Walmart NW Arkansas Championship. Sharp Shooter at the Top.

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Alena Sharp was the shooter, sailing to the top of the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship leaderboard.

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Alena shot an opening round of -6 under par 65, which included one bogey, to atop the leaderboard at the Walmart NW Kansas Championship. She was obviously delighted with her lovely round today;

“Yeah, hit a lot of greens today, I only missed four greens Drove it well, wasn’t really in the rough at all so I got to lift, clean and place so got a perfect lie almost every time. Really didn’t hit outside of 20 feet much, made a lot of putts. It was really simple. It was fun to just play and not be stressed and just relax and enjoy the day.”

“And the greens are so perfect, I mean, they’re rolling so smooth, it’s almost like no one’s played on the greens at all. There’s hardly any divots on them. I think knowing the breaks helps, yeah. And then I got the speed down right away which was perfect. It’s hard to get the judge of the speed this week with all the rain that we’ve had, but it’s in great shape for all the rain that’s fallen here this week.”

“Well, I drive it fairly far so I knew it was a little bit of an advantage carrying it further than some of the other girls. “But it wasn’t playing as long as I thought it would because the wind is not easy either.”

Major winner Michelle Wie and Alejandra Llaneza are tied in second place, just one shot back at -5 under par. Michelle is still running on fumes after her Major win;

“Definitely running on fumes right now but I’m excited to be here in Arkansas. The crowds are amazing. Just feels great to play golf again.”

“I think, you know, I got lucky to play 18 holes yesterday in the pro‑am, the weather definitely held up, which is nice.”

” It definitely gave me confidence to play today, but definitely it would have been harder if I had a morning tee time today. I was really happy about this late afternoon tee time. Glad to sleep in, got my 12 hours of sleep, and hopefully I’ll get to bed in about an hour and a half now.”

Stacy Lewis, the World Number 1,  took the time to meet with a young fan from Arkansas who has a big challenge in front of her. Brenna Dobson met with Stacy for around ten minutes to talk about her upcoming scoliosis surgery.

12-year old Brenna was able to talk to Stacy, who had scoliosis surgery when she was 18 years old. Brenna’s questions ranged from specifics about the surgery, if she will still be able to do yoga and if it hurts to sit during a car ride. Stacy explained in some detail what to expect from the surgery, and even showed Brenna how flexible she is.

Stacy is a proven World Champion on the golf course, and an even better role model for young girls off  it.

U.S. Womens Open. Michelle Makes a Move.

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Michelle Wie makes a mighty move in the U.S. Womens Open

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Michelle shot a second round -2 under par 68 to lead the U.S. Womens Open at -4 under par at Pinehurst #2. That gives her a mid-way lead of three shots over the field;

“I can’t complain. End of the day yesterday I was thinking if I just did this again, that would be nice. But always finishing with two birdies is always great. It’s a grind out there. It’s not easy. Really grateful for the par putts that I made and some of the birdie putts that I made. I can’t complain, I’ll take it.”

“I’m just going to go out there and have fun, I’m really grateful for the opportunity that I have. Being in contention, having the clubhouse lead for now, I’m just really excited for the weekend. I’m really excited that I have chance and I’m going to have a lot of fun this weekend.”

 

In second place is Lexi Thompson, she also carded a -2 under par 68 today, giving her a -1 under par tournament total. Lexi was very happy with her performance today;

“Today went very well for me, I just stayed within one shot at a time and did my routine and had fun in between shots. Not really, didn’t really get stressed out about the bad shots, just went to the next one, go find it and I think that’s all about U.S. Women’s Opens. You just have to stay patient and there was a few birdie holes on back nine for me, on my second nine. So I knew I could make a few birdies there.”

Tied in third place on even par for the two days are, Amy Young, Minjee Lee and Stacy Lewis.

Stacy slipped back recording a +3 over par second round, poor putting was one of the problems;

” I didn’t hit the ball very good to start, then the putting just didn’t help. At a U.S. Open you’re going to have to make some five and  six footers, and that’s what I didn’t do today. I hit some bad iron shots but I didn’t leave myself in that bad of places, I just didn’t putt very good, but I played really good the last five holes. So I hung around and that’s what you’ve got to do at this tournament.”

