Kingsmill Championship. Lexi Wins Easily.

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Lexi Thompson easily wins the Kingsmill Championship, with a record low score for the tournament of -20 under par.

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Lexi Thompson

Lexi fired a bogey free last round -6 under par 65 to win the Kingsmill Championship by five shots from her nearest rival.

Lexi was very comfortable all day, in breaking Annika Sorenstam’s record;

“It means the world to me. Annika has been a player I’ve always looked up to not only how she played on the course, but how she is off and how she gave back to the game.”

“This is a huge honor. I wasn’t focusing on that and I didn’t actually know that until maybe last night.”

“Today I was a little off on the tee and kind of steered it around the golf course, but I’m not complaining with a 65, that’s for sure.”

“I just felt very in control of my game and a lot more relaxed in between shots and my caddie was a big help with that.”

In Gee Chun was in second place, with a -15 under par total, and a final round -4 under 67;

“I had great round today. I made bogey-free round, but her play was so good.”

“Really enjoyed playing with her. I learn a lot from her today.”

“I want to say congratulations to Lexi and thank you to all the spectators. I really enjoy them.”

Angela Stanford claimed third spot, a long way back at -11 under par, a last round -5 under 66 elevating her into third on her own.

Kingsmill Championship. Lovely Lexi, the Pink Lady, Leads.

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Lovely Lexi Thompson, the Pink Lady, has the Kingsmill Championship lead after 54 holes.

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Lexi carded a third round -2 under 69, to take a three shot lead into the final round of the Kingsmill Championship tomorrow with her -14 under par tournament total;

“I feel good. I played very well today.”

“Pretty solid, just was all over the lips today on the greens. But I put some good strokes on a lot of my putts, so that’s all that matters.”

“Hopefully bring that into tomorrow.”


In second place is  In Gee Chun with her -11 under par total, a third round -4 under 67 giving her that position on her own;

“I had great round today.”

“This week my swing doesn’t feel good, so I try to stay humble in myself.”

“So I think I made great rounds.  I try to stay in the middle of the green today.”

“It was make a lot of birdie chance. So I made great up and down on 11 and 14, 15 maybe.”

World No. 1 Lydia Ko, -1 under 71 today, Sei Young Kim, -5 under 66 and Minjee Lee, -4 under 67 share third place at 9-under par.

Sei Young  was happy to play well, but wants to improve her putting;

“I’m very happy to play well. Yesterday and the first-round I want good my putter and then wasn’t a good shot.”

“But I needed to the improve the shot and then putting, and then after the round I practice not much, just a little bit, and then I play well today.”

Lydia is playing to hang on to her World number One tag;

“It was a pretty steady round. The front nine I gave myself a lot of looks for birdies, and a lot of them really slipped by,”

Kingsmill Championship. Lexi Loving It at the Top.

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Lexi Thompson is loving it at the top of the Kingsmill Championship leaderboard, and will take a three shot lead into the week-end at -12 under par.

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Lexi carded another round of -6 under par 65 at the Kingsmill Championship to sit on top the the leaderboard at -12 under par for the tournament, and will take a three shot lead into the week-end;

“I feel great with where my game is at. I am just trying to keep my thoughts very simple, focus on doing my routine and picking small targets out and committing to my shots.”

“If I do that, my game is in a good spot.”

“You know, it’s just a good golf course for me. I get to hit a lot of drivers, actually, a lot of 3-woods out here as well.”

“I just love the shape of the golf course. It’s in perfect shape for us once again this year.”

“Probably best I’ve seen it.”

Gerina Piller is in second place at -9 under par, -4 under 67 today, with some good putting;

“The game feels really solid. Made some putts early and just couldn’t get up and down the last couple.”

“But the chip-in was nice, so the game feels good.”

“Feel like my putting is really great right now. Just excited for tomorrow.”

World number one Lydia Ko, -4 under 67 today, shares third place with Candy Kung, -5 under 66. Both ladies at -8 under for the tournament.

Lydia is focusing on the week-end;

“Obviously wish I could be a little bit better. You can say that with any round.”

“The afternoon field is still, they still have 18 holes to go.”

“There is a lot of golf to be played.  All I need to do is focus on my game and be excited for the weekend.”

Kingsmill Championship. Lexi Thompson Leads.

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Great to see Lexi Thompson as she leads the Kingsmill Championship on the River Course.

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Lexi shot a first round -6 under par 65 to lead the Kingsmill Championship by  one shot;

“The second nine was pretty crazy, I hit some great shots and rolled a few good putts, so definitely helps out my confidence.”

