Bubba Golf Fever!

by admin on April 9, 2012

Bubba Watson wins 2012 Masters. I think it was the PING PINK Driver!

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Kraft Nabisco Championship
March 29 – April 1, 2012
Mission Hills Country Club
Rancho Mirage, California

Defending Champion: Stacey Lewis

Purse: $2,000,000

History: This event began in 1972. It became a major in 1983.

Format: 72 holes

Charity: The Kraft Nabisco Championship is implementing the Integrated Wealth Management TICKETS Fore CHARITY™ program, in which 100% of the proceeds from advance ticket sales go to participating charities, including the LPGA Foundation.

For more info, click here.

Who will win the first LPGA Major of the year?  Can Yani win two weeks in a row?  Bring on the USA golf girls -  c’mon Cristie, Stacy, Brittany, Lexi, Michelle, Morgan can one of you bring it home!

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Christina Stockton, LPGA Symetra Tour player and Big Break Atlantis contestant. Photo courtesy of Christina Stockton Golf.

Christina Stockton is one of the contestants for the next Big Break Series 14 – Atlantis and has partial status on the Symetra Tour in 2012. The next Golf Channel’s “Big Break” series returns May 14, 2012 with an all-female cast looking to take the next step in their golf careers. Shot on location at Atlantis, Paradise Island, Bahamas, the show will showcase a field of 12 women at different stages of their golf careers – several are playing on the Symetra Tour, while others turned professional for the series. In addition to other prizes, the winner will receive an exemption into an LPGA event this year.

Christina Stockton is the daughter of LPGA teaching professional Becky Herbert Stockton, golf was introduced to Christina at a young age. A four-time all conference player at the University of San Francisco and a part-time model, she turned professional in 2011.

Christina Stockton’s interview with Pink Diva Golf:

When did you start playing golf? Did you have any special mentors that have influenced your golf career? I started playing golf when I was 5 years old. My parents put a club in my hands since I could walk. We lived on the 14th hole of a country club so golf has been familiar to me for as long as I can remember. My mom, Jolene Stockton, played on the Japan LPGA and is a LPGA teaching instructor. My dad is an avid golfer as well. My mom has been a huge influence in my career as she taught me growing up, along with my instructor Dave Atchison, and is still a coach for me today. I am so blessed to have Mr. Bill Fobes as a current mentor for me. He became my mentor 7 months before I turned professional. I would not be where I am today without him. There have been so many people who have influenced my golf career. Some in smaller ways than others but nobody goes forgotten.

Photo courtesy of Christina Stockton Golf.

Tell us a little about yourself – hometown, where you live now, college, etc. What’s the strength of your game? And where do you feel you need to improve? I am from Rocklin, Ca and play out of Whitney Oaks Golf Course. (Pink Diva’s favorite Sacramento area course!) Not an easy one! I attended the University of San Francisco and graduated in 2010 with a business degree. I loved USF and the city of San Francisco! I was so happy there and had a successful college career. Playing at the Olympic Club every week was not so bad either! I am a great putter and have very good feel around the greens. I would love to hit my drives 10-15 yards further! Im not a short hitter for weighing 100lbs but I wouldn’t mind the extra yards!

What are your goals to be successful on the Symetra Tour in 2012?
I have partial status on the Symetra Tour this year so my goal is to get a win under my belt every time I tee it up. Im not sure how many events I will get into so a “W” would really help me secure a top 10 spot in the money at the end of season, which means my dreams will start to come true!

What do you like to do when you aren’t playing golf?
Off the golf course I enjoy being active, running or working out. I also enjoy modeling and the world of fashion. I am a foodie and wine lover! I like discovering new yummy restaurants, coffee shops, or wine bars. I enjoy cooking with my friends and family. On Sundays you will find me in church. I love my church! I am very close to my family so I spend a lot of time with them. My brother and my sister are two of my best friends. I am a social butterfly but also love to get lost in a good book or watch a movie.

Photo courtesy of Christina Stockton Golf.

Can you tell us something funny and/or interesting about you that most people don’t know?
I am willing to try anything once! When I sing to songs on the radio, I like to sing the lyric after it’s sung because I think it sounds better with an echo – I know some of you do this too, don’t lie!

Who would be in your dream foursome?
My answer to this question changes all the time. Can I have a dream eightsome please?! Ok I will settle with a fivesome… Right now I would say Tiger Woods because well you know, I don’t need to explain, Annika Sorenstam because she has changed the world of women’s golf, Will Ferrell because he is so hilarious and cracks me up every time! My forth would be Adam Scott because he is just so good looking, not a bad golfer either!;)

Photo courtesy of Christina Stockton Golf.

