Golf Bucks County

By Bob Oliver

Middletown Country Club

Middletown is a compact 80 acres of challenging golf, with rolling hills and large specimen trees that have watched many golfers travel its fairways over time. It has retained its old time feel with tees and greens in close proximity, allowing golfers to walk the course if they choose.

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Webb defends at ShopRite

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Absecon, NJ ---

Karrie Webb gave a shy, knowing smile at the question.

It was a simple one. “You look the same as when you won the 2001 McDonald’s LPGA Championship at DuPont. Do you feel you’re game is the same?”

What a dumb question. That was then. This is now. But Webb handled it like the Hall of Fame member she is.

“No, maybe not as athletically good, but mentally much better,” said Webb, the 2013 ShopRite LPGA Classic champion. “I am at peace with things, my game is good, and I feel great.”

Webb has won twice since claiming the 2013 ShopRite crown, bringing her career win total to 57, including 41 on the LPGA Tour. She’s won nearly $20 million in her globetrotting career, and believes she has a little more gas in the tank.

Webb returns to South Jersey and the Atlantic City area for the $1.5 million ShopRite, played on the historic Bay Course at the Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club May 29-June 1. Joining Webb will be such stalwarts as Stacy Lewis, Michelle Wie, Paula Creamer, Cristie Kerr, Brittany Lincicome and teen sensation Lydia Ko. Hall of Fame member Se Ri Pak will play as will Lexi Thompson.

“I’ve always loved playing Seaview, it’s distinctive and a nice Donald Ross course,” said Webb. “Winning here and at Pine Needles must mean I like Mr. Ross’ designs. You have to be creative with your game on the Bay Course.”

On the north side of 40, when she enjoys navigating her boat equally as well as playing golf, Webb still has that urge and drive needed to succeed. “I haven’t lost the will to win,” she admits. I want to be in the hunt, I want the challenge and wining never gets old.”

Like fine wine, Karrie Webb has gotten better with age.