Second Round – 2018 LPGA T&CP National Championship

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Pinehurst No. 8 | Pinehurst, N.C. | Aug. 27-29, 2018

Second-Round Notes – Aug. 28, 2018

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LPGA WINNER KANG ON TOP AT PINEHURST

Through two rounds at the 2018 LPGA T&CP National Championship, a familiar face is on top of the leaderboard. Two-time LPGA winner Jimin Kang (Scottsdale, Ariz.) fired a one-under par 71 at Pinehurst No. 8 on Tuesday and holds a one-shot lead in the Championship division over Seul-Ki Park (Winchester, Mass.) and Stephanie Eiswerth (Fleming Island, S.C.).

After being misdiagnosed and over-medicated for moderate allergies, Kang was forced to take time away from golf in 2013 and has been slowly mounting a comeback to the LPGA Tour while also working on her LPGA Class A teaching certification.

Kang’s first taste of LPGA golf in 2018 was at the Monday qualifier for the Bank of Hope Founders Cup in Phoenix, she missed qualifying by two strokes but left with a lot of confidence.

“I wasn’t really ready, but it was down the street, so I was like alright let me see if I can do something. Then, all the sudden I’m trying to get back on the Tour. It wasn’t really like I planned it, but then I saw myself and I could shoot low out there and I was like I know what I need to work on: consistency.”

Kang’s big personality was evident as she sat down to sign her scorecard after posting the low round of the day, and took a sigh of relief and said, “I don’t know what I shot, but progress!” If Kang keeps it rolling on Wednesday, she’ll have a chance to play in her first LPGA major since the 2015 U.S. Women’s Open.

The top eight finishers in the Championship division will go on to represent the LPGA T&CP in the 2019 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, one of five major championships on the LPGA Tour, which will be held at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Minnesota.

2017 Championship division winner, Wendy Doolan (+6) (Lakeland, Fla.) got things back on track on Tuesday with a 2-over par 74 to sit in a tie for seventh heading into the final round. Ashley Grier (Springfield, Penn.) is looking to qualify for the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship for a second-straight year and is in good position to do so at 4-over par through two rounds.

“I’m just going to keep doing what I’m doing,” Grier said, “and not think about anything different. It’s just one more round. I’m going to try to keep the exact same mindset, it’s been working so far.”

After 36-holes the field was cut to the top 70 players and ties.

CHAMPIONSHIP DIVISION LEADERBOARD

  Player To Par Score
1 Jimin Kang -1 72-71­—143
T2 Seul-Ki Park +1 72-73—145
T2 Stephanie Eiswerth +1 73-72—145
T4 Ashley Grier +4 73-75—148
T4 Alison Curdt +4 76-72—148
6 Nicole Jeray +5 76-73—149
T7 Joanna Coe +6 78-72—150
T7 Wendy Doolan +6 76-74—150

COE HOPES TO QUALIFY BACK-TO-BACK

Joanna Coe (Baltimore, Md.) had a busier Summer than usual after she Monday qualified into the ShopRite LPGA Classic outside her hometown in June. Coe, a PGA Professional at Baltimore Country Club, then played a few weeks later at the 2018 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship at Kemper Lakes in July, thanks to her runner-up finish at the 2017 LPGA T&CP National Championship.

This week, Coe is playing for the first time at Pinehurst No. 8 and is drawing motivation from her experiences over the Summer to stay in the top eight.

“It was so cool to Monday qualify in my hometown,” Coe said. “Then I played in KPMG two weeks later, I felt like I was back on Tour with two LPGA events in June so that was super cool. I always like to test my game against the best in the world. Got to get one more good round in tomorrow and see what happens.”

LOCAL LOOKING FOR BACK-TO-BACK CHALLENGE DIVISION WINS
Defending champion in the Challenge division, Charlaine Hirst (Pinehurst, N.C.) may have only played her fourth round of golf all year on Tuesday, but any rust she had wore off quickly as she posted a 6-over par 150 36-hole total. Hirst holds a nine-stroke lead over Liz Cooper (Woodbridge, Va.), Joellyn Crooks (Fuquay Varina, N.C.) and Susan Fasoldt (Sarasota, Fla.).

Hirst is a Teaching Professional at the nearby Country Club of Whispering Pines, and with her busy schedule doesn’t get to play a lot of golf but every year she relishes the opportunity to play the LPGA T&CP National Championship.

