Wednesday, January 29, 2014

A Commissioner That Really Has Made A Difference

I have been a big LPGA fan for a very long time. The first LPGA tournament I ever attended was back in 1974, and I remember following Jan Stephenson for 36 holes. The LPGA was quite popular back then, and would become even more popular in 1978 when a rookie named Nancy Lopez came onto the scene. Nancy would go on to win the Rookie of the Year, Vare Trophy, and Player of the Year in the same season. Nancy was making headlines and the LPGA was thriving. In the decades to come the game would still remain popular with players such as Annika Sorenstam, Lorena Ochoa, and Se Ri Pak bringing new fans to the game.

Unfortunately, things started changing for the worse as we entered the 21st century.
  • The nation's dreadful economy led to sponsors not having the funds to support the LPGA.
  • The LPGA's failure to take the current economic conditions into consideration when negotiating contract renewals. Several long term sponsors would not be returning in the year 2010 amidst complaints from tournament directors that the commissioner's management style and approach was counterproductive.
  • Annika Sorenstam and Lorena Ocho retiring, certainly did not help matters.
Entering the 2010 season, the sport I loved so much seemed all but dead. The only thing you heard about the LPGA at that point was the term "sinking ship." The LPGA was on life support. It was going to take a miracle to turn it around.

Enter Commissioner Michael Whan

On October 28, 2009 the LPGA announced the hiring of Mr. Michael Whan. He would take office on January 4, 2010. The announcement didn't really make any big headlines in the newspapers. Unless you were a big LPGA fan you probably didn't even read about it. I was skeptical, who was this man?
I never heard of him. I decided to do some research and this is what I found.
  • He was 44 years old, and he and his wife, Meg, and their three children made their residence in Lake Mary, Fl.
  • He was a 1987 graduate of Miami (Ohio), University.
  • He was the Executive VP/General Manager of North America TaylorMade Adidas Golf, from 1995-2000.
  • His most recent job was President/CEO of something called Mission-Itec Hockey.
I have to admit that I was still skeptical at this point. Sure, he had an impressive resume, but was he qualified to take over the job of the sport that I loved so much? More importantly, was he capable of turning around a sinking ship, and doing it quickly?

Let's Skip ahead to 2014.

The commissioner has now been on the job for 4 years. I said earlier that the LPGA needed a miracle. In my opinion they got one, his name was Michael Whan.

His methods haven't always been orthodox. He was criticized when he added the RR Donnelly Founders Cup a couple of years back. Many were critical that the girls had to play for charity with no prize money. Well that is now a full field event with a $1.5 million purse.

Many laughed at the way a player qualified for the season ending Titleholders Championship.
It sure wasn't perfect, we all know that, but it added a tournament to the schedule and look what it has become now.

There was even some criticism (and there still is now), about adding a 5th major championship.
The jury is still out on that one, but isn't it better to have 5 then to lose a sponsor and have only 3?

I like a commissioner that "thinks outside the box", and we sure have one in Mr. Whan.

Let's take a look at some of his accomplishments over the past 4 years.
  • There were 23 tournaments in 2010, there are 32 now.
  • There were 14 tournaments in North America in 2010, there are 21 now.
  • There are now 9 tournaments in Asia.
  • The International Crown has been added to the schedule as an unofficial tournament, giving players from all countries a chance to compete in a Solheim Cup type event.
  • The total purse has increased from $40.5 million in 2011 to $56.3 million.
  • TV ratings are up dramatically. There will be a record 350 + hours of coverage in 2014, with 32 tournaments televised.
  • Has added the "Race to the CME Globe", a FedEx Cup type race with a one million dollar first prize.
As most of my readers know, my wife and I go to many of these tournaments every year. In fact, we have attended approximately 30 tournaments in the last 5 years.
During this time we have made friends with many of the players. I can honestly say that I have never heard any player criticize the job that the commissioner is doing. The long worried faces we had observed 4 and 5 years ago have been replaced with smiles of hope. Those smiles are contagious and make for a much more fan friendly environment.
 


The commissioner has also exceled in hiring his staff. Everyone that I have come in contact with (in person, by phone, or e-mail), has always been 100% cooperative. I am not Ron Sirak or Beth Ann Baldry Nichols (the two best golf writers on the planet), but they always find the time to get back to me and answer any questions I might have. Having a staff that includes the likes of Heather Daly Donofrio, Jack Sumnar, Kelly Theiser, Meghan Flanagan, and Stacy Shanks has sure made it easier for me to write this blog accurately. Promoting the LPGA has always been my one and only goal here.
 
There are a still a few things I hope to see in the future. They include:
  • Eight weeks between seasons is still a bit too long (although it is better than the 12 week wait last year), I would like it cut to six. Adding another Florida tournament in November and another warm weather tournament in January would be great.
  • Thirty-five tournaments is the number I am looking for. Three more on American soil, would be preferable.
  • One match play tournament, similar to the dearly departed Sybase Championship, would make a nice addition.
  • Media coverage in the local newspapers outside of where the tournament is being held, is almost non-existent. Living in the New York area, I read the New York Daily News and New York Post, two of the papers with the largest circulation in the country. On Monday morning I have to read 4 columns of a PGA story, 2 columns of a Seniors Tours results story, and a column of a Men's European Tour story to get to a six line story on the LPGA. That is if there is one there at all. I am not sure what has to be done here to improve this situation, but bigger headlines will generate larger attendance and produce even higher TV ratings.
The commissioner has stated, “This is by no means a finished product. But it’s an enjoyable journey right now for our players and our partners and we’re going to continue pushing toward something in which the LPGA’s Founders and LPGA fans can be proud.  We’re excited about where we are, but even more excited about where we’re going!”