“I like it when you’ve got to hit shots and think your way around and be patient. I like having those driveable holes, just to make it a little bit fun for everybody and kind of switch it up. But the USGA will keep doing that, they will keep switching things up. I hope it’s harder. I think four shots on a harder golf course is a good spot to be.”

Little Lucy Li waved good-bye to the big time, for now anyway, shooting another +8 over par round to miss the cut with her score of +16 over par. She can now go back to being an 11 year-old;

“I don’t care about the score, it was a lot of fun. I guess that it was fun because I had two great playing partners. They were really nice. I guess because I did a good job of staying patient and going to the next shot and not caring about what happens.”

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U.S. Womens Open, Stacy Leads Suspended 1st Round.

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Stacy shot a completed first round of -3 under par 67 at Pinehurst #2 to lead the U.S. Womens Open by just one shot. She reported that it had been an easy day, not something some of the men said last week;

“I’m very happy, it was such an easy day. I played really, really solid, other than I had to make a few par putts, I ran some putts by, got them above the hole. But other than that I didn’t put myself in too bad of spots and made a few birdies, which was nice.”

“I liked watching the men’s last week because I think I played a lot, I like to hit a cut a lot like Kaymer does. So on a lot of those holes, it was cool to see the plan I had laid out in my head, he was kind of doing the same thing. So it was nice coming into the week, knowing that my plan was going to work on this golf course.”

“I thought that somebody like the guys, somebody can run away with this. If you’re hitting the ball well enough, you can definitely run away with it. At the same time you have to know par is a good number and keep grinding away.”

Michelle Wie is in second place, she has also finished her opening round and carded a -2 under par 68. She was happy to take anything under par;

“You know, I’ll take it, any round under par, I’ll take it. It was a grind out there today. It will probably be a grind the next three days, but I’ll take it.”

Three ladies are tied in third place, all with completed rounds of -1 under par 69. Minjee Lee, So Yeon Ryu and Katherine Kirk are sitting comfortably together.

Play has been suspended due to bad weather, with the last three groups having some golf to play before the second round. The eleven-year-old  Lucy Li finished with a +8 over par 78 and is in a tie for 111th, what a great performance.

 

 

 

 

 

Manulife Financial LPGA Classic, Shanshan Is Soaring,

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Feng takes lead into fourth round at Manulife Financial LPGA Classic

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Shanshan carded a third round -4 under par 67 at the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic, to lead the field by two shots at -15 under par. She started well, and the missed a few putts;

“I got off to a very good start, 4 under through six holes, then actually, I couldn’t make a lot of putts. I missed a lot of birdie putts, plus one bogey, so actually I dropped back one shot. My goal is to get to 25 under. Of course, now I’m 15, so if I want to get to 25 tomorrow, I need to shoot 10 under. I think tomorrow I have no pressure.”

Michelle Wie is sharing second place at -13 under par, her third round score of -3 under par 68 was littered with bogey’s;

” Quite a shaky start, I missed a good birdie opportunity on the first hole and I kind of duck hooked it on the second hole and had to take an unplayable, and actually it was a really good bogey.”

“Then I kind of hooked it on the next hole, hit it in the bunker. So I just couldn’t get my tempo right in the beginning, but definitely felt like I finished strong. Definitely the start that I had today, I’m really happy with the way I finished.”

Inbee Park is the player tied in second place at -13 under par, her bogey free third round of -6 under par elevating her into a good position to challenge for the trophy. She reported that she sunk a lot of putts;

“I played really well on the front nine, I holed a lot of putts. I feel like I hit the ball great today. I had a lot of opportunities on the back nine also, but just missed a couple putts. I think overall it was a very good day. Just give myself a chance for tomorrow.”

Cristie Kerr is in fourth spot at -12 under par, she also carded a -6 under par third round of 65, keeping her concentration. Or as my friend the grateful golfer would say, her G.A.F. was good. (Golf Attitude Factor)

“Mentally, I was very good today, I’ve just got to take that into tomorrow.”

Lydia Ko shot the low round of the day -7 under par 64, which has got her sharing fifth place with Anna Nordqvist at -11  under par.

