Sunday, January 24, 2016

Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic Preview & Pairings

Well.... Here We Go!


It is time to start the 2016 LPGA season. With 34 tournaments on the schedule (including the International Crown), more prize money, and more television coverage, the 2016 season promises to be the biggest and best ever. The season will open in the Bahamas this year with the playing of the Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic.

Sei Young Kim won this tournament as a rookie in 2015


This will be tournament #1 of 33 official tournaments on this year's schedule.

Here are the key details:

Course:  Ocean Club Golf Course
Location:  Paradise Island, Bahamas
Defending Champion:  Sei Young Kim
Winning Score: 70-68-72-68 = (-14)

Final Field: 108 players
Par: 36/37 = 73
Yardage:  6,625
Purse:  $1,400,000

My strength of field rating is 65%. Thirty-eight of the top 50 players from the LPGA Priority List, and 30 of the top 50 players from the Rolex Rankings will be in attendance. Players not teeing it up this week include: Lydia Ko, Amy Yang, So Yeon Ryu, Shanshan Feng, Suzann Pettersen, Na Yeon Choi, Mirim Lee, In Gee Chun, and Karrie Webb.

Here are the pairings for round 1:

Here are the television times:
Jan 28 - GC 11:30 AM-2:30 PM ET
Jan 29 - GC 11:30 AM-2:30 PM ET
Jan 30 - GC 3:00 PM-5:00 PM ET
Jan 31 - GC 3:00 PM-5:00 PM ET

Here are my Pak Picker picks for this week's tournament:
1- Stacy Lewis
2- Inbee Park
3- Lexi Thompson
4- Brittany Lincicome
5- Sei Young Kim
6- Jessica Korda
7- Ariya Jutanugarn
8- Hyo Joo Kim
9- Brooke Henderson
10- Minjee Lee
11- Azahara Munoz
12- Gerina Piller

Other Tidbits:
Brooke Pancake and Georgette Rolle received sponsor exemptions into this week's tournament.

In case you might have missed it, two time LPGA winner Nicole Castrale announced her retirement.

A huge ovation goes out to Morgan Pressel! Her Morgan & Friends Fight Cancer Tournament raised a record 1 million dollars last week for breast cancer research and care, breaking the previous record of  $750,000. This year's fundraiser included a number of Pressel's fellow LPGA professionals including Paula Creamer, Lexi Thompson, Brittany Lincicome, Cristie Kerr, Sandra Gal, and Natalie Gulbis.

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.

Update 1/25/16 -  The Monday Qualifiers are: Christine Song (64), Brittany Altomare (68)

Update 1/28/16 - Inbee Park withdrew after shooting an 80 in the first round. She gave lower back pain as the reason.

Here are the Final scores:

1Hyo Joo Kim-18F
2Sei Young Kim-16F
2Stacy Lewis-16F
2Anna Nordqvist-16F
5Pornanong Phatlum-15F
5Paula Creamer-15F
5Ilhee Lee-15F
8Brittany Lincicome-14F
8Min Seo Kwak-14F
8Charley Hull-14F
11Ha-Na Jang-13F
11a-Megan Khang-13F
13Haru Nomura-12F
13Hee Young Park-12F
15Mika Miyazato-11F
15Alison Lee-11F
17Brittany Lang-10F
17Jane Park-10F
17Lexi Thompson-10F
17Candie Kung-10F

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Monday, January 18, 2016

My Top 40 Player of the Year Predictions for 2016



We are just about a week away from the beginning of the 2016 season.

With 34 tournaments on the schedule (including the International Crown), this year promises to to be one of the most exciting ever.

In past years, when doing my predictions, I have picked my top 30 players. Because of the incredible increase in talented players on the LPGA  tour in recent years, I am now going to increase my picks to the top 40 players. Even with the increase of ten players, I find that I am leaving off some highly talented players.

I am strictly going by where I predict they will finish on the 2016 money list.

Here are by top 40 picks for the 2016 season: (last year's actual money list finish is in parenthesis)

1- Lydia Ko (1) - How can you bet against this girl? She won just about every major award last year and is the Rolex Rankings #1 player in the world. Unless she loses some motivation, and I can't see that happening at her age, she will still be on top at year's end.

2- Inbee Park - (2) - I am not going out on a limb here either. She knows how to win, and she knows how to win big tournaments. She finished #2 in each of the past 2 seasons. I believe there will be multiple wins, and another major championship. I also believe she is destined to finish #2 again.

3- Lexi Thompson - (5) - From tee to green there was not a better player on the LPGA tour in 2015. That statement is backed up by the fact that she led the tour in Greens in Regulation. For a player that is as long as Lexi is off the tee, that is an amazing statistic. Her achilles heel has always been her putting. She was #37 on tour in putts per G.I.R. (Stacy Lewis was #1, Lydia Ko #2, Inbee Park #3). If she can improve in this area she will become the #1 American player, and could eventually be a threat to top the Rolex Rankings.

