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Language Training Center Longest Drive

Thu, 06/23/2011 - 8:38am
Untitled Document Shanshan Feng Do you know who has the longest drive on the LPGA tour this year? Is it Vicky Hurst with her awesome, awe-inspiring fairway hugging, take no prisoners drive?

Actually, the longest drive to get to this year's tournament, say, in Springfield Illinois, would be Shanshan Feng from China. If she drove to Springfield from Guangzhou, China it would be over 14,000 miles. Now that is a drive!

The Language Training Center (LTC) has partnered with the LPGA to ensure that when a fan, sponsor, or reporter asks these players about their drives, they are able to clearly articulate what just happened on the course.

Vicky Hurst, LPGA As you know, many of these outstanding athletes hail from the corners of the earth to put on the greatest show on the green - week in and week out. They are exciting to watch and interesting to talk with-in any language.

LTC is helping make that possible by providing Japanese, Korean, English, Spanish, and Chinese language classes to players at tournaments and during the off weeks.

Jiyai Shin and Sun Young Yoo In addition to this tremendous new linguistic skill the players are acquiring, they are also working hard to understand how to relate in other countries. Through LTC's cross cultural program the girls get a chance to interact with trainers who help them gain confidence in how to put their best foot forward when playing in a Pro-Am in China or entertaining a sponsor in Korea or Japan.

LTC takes the same customized approach to those in business, education, medical, and many other fields as they handle international needs.

LTC staff goes onsite to every tournament in the U.S. as well as Canada, China, and this year, Korea. So, stop by and ask one of LTC's staff members to help you connect with your favorite golfer! Or check us out at www.languagetrainingcenter.com.

 

LPGA Tour Launches First App for iPhone and iPod touch

Thu, 06/23/2011 - 7:34am
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App features live scoring, news, player profiles, Twitter and YouTube feeds

Debuts at 2011 Wegmans LPGA Championship, the second major
of the LPGA season

DAYTONA BEACH, Florida, June 21, 2011 - The LPGA today announced its first ever app for iPhone and iPod touch is now available on the App Store. Developed in partnership with July Systems, the LPGA Tour App debuts as part of the 2011 Wegmans LPGA Championship where fans will be able to use their mobile phones on the course to track the action and learn about their favorite players.

The LPGA Tour App features live scoring, news, player profiles and tournament schedules as well as YouTube and Twitter feeds from the tour and players.

"As people continue to look to their mobile devices for entertainment, it is important for LPGA fans to have easy access to all the information they need right on their iPhone or iPod touch," said LPGA Chief Marketing Officer Jon Podany. "With the LPGA App, users can now track their favorite players, read the latest news and see live scores on the go."

July Systems provides the cross-platform mobile solution that powers the application. Their cloud-based mobile platform allows the LPGA to build, manage, market and monetize both the mobile website as well as the newly launched mobile application. Their technology provides rich user interfaces and delivers optimized content across hundreds of unique devices ranging from touch-screen smartphones to popular Web-enabled feature phones.

"We are thrilled to have partnered with such a strong brand as the LPGA. It clearly has a loyal and dedicated fan base that understands the value in having such mobile services at their fingertips," stated Kelvin Rowlette, President and GM for July Systems, USA.

The Wegmans LPGA Championship is allowing mobile devices onto tournament grounds for the first time in 2011 and fans will be able to place or receive calls in designated areas marked Verizon Wireless Phone Zone. Full details on this program are available at www.wegmanslpga.org.

The LPGA Tour App is available for free from the App Store on iPhone and iPod touch or at www.itunes.com/appstore.

Birdies for Pit Bulls with Mollie Fankhauser

Thu, 06/23/2011 - 7:17am
Untitled Document Mollie Fankhauser with Ella Mollie Fankhauser with Harper Ella This week LPGA Tour player Mollie Fankhauser and Birdies for Pit Bulls made a stop at Pitty Love Rescue in Rochester, New York. Pitty Love Rescue was started three years ago by Jenn, a local to the Rochester area. Pitty Love Rescue runs on the love and commitment of their foster families that provide temporary housing for the Pit Bulls that are waiting to be adopted. Pitty Love Rescue currently has over 40 Pit Bulls in their foster homes.

Pitty Love Rescue receives Pit Bulls from all over the country. In some cases they dogs may have physical or behavioral issues due to their living circumstances before being rescued. Pitty Love Rescue takes the time to nurse them back to full heath to ensure that they will be a loving addition to the right home. The sole purpose of Pitty Love Rescue is to find responsible homes for these loving animals that have been saved from either euthanasia or a life spent behind bars at various shelters across the country. They also offer Responsible Pit Bull owner classes as well as obedience classes.

