Karrie Webb wins LPGA Founders Cup – Tours & News – Golf.com.
Congrats to Karrie Webb, who continues her impressive run this season.
And congrats as well to all of the ladies in the field this week, who freely gave of their time and effort to do some wonderful good to the number of charities that will be benefiting from their goodwill gestures.
I think I recall reading the USA Today story earlier this week that Brittany doled out $1000 to enter the tournament… not that she can’t afford to take the hit – finishing last season in 15th place on the LPGA Tour’s money list and earning close to $700k. If she was truly attempting to evaluate her game currently to begin preparing for the upcoming season, I don’t think she cared too much for the preliminary grade. She shot 77 on Wednesday to miss the cut, shooting +7 over the two days.
It’s not new news that the LPGA was quite tardy (putting it lightly) in announcing the upcoming 2011 schedule. A lot of players didn’t know what the status was for the upcoming season as late as a week ago. Then it was announced that the first event of the season would consist of a mock purse, with the players playing for essentially nothing. Of course, Commissioner Michael Whan said something along the lines of, “I’m going to do everything possible to cover their travel and lodging expenses.” Uh, ladies… don’t be surprised to find yourselves whipping out your MasterCards when you sign in at the hotel that week. Just saying…
Then today it’s being reported IN THIS ARTICLE that Brittany Lincicome is playing with the men in a Hooter’s Tour event this week in Florida.
She’s probably not supplementing her income as much as she’s trying to get her game in shape for the upcoming season… which is still nearly 6 weeks away, in Thailand no less. But the fact that she eagerly anted up a grand to tee it up with the men in the Hooter Tour event this week in Florida speaks volumes about just how lacking the LPGA Tournament schedule has become. Or probably more aptly – just how lacking the LPGA Tour leadership has become in marketing their tour efficiently and effectively enough to keep the ladies from having to consider teeing it up with men in the ever-expanding extended off-season.
Has it become so desperately bad now that the gals are looking elsewhere to compete and stay competitive? The question is certainly warranted, it seems.