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Posts Tagged ‘Morelia Mexico.’

LPGA Tournament in China canceled

 

(courtesy of LPGA Tour via wikipedia commons)

The Ladies Professional Golfers Association (LPGA) has been notified by the Chinese that the golf tournament scheduled for September 29-October 2 in China has been canceled.

The tour said it received notice from the China Golf Association on Monday that the event, scheduled in the Guangdong province Imperial Springs Golf Club, was not going to take place.

The tournament was originally scheduled for August but was postponed to give the title sponsor and tournament organizers more time to clear up issues and add additional sponsors.

This the second time the LPGA Tour has had to cancel an event in 2011.

Earlier in the season, the tour had to cancel the Tres Marias Championship in Morelia, Mexico due to concerns over fears of drug violence.

The LPGA has had several years of  an evaporating schedule. It used to have as many as 36 events. This year they had 25 events scheduled but will end up with 23. The tour used to come to Ohio four times a year in Toledo, Columbus, Youngstown and Dayton. Now Toledo is the only stop. This year, however the Jamie Farr Classic did not take place due to the same organizers had to put on the U.S. Senior Open and could not put on two events in the same month.

Info compiled from Radio, TV & LPGA Tour news

Erica Blasberg, LPGA player found dead at 25

compiled from staff, wire, University of Arizona and LPGA reports

Erica Blasberg (LPGA)

25-year-old LPGA Tour golfer Erica Blasberg was found dead found dead on Sunday.

Henderson, Nevada police spokesman Keith Paul said on Monday that authorities are investigating the death and it is not known if foul play was involved or not. Blasberg had only played in one event this season. She tied for 44th two weeks ago at the Tres Marias Championship in Morelia, Mexico.

Blasberg had a successful career at the University of Arizona before turning pro in 2004. Greg Allen, is her former coach with the Wildcats and remembers her as a fiery competitor whom the Wildcats called “Skip”. When she showed up for her first workout as a freshman in 2002, the Arizona trainer asked the women’s golf team to warm up by skipping around the track. Blasberg told the trainer she didn’t know how to skip. Coach Allen said that her teammates and coaches gave her the appropriate nickname.

Blasberg was a very high-profile and decorate collegiate golfer, winning six tournaments in two years. She was named Golfweek’s 2003 Player of the Year after finishing the season number 1 in the rankings. She also was the 2003 NGCA Freshman of the Year, Pacific 10 Player of the Year and competed on the victorious 2004 Curtis Cup team.

The California native turned professional in June 2004, posting top-10′s in eight starts on the Duramed Futures Tour, including a win at the Lacona Savings Bank Futures Golf Classic. She qualified for the LPGA later that fall.

Erica Blasberg (U of Arizona photo)

Blasberg has struggled on the LPGA Tour, never finishing higher than 94th on the money list. Her career-low 64 on the LPGA Tour came while competing at the Welch’s/Fry Championship, while she was competing as an amateur on a sponsor exemption.

Blasberg, who was quiet and shy, always stayed to herself, did have a few endorsement deals with Puma Golf, Casio and Cleveland Golf.

Miyazato wins Mexico tournament; Ochoa finishes 6th in farewell event

compiled from staff, wire and LPGA info

Ai Miyazato won her third LPGA Tour title of the 2010 season in Morelia, Mexico. She was fine until she started talking to about her friend, Lorena Ochoa.

Miyazato shot a 6-under par 67 on Sunday to win the Tres Marias championship, but was basically overshadowed by Ochoa’s last round before going into retirement to raise a family and focus on her charity foundation.

During the trophy ceremony on the 18th green, Miyazato broke down crying  as she thanked Ochoa for what she did for the LPGA Tour and here country, Mexico. Ochoa choose Ai Miyazato as her playing partner for the first two rounds.

Ai Miyazato (LPGA)

Miyazato, the 24-year-old Japanese star who swept the season-opening events in Thailand and Singapore after winning the Evian Masters in 2009 in France for her first LPGA Tour title, finished at 19-under par 273.

Stacy Lewis (66) was a stroke back, and Michelle Wie (68) was third at 17 under. Ochoa, the tournament winner three of the last four years, shot a 71 to finish sixth at 12 under.

The 28-year-old Ochoa has held the number 1 ranking since April 2007. LPGA staff members have said that she will relinquish it on Monday, with Jiyai Shin taking over. Shin won in Japan on Sunday. Ochoa will drop to number 2 and Miyazato moving up to number 3.

Michelle Wie leads 2nd round in Mexico; favorite Ochoa five strokes back

compiled from staff, wire and LPGA reports

Lorena Ochoa (arizona photo)

Michelle Wie played a solid round of golf despite high winds blowing through the mountainside ravines at the Tres Marias Championship, shooting a 5-under 68 on Friday to take a one-stroke lead in Morelia, Mexico.

Brittany Lincicome (67) and Japan’s Ai Miyazato (72) were tied for second place.

But Lorena Ochoa in her farewell tournament, let the gusts and emotional ups-and-downs get to her and fell five strokes off pace with a 73.

The top-ranked Ochoa, under some pressure to deliver a victory for her adoring fans in Mexico, she has won the event three times.

Wie beat the wind, and seems to love playing in Mexico where she won her first LPGA event 5 1/2 months ago in the Lorena Ochoa Invitational in Guadalajara which is her hometown.

Wie could have had a better second round. She pulled off a spectacular birdie on the 541-yard 16th, but then stumbled with two bogeys.

The 28-year-old Ochoa chose to play Thursday and Friday with Ai Miyazato and Natalie Gulbis. She calls Miyazato “the nicest girl on the tour,” and she grew up playing junior golf, and college golf at Arizona with Gulbis.

Struggling LPGA Tour loses it’s top golfer and ambassador to retirement

compiled from staff and wire reports

In a surprising move, Lorena Ochoa is retiring , in a surprise move like Annika Sorenstam did in 2008, leaving the struggling LPGA Tour without its number 1 player once again.

Lorena Ochoa LPGA (u of arizona photo)

Ochoa, the best-known athlete from Mexico that is not a football or baseball player, announced her surprise decision on Tuesday but won’t discuss her plans until Friday.

The 28-year-old got married in December 2009 to Andres Conesa, the chief executive of Aeromexico airline. She has been number 1 in the world the last three years and won 27 times over the last six.

The LPGA said on Tuesday that Ochoa had not withdrawn from next week’s Tres Marias event in Morelia, west of Mexico City, and indicated she was expected to play. She finished fourth earlier this month in the Kraft Nabisco Championship in California, the first major of the year.

Annika Sorenstam was 37 when she retired in May 2008, saying that she wanted to pursue other interests and start a family. She now has a daughter.

Over the past 3 years, Ochoa has talked openly about wanting children of her own. In 2009, she began traveling more, playing less and taking on more obligations, which include her charity foundation.

Her retirement is another in a series of recent blows to the LPGA Tour which has been hurt by the rough economy. The tour only has 25 tournaments, down from over 35 a few years ago, 14  of them in the United States.