This Friday June 24th Pitty Love Rescue is holding an Adoption event at the Greece Petco from 6PM-8PM. Please come out and meet some of the Pitty Love puppies! For more information on this event and many others visit to www.pittyloverescue.org/info/events

We had the pleasure of meeting the Founder, Jenn as well as several of the foster families and their adorable and lovable Pitties! Here are some of the Pitty Love Rescue puppies we were fortunate to meet!

Ella (pictured with the orange "Adopt Me" bandana) is an adorable love bug! All Ella was interested in was being hugged and loved. I was ready to take her home to Ohio after spending 5 minutes with her! Ella currently lives with 3 other dogs and get along wonderfully with them. Ella is also crate trained and potty trained with impeccable manners!

Harper has the most adorable puppy face! She put on quite the show with all of her fine obedience skills she has learned while living with Darcy, the Pitty Love Rescue trainer! She is very good with other dogs and is crate and potty trained. She is about 6 months old and is a total sweetie pie!

Pitty Love Rescue would like to highlight Sophie, Zyva, Lily and Diego. These adorable little guys have been in foster homes for too long! They are are perfect additions to the right Pitty house. Contact Pitty Love Rescue if you're looking for some love in your home!

For more informationon Pitty Love Rescue and some cool Pit Bull apparel visit www.pittyloverescue.org or find them on Facebook.
You can find Birdies for Pit Bulls on Facebook and "Like" our page www.facebook.com/BirdiesforPitBulls

Our mission in Birdies fo

Creamer looking to break through

Thu, 06/23/2011 - 6:59am
Untitled Document Paula Creamer Paula Creamer is looking to break through for her second career LPGA major victory at this week's Wegmans LPGA Championship. Creamer has been nipping on the heels of her 10th career LPGA victory this season recording three top-five finishes including runner-up at the inaugural RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup. The 2010 U.S. Women's Open Champion has an impressive resume at the LPGA Wegmans Championship. During her 2005 rookie season, Creamer finished in a tie for third after shooting a final-round 5-under par 67. 

Kerr is chomping at the bit

Thu, 06/23/2011 - 6:37am
Untitled Document Cristie Kerr Coming off three consecutive runner-up finishes, defending champion Cristie Kerr is hungry for her first 2011 LPGA victory. Kerr fell shy of her 15th LPGA victory at the Sybase Match Play Championship where she lost in the finals to Suzann Pettersen, fell one-stroke shy at the ShopRite LPGA Classic, and came up short at the State Farm LPGA Classic where Rolex Rankings No. 1 Yani Tseng prevailed for a three-stroke victory. 

Kerr, who missed the cut at this year's Kraft Nabisco Championship, is looking to secure her third career LPGA major victory at this week's Wegmans LPGA Championship. She previously won the 2007 U.S. Women's Open and last year's Wegmans LPGA Championship where she recorded a record-setting 12-stroke victory.

Wegmans LPGA Championship - Pre-tournament Notes and Interviews

Wed, 06/22/2011 - 2:22pm

Wegmans LPGA Championship
Locust Hill Country Club
Pittsford, NY
Pre-tournament notes and interviews
June 21 & 22, 2011

Yani Tseng, Rolex Rankings No. 1
Jiyai Shin, Rolex Rankings No. 4
Stacy Lewis, Rolex Rankings No. 15 Cristie Kerr, Rolex Rankings No. 2 Suzann Pettersen, Rolex Rankings No. 3 Paula Creamer, Rolex Rankings No. 11 Lexi Thompson, Rolex Rankings No. 114

 

