North Texas LPGA Shootout. Two Tied after Round 2

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There are two Ladies tied at the top of the leaderboard in the North Texas LPGA Shootout at the end of the day of round 2.

Caroline Masson

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Caroline had a second round -7 under par 64, which elevated her into a share of the lead at -8 under par for the tournament. She said she is consistently playing well;

“I started off well again, made some birdies, maybe didn’t play as good as yesterday, but I made some good putts and I played pretty consistent. I just have to keep doing what I’m doing, stay patient, and yeah, everything is good.”

 Caroline finished her round with a birdie on the par 5 18th after hitting her third shot from off the fringe with a rescue club;

” Rescue, so something in between, right? It was kind of a little dodgy lie and like up and down, kind of weird, and really downhill on the green.  I was thinking what was the best option, maybe the rescue wasn’t the best option, but at least I had an uphill putt for birdie.  Yeah, it was a good putt and it went in.”

Meena Lee is sharing top honors after carding a -7  under par 64 second round, which included three bogey’s. She said all parts of her game were clicking, especially her iron play;

“Well, a little bit because my irons were almost inside 15 feet every hole. Everything, the shot was good and the putting is working, so everything is on my side on the front nine.”

 Stacy Lewis and Natalie Gulbis  are in a tie for third place at -7 under par, trailing the leaders by just one shot. 

Stacy shot a first-round even-par 71, the  seven birdies, and no bogey round on Friday was her third bogey-free round of the season. She reported that her round was not so different today;

“I didn’t really do anything really crazy different from yesterday other than I putted a lot better, but just played really solid. Still had a couple funky bounces out there and was able to kind of get out of the holes when I did.  I don’t know, just it was easy, it was solid.  I felt nice and relaxed out there, so it was a nice day.”

” I think I’ve had a bunch of seconds, and I think all of them I’ve shot under par in the last round. I’m not doing anything bad, it’s just all the cards are not falling my way yet.  But I’m playing good golf, and I was at the gym on Monday after I flew here working out, throwing some medicine balls against the wall, and then from there it was getting right back to work.”

Natalie was happy with her improvement over recent times, a good round she said;

” It was a good round, definitely a good round, in the wind here. I haven’t played a lot this year, and I haven’t played very well in the events I’ve played in, so it felt really good to get a good round in the 60s and to get around making some birdies.  It felt more like how I played at the end of last year, which I hadn’t seen yet this year.”

Natalie Gulbis Golf Classic. A Great Success.

Natalie Gulbis hosted the Natalie Gulbis Golf Classic in support of the Boys and Girls Club.  This event was a tremendous success.  For more tweets from the event take a look at Natalie Gulbis’ twitter page:

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Natalie tweeted;

What an incredible yesterday day! Thank you to every one who supported my event yesterday for the @BGCMP

LPGA. CME Group Titleholders. Three Tied at the Top, Day 3

CME Group Titleholders - Naples, FL

There are three ladies tied at the top of the leaderboard at the CME Group Titleholders event on the Tiburón Golf Club course, in Florida, at the conclusion of play on day 3.

Natalie Gulbis

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Natalie is joined at the top of the leaderboard by  Gerina Piller and Pornanong Phatlum after three rounds of play at the season-ending CME Group Titleholders on the  Tiburón Golf Club course in Naples. All three ladies stand at -11 under par for the tournament. Natalie shooting a third round -7 under par 65, with Gerina and Phatlum both recording third rounds of -5 under par 67.

Natalie has switched to TaylorMade irons and needed coach Butch Harmon to sort her game out. Natalie and Butch both recommend using Winn Grips, which why we here at White Dragon Golf fit Winn Grips to our putters, the only manufacturer to do so. Natalie said she had been off for three weeks working to improve her game;

“I’ve been off for three weeks and I’ve been home in Las Vegas working with my coach, Butch Harmon. I didn’t play that well in Asia and there was a lot to do on my golf game.  I changed irons, which as any player knows it’s quite a process to change irons and switch to the new TaylorMade irons and just spent a lot of time with Butch redoing every aspect of my game and just working on fundamentals.”

