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2011 Kraft Nabisco Championship raises more than $173000 for local charities

Wed, 06/15/2011 - 10:42am
Untitled Document RANCHO MIRAGE, CALIF. - The 2011 Kraft Nabisco Championship raised nearly $175,000 for Southern California charities this year through its Integrated Wealth Management TICKETS Fore CHARITY program. Non-profit organizations sold advance tickets to the 2011 golf tournament and retained 100 percent of the money from the sales. Charity representatives, Integrated Wealth Management representatives and Kraft Nabisco Championship officials recently gathered at the tournament's annual Appreciation Luncheon at LuLu's California Bistro in Palm Springs, Calif., where participating non-profits received additional funds from Integrated Wealth Management's $25,000 bonus pool program.
RANCHO MIRAGE, CALIF. (June 8, 2011) - The Kraft Nabisco Championship raised $173,843 this year through the tournament's second annual Integrated Wealth Management TICKETS Fore CHARITY program. The LPGA golf tournament made the announcement recently at an Appreciation Luncheon at LuLu's California Bistro in Palm Springs, Calif., with more than 100 charity representatives, tournament officials and sponsors in attendance.

Also at the luncheon, Integrated Wealth Management distributed checks generated from a $25,000 bonus pool from the program. The pool was divided among the charities based on the percentage of overall tickets redeemed by each organization.

According to Gabe Codding, tournament director for the Kraft Nabisco Championship, the top-ten charities in the bonus pool payout this year were: 1) Chinese American Golf Foundation 6) American Red Cross of Riverside County 2) American Cancer Society (Calif. Division) 7) Boys & Girls Club of Coachella Valley 3) Alzheimer's Association 8) LPGA Foundation/LPGA-USGA Girls Golf 4) American Heart Association 9) Humane Society of the Desert 5) Women's and Children's Crisis Shelter 10) Animal Samaritans SPCA

The Integrated Wealth Management TICKETS Fore CHARITY program is Kraft Nabisco's multi-year fundraiser in which non-profit organizations from throughout Southern California have the opportunity to sell advance tickets to the tournament and retain 100 percent of the money from the sales. Last year, its first year of the program, the Kraft Nabisco raised $150,000 for 90-some charities. This year, more than 150 charities participated.

"Strategic planning has already started for 2012," Codding said. "We saw tremendous growth in participation among the charities and business community in 2011, but the beauty of this program is its unlimited potential. Every non-profit can participate, and every business and individual in Southern California can purchase tickets and support their favorite cause. We have every reason to believe that TICKETS Fore CHARITY will grow into a million-dollar-a-year program."

The 2012 TICKETS Fore CHARITY campaign is expected to launch this fall. The Kraft Nabisco Championship - the first major of the year for either the men's or women'

Volvik Shot of the Day

Wed, 06/15/2011 - 7:36am

Each week Volvik brings you the Shot of the Day.

LPGA STATE FARM CLASSIC Mindy Kim had the Volvik Shots of the Day during the first round of the LPGA State Farm Classic. She made long birdie putts on 12, 14, and 17 to claim the lead. Mindy Kim had the Volvik Shots of the Day during the third round of the LPGA State Farm Classic. She hit her second shot on the par-4 10th within a couple of feet of the hole. The birdie there would be the first of three in a row for Kim.


SHOPRITE LPGA CLASSIC Sandra Gal had the Volvik Shot of the Day during the first round of the ShopRite LPGA Classic where she got up and down out of the sand after having her ball plugged under the lip of the bunk and an awkward stance.



Quick 18 with Amelia Lewis

Tue, 06/14/2011 - 12:57pm
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1. Tell me something most people don't know about you?
I was a competitive swimmer for five years.

2. What would you like to do for a living if you are not a pro golfer?
Be a chef.

3. If you could trade places with anyone for a day, who would it be?
Santa Claus.

4. Is there anything you're addicted to? Or can't live without?
Um obviously golf. And music.

5. Is there anything you won't eat?
Raw fish.

6. What is one thing you have done and would never want to do again?
Q-School in freezing hurricane weather.

7. Who would be in your dream foursome?
Jesus Christ, Payne Stewart, Tim Tebow, and me.

8. What is your favorite activity you do when you want to relax?
Sleep. go to the spa, or look up funny youtube videos.

9. What is your favorite time of year?
Christmas time or any day when it is perfect 70º light sweater vest weather.

10. Favorite quote or saying?
"Sometimes being fearless is having fears but jumping anyway" - Taylor Swift.

11. What beauty product can you not live without?

12. What is your favorite store to shop in and why?
Either Sephora because they do your makeup and I feel like I am in girl heaven or Publix because I get free food samples.

