April 21, 2016
Youth on Course Kids Help Kick off Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic Week
It was the kids’ turn Tuesday at the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic at Lake Merced Golf Club.
About 20 Youth on Course and The First Tee of San Francisco members attended a clinic put on by LPGA Tour members Belen Mozo and Katherine Kirk. Mozo and Kirk discussed everything from warm up routines and practicing different shots to what they keep in their enormous golf bags.
As part of the clinic, many of the kids got to get in some swings of their own.
Ko Goes for Three in a Row: As usual, Lydia Ko is one to watch this week. The two-time defending Swinging Skirts champ had won is her previous two starts prior to a T-23 finish last week at the LOTTE Championship.
Ranked No.1 in the world, Lake Merced was the site of Ko’s first LPGA Tour victory. With a win on Sunday, she’ll become the 11th different player in LPGA history to win the same tourney three years in a row.
“For me this week, I’ve just got to enjoy it, have fun,” Ko said. “I know the course is tough, so I’ve just got to play to my game and my strengths. That’s all I can do.”
As for getting around Lake Merced, Ko said that accuracy off the tee is the key.
“I feel like you need to hit a lot of fairways here, especially with the rough growing out a little bit,” Ko said. “If you don’t hit the fairways with the firm greens they don’t mix very well. You need to hit the fairways and give yourself a lot of opportunities. There are a lot of holes out there where you come off with a par and that’s still a good score.”
Inskter Homecoming: Santa Cruz native Juli Inkster had one of her best results (T-15) at last year’s Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic. While Inskter these days is focusing more on her work for FOX Sports, she still likes her chances this week.
“I’ve actually been playing pretty good,” Inkster said. “I think I’ve played five tournaments and made all the cuts. I always seem to have one bad nine holes out there. My concentration isn’t what it used to be.”