If you were in charge of “growing the game of golf for women” what would you suggest or change to get more women involved with the game?
That is a loaded question. I think golf needs to be introduced in schools at the elementary level, along with basketball, soccer, and track in P.E. If your parents or close family friends do not play then the chances of a young girl getting into golf is close to none. We need to make golf more accessible and affordable for young girls. I also think more courses need more women’s only golf activities and outings. I see this more at country clubs rather than public courses. Women are busy with their families and most do not have 5 hours to spare to go play golf so how about a late afternoon of six to nine holes, or an hour of group instruction with wine and cheese following? Im in!

What’s in your golf bag?
Driver: R11 Irons: TaylorMadeTP CB Wedges: TaylorMadeTP
Putter: The Ghost  Ball: TaylorMade Penta  Footwear: Adidas
Glove: TaylorMade Grips: Golf Pride Tour Wrap  Sponsors: TaylorMade/Adidas

The Golf Channel announced that you are one of the contestant’s on Big Break: Atlantis, which premieres May 14. Congratulations on being selected – do you think your experience on Big Break will help your game on the Symetra Tour this year?
Thank you! I am so excited to be on Big Break Atlantis! Being on the Big Break has been the best experience of my life. It is a great test of golf and nerves. Every shot is like your championship golf shot, you know what is at stake and you know millions of people will be watching, no pressure! Sometimes my hands would physically start shaking! The Big Break puts a unique constant pressure on you. I know that I can still perform under these conditions thanks to the Big Break. I transformed as a player and cannot wait to start this season with a newfound confidence. I hope everyone tunes in! It is going to be a fun season!

"Golf Channel's - Big Break Atlantis,” the series’ 17th season, will premier May 14, 2012. The competition will take place at Atlantis, Paradise Island, Bahamas - Ocean Club Golf Course’s Championship Course. Photo courtesy of Golf Channel.com.

 

Photo courtesy of Golf Channel/Christina Stockton Golf.

Best of luck Christina on the Symetra Tour in 2012 – and I hope you get your first “W” on Tour very soon!

Follow Christina on Twitter and check out her website, Christina Stockton Golf.

And tune in to the Golf Channel on Mondays starting May 14th, to watch Christina tee it up on the Big Break 14 – Atlantis!  #TeamStockton.

Support Women’s Golf – attend an upcoming tournament in 2012 on the LPGA and the Symetra Tour!

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Ladies European Tour Schedule 2012

by admin on February 23, 2012

Download the Ladies European Tour Schedule 2012, click here!

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2012 LPGA Winners (to date)

by admin on February 22, 2012

February 2012:

ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open
Feb 9-12, 2012
Winner! Jessica Korda (2012 LPGA Rookie) (USA)
72-70-73-74=289 (-3)

Honda LPGA Thailand 2012
Feb 16-19, 2012
Winner: Yani Tseng (Taiwan)
73-65-65-66=269 (-19)

HSBC Women’s Champions 2012
Feb 23-26, 2012
Winner! Angela Stanford (USA)

Kia Classic
March 22-25, 2012
Winner: Yani Tseng
67-68-69-70

Kraft Nabisco Championship
March 29 – April 1, 2012

I’ll be keeping a list of 2012 LPGA winners, check back as the season progresses!

 

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LPGA Rookie Jessica Korda wins the ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open. (Jessica's first win on the LPGA).

Jessica Korda had the Rolex Rankings Move of the Week with her win at the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open. Her first victory on Tour pushed her up 203 spots in the Rolex Rankings to No. 82. Korda, who held a slim one-stroke lead after three rounds, fired a 1-over 74 to earn her way into an LPGA record-tying, six-way playoff that included Brittany Lincicome, Stacy Lewis, Julieta Granada, Hee Kyung Seo and So Yeon Ryu. After hitting her approach shot to 25 feet on the second playoff hole, Korda sank the right-to-left breaking putt and celebrated with a large fist pump. Granada still had a birdie putt from around 12 feet but missed it to give Korda her first professional victory.

Brittany Lincicome and Stacy Lewis had the only moves within the top-10 after they both finished T2 in Australia. Lincicome moved up one spot to No. 8 and Lewis moved up one spot to No. 9.

