Poppie's Pond Deepened To Prevent Another Carole Lewis Injury
By mustang6560 on 3/28/12
LPGA.com, the official website of the LPGA, received a much needed face lift just in time for the first major of the year, the Kraft Nabisco Championship. It's worth pointing out because the old UI was simply atrocious.

I digress.

As I stated above, the women of the LPGA are in Rancho Mirage, California to compete for a chance to cannonball into Poppie's Pond (not to be confused with Poopie's Pond) with her caddie and friends and family in tow. The tradition of the winner jumping into the pond started in 1988 when Amy Alcott took the plunge after draining her final putt to win.
"I wasn’t thinking anything, it was just a moment of excitement," LPGA Hall of Famer Alcott told us Monday about her renowned splashdown to commemorate her first of three Dinah Shore titles. "The putt went in the hole to win the tourney and I looked at my caddie, Bill (Kurre), and said, ‘Bill, we’re going in the water.’"
Last year, American Stacey Lewis won the Kraft Nabisco Championship and continued the tradition of leaping into Poppie's Pond. In the process, her mother, Carol, manged to injure her leg, which diminished the splash. Instead of offering Stacey's mother cannonball lessons, the tournament director said the course deepened the pond along the edges just in case Stacy is able to successfully defend her title.
“I told her if I win again she’s jumping in with me,” said Lewis, according to The Desert Sun. “If I win again, it’s just me and her.”
It's no green jacket, but I am a fan of traditions so I support the Poppie's Pond Plunge. I should apply for a trademark for that phrase. I think I am on to something!

photo via LPGA.com

[ comments ]
Duke of Hazards says:
yeah, that LPGA site was bad. looks much improved. i'm gonna go out on a limb and say that Yani Tseng gets her 4th win in 6 starts this year, considering her last two results at this tourney are a win and a runner-up.
legitimatebeef says:
birdieXris says:
wasn't it yani that won the tournament and wouldn't jump in because she couldn't swim??? I'll have to check back on who that was. I thought it was early in her career. She waded in and that was it.
birdieXris says:
No, nevermind, it wasn't her. I remember seeing it though... Don't know when or who it was. Yani's jump in 2010 was funny though.
legitimatebeef says:
It's bizarre that something that was originally a spontaneous expression of excitement and triumph has now become compulsory. At this point they might as well put in a diving board and a lifeguard chair. Remember when Tiger Woods celebrated the '08 Bay Hill victory with a memorable hat slam on the 18th green? Well I think all subsequent winners of that tournament from now on ought to do the exact same hat slam after they win.
Dusty23 says:
Great, they deepened the pond to prevent someone from getting injured, now somebody will drown instead
SpaceMaNy0 says:
Just hope the winner is wearing white.
jcstoll says:
@birdieXris - from wikipedia : In 1998, winner Pat Hurst jumped in only up to her knees, as she could not swim.
falcon50driver says:
SpaceMaNy0, you are a sick pervert.....................I was gonna say white tee shirt.
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