“I just love to compete, and this is my one time a year I do it,” Hirst said. “I don’t really get to prepare for it, but no matter where this event is it’s the one time I get to come travel and play tournament golf again. When I work with my students I have something to draw on and can speak from experience, not just that I played way back when.”

CHALLENGE DIVISION LEADERBOARD

  Player To Par Score
1 Charlaine Hirst +6 76-74—150
T2 Liz Cooper +15 82-77—159
T2 Joellyn Crooks +15 78-81—159
T2 Susan Fasoldt +15 82-77—159
T5 Stephanie Peareth +17 83-78—161
T5 Christie Quinn +17 80-81—161

FORMER SENIOR DIVISION CHAMP ENJOYING PINEHURST TEST

Barbara Moxness (Edina, Minn.), who played on the LPGA Tour between 1978 and 1986, is playing Pinehurst No. 8 for the first time this week and is finding it to be a really fun challenge as she holds a five-shot lead over Kelley Brooke (Belle Harbor, N.Y.).

“I didn’t miss a green today,” Moxness said. “Just trying to figure out where to land it and what it’s going to do is the key, because these greens are really difficult.”

Moxness, an LPGA T&CP Life member and founder/owner of the Moxie Golf Academy, has good memories at French Lick Resort as it was the site of her 2012 Senior division win, and thanks to a T3 finish at this event in 2017 she is set to compete at the 2018 Senior LPGA Championship.

“Absolutely, I’m looking forward to playing. That’s a great event at French Lick, it’s one of the most difficult courses we play.”

The top five finishers in the Senior division will qualify for the 2019 Senior LPGA Championship at the French Lick Resort as well as any competitors over the age of 45 who finish in the top 10 in the Championship division.

SENIOR DIVISION LEADERBOARD

  Player To Par Score
1 Barbara Moxness -1 72-71—143
2 Kelley Brooke +4 74-74—148
T3 Kathleen Ricci +6 73-77—150
T3 Cathy Johnston-Forbes +6 73-77—150
T3 Teresa Ishiguro +6 74-76—150
T6 Joy Bonhurst +7 73-78—151
T6 Laurie Rinker +7 76-75—151

NOTABLE QUOTES

Jimin Kang, on her second round:

“All the instructors always say, ‘take it one shot at a time.’ I think that’s what I did today. I won’t say that I listened to my own advice, but I think that’s what happened.”

Charlaine Hirst, on playing close to home:

“I love this course, it’s one of my favorites in the area. Being local I’ve got a lot of friends in the area, and people that I work with and give lessons to so it’s fun to have them come out and watch me play. Being at home is always fun, sleeping in my own bed and getting to relax at home at the end of the day is always nice.”

Joanna Coe, on her second-round play:

“Definitely happy with the way I played today. I hit it so much better today, and I actually made some pretty good par saves. I hit it well, I probably could’ve shot a couple under, but you have to protect some of these putts you could slam some by that you don’t mean to. It’s hard to make birdies out here.” 

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2018 LPGA T&CP National Championship First-Round Notes

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Pinehurst No. 8 | Pinehurst, N.C. | Aug. 27-29, 2018
Aug. 27, 2018

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 BERMINGHAM ON TOP THROUGH FIRST ROUND

The first-round of the 2018 LPGA T&CP National Championship got off to a hot start on Monday at Pinehurst No. 8, with afternoon temperatures hitting the 90s. The heat was no problem for Long Beach, California native Jennifer Bermingham as she was the only player across all three divisions to shoot under par on Monday with a one-under 71. Bermingham holds a one-shot lead in the Championship division over Jimin Kang (Scottsdale, Ariz.) and Seul-Ki Park (Winchester, Mass.).

“I hit it really good, I putted really good,” Bermingham said of her first round. “It’s nice to be here. I really enjoy being a T&CP member and to be playing at the National Championship means a lot to me, so I’m really happy to be here and it gives me some extra motivation to play well.”

The top eight finishers in the Championship division will go on to represent the LPGA T&CP in the 2019 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, one of five major championships on the LPGA Tour, which will be held at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Minnesota.

Bermingham qualified for the 2016 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship where she made the cut and said she has been itching to play in the major championship again. “I want to qualify,” Bermingham said. “I want to be in the top eight.”

The LPGA T&CP National Championship was originally organized in 1983 to provide additional playing opportunities for LPGA Teaching and Club Professionals. The three-day competition has since grown to become recognized as the premier tournament for women golf professionals in the world. The tournament features three divisions: Championship (6,292 yards), Challenge (5,972) and Senior (50+, 5,710 yards). The field will be cut to the Top 70 and ties after 36 holes.

