Skip to main content

Volunteers of America North Texas Shootout Preview & Pairings


How exciting has the LPGA tournaments been this month? We have played 3 tournaments and each one has resulted in a playoff to determine the winner.

1- ANA Inspiration (first major championship) - Brittany Lincicome eagles the 72nd hole to force a playoff with Stacy Lewis. Lincicome wins on the third playoff hole.

2-  Lotte Championship - Sei Young Kim chips in on the 72nd hole to force a playoff with Inbee Park. Kim then holes out her second shot from the middle of the fairway to take home the trophy.

3- Lydia Ko birdies the 72nd hole to force a playoff with Morgan Pressel. Lydia birdies the second playoff hole for the victory.

Lydia Ko successfully defends her Swinging Skirts Championship title

This week the LPGA moves to the state of Texas for the playing of the Volunteers of America North Texas Shootout.

This will be tournament #11 of 32 on this year's schedule.

Here are the key details:

Course:  Las Colinas Country Club
Location: Irving, Texas
Defending Champion:  Stacy Lewis
Winning Score: 71-64- 69-64 = 268 (-16)

Final Field:  144 players
Par:  36/35 =71
Yardage:  6,462
Purse: $1,300,000

Defending champion Stacy Lewis will be trying to defend her title

My strength of field rating is a strong 71.5% (up from 67.5% last year). Seventy-nine of the top 100 golfers from the LPGA Priority List, and 34 of the top 50 players from the Rolex Rankings will be in attendance. Notable absentees this week include: Shanshan Feng, Jessica Korda, Brittany Lincicome, and Jenny Shin.

Here are the first round pairings.

Here are the television times:
Apr 30 - GC 10:30 AM-1:30 PM ET
May 1 - GC 10:30 AM-12:30 PM ET
May 2 - GC  1:00  PM - 4:00 PM ET
May 3 - GC  2:00  PM-5:00 PM ET

Here are my Pak Picker picks for this week's tournament:
1- Stacy Lewis
2- Lydia Ko
3- Sei Young Kim
4- Hyo Joo Kim
5- Inbee Park
6- Na Yeon Choi
7- Amy Yang
8- Morgan Pressel
9- Mirim Lee
10- Lexi Thompson
11- Michelle Wie
12- Ha Na Jang
I am currently in 8th place this year among the 23 participants.

Other Tidbits:
There will be 2 cuts in this week's tournament. The field will be cut to 70 players and ties after 36 holes, and then cut again to 50 players and ties after 54 holes. If a player makes the first cut and misses the second one, she still will receive a portion of the purse, and it will not count as a missed cut.

The LPGA will have its first player reshuffle after this week's tournament. Players in categories 16 through 20 will be reshuffled according to how they fared the first 10 tournaments of the year. Charley Hull, for example, will now be reshuffled into playing all full field events. I will post more on the results of this reshuffle later on next week.

Stacy Lewis has now extended her cut streak to 80. Lydia Ko has never missed a cut in 50 tournaments. Mi Hyang Lee had her cut streak come to an end at 18.

Rolex Rankings Movers of the Week:
Morgan Pressel soars 10 spots from #33 to #23. Brooke Henderson leapfrogs over 116 players, and jumps from #207 to #91.

Race to the CME Globe:
Lydia Ko extends her lead with 2,005 points. She is followed by Sei Young Kim with 1,556 and Stacy Lewis with 1,476.

Who's Hot:
Shanshan Feng has not finished worse than 21st place this entire season.

Who's Not:
Michelle Wie has yet to register a top ten finish this year.

On the Symetra Tour:
Racheal Rohanna won the Guardian Retirement Championship this past week. Former LPGA members Jean Reynolds and Maude-Aimee Leblanc were among 5 players two strokes back.

Be sure to check back here daily for any updates. They will be posted here, at the end of this blog.
Links to all live scoreboards appear at the top of this page.