Wegmans LPGA Championship:  The year's second major is set to kick off on Thursday at Locust Hill Country Club. A field of 150 players will compete for a total purse of $2.5 million and a first-place prize of $375,000. Defending champion Cristie Kerr will attempt to take home back-to-back titles following her record-breaking 12-stroke victory last year. Kerr would be just the fifth back-to-back champion in the tournament's history, following Mickey Wright (1960-61), Patty Sheehan (1983-84), Juli Inkster (1999-2000) and Annika Sorenstam (2003-05). Kerr, who is still seeking her first win of the 2011 season, has recorded three straight runner-up finishes heading into the Wegmans LPGA Championship.   A tournament steeped in tradition, the Wegmans LPGA Championship is the second-longest running tournament in LPGA history. Many of legends in women's golf have won the event, including Louise Suggs (1957), Wright (1958, 1960-61,1963), Betsy Rawls (1969), Kathy Whitworth (1967, 1971, 1975), Betsy King (1992), Laura Davies, (1994, 1996), Inkster (1999, 2000), Sorenstam (2003-05) and Se Ri Pak (1998, 2002, 2006).   Chomping at the bit. Coming off three consecutive runner-up finishes, defending champion Cristie Kerr is hungry for her first 2011 LPGA victory. Kerr fell shy of her 15th LPGA victory at the Sybase Match Play Championship where she lost in the finals to Suzann Pettersen, fell one-stroke shy at the ShopRite LPGA Classic, and came up short at the State Farm LPGA Classic where Rolex Rankings No. 1 Yani Tseng prevailed for a three-stroke victory.    Kerr, who missed the cut at this year's Kraft Nabisco Championship, is looking to secure her third career LPGA major victory. She previously won the 2007 U.S. Women's Open and last year's Wegmans LPGA Championship where she recorded a record-setting 12-stroke victory.   Paula Creamer is looking to break through for her second career LPGA major victory at this week's LPGA Wegmans Championship. Creamer has been nipping on the heels of her 10th career LPGA victory this season recording three top-five finishes including runner-up at the inaugural RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup. The 2010 U.S. Women's Open Champion has an impressive resume at the LPGA Wegmans Championship. During her 2005 rookie season, Creamer finished in a tie for third after shooting a final-round 5-under par 67.    The 2007 Wegmans LPGA Champion Suzann Pettersen is looking to maintain her 2011 momentum and notch her eighth career LPGA title. Pettersen earned her first LPGA victory since the 2009 CN Canadian Women's Open at this year's Sybase Match Play Championship.   Sponsor invite Lexi Thompson enters the LPGA Wegmans Championship coming off a missed cut at the ShopRite LPGA Classic. Thompson, 16, is playing in her third LPGA event of the season. She found herself tied for the lead at the Avnet LPGA Classic going into the final round but struggled on Sunday shooting a 6-over par 78. Playing in her first

Champions Wine Tasting event at the Wegmans LPGA Championship

Wed, 06/22/2011 - 12:05pm
Untitled Document Rosie Jones, Nancy Lopez, Gail Graham, Pat Bradley, and Patty Sheehan

Defending Champion Cristie Kerr joined fellow players and a few Hall of Famers at the Champions Wine Tasting event at the Wegmans LPGA Championship. Players were given the opportunity to sample over 50 different wines.

Sophie Gustafson Jennifer Song Mhairi McKay and A.J. Eathorne, Brittany Lincicome's caddie Several players with Commissioner Mike Whan

Video Interviews from Wegmans LPGA Championship

Tue, 06/21/2011 - 2:34pm

Interviews from the Wegmans LPGA Championship.

 

LPGA Tour races heat up with three major championships on the horizon

Mon, 06/20/2011 - 2:15pm
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Stretch of three majors in six weeks begins at Wegmans LPGA Championship
 
Rolex Rankings No. 1 Yani Tseng seeking Career Grand Slam


Rolex Rankings No. 1 Yani Tseng

DAYTONA BEACH, Florida, June 20, 2011 - Competitive season-long races are at the forefront of an upcoming summer stretch of major championships that features the Wegmans LPGA Championship, the U.S. Women's Open conducted by the USGA and the RICOH Women's British Open. With double points available at each tournament for Rolex Player of the Year, Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year and U.S. Solheim Cup Team points, the next six weeks may very well tell the story of the 2011 season.
 
"Quite simply, there has never been a more competitive time on the LPGA Tour," said LPGA Tour Commissioner Mike Whan. "We have players from very different places who are all striving for the very same goal -- to be the best in the world. Whether it's Yani's push for the record books, Cristie's push to put America back on top or whether we are about to experience "Suzann's time," every tournament will make a huge difference and the next six weeks are going to answer a lot of questions."
 
This week's Wegmans LPGA Championship kicks off a stretch of three majors in six weeks on the LPGA Tour. The U.S. Women's Open will follow at the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Col. on July 7-10 and on July 28-31 the storied Carnoustie Golf Links in Scotland will host the RICOH Women's British Open for the first time. Additionally, although not a major, the Evian Masters is slated for July 21-24 in Evian-Les-Baines, France and features a purse of $3.25 million.
 
As the LPGA Tour gears up for three majors in the next six weeks, here is a look at where things currently stand:
 
Rolex Rankings No. 1 Yani Tseng continues to maintain a strong grasp on the world's top spot this season, although No. 2 Cristie Kerr and No. 3 Suzann Pettersen each have a chance to take over as the world's best this week. Following Tseng's seventh career victory at the 2011 LPGA State Farm Classic, she will now have three opportunities to become the youngest golfer in history to secure four major titles, a record currently held by Se Ri Pak (24). Tseng, 22, fell just shy of achieving that distinction in March when she finished runner-up to Stacy Lewis at the 2011 Kraft Nabisco Championship. Although still chasing four, Tseng is the youngest player in LPGA history to win three majors by capturing the 2008 LPGA Championship, 2010 Kraft Nabisco Championship and the 2010 RICOH Women's British Open.
 
