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ShopRite LPGA Classic Presented by Acer Preview & Pairings

After a one week break, the LPGA moves to the state of New Jersey this week for the playing of the ShopRite LPGA Classic Presented by Acer.

Stacy Lewis has won the Shoprite Classic twice in the last three years.

Many of you may remember last year's tournament when Stacy Lewis pulled away from the field and won by six strokes. Christina Kim finished in second place.

This tournament will have a Friday start as it is only 54 holes. Weather is always such a big factor here as the winds can turn this golf course from a lamb to a lion. Last year the winds were not a big factor and the 36 hole cut was +2. In 2013 it was quite a different story when the wind brought the field to its knees and the cut was a major championship like +6.

This will be tournament #13 of 32 on this year's LPGA schedule.

If you are in the area, come on out to this beautiful golf course that is just a few miles outside of Atlantic City.

Here are the key details:

Course:  Stockton Seaview Hotel & Golf Course, Bay Course
Location:  Galloway, NJ.
Defending Champion:  Stacy Lewis
Winning Score:  67-63-67 = 197 (-16)

Final Field:  144 players
Par:  37/34 = 71
Yardage:  6,177
Purse:  $1,500,000

My strength of field rating is a solid 78.5% (up from 75.0% last year). Forty-five of the top 50 players from the LPGA priority list and 19 of the top 25 players from the Rolex World Rankings will be teeing it up. Notable absentees include: Lydia Ko, So Yeon Ryu, Jessica Korda, Charley Hull, Caroline Hedwall, Danielle Kang, and Se Ri Pak.

Here are the pairings for the first round.

Here are the television times:
May 29 - GC 1:00 PM-3:30 PM ET
May 30 - GC 3:00 PM-6:00 PM ET
May 31 - GC 3:00 PM-6:00 PM ET

Here are my Pak Picker Picks for this week's tournament:
1- Stacy Lewis
2- Shanshan Feng
3- Hyo Joo Kim
4- Inbee Park
5- Lexi Thompson
6- Anna Nordqvist
7- Minjee Lee
8- Sei Young Kim
9- Alison Lee
10- Mirim Lee
11- Julieta Granada
12- Ha Na Jang
My strong picking landed me in 3rd place last week. I am currently in 8th place among the 23 participants.

Other Tidbits
This will be the 27th year that this event will be held. It was on the LPGA schedule from 1986 to 2006, was not played from 2007 to 2009, and returned to the schedule in 2010.

The LPGA'S Canadian Pacific Women's Open will return to Calgary in 2016. The tournament will be played at the Priddis Greens Golf & Country Club. The club last hosted the tournament in 2009.

On the Symetra Tour, Haruka Morita-Wanyaolu won the Symetra Classic in a playoff over Augusta James. Both players finished regulation 12 under par.

On the KLPGA, the Doosan Match Play Championship was won by In Gee Chun.

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

Update #1 - Kathleen Ekey and Birdie Kim were the Monday qualifiers.

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