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Rochester Preparing For Big Weekend As Final Wegmans LPGA Championship Begins
Published August 14, 2014
IT'S A MAN'S WORLD? Golf HOFer Marlene Hagge-Vossler said of the PGA of America running the new event, "The people who are getting upset about that, I don't understand. We are trying to further women's golf. The men can help that and they always could have." In Palm Springs, Larry Bohannan notes the change "may rub some LPGA supporters the wrong way, since the LPGA Championship dates to 1955 and the LPGA has never embraced having its tournaments run by any other association." In fact, a "fiercely independent streak in LPGA players dating to the organization's founding in 1950 has always caused the tour stars to bristle at being associated with the PGA Tour or other men's golf associations." But Hagge-Vossler said that she "never understood turning down help from people who understand the game." She said, "We needed, always did need and still need all the help we can get. We can learn from (the men's) mistakes. Why don't we do that?" (Palm Springs DESERT SUN, 8/13).
GOING OUT ON A HIGH NOTE: GOLFWEEK's Beth Ann Nichols noted there is an "odd mix of emotions swirling around Monroe Golf Club" this week. Players have "raved about the new venue," calling it "one of the best tracks on the LPGA’s schedule." The new course has "revitalized a staff that's preparing for the end," and it is "such a shame to tee it up here one time and then leave." Golfer Stacy Lewis said that the course was the "second-best venue of 2014, behind only Pinehurst No. 2, site of the U.S. Women's Open" (GOLFWEEK.com, 8/13). Lewis said of the course this week, "Everything about it just kind of screams it's a major. It just has a bigger feel to it" (ROCHESTER DEMOCRAT & CHRONICLE, 8/14).