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Kingsmill Championship Preview & Pairings

This week the LPGA moves to the state of Virginia for the playing of the Kingsmill Championship.

Minjee Lee will be trying to defend her title at the Kingsmill Championship

Many of you may remember last year's exciting finish when Minjee Lee and So Yeon Ryu made the turn on Sunday tied for the lead. Minjee's eagle on the par five 15th hole, led to her shooting a back nine total of 31. It was enough to win by 2 shots.

This tournament has a long history of big name winners including: Cristie Kerr (3 times), Jiyai Shin, Suzann Pettersen, Se Ri Pak, Karrie Webb, and Annika Sorenstam.

This will be tournament #13 of 33 on this year's LPGA schedule.

Here are the key details:

Course:  River Course at Kingsmill Resort
Location: Williamsburg, Virginia
Defending Champion:  Minjee Lee
Winning Score:  68-67-69-65 = 269 (-15)

Final Field:  144 players
Par:  36/35 = 71
Yardage:  6,379
Purse:  $1,300,000

My strength of field rating is a very solid 78% (up from 77% last year). Forty-four of the top 50 players from the LPGA Priority List, and 19 of the top 25 players from the Rolex Rankings will be teeing it up. Players that will be skipping the event include: Shanshan Feng, Ha Na Jang, and Charley Hull.

Here are the pairings for round 1:

Here are the television times:
May 19 - GC 9:00 PM-11:00 PM ET (Tape)
May 20 - GC 9:00 PM-11:00 PM ET (Tape)
May 21 - GC 3:00 PM-5:00 PM ET
May 22 - GC 3:00 PM-5:00 PM ET

Here are my Pak Picker picks for this week's tournament:
1- Lydia Ko
2- In Gee Chun
3- Lexi Thompson
4- Minjee Lee
5- Stacy Lewis
6- Brooke Henderson
7- Ariya Jutanugarn
8- Amy Yang
9- Gerina Piller
10- So Yeon Ryu
11- Sei Young Kim
12- Suzann Pettersen
My alternates are: Haru Nomura, Candie Kung, and Inbee Park
My spot on picking gave me the victory at the Yokohama Classic. After the first 1/3 of the season, I am in a tie for first place among the 19 participants.

On other tours:

Shanshan Feng was the winner of the Buick Championship. She successfully defended her championship by winning in a playoff over Na Yeon Choi.

Jiyai Shin was the winner of the Hoken No Madoguchi Ladies tournament on the JLPGA.

Su Yeon Jang was the winner of the NH Investments & Securities Ladies Championship on the KLPGA.

On the Symetra Tour, Erica Popson was the winner of the Symetra Classic.

UPDATE #1 - Danielle Kang no longer appears on the field list.

UPDATE #2 - The Monday qualifiers are: Emee Herbert (73), and Britney Yada (75).

UPDATE #3 - Third round tee times pushed back 2 hrs 20 minutes do to rain.

Here are the Final Results:

1Ariya Jutanugarn-14F
2Su-Hyun Oh-13F
3Gerina Piller-12F
3Sei Young Kim-12F
5Mi Jung Hur-10F
5Lexi Thompson-10F
5Pornanong Phatlum-10F
8Anna Nordqvist-9F
8Brittany Lincicome-9F
10Caroline Masson-8F
10Jessica Korda-8F
10Minjee Lee-8F
10So Yeon Ryu-8F
10In Gee Chun-8F
15Mo Martin-7F
15Amelia Lewis-7F
15Mika Miyazato-7F
18Austin Ernst-6F
18Brittany Altomare-6F
18Lydia Ko-6F
18Chella Choi-6F
18Cristie Kerr-6F
18Laetitia Beck-6F

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  1. Looks like Gerina Piller will be the third one to qualify for Olympics from the USA.


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