The LPGA Texas Classic back in DFW

by Dan M | Posted on Saturday, May 5th, 2018
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TOM WARD
TOMPWARD@SBCGLOBAL.NET

The 6th edition of the Volunteers of America LPGA Texas Classic is being played at a new venue this year. The Old American Golf Club in the Colony is a terrific layout that should be a good challenge for these world class players. Some of the top ranked players in the field include world No. 5 Sung Hyun Park, No. 6 Ariya Jutanugarn, No. 8 Cristie Kerr and No. 11 Anna Nordqvist. Past champions Jenny Shin (2016) and Stacy Lewis (2014) are also in the field.
Recent 2018 winners are also in the field. Lydia Ko, who won the MEDIHEAL Championship last week in San Francisco, is in the field along with Moriya Jutanugarn (HUGEL-JTBC LA Open), who won two weeks ago in Los Angeles and Brooke Henderson( LOTTE Championship), as well as Brittany Lincicome (Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic), Jin Young Ko (ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open).
You can’t overlook the strong Texas contingent with players like: Celine Boutier, Casey Grice, Mi Jung Hur, Sei Young Kim, In-Kyung Kim, Candie Kung, Brittany Lang, Ilhee Lee, Mirim Lee, Stacy Lewis, Maddie McCrary, Gerina Piller, So Yeon Ryu, Katelyn Sepmoree, and Angela Stanford.
Texas native Brittany Lang was asked at Wednesday’s press conference what’s it like getting to play close to home? Lang said,
“I’m from McKinney, I grew up here, and I still live here. I love Texas. The people are so nice. We have good food. And I love being home. But I think the girls enjoy it. Dallas, you know, it’s easy to get in and out of at the airport. We have great barbecue and Tex-Mex. And they seem to like the venues, and they do a nice job with it. But, again, the people are super nice. And it’s newer areas around here, which I think the girls like, newer hotels and places to stay, which when you travel is nice.”    The major champion added, “But I’m definitely biased, so I might be the wrong person to answer.”
Angela Stanford was asked how the week was going coming back home to play?
Stanford replied, “Well, it’s been a lot of fun. Any time you get to sleep in your own bed, and — you know, I think the cool part for me is I’m from here, and so I have seen people out on the course, whether it’s volunteers or fans, everybody’s so nice. Like everybody’s saying hi. So, hopefully the ladies get to see that this week and appreciate that. It’s been like that — any time we play in Texas, I get that feeling. But it just — I mean, it is home, but it just has that feel. Like, people are so nice. And just good to be here.”
There will be 22 LPGA rookies playing this weekend to watch out for. Rebecca Artis, Lauren Coughlin, Gemma Dryburgh, Martina Edberg, Allison Emrey, Hannah Green, Jennifer Hahn, Jin Young Ko, Erynne Lee, Harang Lee, Camilla Lennarth, Yu Liu, Brittany Marchand, Mind Muangkhumsakul, Alexandra Newell, Leticia Ras-Anderica, Katelyn Sepmoree, Luna Sobron, Kassidy Teare, Maria Torres, Samantha Troyanovich, and Lindsey Weaver.
One very intriguing addition for this tournament is the amateurs in the field. Meagan Winans, a freshman at Plano East High School and Annika Clark, a junior at Texas Christian University (TCU), played their way through a field of 50 in the HS/College Qualifier to claim their exemptions into the tournament. In addition to Winans and Clark, Chirapat Jao-Javanil was also awarded a spot by winning the 2017 Texas Women’s Open. On Monday at nearby Hurricane Creek Country Club 38 players vied for the final two spots in the field, with Hannah Arnold and amateur Kennedy Pedigo coming out on top.
The tournament format has 144 players; 72 holes, stroke play; after 36 holes, the field will be cut to the top 70 and ties. The tournament purse is $1.3 million USD; winner’s portion is $195,000.
The television coverage is on the Golf Channel.
– Thursday, May 3: 9:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m.
– Friday, May 4: 9:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m.
– Saturday, May 5: 4:30-7 p.m.
– Sunday, May 6: 4:30-7 p.m.
General admission tickets are $15 – Daily Tickets valid any one day, Tuesday through Sunday. $25 – Weekly Grounds Tickets valid Tuesday through Sunday. Kids 17 and under admitted free with a ticketed adult. Active & Retired Military Personnel( and their families) receive free admission with valid Military ID.
The title sponsor Volunteers of America is a national, nonprofit, faith-based organization dedicated to helping those in need rebuild their lives and reach their full potential. Their work touches the mind, body, heart – and ultimately the spirit – of those they serve, integrating a deep compassion with highly effective programs and services. Through hundreds of human service programs, including housing and healthcare, Volunteers of America helps approximately 1.4 million people in over 400 communities.
Another cool feature is the Tasting Village presented by Savor Dallas which runs from Friday, May 4 and Saturday, May 5 from 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm. It’s a unique food experience in conjunction with Tournament play that will shine a spotlight on the best local restaurants and celebrity chefs the region has to offer. Tastes of different local and national craft beer, wine and spirits will also be available for guests 21 and over. $20 – Single Day Ticket. $35 – Two-Day Ticket. Must have a Tournament Ticket to gain admission into the grounds.
So if you’re looking for a fun activity to take your family to this weekend I highly recommend you head over to the Old American Golf Club and checkout these terrific women golfers in action. The latest tournament information, exclusive behind-the-scenes access and tournament contests are available by joining the tournament on Facebook;facebook.com/VOATexasLPGA Twitter@VOATexasLPGA
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Tom can be reached at www.teetimewithtom.com

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