I am excited also. I am excited for the upcoming 2014 season. I am excited about the future of the LPGA. I am mostly excited about what Mr. Whan has in store for us next.

Other Tidbits:
Both of Jessica Korda's LPGA victories have come on the opening tournament of the season.
Stacy Lewis has 11 consecutive top 10 finishes dating back to last season.
Thailand has now passed Spain and moved into 4th place in the International Crown Standings.

Rolex Rankings Movers of the Week:
Jessica Korda Leaps from #40 to #24, while Lizette Salas Moves from #20 to #17.





Sunday, January 26, 2014

Jessica Korda Wins in the Bahamas!

Jessica Korda

Just two short weeks ago when I did my Top 30 Player of the Year Predictions for 2014, I picked Jessica Korda as the player most likely to have a breakout season. She has already made me look good today by winning the Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic.

Jessica was victorious by one shot over Stacy Lewis. Stacy, playing one group ahead of Jessica, failed to birdie the par five final hole when her approach shot sailed over the green.

Jessica, needing a birdie to win, made things exciting when her approach shot also sailed over the green. She then putted to within about 6 feet and drained the winning putt from there.

Earlier in the day it looked like several other players had a better chance of winning, but all would falter.
  • Paula Creamer double bogeyed the 9th hole, all but eliminating her from contention. She then birdied 5 of the last 8 holes but finished in a tie for 3rd, 3 shots back.
  • Lizette Salas had a two stroke lead after 8 holes, but bogeyed #'s 9, 11, and 12. She would also finish tied for 3rd.
  • Na Yeon Choi's birdie on 13 vaulted her to the top, but she was unable to make another birdie after that, and bogeyed the 16th hole.  She joined the 4 way tie for third place. Na Yeon had 31 putts, a disturbing  Sunday trend that plagued her the entire 2013 season.
Jessica, who had fallen 3 shots back when she bogeyed the 13th hole, would birdie 15, 17, and 18 to take home the trophy. She would finish the round with a 7 under 66.

Other Tidbits:

Lydia Ko, making her LPGA debut, finished in a tie for 7th place.

Defending champion Ilhee Lee failed to make the cut.

Sue Kim and Karine Icher made the first two hole in ones of the 2014 season.

Race to the CME Globe:
We will be following this one all season. Jessica Korda gets 500 points and leads 2nd place finisher Stacy Lewis by 200 points, in this race for $1,000,000.





Monday, January 20, 2014

Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic Preview & Pairings

Well here we go!


It is time to start the 2014 LPGA season. With 5 new tournaments (including the International Crown), more prize money, and more television coverage, the 2014 season promises to be the biggest and best ever. The season will open in the Bahamas with the playing of the Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic.

This will be tournament #1 of 32 official tournaments this season.

Here are the key details:

Course:  Ocean Club Golf Course
Location:  Paradise Island, Bahamas
Defending Champion:  Ilhee Lee
**Winning Score:  41 - 43 - 42 = 144 (Even Par)

Final Field:  108 players
Par:  36/37 = 73 (There are 3 par 5's on the back nine, 5 in all)
Yardage:  6,664
Purse:  $1,300,000

** Only 36 holes were played in 2013, over a 3 day period.

My strength of field rating is just 52%, which would have ranked as the 4th lowest number in the 2013 season. Nine of the top 20 Rolex ranked players, and 30 of the top 80 players on the 2014 Priority List will not be in attendance. When the tournament was played in May last year, my field rating was 74%. It appears that many of the non American golfers have chosen to start their schedule at a later date.

Key players skipping this event include, Inbee Park, Shanshan Feng, So Yeon Ryu, I.K. Kim, Karrie Webb, Caroline Hedwall, Cristie Kerr, Anna Nordqvist, Hee Young Seo, Yani Tseng, and Mika Miyazato.

Rolex Rankings #2 player Suzann Pettersen, #3 player Stacy Lewis, #4 player Lydia Ko, and #9 player Lexi Thompson will all be fighting for that winner's check.

### UPDATE: Suzann Pettersen is no longer in the field.

Lydia Ko will lead the rookies making their first start as LPGA members. That list will include highly touted Jaye Marie Green, Amy Anderson, and Symetra Tour star Julia Molinaro.

