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Wegmans LPGA Championships

Photos by Ryan Bartholomew
Wegmans LPGA Championships

Paula Creamer

Wegmans LPGA Championships

ShanShan Feng

Wegmans LPGA Championships

ShanShan Feng

Wegmans LPGA Championships

ShanShan Feng

Wegmans LPGA Championships

ShanShan Feng

Wegmans LPGA Championships

Grace Park

Wegmans LPGA Championships

Grace Park

Wegmans LPGA Championships

Grace Park

Wegmans LPGA Championships

I K Kim

Wegmans LPGA Championships

I K Kim

Wegmans LPGA Championships

Kariie Webb

Wegmans LPGA Championships

Paula Creamer

Wegmans LPGA Championships

Yani Tseng

Wegmans LPGA Championships

Wegmans LPGA Championships

Natalie Gulbis

Wegmans LPGA Championships

Ai Miyazato

Wegmans LPGA Championships

I K Kim

Wegmans LPGA Championships

Paula Creamer

Wegmans LPGA Championships

Grace Park

Wegmans LPGA Championships

Wegmans LPGA Championships

Grace Park

Wegmans LPGA Championships

ShanShan Geng

Posted June 13th, 2012 1:46pm by Ryan Bartholomew

 Locust Hill Country Club showed its presence during this year’s Wegmans LPGA Championship, making it one of the hardest courses these terrific athletes had to endure. To add to the already tight fairways, tall rough, and harder pin placements, Mother Nature added her likes to the festivities as well. By adding length to the already long Par 72, 6530 yard course. For the most part, she held off during play but let herself be known before the tournament with golf ball size hail, as well as throughout the four day event during the night hours.
The major was held from Thursday, June 7 through Sunday, June 10 and the conditions were perfect for it. You want the LPGA Champion to earn her accolades by playing a course that will make you think at each shot and play with as much skill as you can muster up. There were only 14 players that were even or below par which to me is a sure sign of a major. My grandpa would always get mad at the tv when he would see scores around 10 under par for any tournament, let alone a major. He would explain to me why and I totally agreed. You want these athletes to be challenged; to think and have the risk / reward discussion for each shot. To see how the athletes can handle adversity and frustration when things don’t go well because of the conditions. Golf isn’t about beating the other players; it’s about being the best at handling the course and its surroundings. After all, they say golf is 90 percent mental. Courses need to start living up to that and this year’s LPGA Championship at Locust Hill did just that.
Shanshan Feng shot a 5-under 67 her last round to come from behind and with the Wegmans LPGA Championship by two strokes over Mika Miyazato, Stacy Lewis, Suzann Petersen and Eun-Hee Ji. This was Feng’s first LPGA tour win and she has become the first woman from the mainland of China to win a major tournament.
There have been some ugly rumors that this may be the last year a tournament will be held at Locust Hill as no contract has been signed for the next few years. Locust Hill has been the home to the Wegmans LPGA since the tournament was founded in 1977.
This tournament was bittersweet this year. Sure we had a young, wonderful, well -spoken 22 year-old woman win for the first time on the tour, which is exciting for the game, but on the other end, it could be the last year for the tournament, but also this year’s tournament will be the last for one of the great ambassadors of the game of golf. Grace Park (Ji Eun Park), after 13 years on the tour, officially retired from the LPGA after her last round on Sunday. She has a wonderful collegiate and professional career winning many events and will surely be missed. Her name fits her game and persona to a tee. We wish her the best and full happiness away from the game of golf. She will surely be missed.

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