The new tournament in South Florida at the end of April will be a pro-am event, the first for the LPGA since 2001. The Stanford International Pro-Am will feature 112 professionals (a somewhat limited field) and 112 amateurs teaming up Crosby Clambake style. No word yet on who might televise it but I would bet NBC will grab it, especially if a few of their “stars of the hit show ----” can get into the amateur field.
The 20 two-player teams for the Women’s World Cup of Golf have been finalized. Julieta Granada and Celeste Troche will return to defend their title for Paraguay. The U.S. team of Juli Inkster and Pat Hurst is a good one, but watch out for Scotland’s Catriona Matthew and Mhairi McKay. The Korean team of Ji-Yai Shin and Eun-Hee Ji may not be very well known but I would be surprised if they are not in contention at the end. Hopefully Team Australia will get some air time – Nikki Garrett and Lindsay Wright are the Aussie duo.
Annika Sorenstam didn’t win on the LPGA Tour this season, but she did win the Dubai Ladies Masters this past weekend. Her last worldwide victory came in this same event in October 2006. By winning in her last tournament of this year, Annika extended her streak of victories to 13 consecutive seasons.