New Zealand Women’s Open. Weather Wins, Monday Finish.

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The weather wins in the Sunday final round of the New Zealand Women’s Open as foul and ferocious weather brought proceedings to a halt, with Brooke Henderson of Canada leading.

New Zealand Women's Open

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Brooke was leading the New Zealand Women’s Open when play was finally brought to close, after a few delays on the day, recording -3 under from six final round holes for a -17 under par total.

Brittany Linicome, USA, -2 under through six holes and Belen Mozo, Spain, +2 over through the same six holes, they share second place at -13 under par for the tournament.

Brooke is looking a strong favorite right now, but we will have to wait and see what tomorrow brings.

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Stacy Lewis, Wins Rolex Player of the Year Trophy

Stacy Lewis admires her Rolex 2012 Player of the Year trophy at the LPGA Rolex Awards Celebration at the Ritz-Carlton Resort on November 16, 2012 in Naples, Florida.

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Stacy Lewis was awarded the Rolex 2012 Player of the Year trophy at the LPGA Rolex Awards Celebration at the Ritz-Carlton Resort on November 16, 2012 in Naples, Florida. Her story is of courage and strength, to overcome  Scoliosis, Stacy had to spend seven and a half years in a back brace, until at the age of seventeen her orthopedic surgeon, Dr Gary Brock declared she could remove the brace forever. Dr Brock made the trip from Houston to watch Stacy receive the Rolex Player of the Year award at the Ritz-Carleton, and listened to he her heartfelt 15-minute speech, which brought many in the house to tears. Dr Brock said;

“It was a happy ending, but not a happy middle.”

What an amazing  and rewarding story, to beat Scoliosis and achieve recognition for being the best player on the LPGA in 2012. Stacy spoke about spending seven and a half years in a hard plastic brace for 18 hours a day that put red marks all over her body,  she chose to play sports because those were the only times Dr  Brock gave her permission to take it off. Other poor patients wore a brace 20 hours per day. Stacy made the comment;

“I don’t wish it on any kid, I can tell you that.”

There were players from the LPGA in the audience, Beth Daniel, Meg Malon, Brittany Linicome, and also World number one player Yani Tseng. Two weeks ago Stacy and Yani were playing together in Japan, Stacy had just birdied 16 and 17, and on the 18th tee Yani said to Stacy;

“One more. You got this, one more.”

Stacy said in her speech about her Mizuno Classic triumph;

” One more was what I needed.”

Stacy / Mizuno Classic/

 Stacy was seven strokes behind South Korean Lee Bo-mee entering the last round, she fired in  10 birdies with two bogeys to finish at 11-under par, at Kintetsu Kashikojima. She said of her win;

”I don’t think I’ve ever come back from this far,’ I didn’t think the low numbers were out there until someone shot an 8 under yesterday. I just went out there today trying to make birdies and got 10 of them, which is pretty good.”

I don’t think Stacy understood her comment about never have come from so far back, she actually came from seven and a half years back. Congratulations on your Rolex Player of the Year award, and many more wins on the course in the future.

LPGA CN Canadian Women’s Open. Kiwi Lydia Ko Shares the second round Lead

CNCanadianWomensOpen_188x84The Vancouver Golf Club

Coquitlam, BC, Canada

The LPGA, CN Canadian Women’s Open has a surprise leader after the second round, Kiwi World number one amateur Lydia Ko shares the top spot with South Korean Chelia Choi. The 15 year-old Lydia, from the Gulf Harbour Country Club, New Zealand fired in a bogey free second round of  four-under 68 today, to climb into a share of the lead with Chelia Choi, who also had a wonderful second round, shooting a -8 under par, 64.

Lydia is playing in only her 10th professional event and her third tournament on the LPGA Tour, after her performances in the Australian Open and US Open, and she really desires to become the first Kiwi golfer to win on the LPGA Tour. Good Luck Lydia.

Fifteen-year-old Lydia Ko's family almost moved to Canada when she was younger but instead chose to settle in New Zealand.

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Lydia said there is no pressure really for her to play well and contend, not like her fellow professional competitors;

“I’m just here for the experience, but the professionals, on the other hand, it’s about how much money they’re going to get by each placing.”

Brian Alexander, is a longtime member of the Vancouver Golf Club and is this week caddying for Lydia. The pros travel with their own caddies, but Lydia has to get them wherever she goes, just two weeks ago, in the U.S Amateur which she won, Lydia had her mum on the bag;

” Two weeks ago at the U.S. Amateur, my mom caddied, and that is kind of a different feeling, because she’s your mom and you have to listen to her. It was really comfortable having my mom there, but it’s also really relieving and comfortable to have someone that knows the course off their hat, really. He’s been here for, I think 10 years, so he knows where not to go and where to go. There were quite a few tricky greens.”

Chelia Choi, who celebrates her 22nd birthday on Saturday, said she had been suffering from a sore shoulder in the first round, but a massage treatment paid off.

“I’m very happy, I don’t know how I made the putts.”

Defending Champion Brittany Linicome has dropped out of contention after rounds of 72 and 73 that have left her struggling at +1 over par for the tournament, in a share for 31st place.

LPGA Safeway Classic 2012, Won By Mika Miyazato

Mika Miyazato won the Safeway Classic 2012 Presented by Coca-Cola,  to capture her first career victory on the LPGA Tour and have her dream come true.

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Mika had always dreamed of winning her first LPGA Tour event, and that dream has come true, with her winning the LPGA Tour Safeway Classic, with a total score of -13 under par.  Japan’s Mika  claimed her first title with a closing two-under 70 to overcome the challenges of  Inbee Park and Brittany Lincicome, who both finished at -11 under par. Mika won  by two shots, and afterwards spoke of her dreams;

“It was my dream to win and play on the LPGA Tour. It is very fulfilling for me to win along with those other famous players. At the beginning of the season, my short game was no good. I try to work more on short game, my golf game is getting better. I have more confidence in my golf game.”

Mika is the sixth first-time winner this year and finally broke through for the victory after she had earned two second-place finishes earlier this year.

Yani Tseng, the World number one, shot a disappointing final round of 73 to finish at -6  under par, a long way back from the leaders.

Well done Mika, a wonderful achievement.