Here are the pairings for the first 2 rounds:
Here are my Pak Picker picks this week: (I finished 5th place out of a field of 24 last year)

1- Stacy Lewis
2- Lydia Ko
3- Lexi Thompson
4- Na Yeon Choi
5- Paula Creamer
6- Jessica Korda
7- Pornanong Phatlum
8- Ai Miyazato
9- Chella Choi
10- Lizette Salas
11- Beatriz Recari
12- Gerina Piller

Here is the television schedule:
Jan 23 - GC 11:30 AM-2:30 PM ET
Jan 24 - GC 11:30 AM-2:30 PM ET
Jan 25 - GC 3:00 PM-5:00 PM ET
Jan 26 - GC 3:00 PM-5:00 PM ET

Other Tidbits:
The off season wasn't as long as previous years, but it certainly was an interesting one.
Paula Creamer announced her engagement, and Hee Kyung Seo, Natalie Gulbis, Brittany Lang, and Brooke Pancake (hopefully she didn't marry someone named Syrup), all got married. Christie Kerr announced that she has now become a mom.

I have received several e-mails asking why my Technorati rating link is not working. I am fully aware of this. It has not been working for nearly 3 weeks now, and they are not accurately counting  hits to this website. I am not the only one having this problem.  I have talked to several bloggers including Ruthless Golf.com, and the link to their websites are not working either. Many of us, including myself have tried to contact them with this problem, but they do not answer e-mails.
Hopefully the problem will be resolved soon, but if not I am very satisfied in knowing that all of my readers have made this blog the #1 golf blog for a good portion of 2013. Thank you all. I hope to hear from more and more of you in the comments section as the new season progresses.

UPDATE: The Technorati problem regarding this website has been resolved and the link is now working. Hopefully it will continue to do so.

Please be sure to check back here for tournament updates after every round. You can get live updates to all leaderboards from the links at the top of this page.
Also, you can check out Mostly Harmless for some of the finest articles on all the Women's tours.

Here are the 3rd round leaders:
1Na Yeon Choi-15F
2Lizette Salas-14F
3Paula Creamer-12F
3Jessica Korda-12F
5Amelia Lewis-11F
5Stacy Lewis-11F
5Jenny Suh-11F
8Chella Choi-10F
8Thidapa Suwannapura-10F
8Pornanong Phatlum-10F
8P.K. Kongkraphan-10F
8Lydia Ko-10F
8Michelle Wie-10F






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




Thursday, January 16, 2014

My Top 30 Player of the Year Predictions for 2014

We are just about a week away from the beginning of the 2014 LPGA season.
With 33 tournaments on the schedule (including the International Crown), this year promises to be the most interesting season ever.

Here are my top 30 picks for the 2014 LPGA Player of the Year: (last year's actual finish is in parenthesis)

1-  Stacy Lewis (3) - I kept going back and forth with this one because I truly believe that this might go back and forth all season, and anyone in my top six could win this Hall of Fame point. I finally decided on Stacy because she is just so consistent. I am thinking that she might turn more of those 19 top ten finishes into victories.

2-  Suzann Pettersen (2) - She was the best player on the planet the second half of last year. If she continues playing that way she will win it all. My gut feeling is she will duplicate last year's 2nd place finish, and be a bridesmaid again.

3-  Lydia Ko (Rookie) - This one is a tough call. Part of me says that she will win at least 4 times, with at least one major championship. The other part of me says the changing of her coach and the everyday grind may have a negative effect on her.

4-  Inbee Park (1) - I know most of you out there will have her repeating in 2014. I did get it correct when I picked her last year to win this award. I just don't feel it this year. Holding on to the #1 position has proved most difficult. Inbee slipped the second half of last season, although after winning 3 majors it was bound to happen. When that putter is hot there is no beating her, but the rest of her game, in my opinion, is not as good as the players I ranked ahead of her.

5-  Lexi Thompson (7) - She really seemed to find it the last part of the 2013 season. She won two of her last 5 starts. From tee to green she has the ability to dominate. If she putts like she did at year's end watch out.

6-  Shanshan Feng (4) - Wow! with Lydia & Lexi joining the "elite", there are so many really great players. Like I said above, any of my top 6 picks could win it all, and Shanshan is no exception. The only reason I pick her this low is that she skips way too many LPGA tournaments. If she sits out eight tournaments like she did last year, she can not beat out the players above her.

7-  Na Yeon Choi (10) - If anyone from here on down wins the award, it will be a huge surprise.
Na Yeon will win this year, but not finish enough of her chances to finish higher than this.

8-  So Yeon Ryu (5) -  I will rank her higher when she shows me that she can win again.

9-  Jessica Korda  (24) - Jessie was off to a great start last season before injuring her hand mid-season and preventing her from playing back to back weeks. Assuming she is healthy, look for her to have a breakout season.

10- Paula Creamer (19) - How does a player have 17 top twenty finishes, and finish in the 19th spot for Player of the Year? Well, Paula managed to do that last season. She also has made 66 consecutive cuts. One of the top 5 ball strikers on tour, I expect Paula to get that 10th win this year. That said, her putts per greens in regulation stat has to improve in order for her to finish this high.

11- I.K. Kim (9) - I still don't think she has fully recovered from that missed putt 2 years ago.

12- Chella Choi (T16) - Look for Chella's father to breathe a sigh of relief, as she gets her first LPGA victory.

13- Beatriz Recari (6) - Beatriz had a career year in 2013. A very solid player, and overachiever, I see her falling back a bit this year.