Is this the year that Lexi Thompson challenges for the top spot?

4- Stacy Lewis - (3) - Led the tour in putts per G.I.R. in 2015, and is still one of the best ball strikers on tour. The question now is: Has she forgotten how to win? She found herself on top of the leader board several times last year but always found a way to come up short. She had six 2nd place finishes. I predict she will win at least once in 2016, but will drop a spot on the money list.

5- Hyo Joo Kim - (13) - After a terrific first 2/3 of the the 2015 season, Hyo Joo tailed off a bit at the end. Since it was her rookie season, and being away from home for the first time, this was not unexpected. Not that she needs extra motivation, but as of this writing she is the #5 ranked golfer from South Korea in the Rolex Rankings and needs to get to #4 to qualify for the International Crown. Loaded with talent, I look for her to be a top 5 player this year.

6- Sei Young Kim - (4) - She surprised even her most devout fans last year. That said, I want to see her do it a second time. She got some favorable bounces at the right time, but also seemed to play her best golf at big tournaments. Not ready to rank her ahead of Hyo Joo just yet. Can she repeat last year's success? Yes, I think she will, but I still have to drop her a couple of spots.

7- Shanshan Feng - (9) - I would like to put her higher on this list but I can't for the simple reason that she does not play in enough tournaments. She's one of the best players on tour but she can not spot the best players in the world 5 or 6 starts and expect to finish ahead of them on the money list.

8- Minjee Lee - (16) - She was good last year. Real good! I can't help but think that we haven't seen her best yet. I expect a breakout year in 2015.

9- Brooke Henderson - (N/A) I know some of the boards are going to light up with me placing her this high. I just believe that she is that good. In just 14 starts last year (most as a non LPGA member), she made the equivalent of the 18th place finisher on the money list. What could she have done with 30 starts?

This will be Brooke Henderson's first full season....and the sky is the limit!

10- Amy Yang - (6) - Amy had what was in my opinion her best season ever in 2015. There were times when she looked as good as anyone on tour. She still tends to struggle for long periods of time, but when she's on she is really on. I don't like dropping her back this far, but this tour is so loaded with talent that this is not an insult.

11- Suzann Pettersen - (14) - Her back problems seem to make it impossible for her to make it through an entire season healthy. That said, I am thinking that there are many players playing through pain that we don't even know about. She has never won as much as we expected her to, but she is always a threat to win. She will win again this year and finish right about here.

12- Anna Nordqvist - (10) - There is nothing about her game that jumps out at you. She does nothing spectacular, but does everything well. Always consistent, you could bet on her finishing around this spot every year.

13- Mirim Lee - (19) - A solid year but a few steps backward from her rookie season in 2014. She will bounce back into the winner's circle this year, and move up 6 spots.

14- Ha Na Jang - (15) - She did everything you could have asked of her last year but win. Always smiling and impossible not to like. Look for her to get that first LPGA victory and move up a spot.

15- So Yeon Ryu - (8) - Been sitting here trying to move her up on this list and I honestly can't. As good as she is, she has such a hard time finishing on Sunday. I don't think her level of play has diminished, I just think some of these "young guns" have just blown past her.

The very popular So Yeon Ryu

16- Jessica Korda - (27) - It was not a good 2015 for Jessica. She fell 11 places on the money list all the way down to #27. But winning is what this is all about, and every time you begin to write her off she sneaks up the leaderboard and the next thing you know she's holding the winner's trophy. She is currently fighting for a spot on the International Crown team, which should bring extra motivation. She has all the tools and I look for her to regain those 11 spots.

17- Alison Lee - (23) - Another player I wish I can rate higher, but she has to show me that she can win. She has made a  surge to get onto the U.S. International Crown team, but still has work to do to get there. An early win would be nice. But until that happens I can't rate her higher than this.

18- Cristie Kerr - (7) - Ended the 2015 LPGA season with a win at the CME Tour Championship. It was her 2nd victory of the season. She is on a mission to get the 27 points needed for induction in the Hall of Fame. She probably won't get there, but don't tell her that. Still very dangerous, but I look for a bit of a dropoff this year.

19- Morgan Pressel - (11) - IMO the comeback player of the year in 2015. She was in contention several times, but could never finish. I'm looking for another solid year.

20- Charley Hull - (48) - Was just a part time player last year teeing it up just 14 times. She promises to play a full season on the LPGA tour in 2016. If she is as good as I think, she could challenge Suzann Pettersen for the title of Europe's best player.

21 - Brittany Lincicome - (12) - Another player fighting to hold onto her International Crown spot which she has by a very small margin. With a major championship win in 2015, she still seems to have something left in the tank.

22- In Gee Chun - (N/A) - The defending U.S. Open champion should have no trouble winning the Rolex Rookie of the Year award in 2016. She had eight starts on the LPGA tour as a non member last year, but beside that one incredible win, the results were very mediocre. Not sure if she is going to be last year's Hyo Joo or Q-Baek. So I stuck her in the middle.

