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Volunteers of America Texas Shootout Preview & Pairings

Congratulations go out to Haru Nomura for winning the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic. She now joins Lydia Ko and Ha Na Jang as two time winners on the LPGA tour this year. 



This week the LPGA moves to the state of Texas for the playing of the Volunteers of America Texas Shootout. Inbee Park shot a final round 65 last year to win by 3 strokes over Cristie Kerr & Hee Young Park. Inbee also won the inaugural playing of this event in 2013. Unfortunately she will not be teeing it up this week, or anytime soon, because of a left thumb injury. 

Inbee Park will not be teeing it up this week because of a left thumb injury.

This will be tournament #11 of 33 on this year's LPGA schedule.

Here are the key details:

Course:  Las Colinas Country Club
Location: Irving, Texas
Defending Champion:  Inbee Park
Winning Score: 69-66- 69-65 = 269 (-15)

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

Natalie Gulbis signs autographs at the Las Colinas Course in 2015

My strength of field rating is 65%, down from 71.5% last year. Thirty-seven of the top 50 players from the new LPGA priority list, and 16 of the top 25 players from the Rolex Rankings will be in attendance. Not teeing it up this week include: Lydia Ko, Inbee Park, Ha Na Jang, Brittany Lincicome, Chella Choi, Haru Nomura, and Jessica Korda.

Here are the pairings for round 1:

Here are the television times:
Apr  28 - GC 12:00 PM-2:30 PM ET 
Apr  29 - GC 12:00 PM-2:30 PM ET 
Apr  30 - GC 3:00 PM-6:00 PM ET
May 01 - GC 3:00 PM-6:00 PM ET

Here are my Pak Picker picks for this week's tournament:
1- Lexi Thompson
2- In Gee Chun
3- Stacy Lewis
4- Brooke Henderson
5- Minjee Lee
6- Gerina Piller
7- Sei Young Kim
8- Na Yeon Choi
9- Hyo Joo Kim
10- Shanshan Feng
11- Jenny Shin
12- Cristie Kerr
My alternates are: Charley Hull, Carlotta Ciganda, and Amy Yang.
In spite of some horrific picking last week, I currently reside in 2nd place among the 19 participants.

Other Tidbits:
At the completion of this tournament, the LPGA will have completed exactly (11 of 33) one third of its schedule.

Both Paula Creamer and I.K. Kim missed the cut this past week, stopping their cut streaks at 13.

Brooke Henderson's 6th place finish was her 8th consecutive top ten finish this year. Nobody else on the LPGA tour has more than 6 top tens this year.

The last four tournaments have been won by players not playing for either the United States or South Korea. 

Julie Inkster, soon to turn 56 years old, continues to play competitive golf. She has not missed a cut this year. She has made the cut in her last 8 starts, and finished 19th this past week in the brutal San Francisco winds. 

Rolex Rankings Movers of the Week:
Brooke Henderson jumps past both In Gee Chun and Sei Young Kim, and moves up to #5 in the world rankings. Haru Nomura catapults from #36 to #23, and Lee-Anne Pace Jumps up from #53 to #31.

Race to the CME Globe: (1 Million Dollars)
Lydia Ko continues to lead with 2,119 points. She is followed by Ha Na Jang (1,449), Haru Nomura (1,442), Sei Young Kim (1,164), and Lexi Thompson (1,027).

Who's Hot:
Gerina Piller has 3 consecutive top 6 finishes, and 5 consecutive top 13 finishes. 

Who's Not:
Yani Tseng has failed to finish better than 60th in any of her 8 starts this year. She has missed 4 cuts. Beatriz Recari does not have a top 20 finish in any of her 9 starts this year.

UPDATE #1 - Erica Popson and Hannah Collier are the Monday local qualifiers.

Here are the final results:

 ROUND COMPLETE

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Leaderboard
POSPLAYERTO PARTHRU
1Jenny Shin-14F
2Mi Jung Hur-12F
2Amy Yang-12F
2Gerina Piller-12F
5Shanshan Feng-10F
6Ariya Jutanugarn-8F
7Na Yeon Choi-7F
7Eun-Hee Ji-7F
7Sei Young Kim-7F
10Karine Icher-6F
10Cristie Kerr-6F
10Mirim Lee-6F
13In Gee Chun-5F
13Sarah Jane Smith-5F
13Jacqui Concolino-5F
16Angela Stanford-4F
16Candie Kung-4F
16Charley Hull-4F
19Gaby Lopez-3F
19Stacy Lewis-3F
19Brooke Mackenzie Henderson-3F
19So Yeon Ryu-3F

Be sure to check back here daily for any LPGA news or updates.They will be posted here at the bottom of this blog.  Links to all Women's Tour scoreboards can be found at the top of this page.



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Comments

  1. In the 9 wins this year besides Lexi's, Korean players have 4, Lydia Ko (born in Korea) has 2, Harua Namura with 2 wins is half Korean (mother). Minjee Lee was born in Australia but her parents are Korean. So a Korean connection in 9 of the 10 wins this season. There are several other Korean players on the tour with a great shot of winning themselves.

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  2. Qualifier report for the week.....
    Dewi Schreefel did not make the weekend in San Fran but young Su Oh did. In spite of not making birdie on Sunday she finished T19 and should be recognized for an outstanding finish under rough conditions.
    Best wishes to Erica and Hannah and let's hope they can raise the percentage of the Monday qualifiers by playing 4 rounds each.
    Mr Gee

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