14- Amy Yang (T13) - Amy finally broke through and got her first win last year. Look for her to have another solid season.

15- Hee Young Park (8) - A very solid player who might just win again this year. I just think there are way too many great players this year for her to finish #8 again.

16- Pornanong Phatlum (21) - Like Chella above, I expect her to break through and get her first victory this year. Has won twice recently on other tours, but must show she can finish consistently on the LPGA tour.

17- Caroline Hedwall (22) - It's hard to believe that Caroline has not won an LPGA event yet. If she could only get herself psyched each week the way she does for the Solheim Cup, she would be much further up this list.

18- Gerina Piller (25) - Gerina had a breakthrough season in 2013, and I expect her to improve again this year.

19- Lizette Salas (T16) - Lizette had quite a few chances to win last year only to shoot awful scores on Sunday. It is a pattern that I need to see broken before I can rate her higher.

20- Carlotta Ciganda (T40) - A super talented player, Carlotta will warm up in time to make that Spanish team very hard to beat at the International Crown.

21- Karrie Webb (10) - Karrie proves me wrong every year, but this is the year she starts to slip.

22- Ai Miyazato (40) - Ai blew a tournament early on, to Stacy Lewis, and never seemed to play well after that. It doesn't take a genius to predict her to improve this year. It's how much she will improve that is the question. She will get 5 more chances to win that first major championship.

23- Anna Nordqvist (30) - Has yet to live up to that great first year that she had. She is ten yards longer off the tee than she was then, but can't find a way to win. I predict a win in 2014.

24- Angela Stanford (15) - Her better days are behind her. I see her slipping back this year.

25- Cristie Kerr (13) - Ditto.

26- Jodi Ewart Shadoff  (28) - Has the talent to finish much higher than this. Could be a real sleeper.

27- Karine Icher (26) - Came close to winning several times last year. I look for more of the same.

28- Michelle Wie (34) - That odd putting stance actually started to work last year. She contended several times late last year. Can she win this year? If she does she may finish much higher than this.

29- Morgan Pressel (27) - Morgan gives up so much length off the tee that it is hard for her to win. That said, she will contend a half dozen times, not win, and still make this list.

30- Azahara Munoz (38) - Once thought of as the best of the Spanish players, she has been passed up by Beatriz and Carlotta. She will have a better 2014 season, but will struggle to make the top 30.

Player that didn't make my list, that is most likely to make me look foolish..........Mika Miyazato.
Player that could be a pleasant surprise......Jaye Marie Green
Player most likely to disappoint.....Ihlee Lee (Her 36 hole win in the Bahamas made her year look better than it actually was.




Sunday, January 12, 2014

Ten Questions for the 2014 season

As we approach the beginning of the 2014 LPGA season, there are a number of questions I am looking forward to getting the answers to. In reverse order, here are my top 10:


10- Can the American team shake off two consecutive Solheim Cup defeats and make a better showing at the International Crown?

 9- What effect will Paula Creamer's recent engagement (if any), have on her 2014 season? Will she get that elusive 10th win?

 8-  Is Beatriz Recari really the best of the young Spaniards (Ciganda, Munoz, Mozo), or did she just have a career year?

 7-  Can top Japanese players Ai Miyazato, Mika Miyazato, Chie Arimura, and Momoko Ueda bounce back from what may have been their poorest seasons ever? (Momoko has stated she may not play many LPGA events.)

 6-  Can Gerina Piller, Pornanong Phatlum, and Lizette Salas follow up their breakthrough seasons and take it to the next level?

 5-  Can Yani Tseng break the free fall she's been in during the past year and a half, and return to something that at least resembles her previous form?

 4-  Will one or more of the following players: Chella Choi, Caroline Hedwall, Carlotta Ciganda, Gerina Piller, break through and get that highly anticipated first LPGA victory?

 3-  Is Lexi Thompson ready to join the big 3 (Inbee Park, Suzann Pettersen, Stacy Lewis), and make it the big 4?

 2-  Can anyone really challenge Lydia Ko for 2014 Rookie of the Year honors?

 1-  Can Inbee Park hold onto the world's #1 ranking?

In less than 2 weeks the LPGA season will begin and we will start to get the answers to these questions.

Feel free to add your own questions.





Thursday, January 9, 2014

2014 LPGA Priority List

The following priority with regards to a Member’s playing status will be used for Standard Tournament fields and other tournaments as applicable:

 

1. Top 80 Members in the top 80 on the previous year’s season-ending Money List. Priority is based on the order of the list. Ties will be broken by the Members’ position on the Career Money List as of the end of the previous year.
 