U.S. Open champion In Gee Chun  will be the heavy favorite to win rookie honors in 2016
23- Na Yeon Choi - (17) - It was a strange year for NYC in 2015. She did win twice, but fell 4 places from her 2014 money list placement when she did not win at all. She has a history of being consistent but not finishing well enough on Sunday. Last year she finished well but was not  consistent at all. She will need to show up more often to keep up with the players I have ranked ahead of her.

24- Chella Choi - (20) - Almost a carbon copy of NYC above. Chella got her first LPGA win in 2015, but fell from #10 to #20 on the money list.

25- Jenny Shin - (26) - Plays well in streaks, and then disappears for long periods of time. She slipped 5 places on the money list last year, but still only 23 years old, I expect that slide to come to an end this coming season.

26- Azahara Munoz - (32) - This recently married Spanish star missed a part of the 2015 season when she had surgery on her hand. Always a consistent performer, she still has not won a stroke play tournament. She will need to get off to a great start if the Spanish team is to have any chance of qualifying for the International Crown.

Azahara Munoz is the highest ranked Spaniard on the Rolex World Rankings

27- Yani Tseng - (21) - It was a big comeback year for Yani in 2015. Although she did not win, she came close several times, and moved up from # 54 to #21 on the money list. That said, I still think she is miles away from the player she used to be. The LPGA lists 148 players in their rankings for driving accuracy. Yani ranked #147. That must improve before I can even consider moving her up further than this.

28- Michelle Wie - (49) - It was a nightmare of a season for Michelle in 2015. After finishing #4 on the money list in 2014, she fell all the way to #49. Injuries can sure be used as an excuse for her not having a single top 10 finish, but she seems to injure easily. She wears tape in so many places, she could be nicknamed "The Mummy". She is still very young, and I believe she will have a better year in 2016. How could it be worse?

29- Gerina Piller - (18) - Gerina had her best year in 2015. That putt she made to lead team USA to victory seemed to ignite her second half. She missed winning the Year ending CME Tour Championship by 1 stroke. I would like to put her higher, but she has to show me a trophy first.

Is this the year Gerina Piller breaks through for that first LPGA victory?

30- Mi Hyang Lee - (22) - I could be very, very wrong on this one. If things fall into place for her, she could finish 15 places higher.

31- Jaye Marie Green - (58) - My surprise pick of the year! Jaye finished the year 2015 as one of the hottest golfers on tour. She had 3 top tens and 5 top twenties in her last 9 starts. She jumped from #93 on the 2014 money list to #58 in 2015. I look for her to continue to rise quickly, and be a member of the next USA Solheim Cup team.

Jaye Marie Green jumped 35 spots on the money list in 2015
32- Ariya Jutanugarn - (35) - Has the game to become one of the best players in the world. She is also capable of missing 9 consecutive cuts, as she did this past season. Like Yani Tseng, keeping the ball in the fairway is her biggest problem. Which direction will her game go in this year? I have no idea. So I put her here.

33- Angela Stanford - (34) - No longer the consistent top ten performer she was in previous years. Her opportunities to win don't come that often anymore, but I am not ready to put her out of my top 40 yet. I believe this will be a pivotal year for her.

34- Kim Kaufman - (45) - I got a number of comments last year questioning how I could put her on my list. Well I am doing it again. One of the hardest workers on tour, Kim made big strides in 2015, jumping from #58 to #45 on the money list. Look for more improvement in 2016.


In spite of all the super rookies last year, Kim Kaufman still moved up 13 spots on the money list

35 - Karrie Webb - (43) - Karrie had her most disappointing year in quite some time in 2015. She never seemed to get on track, and dropped from #8 to #43 on the money list. Is her age now becoming a factor? Maybe, but I still think she's got something left in the tank.

36- Xi Yu Lin - (39) - A real dark horse here. Have not seen her as much as most of the other players on this list, but she was one of the most improved players on the LPGA tour in 2015. I see her moving up a few more spots this coming season.

37- Mika Miyazato - (28) - A big comeback year in 2015 as she played more like the player we were used to seeing as opposed to her 2014 season. Look for her to have a solid, if not spectacular, year in 2016.

38- Ilhee Lee - (24) - IMO the most streaky player on the LPGA tour. She has streaks where she plays like a top ten player, but then will disappear completely for very long stretches. Her inconsistency makes her placement difficult.

The very streaky Ilhee Lee can finish anywhere from 20th to 40th in 2016

39 - Austin Ernst - (33) - A solid player who had her best year in 2015, moving up 8 spots to the #33 position. I want to see her win before I put her higher than this. That said, I expect another solid season.

40- Paula Creamer - (47) - I left her off this list originally, but changed my mind at the last minute. She has very little chance of making either the International Crown or Olympic teams (unlike many other players fighting for spots), leading me to question how motivated she will be coming out of the gate in 2016. The Pink Panther has been such a big part of the LPGA for so long, and I am not yet willing to write her off completely.

