In 1950 13 women joined together to form the LPGA. The Founders cup honors these 13 women and what a place to do it, on the first LPGA event of the season in the U.S. This is the 4th 2012 tour stop for the LPGA but the first in the U.S. There are only 29 stops on the tour total and only 16 are in the U.S. I guess things have changed for the LPGA.
This field and the entire LPGA field is quite international. Of the 144 players here just under 1/2 are from the U.S. I don’t know how many in this tournament are from South Korea but there are 42 players on the entire tour from there. I would guess that number is growing.
There are 2 golf courses here at Wildfire and this tournament is being played on a combination of these courses. The back 9 is part of the by Nick Faldo designed course and the front 9 is part of the Arnold Palmer designed course. These two 9s couldn’t be more different from each other.
The leaders today are Yani Tseng who is also the number one female player in the world, and I.K. KIm who was raised playing golf on a windy golf course- so todays wind is almost welcome to her “it makes me think of my home town”
At this LPGA tournament, Volvik is hosting 10 minute lessons at one end of the range.
People of all levels were lined up for their lessons. I watched one and its amazing how much can be accomplished in 10 minutes. The lesson I watched was being taught by Paula Hicks from Sedona AZ. She pointed out that the student was addressing the ball on the toe of the club, after that adjustment was made the student was hitting much more solid shots. That was followed by a drill that had the club finishing lower than before. The swing became more fluid and the iron shots were travelling farther. Thats quite a productive free 10 minute lesson.
Yani Tseng won it on a nasty windy,rainy, chilly, Sunday afternoon by 1 shot.