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Shoprite Classic Photo Gallery

I wasn't there on Monday, and Tuesday the weather didn't cooperate. That left me running around today trying to get some shots to post.

Her are some photos that I have taken so far this week.

The LPGA announced today that this tournament has been extended 5 additional years, and will now be played through at least 2023.

This Week's Trivia Question:  (In case you missed it earlier this week)

What LPGA player won the most tournaments

ShopRite LPGA Classic Presented by Acer Preview, Pairings and More

Before I get to this week's tournament, let me give a big congratulations to Shanshan Feng for winning the LPGA Volvik Championship. She took control early, and though she won by just one shot, the issue was never really ever in doubt.

This week the LPGA moves to the state of New Jersey for the playing of the ShopRite LPGA Classic Presented by Acer. This tournament has been a mainstay on the LPGA schedule since 1986. Winners of this tournament include: Annika Sorenstam (3 times), Stacy Lewis (twice), Karrie Webb, Ai Miyazato, Se Ri Pak and Cristie Kerr. It was won last year (for the second consecutive year),by Anna Nordqvist. Her final round 64 was good enough to come out on top over runner-up Haru Nomura by one stroke. Nordqvist will be trying to three-peat this year. This tournament is just 54 holes.

This will be tournament #13 of 34 on the 2017 LPGA schedule.

Here are the key details:

Course:  Stockton Seaview Hotel & Golf Course, Bay Course
Location:  Galloway, NJ.
Defending Ch…

U.S. Women's Open Preview Day at Trump National (Photos)

It was Preview Day for the 72nd U.S. Women's Open Championship, at Trump National Golf Club, Bedminster, NJ.

Guests included:

Brittany Lang - 2016 - U.S. Open Champion

Cristie Kerr - 2007 - U.S. Open Champion

Lydia Ko - 2012 - U.S. Amateur Champion and No. 1-ranked player in the Rolex Women's World Rankings

Guest speakers included:

Mike Davis - USGA Executive Director/CEO

  He gave us a history lesson on the U.S. Women's Open which included films of past champions.
Diana Murphy - USGA President

Brought us up to date on future USGA events.
Shannon Rouillard - U.S. Women's Open Championship Director

Went over course layout and conditions, stating that all of the par fives would play 500+ yards. When asked if the par five 18th would be moved up to be reachable in two on the final round, she said that it was a possibility.
Eric Trump - Son of the President of the United States

Welcomed the media to Trump National Golf Course, and introduced the girl junior golfers.

It was an incredib…

LPGA Volvik Championship Preview, Pairings, and More

A big congratulations go out to Lexi Thompson for winning the Kingsmill Championship. She did it in a very convincing style, finishing up 5 strokes better than runner-up In Gee Chun. The issue never seemed to be in doubt, as Lexi took the lead early in the opening round and kept it throughout. Her -20 under par total was a new tournament record! It was the 22 year old Thompson's 8th LPGA victory. She now has won at least once in 5 consecutive years.

This week the LPGA moves to the state of Michigan for the playing of the LPGA Volvik Championship. This will be the second year for this tournament on the LPGA schedule. Last year, Ariya Jutanugarn blew away the field with a 5 stroke victory over runner-up Christina Kim.

This will be tournament #12 of 34 on this year's LPGA schedule.

Here are the key details:

Course:  Travis Pointe Country Club
Location:  Ann Arbor, Michigan
Defending Champion:  Ariya Jutanugarn
Winning score:  65-68-73-67 = 273 (-15)

Final Field:  144 players
Par:  36/3…

Kingsmill Championship Presented by JTBC Preview, Pairings, and More

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

Many of you may remember last year's exciting finish when Ariya Jutanugarn's final round 67 (-5), was good enough to win by one stroke over Su Oh, and was two strokes better than both Sei Young Kim and Gerina Piller.

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 the start of 12 tournaments being played in 12 consecutive weeks. It will include 3 Major Championships (KPMG Women's PGA Championship, U.S. Women's Open, and Ricoh British Open).

This will be tournament #11 of 34 on this year's LPGA schedule.

Here are the key details:

Course:  River Course at Kingsmill Resort
Location: Williamsburg, Virginia
Defending Champion:  Ariya Jutanugarn
Winning Score:  69-69-65-67 = 270 (-14)

Final Field:  144 players
Par:  36/35 = 71

Stats & Facts - Vol 33

With the LPGA taking a one week break before resuming its schedule in Virginia, it is as good a time as any to look at some key player statistics after the first ten tournaments of the year.

Rolex Player of the Year: (Winner receives a Hall of Fame point)
1- So Yeon Ryu - 101 points
2- Cristie Kerr - 63
3- Ariya Jutanugarn - 60
4- Inbee Park - 54
5- Lexi Thompson 43

Vare Trophy - (Winner receives a Hall of Fame point)
1- So Yeon Ryu - 68.571 strokes per round
2- Inbee Park - 69.250
3- Sung Hyun Park - 69.333
4- Lexi Thompson - 69.346
5- Mirim Lee - 69.370

Race to the CME Globe: (1 million dollars)
1- So Yeon Ryu - 1,605 points
2- Ariya Jutanugarn - 1,525
3- Cristie Kerr - 1,211
4- Inbee Park - 1,082
5- Lexi Thompson - 980

Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year:
1- Sung Hyun Park - 406 points
2- Angel Yin - 225
3- Nelly Korda - 149
4- Peiyun Chien - 108
5- Laura Gonzalez Escallon - 99

Most Victories:
1- Ten players - with 1 win (no player has won twice yet this year)

Most Top Five Finishes:
1- Cris…