Player most likely to make me look foolish by not picking her:  Pornanong Phatlum

Players that could be the biggest surprises of the season: Megan Khang and Annie Park.

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Thursday, January 14, 2016

Ten Questions for the 2016 Season

As we approach the beginning of the 2016 LPGA season, there are a number of questions that I am looking forward to getting the answers to. In reverse order, here are my top ten:

10- Was Michelle Wie's 2015 season an aberration mainly caused by her injuries?
And if so,can she return to her 2014 form?

9- Will the inclusion of golf in the 2016 Olympics be a success, or will it be dropped by the IOC?

8-  With rookies Budsabakorn Sukapan, Pannarat Thanapolboonyaras, Benyapa Niphatsophon, Wichanee Meechai, Sherman Santiwiwatthanaphong, Prima Thammaraks, and Pavarisa Yoktuan, is Thailand the new South Korea?

Budsabakorn Sukapan is one of many LPGA rookies from Thailand
7- Can International Crown defending champion Spain, who as of this writing does not qualify, get it together and make the final eight?

6- Can Lydia Ko win the CME Group Championship and its 1 million dollar bonus for the third consecutive year?

5- Can one or more of the following players: Gerina Piller, Carlotta Ciganda, Ha Na Jang, or Alison Lee, break through and get that first LPGA championship.

4- Is Lexi Thompson ready to join the big three (Lydia, Inbee, Stacy) and make it the big four? And can she pass Stacy Lewis and become America's top player?

Can Lexi Thompson emerge as the #1 player in the United States?

3- Can either the USA or South Korea rebound from their disappointing 2014 International Crown result and become the 2016 champion?

2- With Brooke Henderson passing on her chance to be a rookie in 2016, can anyone else challenge In Gee Chun for Rolex Rookie of the Year?

1- Now that Lydia Ko has taken over the #1 spot in the Rolex Rankings, is there anyone who can step up and prevent her from keeping it for a very long time?

Can anyone challenge Lydia Ko for #1 in the world rankings?




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Monday, January 11, 2016

Top LPGA Moments of 2015

As we wait for the start of the 2016 season, which is only two weeks away, I would like to look back at what I consider to be the top stories of 2015.

It was a very interesting and exciting past year. There were multiple teenage winners, exciting playoffs, miraculous comebacks, engagements, marriages, and a number of first time winners.

I have narrowed it down to ten, although I know there were many more. This list is very subjective, depending on who your favorite golfers are. A top story for me may be one that someone else might want to forget.

So in reverse order, here we go:

10- In Gee Chun Wins the U.S. Open.
For the second time in the last 5 years, the U.S. Open was won by a non-LPGA member from South Korea. It was done in spectacular fashion as In Gee birdied the 15th, 16th, and 17th hole on Sunday to beat Amy Yang by one stroke. It was the 13th time in the last 14 years (Annika Sorenstam won in 2006), that the U.S. Open trophy went to either an American or South Korean golfer.

9- Kris Tamulis wins the Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic.
It was her first LPGA victory, in her 11th year on tour. She did it at the age of 34, and it was her 186th start. Her birdie on the 71st hole, was good enough to beat Austin Ernst and Yani Tseng by one stroke.

8- Gimmigate
Alison Lee picked up her ball when she thought she heard someone say that her 14 inch putt was "good." Suzann Pettersen protested. It led to the biggest debate in years. It also resulted in tears from both Alison and Charley Hull. The hole was awarded to Europe. It was not a shining moment for the LPGA or for women's golf. Pettersen issued an apology the following day. I refuse to rate this as the biggest story of the year, like I have seen elsewhere, as this was such a great year for women's golf, and this should not be at the forefront.

7- Sei Young chips in, and then holes out to win the Lotte Championship.
She first chipped in from 20 feet on the 18th hole to force a playoff with Inbee Park. She then returned to the 18th hole and holed out from 155 yards for eagle.

It took two spectacular shots for Sei Young Kim to win the Lotte Championship
6- Brittany Lincicome eagles final hole and wins the ANA Inspiration.
It was the second time she eagled the 72nd hole to win this major championship. She first did it in 2009. This time it forced a playoff with Stacy Lewis, which she won the 3rd playoff hole.

5- Amy Yang birdies the entire back 9 at the KEB Hana Bank Championship.
She birdied every hole on the back nine on Sunday to shoot a 9-under 27, which is the lowest score in relation to par in LPGA history. Unfortunately, it wasn't enough, as she finished 2 strokes behind Lexi Thompson.

4- Brooke Henderson wins Cambia Classic and earns tour card.
She earned her LPGA card in a most dramatic fashion, trouncing the Cambia Classic field by 8 strokes. She set a tournament scoring record with her 21-under par 267 total. The victory margin was also a new record. She did this as a Monday qualifier as she was not a tour member.

