Monday, May 27, 2013

Shoprite LPGA Classic Preview & Pairings

Okay, I admit that what we saw this past week was bizarre. It certainly was not what I would want to be watching every week, but it was kind of interesting. Once again we had an exciting finish, with the winner not determined until the final hole.

I have read most of the criticism that has been posted in many of the golf forums regarding how this tournament was handled. I could not disagree more. I think the LPGA did a wonderful job in making the best of a most unfortunate situation. Many of the posts I read stated that the tournament should have been cancelled. I think that is very short sighted. We have to look at the big picture. This was an inaugural tournament, with a brand new sponsor.  Losing the Pro-Am was bad enough. Walking away would not have been in the best interest of anyone involved. With the current state of our economy, the LPGA can not afford to lose a tournament, especially one in this tropical paradise.
I say we give 3 cheers    to the decision makers over at the LPGA for getting together and finding a way to bring us golf this past week. For those complainers, you can press your remote and watch something else.
I for one was thankful that I got to see the women play.

Now that that is off my chest we can look ahead to this coming week's tournament. The LPGA moves to my home state of  New Jersey, for the playing of the Shoprite LPGA Classic Presented by Acer. This tournament is 54 holes.

This will be tournament #12 of 28 this year, and will lead into the following week's Major Championship in Rochester, N.Y.

Here are the key details:

Course:  Stockton Seaview Hotel & Golf Club
Location:  Galloway, N.J.
Defending Champion:  Stacy Lewis
Winning Score:  65-65-71= 201(-12)

Final Field: 144 players
Par:  37/34=71 (2 par 5's and 1 par 3 on the front, 1 par 5 and 3 par 3's on the back)
Yardage:  6,155
Purse:  $1, 500,000

This will be a very strong field this week with 19 of the top 20 Rolex ranked players teeing it up. Seventy-four of the top 80 ranked players from the LPGA Priority List will be in attendance. Players missing from this week's event include: Amy Yang, Jessica Korda, Brittany Lincicome, Carlotta Ciganda, and Caroline Masson.

Here are the Television Times:
May 31 - GC 12:30 PM-2:30 PM EST
Jun 1 - GC 3:00 PM-6:00 PM EST
Jun 2 - GC 3:00 PM-6:00 PM EST


Here are the pairings for the first 2 rounds.

Here are my picks for this week:
1- Stacy Lewis
2- Paula Creamer
3- Na Yeon Choi
4- Ai Miyazato
5- Cristie Kerr
6- Jiyai Shin
7- Suzann Pettersen
8- Karrie Webb
9- Jennifer Johnson
10- So Yeon Ryu
11- Lizette Salas
12- Inbee Park

Other Tidbits:
While Paula Creamer has not won a tournament in a while, you could sure make a case of her being this year's most consistent player. Paula has not finished worse than 17th, in her last 8 tournaments.

Hard to Believe Fact of the Week:
Brittany Lang's top 20 finish at the Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic, was her first of the year.

Titleholders Update:
Irene Cho, Mika Miyazato, and Mindy Kim are the latest to qualify. Azahara Munoz remains the highest ranked player on the Priority List, yet to qualify.

Rolex Movers of the Week:
Ilhee Lee took her trophy and ran from #62 to #34, but couldn't quite catch Anna Nordqvist, whose long strides took her from #31 to #24.

Who's Hot:
Anna Nordqvist has finished in the top 10 in her last 3 tournaments.
Julia Sergas has 4 top tens, and 6 top twenties, in her last 7 starts.

Who's Not:
Yani Tseng has failed to register a top 20 in her last 8 tournaments.


Sectional qualifying for the U.S. Open, which will be held at  the Sebonack Country Club in Southhampton, N.Y., will continue this week. For results (sometimes not very timely), here is the link to the Official USGA Results Page.

I will be a media representative at this week's tournament. Hope to see many of you out there.


Final Results:
1Karrie Webb-4F
2Shanshan Feng-2F
3Hee Young Park-1F
4Jenny ShinEF
5Gerina Piller+1F
5Jeong Jang+1F
5In-Kyung Kim+1F
5Chie Arimura+1F
9Caroline Hedwall+2F
9Ayako Uehara+2F
9Julieta Granada+2F
9Michelle Wie+2F
13Cristie Kerr+3F
13Paula Creamer+3F
13Mika Miyazato+3F
13Amanda Blumenherst+3F
13Anna Nordqvist+3F

For the complete leaderboard see the link on the top of this page.


2 comments:

  1. Your pick has only 2 people in top 15 after second round.

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    1. True. Very strange leaderboard so far. Happy not to be shut out.

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