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Posts Tagged ‘Tres Marias Championship.’

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.

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.