“It’s just a tournament that I love to come back to. That always helps out, coming into the tournament that you want to play well in and you always look forward to coming to this venue, it helps out with the positive attitude.”

“But I get to hit a lot of drivers and three woods which helps out a lot. It’s a ball-striking golf course.”

Gerina Piller, Brittany Lincicome and Angel Yin share second place, just one shot back at -5 under par, following their opening rounds of 66;

Gerina is looking forward to tomorrow;

“It’s always good to get off to that kind of start and get comfortable.”

“The greens are rolling phenomenal. The course is in the best shape I’ve ever seen it.”

“Just happy to be under par and looking forward to tomorrow.”

Brittany said she made some good putts;

“You know, a little bit of everything. Didn’t feel like I was driving it very well, but made a couple really good putts and my iron shots were really good.”

 “You know, I kept it in play, which was nice. But if I can keep three more rounds like that, I would be very happy.”

Angel was making a lot of good putts;

“I feel great. It’s a solid first round.”

“Made a lot of great up and downs on the front nine.  I wasn’t hitting that many greens, but I was making those putts.”

World number one Lydia Ko is in a three way tie for fifth place after her first round -3 under par 67.

Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club, Golf Club of the Year 2017.


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Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club, my club, has been  announced as the regions “Club of the Year” at an awards dinner.


Acknowledgement was paid to our wonderful membership base, our committed staff, the countless volunteers that contribute to the operation of the club and its upkeep, those that assist with developing the game and indeed those that have performed so well in the past 12 months competitively playing the game and of course our committees that have provided the sound leadership, vision and governance.

Judging criteria for the award included, membership retention and growth, financial management, planning and strategic direction, robust governance practices, demographic spread, volunteer engagement, development programs, community involvement and competitive performance across all grades.

Often it’s easy to simply have your eyes firmly locked on the future and your focus engaged on where you intend to travel. Occasionally however it can be also be good to pause, look back and reflect on the journey to date. Tuesdays awards dinner was one such moment and congratulations to all our members who have combined to make Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club, Kapiti’s “Club of the Year”.

Have a great weekend

Leo Barber

Volunteers of America Texas Shootout. Haru Wins In Six Hole Play-Off

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Haru Nomura, Japan, wins the Volunteers of America Texas Shootout title, after six extra holes in the play-off, against Cristie Kerr U.S.A.

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It took six extra play-off holes to decide the  Volunteers of America Texas Shootout title after Haru shot a last round +5 over par 76, and Cristie +3 over 74, to tie for 18 holes with -3 under par totals. The winds were  blowing upwards of 40 mph at Las Colinas Country Club in Irving, Texas,  which wreaked total havoc on the players during the final round.

Haru was happy to finally win this tournament, when at one stage it looked like she would runaway with it easily;

“I’m so happy to win again. I’m so excited.”

Cristie said she had played well to get into the play-off;

“I had a great comeback to even get into the playoff.”

“I had her on that second playoff hole when I was behind the green, and I just made an error and you can’t do that in playoffs.”

“You have to take advantage of when you have the chance, and I didn’t do that, so I lost.”

“I played awesome coming in and had a lot of birdie putts that could have gone in on the back nine.”

Jessica Korda finished in third place at -1 under for the tournament, with a final round +2 over par 73.

Only two ladies were under par on the day,  Amy Yang -2 under 69 and Eun-Hee Ji -1 under 70, both ladies from South Korea.

Volunteers of America Texas Shootout. Haru Nomura Leads.

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Haru Nomura, Japan, leads the Volunteers of America Texas Shootout after the second round in Texas.

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Haru shot -6 under par 65 to lead the  Volunteers of America Texas Shootout by one shot at -9 under par, with good putting being the key to her round today;

“My mind was very calm today. It was windy, but I like windy and tough conditions.”

“I putted well and shot pretty good today.”

Ariya Jutanugarn holds second place, at -8 under par, she carded -4 under par 67 today;

“Pretty good day today, I hit the ball pretty good on my front nine, made some putts today.”

Third place belongs to Suzann Pettersen, she shot a second round -6 under 65, for a -7 under par total.

Dori Carter fired the round of the day, an 8-under-par 63, to make her first cut of the season, good putting again helped;

“That’s just golf, I struck the ball well yesterday and I didn’t get up and down, today I did.”

“When I missed the green, I got up and down. And then I had some really cool long fringe putts.”

“Putts started to fall and that just became exciting.”

“So that was probably the difference between yesterday and today, I got up and down. I even holed out for an eagle today, things like that. I was always close and today was finally my day.”