Brooke Henderson won the 2015 Cambia Classic to earn her LPGA tour card
3- Lydia Ko wins her first major championship.
She became the youngest major championship winner ever when she won the Evian Championship. She did it in style as she won by a whopping 6 strokes. She would go on to win 5 times in 2015. She would also become the youngest to win the Rolex Player of the year, the youngest to win ten tournaments, and the youngest to reach #1 in the Rolex Rankings.

2- Inbee Park gets 27th point to qualify for the LPGA Hall of Fame.
She is the youngest person ever to accomplish this, and it certainly was well deserved. Her win at the Ricoh British Open was her 4th different major championship victory. Does she now have the career grand slam? That is up for debate as there is now 5 majors on the LPGA tour. She would go on to win the Vare Trophy, and total 5 wins in 2015.

1- Gerina Piller drains 9 foot putt to keep U.S. hopes alive at Solheim Cup.
If she missed the putt it was all over. The European team would retain the cup. As we all know by now it went in the hole, and the biggest comeback in Solheim Cup history was well on its way. Team USA would win all the remaining points on the board to overcome a 4 point deficit, and bring the cup back to the United States.

Gerina Piller's 9 foot putt kept team USA's hopes alive.
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Wednesday, January 6, 2016

LPGA 2016 Priority List


I have been asked many times how the LPGA constructs their field lists for tournaments.

Below is the 2016 priority list taken directly from the LPGA website:

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’ positions on the Career Money List as of the end of the previous year.

(1) Lydia Ko
(2) Inbee Park
(3) Stacy Lewis
(4) Sei Young Kim
(5) Lexi Thompson
(6) Amy Yang
(7) Cristie Kerr
(8) So Yeon Ryu
(9) Shanshan Feng
(10) Anna Nordqvist
(11) Morgan Pressel
(12) Brittany Lincicome
(13) Hyo Joo Kim
(14) Suzann Pettersen
(15) Ha Na Jang
(16) Minjee Lee
(17) Na Yeon Choi
(18) Gerina Piller
(19) Mirim Lee
(20) Chella Choi
(21) Yani Tseng
(22) Mi Hyang Lee
(23) Alison Lee
(24) Ilhee Lee
(25) Brittany Lang
(26) Jenny Shin
(27) Jessica Korda
(28) Mika Miyazato
(29) Candie Kung
(30) Sandra Gal
(31) Lizette Salas
(32) Azahara Munoz
(33) Austin Ernst
(34) Angela Stanford
(35) Ariya Jutanugarn
(36) Eun-Hee Ji
(37) Karine Icher
(38) Pornanong Phatlum
(39) Xi Yu Lin
(40) Pernilla Lindberg
(41) Kris Tamulis
(42) Carlota Ciganda
(43) Karrie Webb
(44) Sakura Yokomine
(45) Kim Kaufman
(46) Lee-Anne Pace
(47) Line Vedel **
(48) Paula Creamer
(49) Charley Hull
(50) Michelle Wie
(51) Jane Park
(52) Julieta Granada
(53) Hee Young Park
(54) Sun Young Yoo
(55) I.K. Kim
(56) Mo Martin
(57) Mariajo Uribe
(58) Q Baek
(59) Jaye Marie Green
(60) Jennifer Johnson **
(61) Sydnee Michaels
(62) Wei-Ling Hsu
(63) Nicole Castrale **
(64) Caroline Masson
(65) Danielle Kang
(66) Catriona Matthew
(67) Moriya Jutanugarn
(68) Alena Sharp
(69) Haru Nomura
(70) Jennifer Song
(71) Min Lee
(72) Christina Kim
(73) Ryann O’Toole
(74) Marina Alex
(75) Mi Jung Hur
(76) Maria McBride
(77) Kelly Shon
(78) Beatriz Recari
(79) Min Seo Kwak
(80) Ai Miyazato
(81) Christel Boeljon
(82) Giulia Sergas **
(83) Ayako Uehara
(84) Juli Inkster
** 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.
(85) Se Ri Pak

3. Major Winner: Members who have won an LPGA Major Championship while a Member during the previous five (5) years or
during the current year. 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: 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.

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 (2012-2015). 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 for and
accept LPGA membership to be included in this category.
(86) In Gee Chun
(87) Brooke Henderson

8. Current Year Top 80: Members in the Top 80 of the current year’s Money List after the TBD event 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 TBD event. Priority is based on the order of the list. Ties are broken by the Members’ positions on the 2015 Priority
List as of the commitment deadline for each respective reshuffle tournament.

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.
(88) Annie Park
(89) Giulia Molinaro
(90) Brianna Do
(91) Daniela Iacobelli
(92) Dani Holmqvist
(93) Lee Lopez
(94) Alejandra Llaneza
(95) Vicky Hurst
(96) Casey Grice
(97) Rachel Rohanna

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 for and accept LPGA membership to be included 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.