Update #1 - Brooke Henderson & Heather Bowie Young are the 2 qualifiers.

Here are the Final Results:

1Inbee Park-15F
2Hee Young Park-12F
2Cristie Kerr-12F
4Maria McBride-11F
4Lexi Thompson-11F
6Angela Stanford-10F
7Juli Inkster-9F
7Stacy Lewis-9F
7Karrie Webb-9F
10Ilhee Lee-8F
11Danielle Kang-7F
11Hyo Joo Kim-7F
13Morgan Pressel-6F
13Sandra Gal-6F
13Ha-Na Jang-6F
13Brooke Mackenzie Henderson-6F
17Amy Yang-5F
17Karine Icher-5F
17Alena Sharp-5F

For complete scoreboard see link on top of this page.

  (Currently 1,265 followers)



                                                                                   Free website hit counter

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open Preview & Pairings

After a one week break, the LPGA travels to the continent of Australia for the ISPS Women's Australian Open. This tournament has a history of very close finishes. Who could forget the 2012 finish, where Jessica Korda won a 6 player playoff? The following year Jiyai Shin and Yani Tseng battled it out down the stretch, with Jiyai coming out on top by 2 strokes. Last year nine players finished within 3 strokes of each other, with Karrie Webb taking home the trophy.




This will be tournament #3 of 33 official tournaments on the 2015 LPGA schedule.

Here are the key details:

Course:  The Royal Melbourne Golf Club
Location:  Melbourne, Austrailia
Defending Champion:  Karrie Webb
Winning Score:  71-69-68-68 = 276 (-12)

Final Field:  156 players
Par: 38/35 = 73
Yardage:  6,479
Purse:  $1,200,000

My strength of field rating is a weak 48%. Just 25 of the top 50 players on the LPGA Priority List, and 11 of the top 25 players from the Rolex Rankings, will be teeing it up. Among the missing this w…

LPGA Player Profile - Natalie Gulbis

With the LPGA taking a one week break before resuming its schedule in the state of Texas, I want to take this opportunity to do my fifth player profile.

The player I have chosen this time around, may very well be in the twilight of her career, but has been a crowd favorite for many years. I have chosen:

NATALIE GULBIS


Born: 1/7/83 (34 years old)
Hometown: Sacramento Calif.
Resides: Lake, Las Vegas, Nev.
Rookie Year: 2002



Natalie has won once on the LPGA tour:

2007 Evian Masters

 Natalie has had many of her best finishes in Major Championships!

Best Finishes in Major Championships:

ANA Inspiration - Finished 3rd in 2006KPMG Women's PGA Championship - Finished 5th in 2005U.S. Women's Open - Finished 4th in 2005Ricoh British Open - Finished 9th in 2013The Evian Championship - Finished 52nd in 2013 (It was not a Major Championship when she won this event).

Career Stats:

318 career starts237 cuts made (74.5%)37 top tens (11.6%)Has $4,892,233 in career earnings through the 2016 season (57…

LPGA Reshuffles 2018 Priority List

The LPGA had its first reshuffle of its Priority List this week. While most of the players moved up or down a few insignificant spots, there were some very significant moves also.

The Priority List is what is used to fill the required amount of spots for any given tournament. Without me getting into the categories, which is potentially confusing, here is a brief explanation. Most full field events have a field of 144 players. Usually 140 of the players come from the Priority List ranking. Two players are Monday qualifiers, and 2 more are sponsor exemptions. So to keep it simple, if your Priority Rating is #150, you have to hope that 10 players decide not to play, or you are probably not getting into the field.


The following players made some of the biggest jumps in this week's reshuffle (and by getting into the top 100 become part of my weekly field rating):
Bronte Law - 108 to 86
Amy Olson - 112 to 88
Nasa Hataoka - 116 to 92
Caroline Inglis - 126 to 93
Hee Young Park - 106 to 94
Mariajo…

Most Popular Photos of the Year - 2017

1/9/18 - Bonus pics added at bottom of this page!