Becoming the youngest golfer to four majors isn't the only feat that Tseng will be chasing over the upcoming stretch of majors. A victory at this year's U.S. Women's Open will complete Tseng's quest for the Career Grand Slam, a feat accomplished by only Louise Suggs, Mickey Wright, Pat Bradley, Juli Inkster, Karrie Webb and Annika Sorenstam. She would also become the youngest ever to complete the Career Grand Slam, b

Quick 18 with Hee-Won Han - 2011

Mon, 06/20/2011 - 1:14pm
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1. Tell me something most people don't know about you?
Nothing special.

2. What would you like to do for a living if you are not a pro golfer?
Pro tennis player.

3. If you could trade places with anyone for a day, who would it be?
I wouldn't trade places with anybody.

4. Is there anything you're addicted to? Or can't live without?
Internet.

5. Is there anything you won't eat?
Curry.

6. What is one thing you have done and would never want to do again?
Miss a short putt.

7. What do you feel is your biggest accomplishment to date?
Becoming a pro golfer.

8. Is there a song you like to sing when no one is around like in the car or the shower?
Korean pop.

9. Who would be in your dream foursome?
Me, Phil Mickelson, Juli Inkster, and Rory McIlroy.

10. What is your favorite activity you do when you want to relax?
Do absolutely nothing.

11. What is your favorite time of year?
Summer.

12. Favorite quote or saying?
Positive thinking.

13. What beauty product can you not live without?
Sunblock.

14. What is your favorite store to shop in and why?
Anthropologie.

15. Do you have a favorite TV commercial?
I don't watch TV.

16. What is one item of clothing you couldn't live without?
Jeans.

17. Name one thing you always keep stocked in your refrigerator?
Water.

18. What invention do you wish you had thought of?
Telephone.

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Spotlight on Jiyai Shin

Mon, 06/20/2011 - 10:25am

The spotlight was on Jiyai Shin and she talked about her favorite food, her golf idol being Se Ri Pak, and her goal for the future. Shin also talks about her love of music and shares her singing talent.

 

Stephanie Kim - Rookie Blog Three

Mon, 06/20/2011 - 7:56am

Hello fellow fanatics, my name is Stephanie Kim and adhering to the first step of recovery, I admit I am powerless to the pull of the ancient game of golf. The "golforious adiectio" or more commonly known as the golf addiction is a widespread issue that transcends gender, race, and position in life. Presidents, CEOs, and ice cream truck drivers alike have haplessly hacked it around the course like your average weekend foursome. We just can't seem to kick the habit. A favorite phrase my old coach James liked to instill in me was to "do it again". Whether I just hit the perfect low cut 4 iron or a flying shrimp from the range to the tenth fairway, I should be able to do it again. Therein lies the foundation of my all consuming obsession with golf - the inexplicable allure of a challenge.

I just finished playing in the LPGA State Farm Classic in Springfield. I got paired with Natalie Gulbis and Angela Stanford and my hands were shaking so much on the first tee that I couldn't tee the ball for a few extra seconds. Despite this, I proceeded to stripe it down the fairway and thankfully, the potentially scarring moment was averted. I was ecstatic that I had the opportunity to play with two veteran LPGA winners, but what Natalie and Angela didn't know was how close I was from spontaneously combusting. On a whole, I thought it would just be a messy situation if one had to reassemble me when they are trying to win a golf tournament, so I kept myself together. I garnered plenty of experiences last week and I'm excited to continue my season. Keep an eye out for my name, it'll be the 15th Kim down the list!!

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Wegmans LPGA Championship Tournament Preview

Mon, 06/20/2011 - 7:08am
Untitled Document The second major championship of the LPGA season will be contested this week in Pittsford, NY at the Wegmans LPGA Championship. It's the first of three LPGA majors that will be held over the next six weeks and it will feature a world-class field of 150 players vying for the $2.5 million purse and a first-place check of $375,000.

A tournament steeped in tradition, the Wegmans LPGA Championship is the second-longest running tournament in LPGA history. Many of legends in women's golf have won the event, including Louise Suggs (1957), Mickey Wright (1958, 1960-61,1963), Betsy Rawls (1969), Kathy Whitworth (1967, 1971, 1975), Betsy King (1992), Laura Davies, (1994, 1996), Juli Inkster (1999, 2000), Annika Sorenstam (2003-05) and Se Ri Pak (1998, 2002, 2006).