Gerina needs to convince herself not to be nervous on the first tee;

“Tomorrow I think I’m just going to keep telling myself what I’ve been telling myself, when you stand on that first tee, just because you’re nervous doesn’t mean you’re going to hit a bad shot. I feel like I’m striking it well and this win would be. I mean, just winning has always been a goal of mine and I’ve never won as a professional.  So, for one, I’m excited that I put myself in this position to begin with and just have fun with it.  It’s the last round of the year.”

Phatlum said she was concentrating on her putting;

” I just like more focused about putting because I feel comfortable about hitting and today hitting very good, putting today. Tomorrow would be get a lot of pressure.  I want to try like stay on my game and trust in myself to do every shot by shot.”

 Stacy Lewis shot the round of the day and in doing so set a new tournament record with a -9 under par 63. Stacy tied her career low, which she shot previously on three separate occasions. She carded eight birdies, an eagle and one bogey to jump from T23 to a tie for fourth place. Hitting the ball better was the key to her magical round;

” I hit the ball a lot better.  Kind of just all week just been working on my swing, working on my putting and just I found a couple things that clicked yesterday afternoon and then this morning.  I mean, the hole‑out was definitely a nice way to get started and then from there it was actually pretty easy. I wanted to play good today just to kind of take all the worry out of tomorrow for Vare Trophy.  I definitely overachieved what I thought I could do on this golf course, so I’m right back in the mix of things.  I think I’m going to have to do it again, probably maybe not as low, but it’s got to be a good one again tomorrow to be there.

The leader for the first two days Sandra Gal sadly suffered a slump in round three carding a +2 over par 74, to be in a tie for fourth place with Stacy, Lexi and Shanshan.

LPGA. Safeway Classic. Pornanong Phatlum Shoots A 64 For 1st Round Lead


Thailand’s Pornanong Phatlum shot an 8-under par 64 on Thursday to take a one-stroke lead over Lexi Thompson after the first round of the Safeway Classic, at Columbia Edgewater County Club in Portland Oregon.

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Pornanong said it was the putting that made the difference;

” Putting was so good, this week I changed putter for this week and feeling very good. And I made many birdies today, like ten birdies today. I just try my best and I’m feeling very good with the course, the golf course. I like the course, very nice.”

Lexi Thompson is alone in second place at -7 under par, after her bogey free opening round of 65.

Lexi Thompson

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Lexi said that she had taken advantage of the par fives;

“I felt great,I felt like a different person out there from last week. Just being focused and I knew what my game plan was. I felt great out there.I would say just my iron shots into the green, I hit a lot of good ones and I played the par fives four under, so I took advantage of those. Overall I’ve just been working on the consistency of my game and working on tightening my shots up. Every round is a learning experience, obviously being close to the lead after the first round, you try to take that momentum into every other round after that. But it’s golf so you have to take one shot at a time and not get ahead of yourself. That’s all I’m going to do and try to take this into tomorrow. I would say last year and this year I have been a lot more comfortable. You know, playing on sponsored exemptions when I first came out here, I had a lot to learn and just trying to make my way around here. I am getting used to the travel life and how to get around by myself.”


Sandra Gall, Cristie Kerr and Lizette Salas are tied in third place at -6 under par following their opening rounds of 66.

Sandra was really disappointed not to be part of the Solheim Cup Team this year;

“I was really disappointed, to be honest with you. I tried to take it as a positive and just be more motivated for the rest of the season and for two years when it’s going to be in Germany. We’re all real excited about that.”

Juli Inkster, Se Ri PakMichelle WieYani Tseng and Ai Miyazato, were in the large group at 67, -5 under par.

Michelle was happy with her iron play;

“Just iron play was good, just put in a lot of close shots. Didn’t really take advantage of par fives, which I kind of want to tomorrow. It was a good day. It was consistent.”

Natalie Gulbis, a Winn Grip promoter, had a hole-in-one on the second hole, no need for the Winn Grip on the putter. She finished with a -4 under par,68, and used a 6-iron on the 166-yard hole, with the ball bouncing once and rolling in. Natalie has seven aces in competition and 14 overall, but has yet to win a car;

“I know, no cars yet, but I’ll always take a hole-in-one.”

Inbee Park, top of the Rolex Rankings had to withdraw from this competition with flu-like symptoms.

