LPGA Championship

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Wegmans LPGA Championship
Tournament information
Location Pittsford, New York, U.S.
Established 1955, 59 years ago
Course(s) Monroe Golf Club (in 2014)
Par 72
Length 6,717 yards (6,142 m)[1]
Tour(s) LPGA Tour
Format Stroke play – 72 holes
Prize fund $2.25 million
Month played August
Tournament record score
Aggregate 267 Betsy King (1992)
To par −19 Cristie Kerr (2010)
−19 Yani Tseng (2011)
Current champion
South Korea Inbee Park
2014 LPGA Championship
Monroe GC is located in United States
Monroe GC
Monroe GC
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Location in the United States

The LPGA Championship, since 2011 known for sponsorship reasons as the Wegmans LPGA Championship, is the second-longest running tournament in the history of the Ladies Professional Golf Association surpassed only by the U.S. Women's Open. Founded in 1955, it is one of five majors on the LPGA Tour. It is not recognized as a major by the Ladies European Tour, which does not recognize any of the three majors played in the United States.

The championship will become the "KPMG Women's PGA Championship" in 2015, conducted by the PGA of America.[2]

Professional-amateur controversy[edit]

Prior to 2005, the LPGA Championship had a "professionals only" rule. This is similar to the men's PGA Championship, but contrasts with the U.S. and British Opens, which have long had both amateur and professional entrants through qualifying. The LPGA Championship is the LPGA's own event, and the LPGA was created specifically to provide opportunities for women in professional golf. In 2005 this rule was revoked, effectively to allow then-amateur Michelle Wie of the U.S. to compete, in order to attract more media coverage and sell more tickets, though this was not publicly acknowledged by the LPGA. Some professionals objected to this move, as they felt that places given to amateurs would come at the expense of the LPGA Tour's less successful professionals, who need to play regularly to make a living. One of the leading professionals, Laura Davies, stated objections to the change were shortsighted.[3] In 2006, the LPGA Championship reverted to its "professionals only" status, with only pros in the field.[citation needed] Michelle Wie participated that year as a professional, having turned pro the previous October upon signing multi-million dollar endorsement contracts with Nike, Sony, and other sponsors.

Tournament names and locations[edit]

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Tournament names through the years:

Years Tournament name
1955–1970 LPGA Championship
1971–1972 Eve-LPGA Championship
1973–1986 LPGA Championship
1987–1993 Mazda LPGA Championship
1994–2000 McDonald's LPGA Championship
2001–2003 McDonald's LPGA Championship presented by AIG
2004–2009 McDonald's LPGA Championship presented by Coca-Cola
2010 LPGA Championship presented by Wegmans
2011–2014 Wegmans LPGA Championship
2015– KPMG Women's PGA Championship

Tournament locations through the years:

Years Venue Location
1955 Orchard Ridge Country Club Fort Wayne, Indiana
1956 Forest Lake Country Club Detroit, Michigan
1957–1958 Churchill Valley Country Club Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
1959–1960 Sheraton Hotel Country Club French Lick, Indiana
1961–1966 Stardust Country Club Las Vegas, Nevada
1967–1968 Pleasant Valley Country Club Sutton, Massachusetts
1969 Concord Golf Course Kiamesha Lake, New York
1970–1974 Pleasant Valley Country Club Sutton, Massachusetts
1975–1976 Pine Ridge Golf Course Baltimore, Maryland
1977 Bay Tree Golf Plantation North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
1978–1989 Jack Nicklaus Sports Center Kings Island, Ohio
1990–1993 Bethesda Country Club Bethesda, Maryland
1994–2004 DuPont Country Club Wilmington, Delaware
2005–2009 Bulle Rock Golf Course Havre de Grace, Maryland
2010–2013 Locust Hill Country Club Pittsford, New York
2014 Monroe Golf Club Pittsford, New York[4][5]
2015 Westchester Country Club Rye, New York[6]

Course layout[edit]

Main article: Monroe Golf Club
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Yards 396 381 465 406 431 207 392 145 516 3,339 423 414 480 183 488 360 193 415 422 3,378 6,717
Par 4 4 5 4 4 3 4 3 5 36 4 4 5 3 5 4 3 4 4 36 72

Source:[1]

The 2013 course layout[7] from Locust Hill Country Club, also in Pittsford, New York.

Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Yards 414 337 380 532 161 439 178 466 172 3,079 413 511 361 386 400 150 356 478 396 3,451 6,530
Par 4 4 4 5 3 4 3 5 3 35 4 5 4 4 4 3 4 5 4 37 72

Winners[edit]

Year Dates Champion Country Score Margin
of victory
Tournament location Purse ($) Winner's
share ($)
2014 Aug 14–17 Inbee Park (2)  South Korea 277 (−11) Playoff Monroe Golf Club 2,250,000 337,500
2013 Jun 6–9 Inbee Park  South Korea 283 (−5) Playoff Locust Hill Country Club 2,250,000 337,500
2012 Jun 7–10 Shanshan Feng  China 282 (−6) 2 strokes Locust Hill Country Club 2,500,000 375,000
2011 Jun 23–26 Yani Tseng (2)  Taiwan 269 (−19) 10 strokes Locust Hill Country Club 2,500,000 375,000
2010 Jun 24–27 Cristie Kerr  United States 269 (−19) 12 strokes Locust Hill Country Club 2,250,000 337,500
2009 Jun 11–14 Anna Nordqvist  Sweden 273 (−15) 4 strokes Bulle Rock Golf Course 2,000,000 300,000
2008 Jun 5–8 Yani Tseng  Taiwan 276 (−12) Playoff Bulle Rock Golf Course 2,000,000 300,000
2007 Jun 7–10 Suzann Pettersen  Norway 274 (−14) 1 stroke Bulle Rock Golf Course 2,000,000 300,000
2006 Jun 8–11 Se Ri Pak (3)  South Korea 280 (−8) Playoff Bulle Rock Golf Course 1,800,000 270,000
2005 Jun 9–12 Annika Sörenstam (3)  Sweden 277 (−11) 5 strokes Bulle Rock Golf Course 1,800,000 270,000
2004 Jun 10–13 Annika Sörenstam (2)  Sweden 271 (−13) 3 strokes DuPont Country Club 1,600,000 240,000
2003 Jun 5–8 Annika Sörenstam  Sweden 278 (−6) Playoff DuPont Country Club 1,600,000 240,000
2002 Jun 6–9 Se Ri Pak (2)  South Korea 279 (−5) 3 strokes DuPont Country Club 1,500,000 225,000
2001 Jun 21–24 Karrie Webb  Australia 270 (−14) 2 strokes DuPont Country Club 1,500,000 225,000
2000 Jun 22–25 Juli Inkster (2)  United States 281 (−3) Playoff DuPont Country Club 1,400,000 210,000
1999 Jun 24–27 Juli Inkster  United States 268 (−16) 4 strokes DuPont Country Club 1,400,000 210,000
1998 May 14–17 Se Ri Pak  South Korea 273 (−11) 3 strokes DuPont Country Club 1,300,000 195,000
1997 May 15–18 Christa Johnson  United States 281 (−3) Playoff DuPont Country Club 1,200,000 180,000
1996 May 10–12 Laura Davies (2)  England 213 (E) 1 stroke DuPont Country Club 1,200,000 180,000
1995 May 11–14 Kelly Robbins  United States 274 (−10) 1 stroke DuPont Country Club 1,200,000 180,000
1994 May 12–15 Laura Davies  England 279 (−5) 3 strokes DuPont Country Club 1,100,000 165,000
1993 Jun 10–13 Patty Sheehan (3)  United States 275 (−9) 1 stroke Bethesda Country Club 1,000,000 150,000
1992 May 14–17 Betsy King  United States 267 (−17) 11 strokes Bethesda Country Club 1,000,000 150,000
1991 Jun 27–30 Meg Mallon  United States 274 (−10) 1 stroke Bethesda Country Club 1,000,000 150,000
1990 Jul 26–29 Beth Daniel  United States 280 (−4) 1 stroke Bethesda Country Club 1,000,000 150,000
1989 May 18–21 Nancy Lopez (3)  United States 274 (−14) 3 strokes Jack Nicklaus Sports Center 500,000 75,000
1988 May 19–22 Sherri Turner  United States 281 (−7) 1 stroke Jack Nicklaus Sports Center 350,000 52,500
1987 May 21–24 Jane Geddes  United States 275 (−13) 1 stroke Jack Nicklaus Sports Center 350,000 52,000
1986 May 29 – Jun 1 Pat Bradley  United States 277 (−11) 1 stroke Jack Nicklaus Sports Center 300,000 45,000