The 54-hole, stroke-play Championship is being held on the Tom Fazio-designed Pinehurst No. 8 course for the third-time in event history and the first since 2008.

CHAMPIONSHIP DIVISION LEADERBOARD

  Player To Par Score
1 Jennifer Bermingham -1 71
T2 Jimin Kang E 72
T2 Seul-Ki Park E 72
T2 Maggie Will E 72
T4 Ashley Grier +1 73
T4 Lisa Grimes +1 73
T4 Stephanie Eiswerth +1 73

KANG MAKES LPGA T&CP NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP DEBUT

Two-time LPGA Tour winner Jimin Kang (Scottsdale, Ariz.) is no stranger to competition, however she was a newbie on Monday playing in her first-ever LPGA T&CP National Championship. Kang was two-under on the front nine at Pinehurst No. 8, with one slip-up double bogey on No. 16 she finished even par and just one shot off the first-round Championship division lead.

In 2013, Kang was forced to take time off from golf and she summarized her experience simply on Monday: “I was misdiagnosed, and I was over-medicated. I couldn’t even talk or walk. I almost died.”

While Kang is healthy now, it’s been a long road to recovery and she said she needs to get stronger to accomplish her goal of returning to the LPGA Tour. “This is one of the tournaments I wanted to play in to test myself. To see if my strength was there to do it. I need to get stronger still. I’m learning to listen to my body, but sometimes it’s hard.”

Kang has kept busy this season, playing in five LPGA Tour events, and she was clear about three goals she has for her future: play on the LPGA Tour again, finish in the top eight at the LPGA T&CP National Championship, and get her LPGA Class A teaching certification. She then noted, “my goal is to play decent golf first, and I know the result will come afterwards.”

 PINEHURST NATIVE LEADS WAY IN CHALLENGE DIVISION
Defending champion in the Challenge division, Charlaine Hirst (Pinehurst, N.C.) picked up where she left off on Monday with a 4-over 76 to lead the division by two strokes. Hirst is a Teaching Professional at the nearby Country Club of Whispering Pines and estimated she’s played just two rounds of golf all year, so was quite happy with the first day’s results.

 CHALLENGE DIVISION LEADERBOARD

  Player To Par Score
1 Charlaine Hirst +4 76
2 Joellyn Crooks +6 78
3 Christie Quinn +8 80
T4 Janean Murphy +9 81
T4 Bobbi Salmon +9 81

REIGNING SENIOR DIVISION CHAMP OFF TO GOOD START

North Carolina native Cathy Johnston-Forbes (Kitty Hawk, N.C.) got off to a solid start in her title defense with a 1-over 73 on Monday morning, just one shot behind first-round co-leaders Barbara Moxness (Edina, Minn.) and Maggie Will (Richmond, Va.).

“It’s fun,” Johnston-Forbes said about returning as the defending champion. “I felt like I had good local knowledge being from North Carolina that helped me last year. I haven’t played this course though, just one time, so I knew I had a challenge today. It’s fun to come back to this event and feel like I have something new in front of me.”

In 2017, Johnston-Forbes won the Senior division, in her first time competing in the category. At the 2017 Senior LPGA Championship she finished T9 on The Pete Dye Course at French Lick Resort.

Marjorie Jones (New York, N.Y.) the Head Professional/Director of Instruction at The Golf Club at Chelsea Piers, had a hole-in-one on Monday at Pinehurst No. 8 on the par-3 fifth hole en route to a first-round 76.

The top five finishers in the Senior division will qualify for the 2019 Senior LPGA Championship at the French Lick Resort as well as any competitors over the age of 45 who finish in the top 10 in the Championship division.

SENIOR DIVISION LEADERBOARD

  Player To Par Score
1 Barbara Moxness E 72
T2 Cathy Johnston-Forbes +1 73
T2 Kathleen Ricci +1 73
T2 Joy Bonhurst +1 73
T3 Sherry Andonian-Smith +2 74
T3 Kelley Brooke +2 74
T3 Teresa Ishiguro +2 74

NOTABLE QUOTES

Jimin Kang, on her even par round:

“It’s been a while since I’ve played in competition. I really enjoyed it. It’s a learning process. At the same time, I was trying to figure out these greens during the round. I won’t complain about my round. If I can improve tomorrow, then it will definitely show that I learned something today.”

