Top golfers in the LPGA headed for Seaview near Atlantic City June 14-20
Paula Creamer, one of the top players in the LPGA, has been sidelined all season by a thumb injury. However, it was announced today, May 17, that Creamer is scheduled to return to the LPGA Tour when she plays at the ShopRite LPGA Classic June 14-20 at the Seaview Country Club in Galloway Township.
She will be joined by 99 of the top 100 golfers on the LPGA money list, and the one that isn’t participating is Lorena Ochoa, who just retired from the tour. That all the top golfers are scheduled to play pretty much confirms that the LPGA members have missed the ShopRite Classic, which returns to the tour after a three-year absence. It also helps that the ShopRite Classic is the last tournament before the LPGA Championship June 24-27.
Creamer has fond memories of ShopRite and Seaview. While still in high school at age 17, she participated as an amateur in 2004 and nearly won, coming in second, one stroke behind winner Cristie Kerr. The LPGA rookie of the year in 2005, Creamer has won seven tour events and is currently ranked 13th in the world.
In a phone conversation at the media day for the event, Creamer talked about her return to competitive golf and her ShopRite memories “I’m not quite ready to hit a golf ball yet,” explains Creamer. "It’s been tough [not being able to play]. I hope to come back for the ShopRite, it’s a great event to make my return. I have so many great memories. It is such a great tournament and I’m looking forward to playing there this year. It was very disappointing to find out that we lost the ShopRite [in 2007]. When I found out it was gone, I wanted to know why. It’s great that it’s back but it’s three year’s too late. Hopefully, it will be back for another 25 years.”
Brittany Lincicome, the defending ShopRite LPGA champion and currently ranked 12th in the LPGA’s Rolex Rankings, wants to make a racket this weekend at the ShopRite LPGA Classic. Not just by defending her 2011 title, but by playing tennis.
The return of the LPGA ShopRite Classic in 2011 doesn’t have quite the excitement that was generated last year, when the popular tournament returned after a three-year absence. Still, the LPGA players love the Seaview Bay Course and once again, most of the top female golfers in the world will participate in this year’s event.
2012 Good Golf Guide
Golf, Girls, Gaiety
Time for Tee
Good Golf Guide 2010
Playboy Golf Scrambles Back To Town