(Info & photo courtesy of LPGA.com)

Women’s World Golf Rankings- Week Feb 13, 2012

1. Yani Tseng
2. Suzann Pettersen
3. Na Yeon Choi
4. Cristie Kerr
5. Paula Creamer
6. Sun Ju Ahn
7. Jiyai Shin
8. Brittany Lincicome
9. Stacy Lewis
10. I.K. Kim

Rolex Ranking Fact Sheet, click here.

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Happy Birthday Lexi Thompson!

by admin on February 10, 2012

Today is Lexi’s 17th Birthday!  Happy Birthday Lexi!

Lexi Thompson plays a shot during day one of the 2012 Women's Australian Open at Royal Melbourne Golf Course on February 9, 2012 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo courtesy Lucas Dawson/Getty Images)

Lexi wears ladybugs for luck – here’s much luck to Lexi in 2012!

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Symetra Tour 2012 – Schedule Posted

by admin on February 9, 2012

The long awaited schedule for the Symetra Tour (formerly Futures Tour) is now available!

The Symetra Tour, which in 2012 will feature 16 events in 12 different states and Mexico, now will offer exempt LPGA Tour status to the top-10 season-ending money winners as part of the J Golf Race for the Card. This will guarantee them entry into all full-field LPGA Tour events.

Key highlights of the 2012 schedule include:

• Total season purse of nearly $1.8 million.
• Total average purse of nearly $110,000.
• Three tournaments with purses equal to or more than $125,000, including the Four Winds Invitational with a purse of $150,000, which equals the highest purse in the Tour’s regular-season history.
• Schedule contains 16 events in 12 states and Mexico.
• Return of four tournament cities hosting the Tour for 10 or more years, including Syracuse, N.Y., for the 16th consecutive year and the Tour’s longest-running tournament, 27 years, in Decatur, Ill.

First event: March 19-25 – Florida’s Natural Charity Classic, Winter Haven, FL; www.floridasnaturalcharityclassic.com

Click here to download the 2012 Symetra Tour Schedule.

Source: www.lpgafuturestour.com

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LPGA Rookie Interview: Hannah Yun

by admin on February 8, 2012

Hannah's Dad created her new logo for "Hannah Yun Golf".

With the 2012 LPGA Season starting this week – I’m excited to continue my series of interviews with LPGA and Symetra (Future Tour) players. Hannah Yun’s dream of playing on the LPGA is now a reality. 19-year-old Hannah earned her full Tour card by finishing in the top 20 at the LPGA Q-School last December. Her combined five-day score of 4 over par was good enough to earn her a tie for 15th place and her full LPGA card for the upcoming 2012 LPGA season. I was introduced to Hannah from Dave Andrews the author of the novel, Pops and Sunshine. Dave is a family friend of the Yun family and even caddied for Hannah during Q-School.

LPGA Rookie Hannah Yun - ready for the 2012 Season!

Hannah Yun interview with Pink Diva Golf:

Tell us a little about yourself – hometown, where you live now, college, etc.
Well, I was born in a suburb of San Jose on April 13th, 1992. Having said that my dad was a die hard 49ers fan and was so proud of them being able to come back this season.  My parents and I moved down to San Diego when I was nine, and when I turned twelve we went to Bradenton, FL so I could attend the IMG/Leadbetter Golf Academy. I graduated from high school early and went to the University of Florida for a year when I was fifteen. This was a really awkward time for me because I didn’t even have my license yet and was too young to live in the freshman dorms. I started playing on the Futures (now Symetra) Tour as an amateur and when I turned seventeen, I turned pro. My next two seasons on the Symetra Tour were one of the most difficult times of my life, and I ended up taking a six-month hiatus July 2010. Six months ago, I went back to my old coach in San Diego, Kip Puterbaugh. I began spending a lot of time with him and I just recently passed through the LPGA Q-School on my first try to become a rookie for the 2012 season.

Hannah's dad introduced her to the game of golf.

When did you start playing golf? Did you have any special mentors that have influenced your golf career?
I started playing golf when I was four because my parents were avid golfers and wanted me to be able to play and enjoy the game with them. My dad was really the one who introduced me to the world of the LPGA. When I was nine, my coach at our club sat me down in his office and basically told me that I had the talent to compete on the LPGA, and that if I worked hard, I could win the very trophies I saw on TV. You probably know that at age nine, there’s not a whole lot of thought going on in our little brains. This was my thought process in deciding whether or not I wanted to be an LPGA Tour player:

- Do I like golf? Yeah, I have fun on the course.
- Do I want the trophy? Definitely want the shiny.