(98) Amy Anderson
(99) Mina Harigae
(100) Nicole Smith **
(101) Alison Walshe
(102) Tiffany Joh
(103) Katie Burnett
(104) Perrine Delacour **
(105) Jacqui Concolino
(106) Paula Reto
(107) P.K. Kongkraphan
(108) Meena Lee
(109) Thidapa Suwannapura
(110) Caroline Hedwall
(111) Sarah Jane Smith
(112) Kelly Tan
(113) Sarah Kemp
(114) Jee Young Lee
(115) Paige Mackenzie **
(116) Jodi Ewart Shadoff
(117) Yueer Cindy Feng
(118) Sadena Parks

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.

(119) Simin Feng
(120) Grace Na
(121) Budsabakorn Sukapan
(122) Cyna Rodriguez
(123) Maude-Aimee LeBlanc
(124) Megan Khang
(125) Cydney Clanton
(126) Ashlan Ramsey
(127) Laetitia Beck
(128) Nontaya Srisawang
(129) Gaby Lopez
(130) Julie Yang
(131) Cheyenne Woods
(132) Sandra Changkija
(133) Holly Clyburn
(134) Bertine Strauss
(135) Lindy Duncan
(136) Pannarat Thanapolboonyaras
(137) Benyapa Niphatsophon
(138) Jing Yan

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.

15. Current-Year Reshuffle – After the TBD event Members in categories 16 through 21 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 TBD event. Members will remain in this category until the next reshuffle. After the TBD event
Members in categories 15, and 16 through 21, 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 TBD event.
Members will remain in this category for the remainder of the calendar year. For all reshuffles, ties are broken by the Members’
positions on the 2015 Priority List as of the commitment deadline for each respective reshuffle tournament.

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.

(139) Belen Mozo
(140) Amelia Lewis
(141) SooBin Kim
(142) Joanna Klatten
(143) Maria Hernandez
(144) Dori Carter
(145) Katherine Kirk
(146) Jane Rah
(147) Ji Young Oh
(148) Felicity Johnson
(149) Dewi Claire Schreefel
(150) Haeji Kang
(151) Brooke Pancake
(152) Ashleigh Simon
(153) Natalie Gulbis
(154) Laura Davies
(155) Becky Morgan
(156) Lisa Ferrero
(157) Nannette Hill

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.

(158) Christine Song
(159) Wichanee Meechai
(160) Ally McDonald
(161) Stephanie Kono
(162) Victoria Elizabeth
(163) Briana Mao
(164) Marion Ricordeau
(165) Prima Thammaraks
(166) Jiyai Zhou
(167) Brittany Altomare
(168) Sherman Santiwiwatthanaphong
(169) Su Oh
(170) Demi Runas
(171) Heather Bowie Young
(172) Pavarisa Yoktuan
(173) Ani Gulugian
(174) Karlin Beck
(175) Anne-Catherine Tanguay
(176) Nicole Jeray
(177) Ssu Chia Cheng
(178) Caroline Westrup
(179) Samantha Richdale
(180) Chie Arimura
(181) Celine Herbin
(182) Jaclyn Jansen
(183) Ginger Howard
(184) Jean Reynolds
(185) Hannah Collier
(186) Paz Echeverria

18. Tournament Winners: Members who won an Official Tournament while a Member 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

(187) Annika Sorenstam
(188) Nancy Lopez
(189) Patty Sheehan
(190) Betsy King
(191) Beth Daniel
(192) Pat Bradley
(193) Lorena Ochoa
(194) Meg Mallon
(195) Dottie Pepper
(196) Rosie Jones
(197) Liselotte Neumann
(198) Kelly Robbins
(199) Sherri Steinhauer
(200) Mi Hyun Kim
(201) Rachel Hetherington
(202) Christa Johnson
Players listed below have seven (7) wins or less
in the previous twenty (20) calendar years
(203) Helen Alfredsson
(204) Michelle McGann
(205) Hee Won Han
(206) Pat Hurst
(207) Grace Park
(208) Donna Andrews
(209) Sophie Gustafson
(210) Brandie Burton
(211) Deb Richard
(212) Barb Mucha
(213) Lorie Kane
(214) Wendy Ward
(215) Seon Hwa Lee
(216) Dorothy Delasin
(217) Penny Hammel
(218) Mary Beth Zimmerman
(219) Nancy Scranton
(220) Dawn Coe-Jones
(221) Emilee Klein
(222) Wendy Doolan
(223) Vicki Fergon
(224) Jeong Jang
(225) Michele Redman
(226) Laura Diaz
(227) Karen Stupples
(228) Janice Moodie
(229) Stacy Prammanasudh
(230) Jimin Kang
(231) Patricia Meunier-Lebouc
(232) Gail Graham
(233) Heather Daly-Donofrio
(234) Terry-Jo Myers
(235) Leta Lindley
(236) Jennifer Rosales
(237) Moira Dunn
(238) Kim-Saiki-Maloney
(239) Kelli Kuehne
(240) Marisa Baena
(241) Cindy Figg-Currier
(242) Silvia Cavalleri
(243) Charlotta Sorenstam
(244) Kate Golden
(245) Amy Fruhwirth
(246) Jackie Gallagher-Smith
(247) Birdie Kim
(248) Meaghan Francella
(249) Nanci Bowen
(250) Mardi Lunn
(251) Laurel Kean
(252) Carolyn Hill
(253) Louise Friberg
(254) Eunjung Yi
(255) Tina Fischer

19. Tournament Winners: Members who won an Official Tournament while a Member 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.