 
(1) Inbee Park

(2) Suzann Pettersen

(3) Stacy Lewis

(4) Shanshan Feng

(5) So Yeon Ryu

(6) Lexi Thompson

(7) I.K. Kim

(8) Beatriz Recari

(9) Na Yeon Choi

(10) Hee Young Park

(11) Paula Creamer

(12) Angela Stanford

(13) Karrie Webb

(14) Caroline Hedwall

(15) Lizette Salas

(16) Karine Icher

(17) Chella Choi

(18) Amy Yang

(19) Cristie Kerr

(20) Anna Nordqvist

(21) Catriona Matthew

(22) Jiyai Shin

(23) Pornanong Phatlum

(24) Ilhee Lee

(25) Jessica Korda

(26) Gerina Piller

(27) Ai Miyazato

(28) Morgan Pressel

(29) Jodi Ewart Shadoff

(30) Jennifer Johnson

(31) Azahara Munoz

(32) Brittany Lincicome

(33) Hee Kyung Seo

(34) Se Ri Pak

(35) Sandra Gal

(36) Mika Miyazato

(37) Haeji Kang

(38) Yani Tseng

(39) Sun Young Yoo

(40) Carlota Ciganda

(41) Michelle Wie

(42) Brittany Lang

(43) Jenny Shin

(44) Eun-Hee Ji

(45) Meena Lee

(46) Karin Sjodin **

(47) Mo Martin

(48) Moriya Jutanugarn

(49) Caroline Masson

(50) Mina Harigae

(51) Giulia Sergas

(52) Jane Park

(53) Irene Cho

(54) Alison Walshe

(55) Candie Kung

(56) Julieta Granada

(57) Katherine Kirk

(58) Mi Hyun Kim **

(59) Danielle Kang

(60) Ayako Uehara

(61) Nicole Castrale

(62) Pernilla Lindberg

(63) Chie Arimura

(64) Mariajo Uribe

(65) Natalie Gulbis

(66) Stacy Prammanasudh

(67) Jee Young Lee

(68) Dewi Claire Schreefel

(69) Christel Boeljon

(70) Jennifer Rosales

(71) Juli Inkster

(72) Jacqui Concolino

(73) Hee-Won Han

(74) Austin Ernst

(75) Jimin Kang **
 
(76) Thidapa Suwannapura

(77) Vicky Hurst

(78) Mi Jung Hur

(79) Christina Kim

(80) Lindsey Wright

(81) Lisa McCloskey

(82) Cindy LaCrosse

(83) Rebecca Lee-Bentham


** Medical




2. Career Top 20: Members in the top 20 on the Career Money List as of the end of the last Official Tournament of the previous year. Priority is based on the order of the list. To be included in this category (a) the Member must notify the LPGA that she wants to be included in the Career Top 20 Category by December 15 of the previous year, (b) if a Member elects to be included in the Career Top 20 Category, she will be in this Category for one year,(c) a Member may be included in this
category only two times in her career, and (d) a Member may only be in the Career Top 20 Category or the Career Top 40 Category (but not both) in her career.


3. Major Winner: Members who have won an LPGA Major Championship while a Member during the previous five (5) years. Priority is based on the number of such wins during the previous five (5) years. Ties are broken by the Members’ positions on the Career Money List as of the end of the previous year.


4. Winner: Members who have won an Official Tournament while a Member within the last two (2) years or during the current year. Priority is based on the number of Official Tournament wins during the previous two (2) years. Ties are broken by the Members’ positions on the Career Money List as of the end of the previous year.

5. Multiple Wins: For 2014 and 2015, Members who have won at least two (2) Official Tournaments while a Member during the previous four (4) years (2010-2013). Priority is based on the number of wins during the previous four (4) years. Ties are broken by the Members’ positions on the Career Money List as of the end of the previous year. Beginning in 2016, Members who have won two (2) Official Tournaments in the same calendar year during the previous three (3) years (2013-2015). Priority is based on the number of wins during the previous three years. Ties are broken by the Members’ positions on the Career Money List as of the end of the previous year.

(84) Maria Hjorth


6. Three Wins in the Same Season: Members who have won three (3) or more Official Tournaments while a Member during the same calendar year in the previous four (4) years (2010-2013). Priority is based on the number of wins during each calendar year. Ties are broken by the Members’ positions on the Career Money List as of the end of the previous year.

7. Non-Member Win: Players who have won at least one (1) Official Tournament as a Non-member within the previous calendar year or during the current calendar year. Priority is based on the earliest date of such wins. A Player must be eligible and accept LPGA membership to be eligible in this category.

(85) Lydia Ko


8. Current Year Top 80: Members in the Top-80 of the current year’s Money List after the tenth (10th) (North Texas LPGA Shootout) with priority based on the order of the list. For the remaining Official Tournaments of the year, Members in the Top- 80 on the current year’s Money List after the eighteenth (18th) (Marathon Classic Presented by Owens Corning & O-I). Priority is based on the order of the list.


9. Top 10 LPGA Symetra Tour: Top 10 on the previous year’s season-ending Symetra Tour Money List. Priority is based on their position on the list.

(86) P.K. Kongkraphan

(87) Giulia Molinaro

(88) Marina Alex

(89) Christine Song

(90) Cydney Clanton

(91) Sue Kim

(92) Hannah Jun

(93) Perrine Delacour

(94) Alena Sharp

(95) Jacyln Sweeney

(96) Jenny Gleason **

** Medical



10. Non-Member Top 40: Non-Members who, as of the conclusion of the last Official Tournament of the previous year, won an amount of money during such year in Official Tournaments with a cut, that is equal to or greater than the amount of official money won by the Member who was in 40th place on the Money List at that time. Priority based on the amount of money won in such tournaments. A player must be eligible and accept LPGA membership to be eligible in this category.