Ever since then, I’ve been hacking away at the ball trying to get the shiny. :)

As a 2012 Rookie on the LPGA what are your goals to be successful on the tour?
I’ve been asking myself that question ever since I earned my tour card… At first, I thought that if I finished in the top 50 of the money list at the end of the year, that I would be happy. But as time has passed, I think that was the wrong goal. Ultimately, I want to play my best and compete in every tournament I play; wherever that leads me is where I end up.

What LPGA tournament in 2012 are you most looking forward to playing in and why?
One course that I’m really excited about playing is Royal Melbourne in Australia. I’ve also heard that the Kingsmill tournament, which was just added to the 2012 schedule is another awesome course. I love playing on great courses that are not just challenging but are also fun to play. By that I mean, courses with beauty, and have that natural look to them to fit the scenery.

What’s the strength of your game? And where do you feel you need to improve?
My strength was always in ball striking, hands down. But, I can also say that my putting and short game have improved so much these past 6 months that I am like a different player. Right now, I’m working on hitting my short irons with more accuracy.

What do you like to do when you aren’t playing golf?
I love being outdoors and finding a thrill. While living in Florida, I’ve learned to love the beach and all the activities that are possible. If it’s a sport, I love it. I haven’t had a chance to try all the things I want, but I would love to learn how to race high performance cars, go off-roading, hike, and finally go hunting and fishing with my family. Sadly, I don’t have a whole lot of leisure time at the moment. I take one day a week off, but I usually use it to rest and take it easy. This also gives me an excuse to plant myself in front of the computer and watch Netflix.

Can you tell us something funny and/or interesting about you that most people don’t know?
During my six month hiatus, I went to Korea for the first time in ten years. I spent about a month in Seoul with my family doing nothing, so I got bored. My uncle mentioned a Buddhist temple that trained in a Korean martial art called Sunmudo. Now my parents and I are Christians, but I felt like I needed a life-altering change to get myself back up from my slump, so I went. I lived in the temple for almost two months, learning meditation, archery, and martial arts. They were very accepting of the fact that I was a Christian and respected my beliefs so there was no tension. Other than my mom calling every day to make sure I didn’t shave my head, it was the best time of my life. While I was there, I learned to place myself away from everything in the world and just focus on the present, which made me very happy. My time at the temple gave me the time and space to reflect on my life up to that point and also to think about my future.  I realized that the reason I chose golf was because I loved playing and having fun on the course. Through the years of pressure that came with competitive golf, I’d lost that passion. I came back home in January with that burning love I’d had for the game. So many players, even parents, forget about having fun.I made friends while I lived in the temple, and I actually went back this winter during my off-season to visit with them. Last year was the most difficult time I’d had, but it brought me something I will always cherish.

Who would be in your dream foursome?  What course would you play?
I’ve been playing with my coach’s Wednesday morning group for a few months now at The Farms Golf Club in Rancho Santa Fe. I love playing golf with this group not because they are the world’s greatest golfers (though they are single handicaps and I lose quite a bit of money to them), but because we all enjoy the game so much.

Se Ri Pak has been a great inspiration for Hannah.

Which LPGA golf pro has been your greatest inspiration and why?
When I was a little girl, I grew up watching Se Ri Pak at her best.  I don’t remember much and to be honest, but I know I that I became a golfer because I saw what Se Ri Pak was doing.

Hannah (and her new Tour bag!) during a practice round at the Australia Open with LPGA rookie Ayaka Kaneko.

What’s in your golf bag?
Driver: TaylorMade R11S
Irons: Taylormade MB for 7 iron down, CB for 6-3 irons
Wedges: TaylorMade
Putter: TaylorMade TM-770 Tour 
Ball: 
TaylorMade Penta
Footwear: Adidas
Glove: TaylorMade
Grips: Iomic
Sponsors: Lotte Mart, TaylorMade, Cheil General Hospital, The Farms Golf Club, Rancho Santa Fe, CA.

Best of luck Hannah on the LPGA in 2012 – and I hope you get the “shiny” very soon!

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Listen to Hannah being interviewed on The Golf Club Radio Show, click here!

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Support Women’s Golf – attend an upcoming tournament in 2012 on the LPGA and the Symetra Tours!

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LPGA Kicks Off 2012 Season. Down Under.

by admin on February 8, 2012

The 2012 LPGA season officially kicks off this week in Melbourne, Australia with the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open, as the LPGA returns to Australia for the first time in over a decade. And for the first time in its storied history, Royal Melbourne Golf Club will be the host of a women’s professional golf event with 156 players competing this week for a $1.1 million purse.

ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open

Feb 09 : Golf Channel 12:30-2:30 PM ET
Feb 10 : Golf Channel 12:30-2:30 PM ET
Feb 11 : Golf Channel 10:00-12:30 PM ET
Feb 12 : Golf Channel 10:00-12:30 PM ET

Follow Live Scoring at ISPA HANDA Australian Open

Follow on Twitter at www.twitter.com/womensausopen

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February 9-12, 2012 | Royal Melbourne Golf Club | Victoria, Australia | Par -73 | Yardage -6505

FINAL FIELD
Beth Allen
Bree Arthur
Kyeong Bae
Rachel Bailey
Karlin Beck
Minea Blomqvist
Amanda Blumenherst
Christel Boeljon
Julia Boland
Caroline Bon
Frances Bondad
Heather Bowie Young
Becky Brewerton
Cathryn Bristow
Lynnette Brooky
Nikki Campbell
Dori Carter
Sandra Changkija
Irene Cho
Annie Choi (a) (q)
Chella Choi
Cydney Clanton
Rebecca Codd 

Laura Davies
Ashlee Dewhurst (a)

Laura Diaz*
Wendy Doolan
Meredith Duncan
Tamie Durdin
Kendall Dye (q)
Kathleen Ekey
Tania Elosegui
Jodi Ewart
Lisa Ferrero
Jody Fleming
Rebecca Flood
Meaghan Francella
Katie Futcher
Sandra Gal
Nikki Garrett
Sophie Giquel-Bettan
Julieta Granada
Numa Gulyanamitta
Sophie Gustafson
Hee-Won Han
Mina Harigae
Caroline Hedwall
Katherine Hull
Amy Hung
Vicky Hurst
Karine Icher
Rachel Jennings
Eun-Hee Ji
Tiffany Joh
Tamara Johns
Felicity Johnson
Jennifer Johnson

Lorie Kane
Ayaka Kaneko

Danielle Kang*
Haeji Kang
Jimin Kang

*sponsor invite
(a) amateur
(q) qualifier
Stacey Keating
Sarah Kemp
Cristie Kerr 

Christina Kim
Ha-neul Kim

Mindy Kim

Song-Hee Kim
Joanna Klatten

Lydia Ko(a)
Stephanie Kono
Jessica Korda
Candie Kung
Cindy LaCrosse
Virginie Lagoutte-Clement
Brittany Lang
Kym Larratt (q)
Ilhee Lee
Jennie Lee
Meena Lee
Rebecca Lee-Bentham
Stacy Lewis
Brittany Lincicome
Pernilla Lindberg
Kate Little
Diana Luna
Karen Lunn
Paige Mackenzie
Mo Martin
Courtney Massey
Caroline Masson
Kiran Matharu
Kristy McPherson
Sydnee Michaels
Joanne Mills
Na On Min
Danielle Montgomery
Janice Moodie
Becky Morgan
Belen Mozo
Azahara Munoz
Katelyn Must
Stephanie Na
Gwladys Nocera
Jessica Noh
Haru Nomura
Anna Nordqvist
Ryann O’Toole
Angela Oh
Ji Young Oh
Sarah Oh
Su-Hyun Oh(a)
Lee-Anne Pace
Jin Young Pak
Hee Young Park
Inbee Park
Jane Park
Jessica Parker
Suzann Pettersen
Pornanong Phatlum
Gerina Piller
Morgan Pressel
Jane Roh

Beatriz Recari
Melissa Reid
So Yeon Ryu
Cathleen Santoso(a)
Dewi Claire Schreefel
Hee Kyung Seo
Giulia Sergas
Stephanie Sherlock
Jenny Shin
Jiyai Shin
Ashleigh Simon
Karin Sjodin
Marianne Skarpnord
Kristie Smith
Sarah Jane Smith
Christine Song
Jennifer Song
Jessica Speechley
Angela Stanford
Kris Tamulis
Victoria Tanco
Vicky Thomas
Lexi Thompson
Yani Tseng
Line Vedel (q)
Alison Walshe
Karrie Webb
Linda Wessberg
Alison Whitaker
Samantha Whittle
Lindsey Wright
Sun Young Yoo
Hannah Yun
Alternates

Hae-Rym Kim
Vikki Lang
Veronica Zorzi
Se-Hee Woo
Jaclyn Sweeney
Laurette Maritz

 

 

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