(256) Kathy Whitworth
(257) Mickey Wright
(258) Amy Alcott
(259) Betsy Rawls
(260) JoAnne Carner
(261) Sandra Haynie
(262) Carol Mann
(263) Ayako Okamoto
(264) Jane Blalock
(265) Judy Rankin
(266) Marlene Hagge
(267) Donna Caponi
(268) Marilynn Smith
(269) Sandra Palmer
(270) Hollis Stacy
(271) Jan Stephenson
(272) Sally Little
(273) Susie Berning
(274) Clifford Ann Creed
(275) Shirley Englehorn
(276) Tammie Green
(277) Mary Mills
(278) Alice Miller
(279) Val Skinner
(280) Sandra Post-McDermid
(281) Danielle Ammaccapane
(282) Judy Dickinson
(283) Jane Geddes
(284) Debbie Austin
(285) JoAnn Prentice
(286) Kathy Cornelius
(287) Cindy Rarick
(288) Kathy Postlewait
(289) Betty Burfeindt
(290) Murle Breer
(291) Sue Roberts
(292) Sherri Turner
(293) Elaine Crosby
(294) Debbie Massey
(295) Martha Nause
(296) Maggie Will
(297) Laurie Merten
(298) Marta Figueras-Dotti
(299) Missie McGeorge
(300) Missie Berteotti
(301) Muffin Spencer-Devlin
(302) Shelley Hamlin
(303) Donna White
(304) Cathy Gerring
(305) JoAnne Washam
(306) Lisa D’Amore
(307) Pam Higgins
(308) Betsy Cullen
(309) Laurie Rinker
(310) Jody Anschutz
(311) Anne-Marie Palli
(312) Janet Coles
(313) Jerilyn Britz
(314) Kathy Guadagnino
(315) Penny Pulz
(316) Bonnie Lauer
(317) Cindy Hill
(318) Gloria Ehret
(319) Jan Ferraris
(320) Tina Barrett
(321) Kris Tschetter
(322) Michelle Estill
(323) Jane Crafter
(324) Jenny Lidback
(325) Becky Iverson
(326) Joan Pitcock
(327) Cindy Schreyer
(328) Dana Dormann
(329) Allison Finney
(330) Cathy Johnston-Forbes
(331) Kathryn Imrie
(332) Julie Piers
(333) Barb Whitehead
(334) Tracy Kerdyk
(335) Cathy Morse
(336) Janet Anderson
(337) Shirley Furlong
(338) Lynn Adams
(339) Becky Pearson
(340) Dorothy Germain
(341) Pat Meyers
(342) Jennifer Wyatt
(343) Sally Quinlan
(344) Susie McAllister-Morton
(345) Patty Hayes
(346) Tina Tombs
(347) Lauren Howe
(348) Sharon Barrett
(349) Patty Jordan-Smith
(350) Kathy Hite-James
(351) Barbara Barrow
(352) Amy Hung *
(353) Bonnie Bryant
(354) Margie Masters
(355) Pam Barnett
(356) Mary Lou Crocker
(357) Jocelyne Bourassa
(358) Barbara Romack

20. Nos. 126-150 Category: Members finishing Nos. 126-150 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.

(359) Danah Bordner
(360) Jenny Suh
(361) Stephanie Meadow
(362) Marissa Steen
(363) Ju Young Park
(364) Sophia Popov
(365) Karin Sjodin
(366) Therese Koelbaek
(367) Elizabeth Nagel
(368) Jeong Eun Lee
(369) Sue Kim
(370) Kristy McPherson
(371) Kendall Dye

21. Class A/Veteran International Members Category: Class A Members, and International Members who have been active
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.

