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Lydia Ko Takes No. 1 Spot at 17, Na Yeon Choi Wins Opener

Last Updated on Sunday, 01 February 2015 19:57 Sunday, 01 February 2015 19:39

Lydia KoCanadian Press

OCALA, Florida (Steve Elling/AP) — During a closing stretch that featured one of the more tumultuous final hours in recent LPGA Tour history, teen wunderkind Lydia Ko faced a series of tough predicaments. But a query that came after the final round gave her the biggest pause of all.

After reclaiming the lead late Saturday to set herself up for a double payoff of sorts, the 17-year-old double-bogeyed the 71st hole in the inaugural Coates Golf Championship to lose by a shot to Na Yeon Choi.

However, Ko secured a piece of history that could be remembered long after the details of the tour’s season opener are forgotten. The transplanted New Zealander became the youngest player of either gender to climb to world No. 1, breaking the record set by Tiger Woods by almost four years.



Jang Goes from Qualifier to Leader at LPGA Season Opener

Last Updated on Friday, 30 January 2015 01:11 Friday, 30 January 2015 00:46

Ha Na JangCanadian Press

OCALA, Florida (Mark Long/AP) — Ha Na Jang went from qualifier to leader in just a few days at the LPGA season opener.

And it surprised no one.

The 22-year-old South Korean, ranked 21st in the world, shot a 7-under 65 in the second round of the Coates Golf Championship on Thursday and opened up a four-shot lead over Stacy Lewis heading into the third round.

Jang has full status on the LPGA Tour. But because the opener isn’t a full-field event, she had to qualify last Saturday. Her extra time at Golden Golf & Ocala Equestrian Club certainly paid dividends. She made one bogey in two rounds, and responded to that miscue with birdies on two of the next three holes.



LPGA & Symetra Tour Players Join to Help Mexican Professional Golfers

Last Updated on Thursday, 29 January 2015 22:43 Thursday, 29 January 2015 22:38

altMEXICO (Karla Villegas Gama) — IGPM (Impulsando al Golf Profesional Mexicano) is a Mexican non-profit association that helps Mexican female golfers in their quest to qualify for the professional tours.

To make it happen IGPM has held a ProAm to raise funds since 2007. They celebrated the eighth edition with the help of some very special guests, for starters, Lorena Ochoa.

Mexico’s sweetheart and former world No. 1 remembered that this has been a dream come true for many golfers who come out of college with no economic support.

“I love to participate. It’s really cool to have men and women united for the same goal: helping them reach the LPGA and the Symetra Tour.”



LPGA Professionals Partner with Trader Joe’s Raise Funds for Florida Food Banks

Last Updated on Thursday, 29 January 2015 22:22 Thursday, 29 January 2015 22:14

altOCALA, Florida — LPGA Tour players Sandra Gal, Vicky Hurst, Pernilla Lindberg, Mo Martin, and Belen Mozo joined with local Trader Joe’s Crew Members to present a total of $97,500 to three Florida Food Banks Monday at the Coates Golf Championship in Ocala, Florida, where the LPGA Tour opens the 2015 season. “Birdies to Break Hunger” is a program created in 2014 by Trader Joe’s, under which the grocery retailer has partnered with five Florida based LPGA players to donate $75 to Florida Food Banks for each birdie made by the LPGA golfers throughout the 2014 season.



Korda, Lewis, Munoz Tied for Lead at LPGA Season Opener

Last Updated on Thursday, 29 January 2015 00:55 Thursday, 29 January 2015 00:49

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OCALA, Florida (Mark Long/AP) — Jessica Korda pulled a hand warmer out of each jacket pocket, showing just how cold she was during the opening round of the LPGA opener.

Her scoreboard told a much different story.

The 21-year-old American shot a 6-under 66 in the opening round of the Coates Golf Championship and was in a three-way tie with fellow American Stacy Lewis and Azahara Munoz of Spain. All three teed off in windy conditions and finished in chilly temperatures just before dark.



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