As many of my readers know, my wife and I go to quite a few LPGA tournaments each year. Since 2010 we have gone to over 50 events, including two in Scotland (St. Andrews being our favorite), and the last 8 Canadian Opens.

I do all the writing on here (my wife who is a teacher, is my proofreader), while my wife Cindy does most of the picture taking. Neither of us are professional photographers, but once in a while we get lucky and capture a moment that is very popular with my viewers.

Below I have reposted the most popular photos of 2017. I based this on the number of website hits, and the number of comments each photo received. Some came as quite a surprise to me, as when they were taken I was not expecting such a reaction.

#18
#17
#16
#15
#14
#13
#12
#11
#10
#9

LPGA Qualifying Tournament 2018 Final Stage - The Q-Series

The final stage of the LPGA qualifying tournament, the Q-Series, will begin this week.
A field of 102 players will be teeing it up.

At the 2017 CME Group Tour Championship, the LPGA first announced that Q-Series will replace LPGA Qualifying School Final Stage, which was previously held annually in Daytona Beach, Florida. 

Instead of 90 holes like the old Final Stage, the new Q-Series will be 144 holes. Players will compete in two, four-day tournaments with cumulative scores over the eight rounds for a $150,000 purse, which will be distributed at the end of the eight rounds.

The LPGA will debut the new Q-Series at the historic Pinehurst Resort in Pinehurst, North Carolina, which has hosted several prestigious tournaments including the 2014 U.S. Women’s Open. 
The first week of the LPGA Q-Series presented by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina will be played on the George and Tom Fazio-designed Pinehurst Course No. 6 from Oct. 24-27, while the Q-Series will conclude on the Rees Jon…

LPGA Player Profile: Azahara Munoz

It has been a while since I did my last LPGA player profile.

The player I have chosen this week is the very popular:


Azahara Munoz



Born:  11/19/87 (30 years old)
Hometown:  San Pedro del Alcantara, Spain
Resides:  Jupiter, Fla.
Rookie Year: 2010
2017 Earnings:  $286,417 (63rd)

She has won once on the LPGA tour:

2012 Sybase Match Play Championship
Best finishes in Major Championships: ANA Inspiration - Finished 7th in 2014KPMG Women's PGA Championship - Finished 4th in 2014U.S. Women's Open - Finished 19th in 2010Ricoh Women's British Open - Finished 12th in 2014The Evian Championship - Finished 19th in 2013


Career Stats: 202 career starts175 cuts made (86.6%)38 top tens (18.8%)Has $4,894,331 in career earnings. (61st on the all time LPGA career money list)


Other career highlights: Posted a career high 10 top ten finishes in 2014First Spaniard to win the Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year award in 2010Turned professional in 2009 and qualified for the LPGA tour in her first atte…

U.S. Women's Open Preview, Pairings, and More

Before I get started on this week's tournament, let me give a big congratulations to Minjee Lee for winning the LPGA Volvik Championship. Minjee's final round -4 under par 68, was good enough to win by one stroke over runner-up In Kyung Kim.


This week the LPGA travels to the state of Alabama for the playing of the U.S. Women's Open Conducted by the USGA. This is the second Major Championship of the 2018 season.

Sung Hyun Park will be trying to successfully defend the title she won last year at Trump National Golf Club by two strokes over Hye Jin Choi.



This will be tournament #14 of 33 on this year's LPGA schedule. It is also the 2nd of five Major Championships to be held this year.

Course:  Shoal Creek
Location:  Shoal Creek, Alabama
Defending Champion:  Sung Hyun Park
Winning Score:  73-70-67-67 = 277 (-11)

Final Field:  156 players
Cut: Top 60 and ties
Par:  36/36 = 72
Yardage:  6,732
Purse:  $5,000,000



My strength of field rating is a mighty 87% (down from 91% last year). The re…