13. Do you have a favorite TV commercial?
The Geico commercial with Elmer Fudd having trouble saying the letter R.

14. What is one item of clothing you couldn't live without?
My sunglasses.

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

16. What invention do you wish you had thought of?
Post-it Notes.

17. What chore are you great at or enjoy doing the most?
Washing the car in the summertime - a sibling water fight usually breaks out.

18. If you could posses any super human power what would it be?
The ability to turn back time (this would be really beneficial in a golf round) or teleportation.

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Perfect Landings presented by Frontier Airlines

Tue, 06/14/2011 - 11:03am

Frontier Airlines, the Official Airline of the LPGA, brings you a Perfect Landing from the events on Tour.


Yani Tseng's shot on the 17th hole at the LPGA State Farm Classic qualifies her for the Perfect Landing Presented by Frontier Airlines. Tseng hit a five iron on the 188-yard par-3 and stuck the shot within a foot of the hole.



In this Perfect Landing, Brittany Lincicome, during the final round of the ShopRite LPGA Classic, hit a brilliant chip shot out of the fescue grass that lined the 18th hole. Lincicome's chip made it close enough to the hole that she putted for birdie to win the tournament.






In this Perfect Landing, Suzann Pettersen, during the fourth round of the Avnet LPGA Classic, hit her second shot on the par-4 15th just right. The ball landed on top of the slope and it fed down to the hole.


Rolex Rankings moves of the week

Tue, 06/14/2011 - 7:24am
Untitled Document Yani Tseng With her victory at the LPGA State Farm Classic, Yani Tseng increased her lead atop the Rolex Rankings. The win marked Tseng's second LPGA victory this year and the seventh of her career. Tseng now holds a 195.20 point lead over last week's runner-up Cristie Kerr. Tseng will spend her 18th consecutive week as Rolex Rankings No. 1.

Kerr posted her the third consecutive runner-up finish and improved her spot in the Rolex Rankings from No. 4 to No. 2.

Also making a move this week are LPGA and World Golf Halls of Fame members Juli Inkster and Se Ri Pak. Inkster jumped two spots to Rolex Rankings No. 37 after a tie for eighth finish at the LPGA State Farm Classic. Despite a nagging back injury, Pak persevered to finish tied for fifth to improve two positions to Rolex Rankings No. 35.

Mindy Kim and Wendy Ward also made significant improvements this week after solid finishes. Kim found herself in contention to earn her first LPGA victory but a final-round, one-over-par 73 left her in a tie for fifth. The top-five finish improved Kim's standing in the Rolex Rankings 20 spots to No. 74. Kim has leapt a total of 39 places in the Rankings in the last two weeks.

With a season-best seventh-place finish this past weekend, Ward improved 19 spots to land back in the Rolex Rankings top-100.

Race for U.S. Solheim Cup points heats up

Mon, 06/13/2011 - 1:15pm
Untitled Document Cristie Kerr Twelve different players earned points toward a spot on the U.S. Solheim Cup Team at the LPGA State Farm Classic including five-time team member Cristie Kerr, who continues to dominate the race with 612 points. Kerr has three consecutive runner-up finishes which equates to 90 U.S. Solheim Cup Team points scored over the last three events. With three major championships upcoming and double points available at each, the race to make the 2011 team is still unfolding. ShopRite LPGA Classic winner Brittany Lincicome has helped her own cause in recent weeks with a victory and tie for third, equaling 88.5 points scored in two weeks. She is currently sixth in the points race behind Kerr, Morgan Pressel (363.5), Michelle Wie (358), Angela Stanford (356), and Kraft Nabisco Championship winner Stacy Lewis (335.5). Paula Creamer (317.5), Brittany Lang (210.5), Juli Inkster (188.5) and Christina Kim (150.5) round out the current top-10. Thirty-five other players have scored points in the 2011 U.S. Solheim Cup race, but of them, only eight are within 100 points of Kim. Six total tournaments remain for players to earn points before the team is announced following the Safeway Classic Presented by Coca-Cola. U.S. Captain Rosie Jones will add two captain's picks to the 10 points qualifiers to round of the 12 player team that will take on Alison Nicholas and the Europeans, Sept. 23-25, 2011 at Killeen Castle in Ireland.