11. Nos. 81-100: Members finishing Nos. 81-100 on the previous year’s season-ending Money List. Priority is based on the order of the list. Ties will be broken by the Members’ positions on the Career Money List as of the end of the previous year.

(97) Belen Mozo

(98) Nicole Smith **

(99) Paola Moreno

(100) Kristy McPherson

(101) Sydnee Michaels

(102) Ryann O’Toole

(103) Sarah Jane Smith

(104) Ji Young Oh

(105) Heather Bowie Young

(106) Moira Dunn

(107) Jeong Jang

(108) Mi Hyang Lee

(109) Katie Futcher

(110) Mindy Kim

(111) Danah Bordner

(112) Becky Morgan

(113) Paige Mackenzie

(114) Brooke Pancake

(115) Katie Burnett

(116) Sandra Changkija


** Medical



12. Top 20 Q-School: Players finishing Nos. 1-20 at the previous year’s LPGA Qualifying Tournament. Ties are broken on the basis of the lowest, most recent round in Stage III of the Qualifying Tournament. In the event of a tie for 20th place, the 20th place shall be determined through a play-off held at the Qualifying Tournament.

(117) Jaye Marie Green

(118) Mi Rim Lee

(119) Tiffany Joh

(120) Amy Anderson

(121) Jennifer Kirby

(122) Seon Hwa Lee

(123) Megan Grehan

(124) Kathleen Ekey

(125) Xiyu Lin

(126) Maria Hernandez

(127) Line Vedel

(128) Erica Popson

(129) Victoria Elizabeth

(130) Kelly Tan

(131) Lisa Ferrero

(132) Paula Reto

(133) Kayla Mortellaro**

(134) Paz Echeverria

(135) Kim Welch **

(136) Silvia Cavalleri

(137) Haru Nomura

(138) Ashleigh Simon

** Medical


13. Three-Time LPGA Symetra Tour Current-Year Win Category: Winners of three (3) official LPGA Symetra Tour tournaments during the current year. (A player does not gain LPGA membership by winning three times on the LPGA Symetra Tour. If the player entering through this category is a Non-Member, any prize money she wins will be unofficial. If the player is a Member,
any prize money she wins will be official)


14. Career Top 40 Category: Members in the top 40 on the Career Money List as of the end of the previous year. Priority is based on the order of the list. To be included in this category (a) the Member must notify the LPGA that she wants to be included in the Career Top 40 Category by December 15 of the previous year, and (b) if a Member elects to be included in the Career Top 40 Category she will be in this category for one year, (c) a Member may be included in this category only one time in her career, (d) a Member may only be in the Career Top 40 Category or the Career Top 20 Category (but not both) in her career.

(139) Pat Hurst


15. Current-Year Reshuffle: After the tenth (10th) Officiall Tournament (North Texas LPGA Shootout), Members in categories 16 through 20 who have earned official money will be re-seeded into Category 15. Members placed into Category 15 will be ranked in the order of their position on the current year’s Money List through the North Texas LPGA Shootout. Members will remain in their position within this category until the next reshuffle. After the eighteenth (18th) Official Tournament (Marathon Classic Presented by Owens Corning & O-I), Members in categories 15 and 16 through 20 who have earned official money will be re-seeded into Category 15. Members placed into Category 15 will be ranked in the order of their position on the current year’s Money List through the Marathon Classic. Members will remain in their position within this category for the remainder of the calendar year.


16. Nos. 101-125 Category: Members finishing Nos. 101-125 on the previous year’s season-ending Money List. Priority is based on the order of the list. Ties will be broken by the Members’ positions on the Career Money List as of the end of the previous year.

(140) Amanda Blumenherst

(141) Sarah Kemp

(142) Dori Carter

(143) Laura Diaz

(144) Kris Tamulis

(145) Jennifer Song

(146) Amelia Lewis

(147) Karen Stupples

(148) Maude-Aimee Leblanc

(149) Nicole Jeray

(150) Felicity Johnson

(151) Marcy Hart

(152) Hanna Kang

(153) Veronica Felibert

(154) Laura Davies

(155) Lorie Kane

(156) Julia Boland

(157) Jill McGill**

(158) Jane Rah

** Medical


17. Nos. 21- 45 Q-school Category: Players finishing Nos. 21-45 and those players tied at the 45th position at the previous year’s LPGA Qualifying Tournament. Priority is based on the order of their finish at the Qualifying Tournament. Ties are broken on the basis of the lowest most recent round in the Final Qualifying Tournament.