(372) Lindsey Wright
(373) Jill McGill
(374) Mhairi McKay
(375) Vicki Goetze-Ackerman
(376) Tracy Hanson
(377) Amy Benz
(378) Katie Futcher
(379) Reilley Rankin
(380) Diana D’Alessio
(381) Dina Ammaccapane
(382) Susie Redman
(383) Michelle Ellis
(384) Aree Song
(385) Beth Bader
(386) A.J. Eathorne
(387) Kim Williams
(388) Eva Dahllof
(389) Yu Ping Lin
(390) Marianne Morris
(391) Jean Bartholomew
(392) Robin Walton
(393) Mitzi Edge
(394) Jamie Hullett
(395) Marcy Hart
(396) Suzanne Strudwick
(397) Denise Killeen
(398) Kristal Parker-Manzo
(399) Nancy Harvey
(400) Beth Bauer
(401) Pamela Wright
(402) Stephanie Louden
(403) Irene Coe
(404) Na On Min
(405) Ashli Bunch
(406) Caroline Keggi
(407) Laura Baugh
(408) Young A Yang
(409) Myra Blackwelder
(410) Leslie Spalding
(411) Mindy Kim
(412) Jill Briles-Hinton
(413) Amanda Blumenherst
(414) Allison Duncan
(415) Vickie Odegard
(416) Audra Burks
(417) Siew-Ai Lim
(418) Carri Wood
(419) Luciana Bemvenuti
(420) Stephanie Farwig
(421) Cindy LaCrosse
(422) Anna Acker-Macosko
(423) Candy Hannemann
(424) Lori West
(425) Lynn Connelly
(426) Leigh Ann Mills
(427) Kim Shipman
(428) Marilyn Lovander
(429) Cathy Marino
(430) Allison Hanna
(431) Sara Sanders
(432) Deedee Lasker
(433) Laurie Brower
(434) Ellie Gibson
(435) Kim Hall
(436) Amy Read
(437) Susan Sanders
(438) Jenna Daniels
(439) Nina Foust
(440) Lee Ann Walker
(441) Sue Ertl
(442) Angie Ridgeway
(443) Marlene Floyd
(444) Marci Bozarth
(445) Janice Gibson
(446) Kathryn Young-Robyn
(447) Annette DeLuca
(448) Patricia Baxter-Johnson
(449) Meredith Duncan
(450) Barb Moxness
(451) Jennifer Feldott-Hall
(452) Heather Drew
(453) Anna Grzebien
(454) Kathy McMullen
(455) M.J. Smith
(456) Karen Noble
(457) Sue Ginter
(458) Mindy Moore
(459) Pamela Kerrigan
(460) Mary Dwyer
(461) Beverly Klass
(462) Sue Thomas
(463) Kay Cockerill
(464) Angela Jerman
(465) Erika Wicoff
(466) Beth Stone
(467) Jen Hanna
(468) Sarah McGuire
(469) Nicky Le Roux
(470) Sherrin Smyers
(471) Kate Rogerson
(472) Kim Bauer
(473) Gina Hull
(474) Nancy White
(475) Dianne Dailey
(476) Therese Hession
(477) Barbra Mizrahie
(478) Carole Charbonnier
(479) LeAnn Cassaday
(480) Judy Sams
(481) Michelle Dobek
(482) Mary Murphy
(483) Nancy Taylor-Capps
(484) Noelle Daghe
(485) Cathy Mant
(486) Cathy Mockett
(487) Cathy Sherk
(488) Gerda Boykin
(489) Debbie Steinback-Keller
(490) Mardell Wilkins
(491) Joan Joyce
(492) Laura Hurlbut
(493) Jeannette Kohlhass
(494) Linda Hunt
(495) Donna Wilkins
(496) Cathy Duggan
(497) Loretta Alderete
(498) Joan Delk
(499) Shirley Spork
(500) Marty Dickerson
(501) Sue Fogleman
(502) Jackie Bertsch
(503) Pamela Allen
(504) Amelia Rorer
(505) Terri Hancock
(506) Kelly Leadbetter
(507) Sue Daniels
(508) Connie Ross
(509) Kathy Farrer
(510) Adele Peterson
(511) Debbie Skinner
(512) Anne Kelly
(513) Renee Powell
(514) Sharron Moran
(515) Janet Le Pera
(516) Brenda Hocott
(517) Cindy Ferro
(518) Carla Glasgow
(519) Peggy Kirk Bell
(520) H.B. Duntz MacArthur
(521) Cynthia Anzolut
(522) Joyce Benson
(523) Susan Johnson
(524) Mary Bryan
(525) Linda Galloway

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Monday, January 4, 2016

Most Popular Photos of the Year - 2015




                                    
#13
Alison Lee

#12
Jaye Marie Green

#11


Cheyenne Woods

#10

Kim Kaufman
#9
Belen Mozo


#8
Is Jessica Korda sleep golfing?

#7

Ryann O'Toole

#6
In Gee Chun was on her way to a U.S. Open Victory

#5
Brooke Henderson accepts LPGA membership

#4
Lexi Thompson wins the Meijer Classic
#3
Is Mi Hyang Lee doing the chicken dance?

#2
Natalie Gulbis chats with Sydnee Michael


The #1 most popular photo(s) were of a non LPGA member. They were downloaded 5 times more than any other photos I published all year. I believe she is eligible to compete in Q-school in 2016.
Because of their popularity, I will post the entire set here once again:

#1
Muni He at the 2015 United States Open


















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