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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LPGA Tour

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.

 

ShopRite an LPGA success

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GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP, N.J. ---- To say that the 2010 ShopRite LPGA Classic was anything but an overwhelming success would be a complete understatement.

 

The ShopRite Classic was dropped from the 2007 LPGA schedule after a successful 21-year run, the victim not of performance but of a dispute with the then-LPGA  management team.

Miyazato stakes claim as No. 1

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By Bob Oliver

For The Inquirer

 

GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP, N.J. - There is no truth to the rumor that Japan's Ai Miyazato is contemplating retirement and may soon relinquish her position atop the women's golf world rankings.

 

"Definitely not! A major championship is my focus right now. I'm definitely not getting ready to retire, but thank you for asking," laughed Miyazato, who will be officially named to the top spot in the world rankings today.

Thompson, 15, has a "clue"

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(Editor's Note: See tournament links at end of story.)

 

GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP, N.J. --- On the morning of her professional debut Alexis Thompson prepared for her round as only a 15-year-old could: she watched the movie "Clueless."

 

No calls to her swing coach, no practicing her putting stroke in the living room, no strange demands of her management team.

 

ShopRite LPGA Classic

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If you want to see the best female golfers in the world up close and personal, they are less than 90 minutes away.

 

After a three-year hiatus the ShopRite LPGA Classic returns to the Dolce Seaview Golf Resort in Galloway Township this weekend, with 54-holes of tournament play through Sunday. The best players of the LPGA are in town, including US stalwarts such as Paula Creamer, Cristie Kerr, Michelle Wie and 15-year-old sensation Alexis Thompson. Also playing are Hall of Fame members Juli Inkster, Karrie Webb and Se Ri Pak and former champions Janice Moody and Angela Sandford.  Kerr won the event in 2004 and Pak in 1999.