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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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Nordqvist savors ShopRite trophy

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Anna Nordqvist was still somewhat nervous an hour after her victory in the ShopRite LPGA Classic presented by Acer. 

Nervous, as in, well, shaking. 

The five-time LPGA winner was just feeling the pressure of battling the Stockton Seaview Golf Club and Spa's historic Bay Course layout, the winds that flow off Reed's Bay, and, well, playing for the first time in an LPGA event under her mom's eyes in person. On what was Mother's Day in Sweden. Now that's pressure. 

Still, holding a two-shot lead on the final hole, victory would be a breeze, correct? 

Not so fast. 

Yes, runnerup Christel Boeljon missed an 18 inch par putt on the 18th hole to give Nordqvist the two-shot advantage, but nothing is easy.

Nordqvist hit a decent drive, then saw her layup eight iron shot blow up into the wind and well short of its designed landing space. "That left me between a six iron and seven iron to the hole, and the yardage was right in the middle of the two clubs. I didn't have total confidence. I was making a mess of things."

She hit the shot over the green, and needed a chip and two putts for a bogey six - but that was one shot to the good. She finished the tournament with a closing 69 after opening at 67 and 69 for a 205 total and the $225,000 winner's check. Boeljon was second after a 68-70-68--206, a pair of shots ahead of Morgan Pressel. Among those at 209 were former champion Karrie Webb.

"It was very emotional for me, especially with my mother here and it being Mother's Day in Sweden," said the champion. "It's the first time she's seen me play and win in person on LPGA Tour. A very special day, and I don't think I could have given her a better present. I fought hard all day for this."

It was a bittersweet ending for Boeljon, ranked 254th in the world. "I started feeling some nerves around the 15th hole, but I battled on," said Boeljon. "When the camera is following your every step, you know you are in the thick of things."

CHIP SHOTS: The various charities supported by the Classic fared well, with final details to come...Defending champion Stacy Lewis finished at two-over-par 215, the same as Hall of Famer and former champion Juli Inkster.