LPGA Tour prepares for this week’s DFW return after lengthy absence

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More information North Texas LPGA Shootout Thursday-Sunday for tournament rounds; Las Colinas Country Club in Irving Par: 71 Yardage: 6,410 yards Purse: $1.3 million TV: Golf Channel. Thursday round (11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.); Friday round (5:30-7:30 p.m.); Saturday-Sunday rounds (2-5 p.m.) Tickets: Available online at NTShootout.com. Prices are $25 daily, $75 for weekly tournament pass. Notable: This is the LPGA’s first full-field event in Dallas-Fort Worth since the 1991 U.S. Women’s Open at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth. The list of competitors includes 49 of the top 50 golfers on the LPGA Tour season money list. Spots have been reserved for two college golfers and two high school golfers who will compete as amateurs. Still in the mix Based on results in Monday qualifying events, tournament officials will add four players to the field for Thursday’s opening round. Two spots are being held for high school golfers, who have their own Monday qualifier, and two others are reserved for competitors in a Monday qualifier for touring professionals. Also competing with the touring pros will be Texas A&M golfers Chelsea Mocio and Katerina Ruzickova, the top two alternates from the North Texas Collegiate Shootout on March 12. Mocio is a Fort Worth Arlington Heights graduate. Whitworth connection Kathy Whitworth, an LPGA Hall of Famer with more career victories than any player in the history of professional golf (88), began hosting her high-profile junior golf event in 1999 at Mira Vista Country Club in Fort Worth. Four confirmed competitors and one of the top alternates in the North Texas LPGA Shootout field are past winners of the Kathy Whitworth Invitational. The list:
Year Winner NT Shootout LPGA major titles
2005Nicole SmithCompetingNone
2004Paula CreamerCompeting2010 U.S. Wom. Open
2003Jane ParkCompetingNone
2002Brittany LangCompetingNone
2000Christina KimAlternateNone
North Texas LPGA Shootout field A look at the commitment list for the North Texas LPGA Shootout, to be played Thursday-April 28 at Las Colinas Country Club in Irving: Karlin Beck, Amanda Blumenherst, Christel Boeljon, Julia Boland, Heather Bowie Young, Dori Carter, Nicole Castrale, Silvia Cavalleri, Irene Cho, Esther Choe, Chella Choi, Na Yeon Choi, Carlotta Ciganda, Jacqui Concolino, Paula Creamer, Laura Davies, Laura Diaz, Lauren Doughtie, Moira Dunn, Kathleen Ekey, Victoria Elisabeth, Austin Ernst, Jodi Ewart Shadoff, Veronica Felibert, Shanshan Feng, Katie Futcher, Sandra Gel, Jennifer Gleason, Julieta Granada, Casey Grice, Natalie Gulbis, Numa Gulyanamitta, Sophie Gustafson, Hee-Won Han, Mina Harigae, Marcy Hart, Caroline Hedwall, Maria Hjorth, Katherine Hull-Kirk, Amy Hung, Mi Jung Hur, Pat Hurst, Vicky Hurst, Daniela Iacobelli, Karine Icher, Juli Inkster, Nicole Jeary, Eun-Hee Ji, Tiffany Joh, Felicity Johnson, Jennifer Johnson, Sara Maude Juneau, Moriya Jutanugam, Lorie Kane, Danielle Kang, Haeji Kang, Taylore Karle, Cristie Kerr, I.K. Kim, Mindy Kim, Song-Hee Kim, Jessica Korda, Candie Kung, Cindy LaCrosse, Brittany Lang, Maude-Aimee Leblanc, Ilhee Lee, Jee Young Lee, Jennie Lee, Meena Lee, Mi Hyang Lee, Seon Hwa Lee, Rebecca Lee-Bentham, Stacy Lewis, Brittany Lincicome, Pernilla Lindberg, Paige Mackenzie, Mo Martin, Caroline Masson, Catriona Matthew, Lisa McCloskey, Kristy McPherson, Sydnee Michaels, Ai Miyazoto, Mika Miyazoto, Paola Moreno, Becky Morgan, Kayla Mortellaro, Belen Mozo, Azhara Munoz, Anna Nordqvist, Ryann O’Toole, Jin Young Pak, Se Ri Pak, Brooke Pancake, Hee Young Park, Inbee Park, Jane Park, Suzann Pettersen, Pornanong Phatlum, Gerina Piller, Stacy Prammanasudh, Madison Pressel, Morgan Pressel, Jane Rah, Beatriz Recari, Jennifer Rosales, So Yeon Ryu, Lizette Salas, Dewi Claire Schreefel, Hee Kyung Seo, Giulia Sergas, Alena Sharp, Stephanie Sherlock, Jenny Shin, Jiyai Shin, Karin Sjodin, Nicole Smith, Sarah Jane Smith, Jennifer Song, Angela Stanford, Marina Stuetz, Karen Stupples, Thidapa Suwannapura, Kris Tamulis, Lexi Thompson, Yani Tseng, Momoko Ueda, Mariajo Uribe, Alison Walshe, Wendy Ward, Kim Welch, Michelle Wie, Lindsey Wright, Amy Yang, Sun Young Yoo. Holding spots: LPGA Medical (1) Top-10 Week prior (2) LPGA Winner week prior (1) Qualifier (2) Shootout Amateur (2) Tournament alternates Reilley Rankin, Ji Young Oh, Christina Kim, Sandra Changkija, Sarah Kemp, Meaghan Francella, Hannah Yun, Victoria Tanco, Danah Bordner, Jessica Shepley, Jill McGill, Cydney Clanton, Nicole Hage, Lisa Ferrero, Jiayun Li, Kelly Jacques, Frances Bondad, Katie Burnett, Sophia Sheridan, Marita Engzelius, Hanna Kang, Amelia Lewis, Maria Hernandez, Marina Alex, Haley Millsap, Sue Kim, Min Seo Kwak, Paz Echeverria, Alejandra Llaneza, Perrine Delacour, Inhong Lim, Shasta Averyhardt, P.K. Kongkraphan, Brianna Do, Mitsuki Katahira, Jordan Hardy, Michelle McGann, Eunjung Yi, Diana D’Alessio, Beth Bader, Jean Bartholomew, Jamie Hullett, Stephanie Louden, Janice Gibson.