Lydia has recovered well after a poor start to this tournament, and is now in a position to become a factor over the closing stages;

“You never know what’s going to happen, there’s always another 18 holes. I’ve just got to play my own game and see where it goes.”

Defending champion Hee Young Park, who was tied for the second-round lead with Shanshan, had a +1 over par 72 third round, to drop into a tie for seventh at -10 under par. World number one Stacy Lewis was -7 under par after her third round of -2 under par 69, T18.

Manulife Financial LPGA Classic. Two Lovely Ladies Tied at the Top.

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There are two lovely ladies tied at the top of the leaderboard in the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic at the  Grey Silo Golf Course, in Canada. Michelle Wie and Hee Young Park both share the top spot

Michelle Wie during Saturday's third round of the LPGA's 2014 Kraft Nabisco Championship.

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Michelle started early, knowing she had to make birdies, the winning score of 26 under was on her mind, and she was not too pleased with her -6 under par 65 first round;

“I was early off and I just wanted to make a lot of birdies early on, and just especially 26 under winning this last year. It’s definitely one of those golf courses where you have to keep making birdies. My 6 under today, you know, it’s not enough. I need to keep making birdies for the rest of the weekend. Still a lot of work cut out for me.”

Defending Champion Hee Young Park, with her caddie, had plotted out where the birdie chances were to be had during the practice rounds. she thinks last years total could be bettered;

“I just keep thinking positive, keep it simple, and then I didn’t really expect to play well today because last year and this year, pretty different golf condition.”

“I hope so, that’s wishing. But I’m just happy today played pretty good and then shoot under par, which is I think maybe six under par, pretty good position. Still three more rounds left, so going to keep staying patient and doing same thing.”

Shanshan Feng is just one shot behind following her opening effort of -5 under par 66, she is also aware that this competition is a birdie fest;

“Well, this course is normally a birdie course, so everybody’s going to make a lot of birdies. Today I think the wind picked up a little so the course was playing longer. I think five under, I stayed patient because even though I miss a lot of birdie putts but I stayed patient and I think that was the key.”

“I mean, like for me I always, you know, tell myself to be patient even though I miss a lot of birdie putts because last year here everything was really bad so I missed the cut by one. This year here I’m not giving myself any pressure. Make it and make it. If I don’t make it, it’s still okay.”

Cristie Kerr and Xi Yu Lin share fourth spot, both at -4 under par.  World No. 1 Stacy Lewis shot -2 under par 69, leaving her four shots back. World No. 2 Inbee Park is tied for 18th with Stacy and fourteen others.

Lydia Ko has made a poor start to this competition, shooting a first round of even par, which at the moment leaves her on the projected cut line, currently tied 54th.

ShopRite LPGA Classic. Stacy Lewis Wins

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Stacy Lewis wins the ShopRite LPGA Classic, a six shot victory and regained the No. 1 spot in the Rolex World Rankings.

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Stacy fired a final round -4 under par 67 to register a tournament total of -16 under par, six shots ahead of the field. It obviously felt great to be No1, and she intends to hang onto it;

It feels great, I feel like I’ve played a lot of good, consistent golf over the last year and I felt like I deserve to be here. I didn’t feel like I stumbled into it.”

“I don’t know what it is about this place, it’s just really special to me. I’ve played some really good golf here, and it’s just mind-boggling to think I have 10 wins.”

“The last time it was taken away from me in an off-week when we weren’t even playing, so I’m definitely just not going to take it for granted and really enjoy it this time. Now I know all the extra things that come along with it. But I’m ready for it this time. With a good team of people around me.” 

She joins Anna Sorenstam (1998, 2002, 2005), Juli Inkster (1986, 1988) and Betsy King (1987, 1995, 2001) as the only multiple winners of the tournament. She said it was a great list of golfers;

“That’s a pretty good list of people there, that’s not too bad. Wow, that’s really cool.”

Christina Kim was way back in second place at -10 under par for the tournament, a final round +1 over par dashed any hopes she harbored of winning this title

“I hadn’t been in contention in a while so I kind of forgot what it was like having nerves. And it kind of showed on the last hole.”

There were four ladies tied in third place at -9 under par; Jenny Johnson, Anna Nordqvist, Gerina Pillar and Haeji Kang.