(159) Megan McChrystal

(160) Jenny Suh

(161) Yueer Cindy Feng

(162) Alejandra Llaneza

(163) Birdie Kim

(164) Kim Kaufman

(165) Haley Millsap

(166) Reilley Rankin

(167) Joanna Klatten

(168) Anya Alvarez

(169) Lee-Anne Pace

(170) Caroline Westrup

(171) Brianna Do

(172) Emma Jandel

(173) Victoria Tanco

(174) Dottie Ardina

(175) Stacey Keating

(176) Louise Friberg

(177) Jackie Barenborg

(178) Kristie Smith

(179) Lindy Duncan

(180) Natalie Sheary

(181) Katy Harris

(182) Brittany Altomare

(183) Marta Silva

(184) Dani Holmqvist


18. Tournament Winners: Members who have won an Official Tournament within the previous twenty (20) calendar years. Priority is based on the number of wins. Ties are broken by the Members’ positions on the Career Money List as of the end of the previous year. Players listed below have eight (8) wins or more in the previous twenty (20) calendar years

(185) Annika Sorenstam

(186) Nancy Lopez

(187) Patty Sheehan

(188) Betsy King

(189) Beth Daniel

(190) Pat Bradley

(191) Lorena Ochoa

(192) Meg Mallon

(193) Dottie Pepper

(194) Rosie Jones

(195) Liselotte Neumann

(196) Jane Geddes

(197) Kelly Robbins

(198) Sherri Steinhauer

(199) Rachel Hetherington

(200) Christa Johnson

Players listed below have seven (7) wins or less in the previous twenty (20) calendar years

(201) Helen Alfredsson

(202) Michelle McGann

(203) Donna Andrews

(204) Grace Park

(205) Val Skinner

(206) Brandie Burton

(207) Deb Richard

(208) Barb Mucha

(209) Dorothy Delasin

(210) Sophie Gustafson

(211) Wendy Ward

(212) Penny Hammel

(213) Mary Beth Zimmerman

(214) Nancy Scranton

(215) Dawn Coe-Jones

(216) Emilee Klein

(217) Vicki Fergon

(218) Martha Nause

(219) Maggie Will

(220) Wendy Doolan

(221) Terry Jo Myers

(222) Michele Redman

(223) Patricia Meunier-Lebouc

(224) Elaine Crosby

(225) Janice Moodie

(226) Heather Daly-Donofrio

(227) Gail Graham

(228) Leta Lindley

(229) Kim-Saiki-Maloney

(230) Kelli Kuehne

(231) Marisa Baena

(232) Cindy Figg-Currier

(233) Jenny Lidback

(234) Becky Iverson

(235) Charlotta Sorenstam

(236) Kate Golden

(237) Amy Fruhwirth

(238) Missie McGeorge

(239) Jackie Gallagher-Smith

(240) Joan Pitcock

(241) Marta Figueras-Dotti

(242) Nanci Bowen

(243) Kathryn Imrie

(244) Mardi Lunn

(245) Julie Piers

(246) Barb Whitehead

(247) Laurel Kean

(248) Tracy Kerdyk

(249) Lisa D’Amore

(250) Eunjung Yi

(251) Tina Fischer


19. Tournament Winners: Members who have won an Official Tournament more than twenty (20) years prior. Priority is based on the number of wins. Ties are broken by the Members’ positions on the Career Money List as of the end of the previous year.


(252) Kathy Whitworth

(253) Mickey Wright

(254) Amy Alcott

(255) Louise Suggs

(256) Betsy Rawls

(257) JoAnne Carner

(258) Sandra Haynie

(259) Carol Mann

(260) Ayako Okamoto

(261) Jane Blalock

(262) Judy Rankin

(263) Marlene Hagge

(264) Donna Caponi

(265) Marilynn Smith

(266) Sandra Palmer

(267) Hollis Stacy

(268) Jan Stephenson

(269) Sally Little

(270) Susie Berning

(271) Clifford Ann Creed

(272) Shirley Englehorn

(273) Tammie Green

(274) Mary Mills

(275) Alice Miller

(276) Sandra Post-McDermid

(277) Danielle Ammaccapane

(278) Judy Dickinson

(279) Debbie Austin

(280) JoAnn Prentice

(281) Kathy Cornelius

(282) Cindy Rarick

(283) Kathy Postlewait

(284) Patti Rizzo

(285) Betty Burfeindt

(286) Murle Breer

(287) Sue Roberts

(288) Sherri Turner

(289) Debbie Massey

(290) Laurie Merten

(291) Missie Berteotti

(292) Muffin Spencer-Devlin

(293) Shelley Hamlin

(294) Donna White

(295) Cathy Gerring

(296) JoAnne Washam

(297) Pam Higgins

(298) Betsy Cullen

(299) Laurie Rinker

(300) Jody Anschutz

(301) Anne-Marie Palli

(302) Janet Coles

(303) Jerilyn Britz

(304) Kathy Guadagnino

(305) Penny Pulz

(306) Bonnie Lauer

(307) Cindy Hill

(308) Gloria Ehret

(309) Jan Ferraris

(310) Tina Barrett

(311) Kris Tschetter

(312) Michelle Estill

(313) Jane Crafter

(314) Cindy Schreyer

(315) Dana Dormann

(316) Allison Finney

(317) Cathy Johnston-Forbes

(318) Kris Monaghan

(319) Cathy Morse

(320) Janet Anderson

(321) Shirley Furlong

(322) Lynn Adams

(323) Becky Pearson

(324) Dorothy Germain

(325) Pat Meyers

(326) Jennifer Wyatt

(327) Sally Quinlan

(328) Susie McAllister-Morton

(329) Patty Hayes

(330) Tina Tombs

(331) Lauren Howe

(332) Sharon Barrett

(333) Patty Jordan-Smith

(334) Kathy Hite-James

(335) Barbara Barrow

(336) Bonnie Bryant

(337) Margie Masters

(338) Pam Barnett

(339) Mary Lou Crocker

(340) Jocelyne Bourassa

(341) Barbara Romack


20. Class A/Veteran International Members Category: Class A Members; And International Members who have been LPGA members in good standing for ten (10) or more consecutive years. Priority will be based on the Members’ positions on the Career Money List as of the end of the previous years.

