydia dominated the LPGA tour during the years 2014 through 2016 (she had won twice before that as an amateur). She won twelve times over that three year period, including two major championships. She also spent 104 weeks as the Rolex Rankings #1 player in the world. It seemed like she would stay there forever. Nobody expected her to take the tumble that she has taken.

Let us look at some of her accomplishments:
Became the youngest winner in LPGA history on August 19, 2012 at the CN Canadian Women's Open (15yr/4m/2d). With her win at the 2013 CN Canadian Women's Open, became the first amateur in history to win twice on the LPGA tour.Became the youngest player to surpass $1 mi…

Rolex Rankings Movers of the Year - Part 1

Now that we have completed 1/3 of the LPGA season, it's time to take a look at the players that have made the biggest leaps and taken the biggest falls in the Rolex Rankings this year.

The Rolex Rankings system awards points to players based on an accumulated 104-week "rolling" period, with the points awarded in the most recent 13-week period carrying a stronger value. A player is then ranked according to her average points per tournament, as determined by dividing her total number of points by the number of eligible tournaments played during the 104-week period. A minimum divisor (35) is also used. 

I have gone back to the first Rolex Rankings of the year and compared them to the current rankings. The only requirements for my list is: (1) A player must have been ranked in the top 100 at the start of the year, or be in the top 100 now. (2) A player must have started the year 2018 with a minimum rating of 0.50 (or else this chart would be filled with unknown names.)
The Year…