Inbee Park, the ousted number one,closed with a -1 under par 70 to tie for eighth at -7 under par. She’s winless in ten tour starts this season after winning the first three majors last year and then finishing the season with six victories. It’s a weight off her shoulders;

“It is a little bit relief not to have the big heavy crown on my head, it’s not the end of the world.”

ShopRite LPGA Classic. Stacy Soars into the Lead

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Stacy Lewis soars into the lead at the ShopRite LPGA Classic at the end of day two at Stock­ton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club

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Stacy shot a bogey free second round -8 under par 63 to top the leaderboard at the ShopRite LPGA Classic, and now has a real  a chance at taking over the No. 1 spot in the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rank­ings.  In gusty conditions she tied the 36-hole course and tournament record with a two-day total -12 under par. She reported once she had corrected her alignment it all plain sailing;

“I got off to a better start, but the first nine holes yesterday I just was uncomfortable over the ball. Alignment was kind of messed up the last few rounds, and kind of started to figure it out throughout the day yesterday, and it definitely felt a lot better today.  Hit a ball a lot more solid, didn’t have to make as many par putts, and it was just a lot easier overall.”

“I mean, I know my tendencies, my tendencies are for my feet to get closed.  I do it all the time, and you wish you could figure out some way to not do it.  That’s the tendency.  To do it, my feet at the moment feel pretty open, which is hard, because I feel like I’m going to hook the ball a lot.  So that was yes­terday.  I had to just get comfortable.”

Christina Kim kept herself in contention after a solid round of -4 under par 67 on Saturday, which included one bogey. She said everything seems to be falling into place;

” The scores are finally starting to add up, I was playing well last year but things just didn’t. I was still injured and I was having a lot of compensatory movements throughout my swing, and I just really got healthy and tightened it all up in the last seven or eight months or so.  So it’s just been a work in progress, and I’ve just been steadily waiting patiently for things to start falling into place.”

First round leader Jenny Johnson is still around, occupying third position at -10 under par.

 “My back nine was definitely windier than when we started. Those holes out by the water, there’s nothing to protect you from the wind, so it’s going to be pretty tough I think. When you shoot your lowest round ever, it’s hard to follow that up. Everything went my way yesterday and nothing was dropping today.”

 “I’m pretty happy with my improvement, and that’s really the goal is just keep getting better.”

Current World No. 1 Inbee Park sits six shots off the lead in a tie for seventh at -6 under par, a poor second round of -1 under 70 has done her no favors, so it looks like she could be toppled this week.

 

Kingsmill Championship. Lizette Salas Leads

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Lizette Salas leads the Kingsmill Championship at Kingsmill Resort’s River Course

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Lizette fired a bogey free -6 under par 65 to lead the Kingsmill Championship by three shots at -13 under par, and giving her a good feeling;

“I felt really good, like my mentality. Yes, I was quite nervous coming down the stretch, Hee Young was knocking it close to the pin. But I felt good. I felt relaxed most importantly. I was just trying to smile as much as possible.”

“I took a different approach this week, I only played the pro am. I’ve seen the course several times. It’s my third year here, I didn’t want to think too much about the golf course and just hit my targets. Last week I had a good practice session at home, so I was feeling good coming in.”

Hee Young Park is in second place on her own at -10 under par, and is not too worried about the three shot gap;

“First few holes putted pretty well, and then it was a little bit struggle. But before the finishing holes I pretty much got the feel back, so I’m happy. One more round left, so I’m not at all disappointed. Three strokes is nothing.”

Lydia Ko, Stacy Lewis and Katherine Kirk all share third position, at -8 under par. Lydia shot -4 under par, moving her up the table from the T12 position she started at.

Both Lydia and Stacy are vying to become Rolex Rankings #1 this week. Stacy won her last start at the North Texas LPGA Shootout, and entered this week at No. 2 and can pass Inbee Park, who is not playing, with a win or a solo second-place finish. The 17-year-old Lydia, who won last month at the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic, would become the youngest top-ranked player in either the men’s or women’s game with a win on Sunday.