Third straight runner-up finish for Cristie Kerr

Mon, 06/13/2011 - 10:43am
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It was a third straight runner-up finish for Cristie Kerr on Sunday at the LPGA State Farm Classic. Her attempt at a 15th LPGA Tour victory fell just shy, as she wound up three strokes behind Tseng despite shooting a 5-under 67 in the final round. Three weeks ago, Kerr lost to Suzann Pettersen in the finals of the Sybase Match Play Championship and she fell one shot shy of victory at last week's ShopRite LPGA Classic. Kerr now has six top-10 finishes in nine tournaments this season, five of which were top-5 finishes. In two weeks, Kerr will try to defend her title at the Wegmans LPGA Championship.

Pretty in Pink at the LPGA State Farm Classic

Mon, 06/13/2011 - 9:09am
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On Saturday, the LPGA State Farm Classic worked with Susan G. Komen for the Cure to help raise awareness for breast cancer. Players, caddies and fans were encouraged to wear pink and there were pink pin flags at each hole. Several breast cancer survivors were also invited to walk inside the ropes with players. For many of the players, like Juli Inkster who had Lisa Van Ravenswaay walk with her group, it made the round a special one. "What we're doing is pretty ‑‑ you know, it's not that big a deal compared to what they're doing," Inkster said. "I've got a good friend that's going through breast cancer right now, and to see Lisa out there walking all 18 holes with us, that's pretty impressive. I didn't even know if she's a golfer. I think just having her out there was great."

At the end of play on Saturday, there was a special ceremony where 168 eco-friendly pink balloons were released. The number of balloons represents the average number of Illinois men and women who are diagnosed with breast cancer in an average week.

Jiyai Shin Catriona Matthew and Wendy Ward Shanshan Feng

On Other Tours: Ferrero wins on LPGA Futures Tour

Mon, 06/13/2011 - 8:01am
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Lisa Ferrero Wins At Teva Championship Presented by Time Warner Cable

MASON, Ohio, June 12, 2011 - Lisa Ferrero took the lead in round one and never looked back as she went on to win the $135,000 Teva Championship Presented by Time Warner Cable.

Ferrero, a former University of Texas Longhorn, carded rounds of 66-70-71 for a 6-under 207 total.

"Thank God the monkey is off my back," exclaimed Ferrero after her first professional victory at the Symetra Classic.

The monkey is off her back indeed as Ferrero continues to capitalize on positive momentum following her first LPGA Futures Tour victory. Learning to win at a professional level was key for Ferrero who admitted she wasn't nervous for Sunday's final round.

"I wasn't nervous at all today which kind of scared me because usually when you aren't nervous you don't play well," said Ferrero. "Even on the last hole we (Lisa and her caddy) were joking around on the last putt, I just went with the flow."

Ferrero kept it below the gusting winds at the Golf Center at Kings Island where she recorded one birdie and one bogey to earn a one-shot victory over Kathleen Ekey.

Ekey, the winner of last week's Ladies Titan Tire Challenge, pulled within one of Ferrero until a wayward drive on No. 17 resulted in a bogey.

Heading into the final hole two strokes behind Ferrero, Ekey dropped a bomb on the final hole to record her third birdie of the day and finish the tournament 5-under par.

Finishing in a tie for third at 4-uner par were two former LPGA Futures Tour champions Leah Wigger and Ashley Prange.
For scores and more information, visit lpgafuturestour.com.

On Other Tours: Brewerton wins on LET

Mon, 06/13/2011 - 7:50am
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Becky Brewerton Crowned Tenerife Ladies Match Play Champion
Article courtesy of Ladies European Tour

12th June 2011 - Becky Brewerton fired a four under par 68 in the strokeplay format at the Tenerife Ladies Match Play on Sunday, earning a one shot victory at Golf Las Américas in the Canary Islands.

The 28-year-old from Abergele in North Wales played superb golf to hold off the challenge of Australian Nikki Garrett and Spain's rising star Carlota Ciganda, who shared second on her professional debut.

It was Brewerton's third victory as a professional following wins at the 2007 English Open and the 2009 Spanish Open. She had previously finished second three times in Tenerife, including once on the same golf course as an amateur in 2003.

"I've finished second three times in Tenerife so it's nice to finally get a win and obviously it's been a while since I've won, so it's a brilliant feeling," said Brewerton.

"I think Tenerife is a place where I always get a little bit of luck as well. I holed a chip shot, holed a bunker shot, I had a couple of nice bounces out there as well. I made lots of birdies and threw in a couple of hairy moments as well. A few mistakes but just about managed to get it done. I've been playing well all week and it's nice to obviously finish off well."

