Kingsmill Championship Primer: Storylines, TV, Field

It’s that time of the season again on the LPGA Tour, a brutal, but exciting, stretch where the best female golfers in the world tee it up for 12 straight weeks of tournaments, with three of them major championships.

 
It all starts with this week’s Kingsmill Championship Presented by JTBC in Williamsburg, Virginia.

Twenty of the top 25 players in the Rolex Rankings will be among the 144-players teeing it up this week – all chasing a $1.3 million purse at the Kingsmill Resort’s River Course.


Defending Champion

At the 2016 Kingsmill Championship, Ariya Jutanugarn fired a final-round 67 to secure her second of five tournament titles in 2016. In all four rounds, Jutanugarn posted sub-70 scores, to finish at 14-under par, one shot ahead of rookie Su Oh of Australia.

 
Gerina Piller and Sei Young Kim of South Korea finished tied for third at 12-under par.


By The Numbers

  • 1 – Only Cristie Kerr (2005, 2009, 2013) has won the Kingsmill Championship multiple times.
  • 3 – Winners of the event who were Rolex First-Time Winners: Suzann Pettersen (2007), Lizette Salas (2014) and Minjee Lee (2015).
  • 4 – Cristie Kerr’s three wins (2005, 2009, 2013) at the Kingsmill Championship have each come in four-year increments, with her last win coming in 2013 a win this year would keep the trend alive.
  • 9 – There’s been three playoffs in the event’s 13-year history and the epic nine-hole sudden death between Jiyai Shin and Paula Creamer in 2012 stands as the longest sudden-death playoff between two players in LPGA history.
  • 13 – This is the 13th edition of the Kingsmill Championship.
  • 62 – 18-hole scoring record, most recently shot by In Gee Chun in the second round in 2016.
  • 265 – Tournament record 19-under-par 72-hole score set by Annika Sorenstam in 2008.

Course/Tournament Info

Name: Kingsmill Championship Presented by JTBC
Course: Kingsmill Resort, River Course
Where: Williamsburg, VA
Distance: 6,831 yards, par 72
Architect: Pete Dye
Purse: $1,300,000
Winning Share: $195,000
Race to CME Globe Points: 500


Quotable

“No matter my ranking going to be, they going to love me the same.”
-Ariya Jutanugarn talking about her family and the pressure of chasing No. 1


TV Schedule

DAYDATETIMENETWORK
THU5/189:00 - 11:00 PM*GOLF
FRI5/199:00 - 11:00 PM*GOLF
SAT5/205:00 - 7:00 PMGOLF
SUN5/215:00 - 7:00 PMGOLF
all time local*Tape Delay

The Sponsor

Kingsmill Resort sponsors the Kingsmill Championship Presented by JTBC in order to continue the long history of golf championships at Kingsmill Resort. This year will be the 34th LPGA or PGA event held on the River Course at Kingsmill.

 

Also to support tourism in Williamsburg, the surrounding region and Virginia with what will be the largest sporting event in the area this year, and raise money for local charities and promote community involvement.


Storyline: Event No. 11 of Race to CME Globe

This week’s Kingsmill Championship Presented by JTBC will mark the 11th event in the season-long Race to CME Globe. ANA Inspiration champion and World No. 2 So Yeon Ryu holds a narrow lead in the current Race to the CME Globe standings with 1,605 points.

 
Reigning Race to the CME Globe winner Ariya Jutanugarn is close behind with 1,525 points, and she is followed closely by Cristie Kerr (1211) and Inbee Park (1082).

In 2017, the reset points for the Race to the CME Globe will be modified slightly. As a result of these modifications:

  • The top five finishers entering Naples will control their own destiny at the CME Group Tour Championship
  • If a player in the top five wins in Naples, she will also win the $1M CME Globe
  • The top 12 finishers entering Naples will have a mathematical chance to win the $1M CME Globe
  • Please note that previously, the top three controlled their destiny and top nine had a mathematical chance

Storyline: The Rookie Report

The Kingsmill Championship field features 21 of the 37 2017 LPGA Tour rookies, the most to tee it up at a tournament this season.

 
With seven tournaments under her belt and seven top 25s to boot, South Korean rookie Sung Hyun Park is the early leader in the Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year award. With 406 points, Park leads Angel Yin, who has four top 25s in eight events this season, by 181 points.