1985 May 30 – Jun 2 Nancy Lopez (2)  United States 275 (−15) 8 strokes Jack Nicklaus Sports Center 250,000 37,500
1984 May 31 – Jun 3 Patty Sheehan (2)  United States 272 (−16) 10 strokes Jack Nicklaus Sports Center 250,000 37,500
1983 Jun 9–12 Patty Sheehan  United States 279 (−9) 2 strokes Jack Nicklaus Sports Center 200,000 30,000
1982 Jun 10–13 Jan Stephenson  Australia 279 (−9) 2 strokes Jack Nicklaus Sports Center 200,000 30,000
1981 Jun 11–14 Donna Caponi (2)  United States 280 (−8) 1 stroke Jack Nicklaus Sports Center 150,000 22,500
1980 Jun 5–8 Sally Little  South Africa 285 (−3) 3 strokes Jack Nicklaus Sports Center 150,000 22,500
1979 Jun 7–10 Donna Caponi  United States 279 (−9) 3 strokes Jack Nicklaus Sports Center 150,000 22,500
1978 Jun 8–11 Nancy Lopez  United States 275 (−13) 6 strokes Jack Nicklaus Sports Center 150,000 22,500
1977 Jun 9–12 Chako Higuchi  Japan 279 (−9) 3 strokes Bay Tree Golf Plantation 150,000 22,500
1976 May 27–30 Betty Burfeindt  United States 287 (−5) 1 stroke Pine Ridge Golf Course 55,000 8,000
1975 May 29 – Jun 1 Kathy Whitworth (3)  United States 288 (−4) 1 stroke Pine Ridge Golf Course 55,000 8,000
1974 Jun 20–23 Sandra Haynie (2)  United States 287 (−5) 2 strokes Pleasant Valley Country Club 50,000 7,000
1973 Jun 7–10 Mary Mills (2)  United States 288 (−4) 1 stroke Pleasant Valley Country Club 35,000 5,250
1972 Jun 8–11 Kathy Ahern  United States 293 (+1) 6 strokes Pleasant Valley Country Club 50,000 7,500
1971 Jun 10–13 Kathy Whitworth (2)  United States 288 (−4) 4 strokes Pleasant Valley Country Club 53,000 7,950
1970 Jun 10–13 Shirley Englehorn  United States 285 (−7) Playoff Pleasant Valley Country Club 30,000 4,500
1969 Jul 23–27 Betsy Rawls (2)  United States 293 (+1) 4 strokes Concord Golf Course 35,000 5,250
1968 Jun 20–23 Sandra Post  Canada 294 (+2) Playoff Pleasant Valley Country Club 20,000 3,000
1967 Jul 13–16 Kathy Whitworth  United States 284 (−8) 1 stroke Pleasant Valley Country Club 17,500 2,625
1966 Sep 22–25 Gloria Ehret  United States 282 (−2) 3 strokes Stardust Country Club 16,500 2,475
1965 Sep 23–26 Sandra Haynie  United States 279 (−5) 1 stroke Stardust Country Club 17,500 2,475
1964 Oct 1–4 Mary Mills  United States 278 (−6) 2 strokes Stardust Country Club 16,500 2,450
1963 Oct 10–13 Mickey Wright (4)  United States 294 (+10) 2 strokes Stardust Country Club 16,500 2,450
1962 Oct 4–7 Judy Kimball  United States 282 (−2) 4 strokes Stardust Country Club 15,000 2,300
1961 Oct 12–15 Mickey Wright (3)  United States 287 (+3) 9 strokes Stardust Country Club 15,000 2,500
1960 Jul 1–4 Mickey Wright (2)  United States 292 (−4) 3 strokes Sheraton Hotel Country Club 8,500 1,500
1959 Jul 2–6 Betsy Rawls  United States 288 (−8) 1 stroke Sheraton Hotel Country Club 7,500 1,247
1958 Jun 5–8 Mickey Wright  United States 288 (+8) 6 strokes Churchill Valley Country Club 7,500 1,247
1957 Jun 6–9 Louise Suggs  United States 285 (+5) 3 strokes Churchill Valley Country Club 7,600 1,316
1956 Jun 21–24 Marlene Hagge  United States 291 (−9) Playoff Forest Lake Country Club 6,500 1,350
1955 Jul 14–17 Beverly Hanson  United States 4&3 Orchard Ridge Country Club 6,000 1,200

