Great news for Delaware Valley professional golf fans. The ShopRite LPGA event, which brings to the area the top female professional golfers in the world, has secured financial stability with a new deal with Acer.
The ShopRite LPGA Classic Presented by Acer see the computer company acting as title sponsor for at least three more years. Acer has been a major sponsor of the event, and the new deal will keep that partnering intact.
Tournament Director Leela Narang loves that partnership, especially because it continues Acer's involvement in the event, held annually at the Stockton Seaview Resort in Galloway Township.
"Acer has been an important partner and we could not be more pleased the company will continue to help us bring world-class sports to South Jersey and the Delaware Valley," said Narang. "Our event makes a huge economic and charitable impact on the region as Acer, ShopRite and more than 400 other companies support the event."
In-Kyung Kim is expected to defend the crown she won last summer over Seaview's historic Bay Course, a Donald Ross design. The event annually attracts the top LPGA professionals, and recently two-time champion Anna Nordqvist remarked she never wants to miss the event, which will be played June 8-10.
This story describes Langhorne's Brittany Benvenuto and her quest for an LPGA Tour card playing in the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament.
Nobody ever said five consecutive rounds of golf would be a vacation, and certainly not if it was under tournament conditions at the grueling LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament in Daytona Beach.
Langhorne's Brittany Benvenuto, after missing nearly the entire 2017 season with injury, looked to retain LPGA playing privileges in the 90-hole event.
It wasn't to be.
Benvenuto carded a final round 74 to finish the event at 365, seven shots out of the top-20 which secured playing privileges.
DAY FOUR - The fourth day of LPGA Tour qualifying finals was good and bad for Langhorne's Brittany Benvenuto. She scored a 1-over-par 73, with four birdies against five bogeys. Bad was the bogey on the 18th hole.
Benvenuto made the 72-hole cut, but she will have to go low in the final round. Predictions are a 68 will be needed to advance into the top 20 ladies who will earn their LPGA Tour playing privileges.
She's played consistent golf, with one par round and three one over par rounds. But to qualify she will need to get on the birdie train in round five.
DAYS TWO-THREE: Brittany Benvenuto Continued the quest for LPGA Tour playing privileges in Daytona Beach, Fla., playing strong enough to stay in contention for a top-20 finish which would generate a tour card.
Benvenuto opened with an even par 72 then backed that up with a one-over-par 73 on day two. Day three saw her post another 72.
The second round saw her continue to best the par-5 holes with two birdies. Unfortunately a double bogey on the par-4 fourth hole took those strokes away. Still, a consistent effort from the Langhorne native.
On day three of the five round marathon saw Benvenuto birdied the final hole and carded an even-par 72 to stand at 1-over-par 217 and in 33rd place. She's three shots away from a top-20 finish.
Georgia Hall, the European Tour stalwart who was a star in the Solheim Cup, rebounded from an opening round 77 to rounds of 69 and 66 to vault into the top 10. Multiple LPGA Tour winner Vicki Hurst continued her strong play as well.
DAY ONE____Langhorne's Brittany Benvenuto opened the first round of the 2018 LPGA Qualifying Tournament with an even par 72 in Daytona Beach, Florida.
Benvenuto birdied three of the four par-5 holes, but bogeyed three par-4s. She's among 50 players at even-par or better.
Final qualifying is over 90 holes. There will be a cut after 72 holes to the low 70 players and ties. The top-20 players in the field earn LPGA privileges next season. Benvenuto will have some status on tour given her injured status for most of 2017.
Vicky Hurst has been a fan favorite at the ShopRite LPGA Championship for years, but even though she's earned more than $1.6 Million on the LPGA Tour and was a 2011 Solheim Cup selection, she's back at Qualifying School attempting to gain full privileges for 2018.
Last year her 70-69-72 finish in Galloway Township saw her cash a nice check for her 32nd place finish.
Others in the LPGA finals include familiar names like Julieta Granada, Nicole Jeray and Min Lee. 2017 European Tour stalwart Georgiana Hall is in the field, looking for US playing privileges.
Oh, and a lady from Langhorne, Brittany Benvenuto is at LPGA International in Daytona Beach, Fla.
Benvenuto missed nearly all of the 2017 season with an injury, and while she will have limited privileges in 2018 she's attempting to improve her standing. Nursed back to health, she's been working on her game in preparation for the event.