Defending champion and Rolex Rankings No. 2 Cristie Kerr will attempt to take home back-to-back titles following her record-breaking 12-stroke victory last year at Locust Hill Country Club. Kerr would be just the fifth back-to-back champion in the tournament's history, following Wright (1960-61), Patty Sheehan (1983-84), Inkster (1999-2000) and Sorenstam (2003-05). Kerr, who is still seeking her first win of the 2011 season, has recorded three straight runner-up finishes heading into the Wegmans LPGA Championship.

A total of 14 of the top 15 players in the Rolex Rankings will be featured in this week's field, including No. 1 Yani Tseng who earned her seventh career victory at the LPGA State Farm Classic. It was Tseng's second victory of the 2011 season on the LPGA Tour. She also captured the season-opening Honda LPGA Thailand.

This week Tseng, 22, will try to become the youngest golfer in history to four major championships. She won the 2008 LPGA Championship, 2010 Kraft Nabisco Championship and the 2010 RICOH Women's British Open. Se Ri Pak currently holds the title of youngest golfer to win four majors and she accomplished the feat at the age of 24.

The Wegmans LPGA Championship field also will host five LPGA Teaching and Club Professional (T&CP) sectional champions and the winner of the 2010 LPGA T&CP National Championship: Karen Davies, Annette DeLuca, Lisa DePaulo, Sue Ginter, Julie Hennessy, and Debbi Koyama.

Kerr appears on Fox Business' Cavuto

Mon, 06/20/2011 - 6:25am
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Cristie Kerr appeared on Fox Business' Cavuto prior to President Obama playing golf with Speaker Boehner to talk about doing business on the golf course.

 

Spotlight on Na Yeon Choi

Mon, 06/20/2011 - 6:00am
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Na Yeon Choi was in the spotlight answering questions like what she would do if she wasn't a golfer.

 

My Favorite Things: Karine Icher

Fri, 06/17/2011 - 8:50am

What are Karine Icher's favorite things? Did you know that she loves wearing Lacoste hats and playing on her iPad? Karine also loves eating at Chez George's in Paris and reading People magazine. See all of Karine's favorite things below.

 

Ten Question Tuesday with Christina Kim

Fri, 06/17/2011 - 6:00am

While at the LPGA State Farm Classic, Christina Kim participated in a Q&A with a local radio station. Watch her answer questions in Ten Question Tuesday by Zach Kerker.

 

 

Creamer featured in ESPN The Magazine

Thu, 06/16/2011 - 2:06pm

Paula Creamer was featured recently in ESPN The Magazine. The feature was called Same Face, Different Time. Take a look at Paula recreating a trophy photo from when she was 12. Click on article below to enlarge.

Lewis and Gal join Golf Channel in booth

Thu, 06/16/2011 - 8:53am

Stacy Lewis and Sandra Gal both joined Golf Channel in their booth during different telecasts. Watch the highlights below.

 

Stacy Lewis at ShopRite LPGA Classic Sandra Gal at LPGA State Farm Classic

 

Jodi Ewart Rookie Blog Two

Thu, 06/16/2011 - 6:52am

First of all I'd like to apologize for taking so long to write my second blog! The past couple of months have been so crazy - I've barely had time to sit down! I have some good news to share with all those who don't already know: I got engaged in March to my long-term boyfriend, Adam! It only seems like yesterday! He popped the question on the most perfect evening at sunset on Turtle Beach in Sarasota. I was very surprised and I cried for pretty much the rest of the night! We haven't really had a chance to do any planning yet, as golf has just been go, go, go for me lately. Although, I have to admit I have been looking around online at dresses that would be perfect for the big day! A girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do!!

In other news, it was only last week that I got a last-minute call to play in my first-ever LPGA event in Springfield, Illinois. I was in Cincinnati at the time, preparing for the LPGA Futures Tour event, when I found out on the Wednesday evening that I was in the field for the LPGA State Farm Classic! Not only was I a five-hour drive away, but I also had an 8 a.m. tee time! After weighing the pros and cons of leaving for Springfield, I quickly packed my bags, threw everything in the car, and made a speedy exit. Needless to say, my first round was definitely not my best, after having only three hours of sleep and playing a course I had never seen. But I came out fighting in my second round and really enjoyed my time out there. It was such an experience for me, and is one that I am now craving again. My scoring has been lacking in the past months, but now that I've had a taste of the big time, it will only push me in the right direction in these next few months. Watch this space!!

Cheers.

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