Lone Star State of Mind
By Torleif Sorenson on 1/16/13
Shocking, but true: The LPGA has not visited in Texas since Meg Mallon won the 1991 U.S. Women's Open (technically, a USGA championship) at Colonial CC in Fort Worth. But the best women in the game will return to the Metroplex in April.
LPGA commissioner Michael Whan announced that the North Texas LPGA Shootout will be held over Las Colinas Country Club in Irving, April 25-28.
The tournament is one of three new LPGA events for 2013 which, upon closer examination, is a pleasant surprise. Over the last five years, the LPGA schedule has lost several events as a result of the worsening economy with no recovery in site. Their schedule now stands at 28 tournaments; the two other new events are the Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic at the Ocean Club Golf Course and the Reignwood Pine Valley LPGA Classic in Beijing, China.
Assuming that her back holds up, we can safely assume that 2012 LPGA Player of the Year Stacy Lewis (a Houston native) will participate, along with Saginaw native Angela Stanford. Players and fans are also likely to see some presence from the legendary Kathy Whitworth, who has won more professional tournaments than any other man or woman in golf history and lives in nearby Flower Mound, Texas.
In addition, the 144-player field for the Shootout will include qualifying spots for area amateur players. Perhaps not surprisingly, the tournament proceeds will ultimately benefit LPGA-USGA Girls Golf of Dallas.
Here's hoping that Las Colinas CC is just the first of more Texas stops in the future for the LPGA Tour.
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