Brewerton had secured the most comprehensive victory of the opening day on Friday, when she defeated Australian Kristie Smith 8&6 in the matchplay format.

She then ousted 79-time tournament champion Laura Davies in the second round of matchplay on Saturday with a birdie on the 19th hole. Davies told Brewerton on Twitter: "Keep swinging like that and you've got a big summer ahead."

As one of the last eight players in the event, Brewerton went into the final round full of confidence and earned the early advantage with birdies on the second, fifth and seventh holes. At the seventh, she hit a rescue club from 210 yards to set up an eagle chance, but just missed from 12 feet.

At the par-five ninth, she dropped a shot after missing the green with her second shot, but hit the turn one ahead at two under par.

She holed a bunker shot for birdie from the right side of the 10th green, then, after finding sand again on 11, she dropped a shot but quickly recovered, sinking a seven-footer on the par-three 13th.

There was a 'hairy moment' on 14 when her tee shot came to rest behind some palm trees resulting in a second shot which flew the green, but she played an excellent chip to five feet and holed the putt for par.

She dropped a shot at the 15th, but two-putted for birdie from 35 feet at the next. After signing off with a birdie on 18, there was a tense wait by the clubhouse with both Ciganda and Garrett able to tie with a birdie.

However Ciganda's second shot found water and Garrett missed a 15 foot birdie putt, allowing Brewerton to claim the €40,000 first prize.  

Brewerton said: "It's funny: I had great memories when I got back to the course. I remembered all the holes straight away. I was pretty sure this is where I'd finished second as an amateur in the Tenerife Ladies Open and I've actually got a picture up on my w

CME Group Titleholders Tracker

Sun, 06/12/2011 - 5:49pm
Se Ri Pak, Mindy Kim and Wendy Ward punched their "Ticket to CME Group Titleholders" at the LPGA State Farm Classic.

LPGA State Farm Classic - Final-round notes and interviews

Sun, 06/12/2011 - 5:23pm
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LPGA State Farm Classic
Panther Creek Country Club
Springfield, Ill.
Final-round notes and interviews
June 12, 2011
Yani Tseng -21, Rolex Rankings No. 1
Cristie Kerr -18, Rolex Rankings No. 4

Rolex Rankings No. 1 Yani Tseng shot a 4-under 68 on Sunday to capture the LPGA State Farm Classic by three strokes over Cristie Kerr. It was Tseng's second LPGA Tour victory this season and her fifth victory world-wide. The 22-year-old also won the LPGA's season-opening Honda LPGA Thailand.
The overnight leader at 17-under-par, Tseng had a one-shot lead over Mindy Kim when she teed off for the final round. Tseng got off to a hot start, making a birdie on the first hole. She would then make five consecutive pars while Kim recorded back-to-back birdies on No. 5 and 6 to pull even with Tseng at 18-under-par. But after Kim's bogey on No. 7 gave Tseng the outright lead back, she continued to pull away from the field. Birdies on eight and 13 moved Tseng to 20-under-par. She sealed her seventh-career LPGA Tour victory with a birdie on 17 to finish at 21-under-par 267.
For Tseng, this is the third time in her career that she's captured a victory after entering the final round as the leader or co-leader.
It was a third straight runner-up finish for Cristie Kerr on Sunday. Her attempt at a 15th LPGA Tour victory fell just shy, as she wound up three strokes behind Tseng despite shooting a 5-under 67 in the final round. Three weeks ago, Kerr lost to Suzann Pettersen in the finals of the Sybase Match Play Championship and she fell one shot shy of victory at last week's ShopRite LPGA Classic. Kerr now has six top-10 finishes in nine tournaments this season, five of which were top-5 finishes. In two weeks, Kerr will try to defend her title at the Wegmans LPGA Championship.
Brittany Lincicome came up just short in her bid for two consecutive victories. One week after capturing her fourth career LPGA Tour victory at the ShopRite LPGA Classic, Lincicome finished in a tie for third with Paula Creamer at 16-under-par. Despite a slow start with a bogey at the second hole, Lincicome played the next 11 holes in 4-under to pull within two shots of the lead but she couldn't maintain her charge. Lincicome, who shot a final-round 70 to snap a streak of five straight rounds in the 60s, now has three top-10 finishes this season.
Golden ticket winners: Se Ri Pak, Mindy Kim and Wendy Ward punched their "Ticket to CME Group Titleholders" at the LPGA State Farm Classic, each earning a spot in the season-ending CME Group Titleholders event, which will be held Nov. 17-20, 2011 at Grand Cypress Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The inaugural CME Group Titleholders, a season finale with a field made up of three qualifiers from every LPGA Tour tournament, is a format never previously used in professional golf.