“I’m disappointed I will be unable to play this week in Portland due to an illness. Safeway is such a great supporter of our tour, and I always look forward to playing in front of the crowds in Oregon.”

Ricoh Womens British Open. Stacy Lewis Wins


Stacy Lewis won the Ricoh British Womens Open at St Andrews Old Course in Scotland.

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Stacy carded a 69 in the delayed third round and then shot a last round of even par 72, to win the Ricoh British Womens Open by two shots with a tournament total of -8 under par. This is Stacy’s second Major triumph, she said she had felt comfortable out on the course;

“I felt so comfortable out there, I almost felt like it was meant to be,”

Tied in second place were Hee Young Park and Na Yeon Choi, both at -6 under par. Hee Young with her 70, 73 finish and Na Yeon 75, 73.

Morgan Pressel had led at the conclusion of the delayed third round, with her -1 under par effort, she holed a 20-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole to take a one-shot lead into the final round. But then unfortunately fell away in the final round scoring a +4 over par 76, which put her down to tie in fourth place with Suzann Petterson.

The last round was so difficult that only Christie Kerr -3 under par 69, and Natalie Gulbis -2 under par 70 were the only players to completed the final round in under par.

Inbee Park, in her history making quest for a fourth straight Major win just fell away with a final round of +6 over par, to finish the tournament on that score, tied in 42nd place. She said it was still amazing what she had achieved;

“I’ve done something amazing this season, I won three straight majors. I don’t know if I can do that again. When you’re so far behind, it’s hard to get the motivation, I tried to push myself to play as good as I can. I’m glad this tournament is over, I’ve gone through four rounds under pressure, and that’s something I’ve never experienced.”

Ladies World Amateur #1 Lydia Ko keeps her record of making the cut in every professional tournament she has competed in, but finished in a tie for 42nd place. Lydia and Georgia Hall tied for 42nd place on six-over-par to shared the Smyth Salver as the leading amateurs.

Natalie Gulbis Has Malaria

Natalie Gulbis

Natalie Gulbis

The LPGA and Natalie’s agents, IMG, confirmed in a statement on Wednesday that she  has withdrawn from the RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup that begins Thursday in Phoenix, because she has been diagnosed with Malaria.

Natalie first became ill at the HSBC Champions in Singapore, an event from which she withdrew. The early reports suggested she was suffering from flu.

David Livingston, Natalie’s’ IMG agent told the Golf Channel.

” She’s not feeling well. She does have flu-like symptoms, but, to be clear, she has not been hospitalized and there is no diagnosis of malaria.”

Luckily for Natalie she has not contracted the fatal form of the disease, the LPGA doctors have been consulted and they believe she is on appropriate medications, under great care, and her prognosis is excellent. She is expected to be at full strength in three weeks.

Lucky girl, Malaria is a potentially fatal tropical disease that’s caused by a parasite known as Plasmodium. It’s spread through the bite of an infected female mosquito. The infected person may have feverish attacks, tiredness, diarrhoea or a whole range of other symptoms.

Malaria is one of the leading causes of disease and death in the world. It is estimated that there are 300 to 500 million new cases every year, with 1.5 to 2.7 million deaths worldwide.

We wish you well Natalie, and a full and speedy recovery.

New Grips for 2012, Butch Harmon recommends Winn Grips

World renown golf instructor and golf coach for PGA TOUR stars, Butch Harmon, has for some time now been recommending the use of Winn grips. He is not just a spokesperson for Winn, Butch has been using them himself since they first came on the scene. He also passes on this information to his pupils at his golf training academy,                                   Apart from possessing natural skills Butch is a great believer in enjoying what your doing, you must have fun playing golf.

Natalie Gulbis from the Ladies Tour is also a fan the these grips, you can hear what they both have to say at this link;

We here at White Dragon Golf use Winn grips on our new putter, which has just recently been confirmed by the Royal and Ancient as conforming to the rules of golf. So we will soon be offering this new equipment on the worldwide web. Not sure if we can get Butch to trial one of these putters, but we will be asking him to take a look. I will keep you informed of our progress.                                       Natalie GulbisButch Harmon World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship - Preview Day 3