(342) Mhairi McKay

(343) Vicki Goetze-Ackerman

(344) Tracy Hanson

(345) Amy Benz

(346) Diana D’Alessio

(347) Amy Hung

(348) Dina Ammaccapane

(349) Susie Redman

(350) Michelle Ellis

(351) Aree Song

(352) Beth Bader

(353) A.J. Eathorne

(354) Kim Williams

(355) Eva Dahllof

(356) Yu Ping Lin

(357) Marianne Morris

(358) Jean Bartholomew

(359) Robin Walton

(360) Mitzi Edge

(361) Jamie Hullett

(362) Suzanne Strudwick

(363) Denise Killeen

(364) Kristal Parker-Manzo

(365) Nancy Harvey

(366) Beth Bauer

(367) Pamela Wright

(368) Stephanie Louden

(369) Na On Min

(370) Ashli Bunch

(371) Caroline Keggi

(372) Laura Baugh

(373) Carolyn Hill

(374) Young A Yang

(375) Myra Blackwelder

(376) Leslie Spalding

(377) Jill Briles-Hinton

(378) Allison Duncan

(379) Vickie Odegard

(380) Audra Burks

(381) Siew-Ai Lim

(382) Carri Wood

(383) Luciana Bemvenuti

(384) Stephanie Farwig

(385) Anna Acker-Macosko

(386) Candy Hannemann

(387) Lori West

(388) Lynn Connelly

(389) Leigh Ann Mills

(390) Kim Shipman

(391) Marilyn Lovander

(392) Cathy Marino

(393) Allison Hanna

(394) Taylor Coutu

(395) Sara Sanders

(396) Deedee Lasker

(397) Laurie Brower

(398) Ellie Gibson

(399) Kim Hall

(400) Amy Read

(401) Susan Sanders

(402) Jenna Daniels

(403) Nina Foust

(404) Lee Ann Walker-Cooper

(405) Sue Ertl

(406) Angie Ridgeway

(407) Marlene Floyd

(408) Marci Bozarth

(409) Janice Gibson

(410) Kathryn Young-Robyn

(411) Annette DeLuca

(412) Patricia Baxter-Johnson

(413) Meredith Duncan

(414) Barb Moxness

(415) Jennifer Feldott-Hall

(416) Heather Drew

(417) Anna Grzebien

(418) Deborah Vidal

(419) Kathy McMullen

(420) M.J. Smith

(421) Karen Noble

(422) Sue Ginter

(423) Mindy Moore

(424) Pamela Kerrigan

(425) Mary Dwyer

(426) Beverly Klass

(427) Sue Thomas

(428) Kay Cockerill

(429) Angela Jerman

(430) Erika Wicoff

(431) Beth Stone

(432) Jen Hanna

(433) Sarah McGuire

(434) Nicky Le Roux

(435) Sherrin Smyers

(436) Kate Rogerson

(437) Kim Bauer

(438) Gina Hull

(439) Nancy White

(440) Dianne Dailey

(441) Therese Hession

(442) Barbra Mizrahie

(443) Carole Charbonnier

(444) LeAnn Cassaday

(445) Judy Sams

(446) Michelle Dobek

(447) Mary Murphy

(448) Nancy Taylor-Capps

(449) Noelle Daghe

(450) Cathy Mant

(451) Gail Hirata-Chaffin

(452) Cathy Mocket

(453) Cathy Sherk

(454) Gerda Boykin

(455) Debbie Steinback-Keller

(456) Mardell Wilkins

(457) Louise Parks

(458) Joan Joyce

(459) Laura Hurlbut

(460) Jeannette Kohlhass

(461) Linda Hunt

(462) Donna Wilkins

(463) Cathy Duggan

(464) Loretta Alderete

(465) Joan Delk

(466) Marty Dickerson

(467) Sue Fogleman

(468) Jackie Bertsch Bro

(469) Pamela Allen

(470) Amelia Rorer

(471) Terri Hancock

(472) Kelly Leadbetter

(473) Susan Daniels

(474) Connie Ross

(475) Kathy Farrer

(476) Adele Peterson

(477) Debbie Skinner

(478) Anne Kelly

(479) Renee Powell

(480) Sharron Moran

(481) Janet Le Pera

(482) Brenda Hocott

(483) Cindy Ferro

(484) Carla Glasgow

(485) Sherry Wilder

(486) H.B. Duntz MacArthur

(487) Cynthia Anzolut

(488) Joyce Benson

(489) Susan Johnson

(490) Mary Bryan

(491) Linda Galloway

(492) Becky Larson

(493) Peggy Kirk Bell

(494) Shirley Spork