Kingsmill Championship

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Kingsmill Championship
Tournament information
Location Williamsburg, Virginia
Established 2003
Course(s) Kingsmill Resort,
River Course
Par 71
Length 6,379 yards (5,833 m)
Tour(s) LPGA Tour
Format Stroke play - 72 holes
Prize fund $1.3 million
Month played May
Tournament record score
Aggregate 265 Annika Sörenstam (2008)
To par −19 Annika Sörenstam (2008)
Current champion
United States Lizette Salas
Kingsmill Resort  is located in United States
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Location in the United States
Kingsmill Resort  is located in Virginia
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Kingsmill 
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Location in Virginia

The Kingsmill Championship is a women's professional golf tournament on the LPGA Tour, played in Williamsburg, Virginia. The four round, 72-hole tournament is played on the par-71 River Course at Kingsmill Resort, set at 6,340 yards (5,797 m) in 2013.[1]

History[edit]

Previously known as the "Michelob ULTRA Open at Kingsmill," the tournament was founded in 2003 and played for seven seasons. Absent in 2010 and 2011, it returned for the 2012 season in early September, and switched to early May in 2013.[2] The LPGA event succeeded the Michelob Championship at Kingsmill, an annual PGA Tour event held for 22 years, from 1981 through 2002.

Michelob ULTRA Open[edit]

Held at the Kingsmill Resort just south of Williamsburg, it formerly had one of the highest purses on the LPGA Tour, which attracted a very competitive field. It was voted the players' favorite stop on the tour in 2007 and fans' favorite tournament in 2008.[3] With a purse of $2.2 million, the winner of this LPGA tournament automatically qualified for the season-ending LPGA Playoffs at The ADT, during the years the Playoffs were held, from 2006 through 2008. The purse for the revived event in 2012 was $1.3 million.

The tournament was sponsored by Michelob ULTRA beer, and its parent company Anheuser-Busch. As of 2007, Anheuser-Busch had donated over $1.3 million to 30 different charities through the event. At the 2009 tournament, there was speculation that Anheuser-Busch would not continue its sponsorship; the late-2000s recession and the company's pending acquisition by InBev were among the factors.[4] The talk led that year's winner, Cristie Kerr, and other players to lobby to keep the tournament.[4] In September 2009, Anheuser-Busch announced the discontinuation of its sponsorship of the event, and the LPGA Tour lost one of its most prominent stops.[3] The decision came at a difficult time for the LPGA, which lost a number of events during 2008 and 2009.[3][4]

Kingsmill Championship[edit]

At the 2012 event, Jiyai Shin won a sudden-death playoff with Paula Creamer that extended to nine holes and a fifth day. After eight consecutive pars by both, all played on the par-4 18th hole, darkness forced the playoff's suspension until Monday morning. Play was restarted on the 16th hole, and Creamer bogeyed with three putts while Shin parred.[5] Both were a day late arriving to the Women's British Open in England; Shin won the year's final major by nine strokes and Creamer finished third.

Kerr won her third title at Kingsmill in a playoff in 2013 over Suzann Pettersen, the 2007 champion. The playoff went two holes, both played on #18, and ended when Kerr sank her putt for par. The sudden-death format was changed in 2013 to play that finishing hole three times, then move to over to #16 if a fourth hole was necessary.[6]

Kerr is the only multiple winner, with victories in 2005, 2009, and 2013. Annika Sörenstam set the event's 72-hole scoring record in 2008 at 265, 19 strokes under par. Shin set the stop's single round record in 2012, with a 62 (−9) in the first round.

Tournament names[edit]

Former logo of tournament
  • 2003: Michelob Light Open at Kingsmill
  • 2004–2009: Michelob ULTRA Open at Kingsmill
  • 2012–present: Kingsmill Championship

Course[edit]

Main article: Kingsmill Resort

River Course in 2013[1]

Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Yards 373 185 485 385 160 355 495 401 400 3,239 405 375 396 140 362 473 405 163 382 3,101 6,340
Par 4 3 4 4 3 4 5 4 4 36 4 4 4 3 4 5 4 3 4 35 71

Opened in 1975, the River Course was designed by noted course architect Pete Dye, who also supervised its renovation in 2004.[7]

Winners[edit]

Year Date Champion Country Winning score To par Margin
of victory
Purse
($)
Winner's
share ($)
Kingsmill Championship
2014 May 15–18 Lizette Salas  United States 67-68-65-71=271 −13 4 strokes 1,300,000 195,000
2013 May 2–5 Cristie Kerr (3)  United States 66-71-66-69=272 −12 Playoff 1,300,000 195,000
2012 Sep 6–10 Jiyai Shin  South Korea 62-68-69-69=268 −16 Playoff 1,300,000 195,000
2011 No tournament
2010
Michelob ULTRA Open at Kingsmill
2009 May 7–10 Cristie Kerr (2)  United States 69-63-66-70=268 −16 2 strokes 2,200,000 330,000
2008 May 8–11 Annika Sörenstam  Sweden 64-66-69-66=265 −19 7 strokes 2,200,000 330,000
2007 May 10–13 Suzann Pettersen  Norway 66-72-68-61=274 −10 Playoff 2,200,000 330,000
2006 May 11–14 Karrie Webb  Australia 66-68-68-70=270 −14 7 strokes 2,200,000 330,000
2005 May 5–8 Cristie Kerr  United States 68-68-68-72=276 −8 5 strokes 2,200,000 330,000
2004 May 6–9 Se Ri Pak  South Korea 70-71-69-65=275 −9 2 strokes 2,200,000 330,000
Michelob Light Open at Kingsmill
 2003  May 1–4 Grace Park  South Korea 67-68-69-71=275 −9 1 stroke 1,600,000 240,000

Tournament record[edit]

 Year  Player Score To par Round
2012 Jiyai Shin* 62 −9 1st

* Tournament winner

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Fact Sheet". Kingsmill Championship. April 2013. Retrieved April 20, 2013. 
  2. ^ "LPGA momentum continues with addition of Kingsmill Championship". LPGA. January 11, 2012. Retrieved May 25, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c "LPGA's contract with Kingsmill will not be renewed". Golf. Associated Press. September 23, 2009. Retrieved May 1, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c "LPGA's future at Kingsmill resort uncertain". USA Today. Associated Press. May 12, 2009. Retrieved May 1, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Shin's par beats Creamer on ninth hole of sudden death at Kingsmill". PGA of America. Associated Press. September 10, 2012. Retrieved April 30, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Cristie Kerr wins in two-hole playoff". ESPN. Associated Press. May 5, 2013. Retrieved May 8, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Events: Kingsmill Championship". Virginia State Golf Association. 2013. Retrieved May 1, 2013. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 37°13′30″N 76°40′05″W / 37.225°N 76.668°W / 37.225; -76.668