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As tournament officials prepare for the inaugural North Texas LPGA Shootout, which begins Thursday at Las Colinas Country Club in Irving, much has changed in the golf world in the 22 years since the LPGA’s last full-field event in Dallas-Fort Worth.

Inbee Park, the No. 1 player in the women’s world golf rankings and a confirmed competitor in Irving, celebrated her third birthday during tournament week at the LPGA’s last 72-hole tournament in Dallas-Fort Worth: the 1991 U.S. Women’s Open at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth.

Lexi Thompson, the 2012 LPGA Rookie of the Year, was not born until 1995. But Thompson, 18, will rank among the favorites to contend in Irving.

Angela Stanford, a Saginaw resident and former TCU golfer with five career victories on the LPGA Tour, attended the 1991 event at Colonial as a junior golfer. She will be one of multiple Texans competing in the $1.3 million event at Las Colinas Country Club.

The list includes Stacy Lewis, a native of The Woodlands who earned 2012 LPGA Player of the Year honors. Lewis, 28, has won two events this season and ranks No. 2 in the world rankings. She was a first-grader when golfers competed in Fort Worth at the 1991 U.S. Women’s Open.

Kathy Whitworth, an LPGA Hall of Famer who has helped promote the Irving event, was eight years away from starting her invitational tournament for elite junior golfers at Mira Vista Country Club when LPGA golfers gathered at Colonial. Heading into Thursday’s opening round, four past winners of the Kathy Whitworth Invitational are in the Shootout field (Brittany Lang, Jane Park, Paula Creamer, Nicole Smith) and another, Christina Kim, is the third alternate.

But there is some carryover from Colonial in 1991. Three golfers who competed in the 1991 U.S. Women’s Open have committed to play in Irving (Juli Inkster, Pat Hurst, Laura Davies). Among that group, only Davies made the cut at Colonial, where she tied for 44th.

Jimmy Burch, 817-390-7760 Twitter: @Jimmy_Burch

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