The Pros are Back on Tour
The first LPGA event back was a new tournament called the Drive On Championship, held at the prestigious Inverness Club in Ohio. It teed off July 31 and was won by Danielle Kang, Monterey native Mina Harigae finished T-6 – likely fueled by her four wins on the Cactus Tour during the regular LPGA tour suspension.
Christina Kim, who was in strong form prior to the tour break, finished T-40. On Twitter, she said she was just not getting her putts to drop. (Check out what else she was doing during her down-time below!)
Stanford alum rookies Andrea Lee and Albane Valenzuela made the cut – so did the talented Mariah Stackhouse.
The second event, the Marathon Classic on August 6-9, was also in Ohio and also won by Kang, propelling her to No.2 in the world rankings.
Yealimi Noh, winner of the 2018 U.S. Girls’ Junior at Poppy Hills, is back in America after playing in some Korean LPGA Tour events. She missed this cut by 1 stroke, but we hope to see her on some upcoming leaderboards. The Stanford alums again all made the cut with Andrea Lee getting a strong T-5.
Next, the Tour travels to Europe for the Scottish Women’s Open August 13-16 at the Renaissance Club in North Berwick. The following week features the first LPGA Major of the season, the British Women’s Open, on August 20-23 at the Royal Troon Old Course.
The third event back on this tour was an inaugural one, the Founders Tribute, held in Arizona August 14-16. The 2018 NCGA Women’s Player of the Year, Lucy Li ,tallied a 5th place finish to get her pro career off to a good start.
And In Case You Missed It –
San Jose native Christina Kim showed up as a guest television announcer at the PGA Tour’s Memorial Tournament, and did a great job – you can read about her coverage.
Stanford alum Michelle Wie also got some PGA Tour airtime announcing part of the PGA Championship at TPC Harding Park. With that, having a baby girl, and getting selected as a Solheim Cup assistant captain by NCGA Hall of Famer Pat Hurst – she has been busy!
As a reminder, here’s the rescheduled LPGA Majors lineup:
AIG British Women’s Open: Aug 20-23, Troon Scotland
ANA Inspiration: September 10-13, Rancho Mirage, CA
KPMG Women’s PGA Championship: October 8-11, Newton Square, PA
U.S. Women’s Open: December 7-13, Houston, TX
(Note: the Evian Championship in France was canceled due to travel concerns)