Lydia is going to try her best tomorrow, whatever the other players do;

“I really didn’t think about the other players, I just wanted to keep to my game and just do as I planned.  If it goes to my plan, that’s great. I just try to concentrate on my game. It’s hard enough trying to concentrate and get things done by yourself.  But there are some really good scores out there, so I’m just going to try my best tomorrow.”

Kingsmill Championship, second round suspended.

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Play has been suspended in the second round of the Kingsmill Championship due to darkness.

 

Hee Young Park  is the overnight leader, topping the leaderboard at -8 under par on Friday in the suspended second round of the Kingsmill Championship. She completed her second round with -3 under par 68, and has a one shot lead over the closely following pack, some of whom have yet to complete their second rounds. There are five ladies on that -7 under par score with Stacy Lewis and Brittany Lang in the clubhouse with completed rounds. Some of the others are only half way round so they could easily overtake the leader, but then they will have to come out again and put in a full 18 holes for the third round.

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Her injured wrist is standing up to the challenge, the wet softer conditions helping;

“I feel really good. Last week I rested like the whole week, so I can I think focus more on the course and I’m ready.” 

Stacy Lewis had a bogey free second round, she likes this course, and is looking to reach the number one spot in the rankings;

“I mean, this is definitely one of the courses that I like to play. Visually it looks really nice to play. I haven’t made quite as many birdies as I would have thought, but the greens are just tricky. It’s definitely a ball‑striker’s course. You just have to keep hitting a bunch of greens and getting a few putts here and there.”

Brittany is having fun, with a lot of supporters following, making it a wonderful day;

“It was a beautiful day. I have a lot of friends and family here, so I’m having a lot of fun. I’ve been playing really good and working really hard just trying to be confident out there and committed to my shots. Working on a few things, so good first two days.”

The round was delayed by 3.5 hours due to weather (1” of rain) and course conditions this morning with play beginning at 11:00 a.m.  The final group teed off at 6:01 p.m. EST. Play will resume at 7:30 a.m. tomorrow morning with 24 groups still out on the course. 

 

 

North Texas LPGA Shootout. Stacy Scores -Seven To Win

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Stacy Lewis scored a -7 under par 64 in the last round to win the North Texas LPGA Shootout at  Las Colinas Country Club.

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No one could even come close to that last round from Stacy, a magnificent -7 under par 64 to lift the North Texas LPGA Shootout trophy. She finished the tournament at -16 under par, a whopping six shot winning margin;

“It’s awesome, it’s relief more than anything.  I’ve been so close the last few months, you know, maybe if I win one of those, I don’t get it done here.  So I think it was all meant to be.  Just to be here with my family. Considering what’s happened the last few months and being here in Texas, this is one of the best ones.”

“I’ve been wanting to do this for a long time, I kind of have these mini goals in the back of my mind, like a bogey free tournament or a certain number of putts, just kind of things that aren’t necessarily score related.  So one of them was kind of taking a tournament and running away with it, and that’s what I’ve wanted to do it now for a year.”

” So to be so close the last few weeks and then to come out and shoot 64, I mean I don’t even know what to say.  It’s what I’ve always wanted to do, and just to do it here at home, in front of all these fans was pretty cool.”

Stacy will move ahead of Lydia Ko into the second spot in the Rolex Rankings. Lydia, who did not play in the North Texas LPGA Shootout, had moved to No. 2 after her win last week in San Francisco.

Meena Lee was in that distant second place, at -10 under par for her tournament, a dismal last round of -1 under par put paid to her chances of winning.

Michelle Wie kept up with her good form, carding a -4 under par 67 last round and claiming third place on her own at -9 under par. She remarked that she had enjoyed a good day, even though she made bogey on  the last two holes;

“I was a leaderboard watcher.  You know, there isn’t a leaderboard for a couple of holes, and I was tied for par, and I saw her, she was 14, and I made a couple more and a couple more, missed a birdie opportunity on 16 and I thought I had it on 17.  I just nuked it over the green.  So just hit a wall on the last hole.  It’s a little disappointing for me, but at the same time four under par on the last day, you know, I’ll take it.”

“It’s great.  You know, I feel like I’ve seen a lot of young girls, young boys out here.  It’s great out here.  And I think it’s a great opportunity to grow the game. You know, I think that our tour loves Texas, and Texas people love golf, and I think it’s a perfect fit.”