Source:[8]

Multiple champions[edit]

This table lists the golfers who have won more than one LPGA Championship.

Deceased golfer †
Grand Slam winners ‡
Deceased Grand Slam winners ∞
Player Total Years
United States Mickey Wright 4 1958, 1960, 1961, 1963
United States Kathy Whitworth 3 1967, 1971, 1975
United States Nancy Lopez 3 1978, 1985, 1989
United States Patty Sheehan 3 1983, 1984, 1993
Sweden Annika Sörenstam 3 2003, 2004, 2005
South Korea Se Ri Pak 3 1998, 2002, 2006
United States Betsy Rawls 2 1959, 1969
United States Mary Mills 2 1964, 1973
United States Sandra Haynie 2 1965, 1974
United States Donna Caponi 2 1979, 1981
England Laura Davies 2 1994, 1996
United States Juli Inkster 2 1999, 2000
Taiwan Yani Tseng 2 2008, 2011
South Korea Inbee Park 2 2013, 2014

The defending champion has retained the title on six occasions, most recently in 2014:

  • 2014 – Inbee Park
  • 2005 – Annika Sörenstam
  • 2004 – Annika Sörenstam
  • 2000 – Juli Inkster
  • 1984 – Patty Sheehan
  • 1961 – Mickey Wright

Through 2014, three consecutive championships has been achieved once, by Sörenstam in 2005.

Champions by nationality[edit]

This table lists the total number of titles won by golfers of each nationality.

Nationality  Wins 
 United States 40
 South Korea 5
 Sweden 4
 Australia 2
 England 2
 Taiwan 2
 Canada 1
 Japan 1
 Norway 1
 China 1

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Course Overview – Monroe Golf Club". Wegmans LPGA Championship. 2014. Retrieved July 18, 2014. 
  2. ^ "PGA of America, LPGA, KPMG join forces for KPMG Women's PGA Championship". PGA of America. May 29, 2014. Retrieved July 18, 2014. 
  3. ^ Dixon, Peter (June 14, 2005). "Wie provides the perfect response for her doubters". Times Online. Retrieved June 6, 2008. 
  4. ^ "LPGA courses, dates to change". ESPN. Associated Press. June 27, 2013. Retrieved June 27, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Wegmans LPGA Championship Returns to Rochester". LPGA. June 27, 2013. Retrieved June 28, 2013. 
  6. ^ "PGA of America LPGA KPGM join forces KPMG Women's PGA Championship". PGA of America. May 29, 2014. Retrieved May 29, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Course overview". wegmanslpga.org. Retrieved June 3, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Wegmans LPGA Championship Past Winners". LPGA. Retrieved June 2, 2012. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 43°05′46″N 77°29′46″W / 43.096°N 77.496°W / 43.096; -77.496