Of Note…LPGA and World Golf Hall of Fame member Se Ri Pak recorded her best finish of the 2011 season, finishing in a tie for fifth at 15-under-par. Her previous best finish was a T10 at the Kraft Nabisco Championship …Vicky Hurst shot the low round of the day on the Sunday with a 6-under-66 to move from a T47 to a T19…Next week, the LPGA Futures Tour tees it up down the road in Decatur at the Tate & Lyle Player's Championship, the Tour's only major champ

Final Results: LPGA State Farm Classic

Sun, 06/12/2011 - 5:10pm
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Final Tournament Summary
Sunday, June 12, 2011
Purse: $1,700,000.00
Par: 36 36 - 72 Yardage: 6746

1 Yani Tseng 67-66-66-68 267 -21 $255,000 2 Cristie Kerr 70-67-66-67 270 -18 $155,512 T3 Paula Creamer 68-68-69-67 272 -16 $100,041 T3 Brittany Lincicome 67-69-66-70 272 -16 $100,041 T5 Se Ri Pak 69-68-68-68 273 -15 $63,857 T5 Mindy Kim 64-67-69-73 273 -15 $63,857 7 Wendy Ward 68-69-67-70 274 -14 $48,105 T8 Jiyai Shin 66-68-73-68 275 -13 $36,611 T8 Angela Stanford 73-67-66-69 275 -13 $36,611 T8 Juli Inkster 67-70-67-71 275 -13 $36,611 T8 Shanshan Feng 68-65-69-73 275 -13 $36,611 T12 Kyeong Bae 69-69-71-67 276 -12 $27,983 T12 Michelle Wie 72-67-68-69 276 -12 $27,983 T12 Suzann Pettersen 70-67-69-70 276 -12 $27,983 T15 Natalie Gulbis 72-69-68-68 277 -11 $22,818 T15 I.K. Kim 70-70-69-68 277 -11 $22,818 T15 Brittany Lang 68-70-70-69 277 -11 $22,818 T15 Morgan Pressel 68-69-71-69 277 -11 $22,818 T19 Vicky Hurst 70-72-70-66 278 -10 $19,242 T19 Catriona Matthew 68-69-71-70 278 -10 $19,242 T19 Gerina Piller 69-69-70-70 278 -10 $19,242 T19 Pornanong Phatlum 7

LPGA State Farm Classic - Third-round notes and interviews

Sun, 06/12/2011 - 5:03pm
Rolex Rankings No. 1 Yani Tseng holds a one-shot lead over Mindy Kim heading into Sunday's final round of the LPGA State Farm Classic. It was a good day for scoring at the Panther Creek Country Club in Springfield, Ill. and Tseng was one of the players to take advantage.

Solheim Cup Captain's Corner with Rosie Jones

Sun, 06/12/2011 - 5:32am
Rosie Jones gives fans a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to be the U.S. Solheim Cup Team Captain with her Captain's blog.

Kerr presents $5,000 for cancer research to State Farm Classic charity partner

Sun, 06/12/2011 - 5:29am
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Defending Champion Cristie Kerr Presents Donation to Simmons Cancer Institute through Signature Wine Label 'Curvature'

- June 8, 2011 - LPGA State Farm Classic Defending Champion Cristie Kerr presented a check for $5,000 to the Simmons Cancer Institute at SIU School of Medicine at a wine tasting event held today at Panther Creek in coordination with her signature wine label 'Curvature.' The donation provides funding for cancer research and was given in addition to the funds SCI will receive from the LPGA State Farm Classic as a charitable partner.

Kerr has committed her career to the cause of developing a cure for breast cancer. Having witnessed her mother, aunt and godmother battle the disease, Cristie founded Birdies for Breast Cancer, a charity that has raised several million dollars for breast cancer research and treatment. In 2010 she opened the Cristie Kerr Women's Health Center at the Jersey City Medical Center.

"Breast cancer is a disease that touches everyone in some way. The advancements in medicine are continuously evolving and I am fortunate to have the opportunity to help support the effort to find a cure," Kerr said. "The Simmons Cancer Institute at SIU School of Medicine does fantastic work and I'm proud to support their efforts."