Regan De Guzman (four starts, four MC), Madeleine Sheils (one start, one MC) and Mariah Stackhouse (two starts, two MC) will be looking to make their first cuts as LPGA Tour members.

In 2017, the LPGA expanded its global representation with the addition of five rookies from new countries: Aditi Ashok (India), Laura Gonzalez Escallon (Belgium), Daniela Darquea (Ecuador), Olafia Kristinsdottir (Iceland) and Krista Puisite (Latvia). Ashok, Escallon and Kristinsdottir will be in action at the Kingsmill Championship.


Storyline: Home Cooking

Kingsmill is the only LPGA Tour stop in Virginia, and three LPGA players will tee it up in a place that is close to their hearts.

 
Rolex Rankings No. 28 Brittany Lang, the 2016 U.S. Women’s Open champion, was born in nearby Richmond, Virginia. In nine appearances at the Kingsmill Resort, her career-best finish is 12th in 2014.

Sandra Changkija was born in Alexandria, Virginia, and she has yet to miss the stop at the Kingsmill Championship, making the cut in three of her five starts.

Brittany Altomare was a four-time All-American and the 2013 ACC Player of the Year while attending the University of Virginia. At the 2016 Kingsmill Championship, she recorded her first career top-20 finish (T-18), and has since earned four more.


Full Field: Kingsmill Championship

Name (A-L)Name (L-Y)
Marina AlexMin Lee
Beth AllenMinjee Lee
Brittany AltomareMirim Lee
Amy AndersonAmelia Lewis
Aditi AshokBrittany Lincicome
Laetitia BeckPernilla Lindberg
Ashleigh BuhaiGaby Lopez
Katie BurnettLee Lopez
Dori CarterMo Martin
Sandra ChangkijaCaroline Masson
Ssu-Chia ChengAlly McDonald
Peiyun ChienStephanie Meadow
Chella ChoiWichanee Meechai
Na Yeon ChoiGiulia Molinaro
In Gee ChunBecky Morgan
Karen ChungBelen Mozo
Carlota CigandaAzahara Munoz
Cydney ClantonHaru Nomura
Holly ClyburnAnna Nordqvist
Jacqui ConcolinoSu Oh
Lauren Coughlin *Therese O'Hara
Perrine DelacourRyann O'Toole
Brianna Do #Lee-Anne Pace
Lindy DuncanBrooke Pancake
Austin ErnstAnnie Park
Laura Gonzalez EscallonHee Young Park
Shanshan FengJane Park
Simin FengSung Hyun Park
Dana FinkelsteinSadena Parks
Sandra GalMaria Parra
Jaye Marie GreenKatherine Perry
Regan De GuzmanSuzann Pettersen
Jennifer HaGerina Piller
Mina HarigaeMorgan Pressel
Nasa HataokaBeatriz Recari
Caroline HedwallMel Reid
Brooke M. HendersonPaula Reto
Celine HerbinDemi Runas
Dani HolmqvistSo Yeon Ryu
Wei-Ling HsuMadelene Sagstrom
Mi Jung HurLizette Salas
Vicky HurstSherman Santiwiwatthanaphong
Karine IcherAlena Sharp
Laura Jansone #Madeleine Sheils
Eun-Hee JiJenny Shin
Tiffany JohKelly Shon
Ariya JutanugarnSarah Jane Smith
Moriya JutanugarnJennifer Song
Danielle KangNontaya Srisawang
Kim KaufmanMariah Stackhouse *
Sarah KempAngela Stanford
Cristie KerrMarissa Steen
Megan KhangJackie Stoelting
Christina KimThidapa Suwannapura
Sei Young KimKris Tamulis
Katherine KirkKelly Tan
Joanna KlattenPannarat Thanapolboonyaras
Lydia KoLexi Thompson
P.K. KongkraphanYani Tseng
Jessica KordaEmily Tubert
Nelly KordaAyako Uehara
Olafia KristinsdottirMariajo Uribe
Candie KungKarrie Webb
Min Seo KwakCheyenne Woods
Brittany LangJing Yan
Nicole Broch LarsenAmy Yang
Bronte LawJulie Yang
Maude-Aimee LeblancAngel Yin
Alison LeeSakura Yokomine
Ilhee LeePavarisa Yoktuan
Jeong Eun LeeSun Young Yoo
Mi Hyang LeeKaylin Yost *

Credit: LPGA Communications


PGW Staff

This post was produced by a Pro Golf Weekly staff member.



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