Named one of the LPGA State Farm Classic's 2011 charities, Simmons Cancer Institute at SIU will use the funds it receives from the Tournament to purchase prostheses, bras and other supplies for its Just for You Salon that provides free services to breast cancer patients throughout central and southern Illinois in over 70 counties. The additional funds donated by Cristie Kerr will be used for cancer research.

"Cristie Kerr's generous contribution to Simmons Cancer Institute SIU will fund our ongoing research to fight breast cancer. Her many efforts have raised awareness and increased education about this disease, so we are very appreciative of her support and advocacy," said Dr. K. Thomas Robbins, SCI director. Currently, SCI researchers have more than $6.7 million in multi-year funding awards for breast cancer studies. Its grant funds for all cancer research totals more than $16.8 million.

ABOUT Curvature
Curvature wines is a unique collaboration between LPGA star Cristie Kerr and Suzanne Pride Bryan, co-owner of award winning Pride Mountain Vineyards. Curvatures limited production wines are hand crafted by Pride's master winemaker Sally Johnson, using select fruits from Napa and Sonoma California. Curvature's highly acclaimed Cabernet Sauvignon wines from 2006 and 2007 vintages and Chardonnay from 2009 are currently featured in some of the countries finest clubhouses, restaurants and private wine collections, and recently selected for the White House cellar for state functions. Proceeds from Curvature wines fund the fight against breast cancer.

Dori Carter - Rookie Blog Three

Sat, 06/11/2011 - 5:32am

Today I am in Springfield, Illinois playing in the 2011 LPGA State Farm Classic. Let me tell you a little about my week. For starters, I was fortunate enough to get paired with amazing housing! Marilyn lives here on the golf course and was kind enough to open her home to the LPGA players. How convenient it is to walk out the back door and onto the course!!

On Wednesday night, I was invited by my caddy to come watch the caddy go-cart race at a local amusement park here in town. Wow. The rules are.. there are no rules. But, the winner gets to drive a Mercedes-Benz convertible for the rest of the week AND gets their own parking spot in the player parking lot. It was hilarious watching these caddies battle it out. After a few elimination rounds, the caddies took a break and let the few players that were there have a turn. It was time to shake and bake! I'd like to blame it on my slow go-cart, but maybe it was my poor driving skills... regardless, I finished last. That's OK. Life will go on. 

The weekend weather forecast for Springfield is looking good! Hope to see everyone out at the LPGA State Farm Classic this weekend. And don't forget to check out the caddy parking spot in the player parking lot.

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For the Love of the Fans: Beatriz Recari

Sat, 06/11/2011 - 5:24am

Dear Ms. (Beatriz) Recari,

My family and I went to the second round of the most recent LPGA tournament event near our hometown of Bayville, NJ yesterday. I can not even begin to tell you about how happy we were to watch you play. You played the game with such integrity that is unfortunately rarely seen nowadays. When we arrived early Saturday, we ventured to the putting area where we watched many of the players warm up and practice reading the greens, pace, etc. We were very impressed as to the length of time that you took, in your total practice time. You didn't rush anything and you didn't leave until you were satisfied with what you had done. We then decided to walk the grounds watch a few of your peers tee off, grab a bite to eat, etc. and then make it over to the 10th tee to watch you begin your round. Again, we were extremely impressed that you took the time to introduce yourself to all the volunteers at the tee.

The reason that I am writing you is because we (my wife Valerie and I) just had to point that out to our two daughters, Marisa age 16 and Victoria age 10, as to how we would like for them to handle themselves, as well. You set before them a completely wonderful example that we would like them to follow, and they noticed it too. They noticed your hard work on the putting green and your caring in recognizing the work of the volunteers by introducing yourself.

I say all of that because they also happen to be junior golfers. Your behavior was exemplary! Although, you probably were unaware of it, you have set an excellent example as how one should handle themselves, with dignity and grace. You have gained my entire family as your fans and we wish you the very best and much success in your career.

Very Truly Yours,

John and Valerie

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LPGA State Farm Classic - Second-round notes and interviews

Fri, 06/10/2011 - 6:47pm
After shooting a 5-under 67 on Friday, Mindy Kim leads by two shots through two rounds of the LPGA State Farm Classic at Panther Creek Country Club in Springfield, Ill. Kim followed up her career-low round of 64 with yet another birdie-filled round to put herself 13-under-par heading into the third round of play.

Military Day at LPGA State Farm Classic

Fri, 06/10/2011 - 1:20pm

The second round of the LPGA State Farm Classic was Military Day presented by Green Audi. Military personnel maned the flag stick on holes 9 and 18.