Ashley Grier, on playing in the 2018 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship:

“I was overwhelmed with all the messages I got leading up to it. I didn’t score great, but I feel like I hit the ball well, and I handled the difficulty of the course better than I expected. It gave me confidence knowing that I can still do it. This is a great event, it’s cool they give out the exemptions. I look forward to staying patient and making it back again.”

2017 Championship division winner, Wendy Doolan (+4), on her first experience at Pinehurst No. 8:

“The course is fantastic. It’s a great challenge to get the ball close to the hole. I’m looking forward to another opportunity tomorrow.”

Cathy Johnston-Forbes, on her strategy for Pinehurst No. 8:

“I played well, I hit a lot of good shots into greens. I didn’t drive the ball well, so I hit 3-wood most of the day, I had a few wayward drives. I really just tried to play smart.”

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2017 LPGA T&CP National Championship Final-Round Notes

LPGA T&CP National Championship
Mid-Pines Inn & Golf Club | Southern Pines, NC
Final-Round Notes | Sept. 6, 2017

Despite her 17-year career on the LPGA Tour, Wendy Doolan had never experienced the feeling of entering a final round with a lead. So it was understandable that the veteran player had some nerves entering Wednesday’s final round of the LPGA T&CP Championship, but she didn’t need to worry as she carded a final-round 74 to capture a five-shot victory, a $10,000 winner’s check and her first ever title in this championship.

“I feel grateful to be a part of the T&CP, and I feel grateful that there is an opportunity to play after my LPGA career and I’m enjoying the challenge of golf again,” Doolan said. “It’s nice to have my name on the trophy. I’m just more grateful to be a part of this organization and to have the opportunity to play again.”

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2017 LPGA T&CP National Championship Second-Round Notes

LPGA T&CP National Championship
Mid Pines Inn & Golf Club | Southern Pines, NC
Second-Round Notes | Sept. 5, 2017

The second round of the LPGA T&CP National Championship finished at Mid Pines Inn & Golf Club on Tuesday with first-round leader Wendy Doolan extending her lead in the Championship Division to six shots heading into the final day of play. Doolan, who competed on the LPGA Tour for 17 years and is currently a teaching pro in Lakeland, Fla., fired a tournament-low 67 that moved her to 6-under-par overall. PGA professional Joanna Coe (Baltimore, Md.) sits in second after her second straight round of even-par 72.

Doolan carded an impressive seven birdies in her round along with two bogeys and took advantage of her morning tee time when the greens played a tad easier than they had the previous day. But for Doolan, the focus this week has been to continue working on a mental approach where she focuses on taking one shot at a time. It’s an approach that sounds cliché, but it seems to be working well lately for the veteran pro.

“I played a little bit of golf over the summer, and really I’ve had the same goal all summer,” Doolan said. “Golf is a funny game. You just never know when it’s going to show up and, obviously, a 67, that’s a good round, and I’m happy with that. But the goal is the same and that’s one shot at a time. I’m fighting myself at times to do that, but I’m really enjoying the challenge of staying in the moment.”

Doolan has put herself in position to win the LPGA T&CP National Championship for the first time in her career. The title would also earn her a spot in next year’s KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. The top-eight finishers will earn their way into the event and Doolan is looking to make a return trip as she finished eighth at the 2016 LPGA T&CP National Championship.

North Carolina native Cathy Johnston-Forbes leads the Senior Division at 4-under-par 140 following two straight rounds of 70, while local favorite Charlaine Hirst (Pinehurst, N.C.) sits atop the Challenge Division by seven shots with a two-day total of 8-over 152.

The 36-hole cut was made with 34 players making it in the Championship Division (19-over 163), 29 players in the Senior Division (20-over 164) and 10 players in the Challenge Division (28-over 172).

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FINDING SUCCESS AT A FAMILIAR PLACE

Joanna Coe is only playing in her second LPGA T&CP National Championship, having finished T22 at last year’s event outside Orlando, but this year she had some special vibes heading into the championship.

Southern Pines, NC is the longtime home of LPGA Pioneer Peggy Kirk Bell, who passed away at the age of 95 last year. Bell was an alum of Rollins College, where Coe played collegiate golf. The team often came to the area to compete and Coe felt that the course at Mid Pines could inspire her to play some great golf this week.

“This place is special to me because Peggy Kirk Bell is a Rollins alum so we always came here for college tournaments and my first college victory was here in the fall of my freshman year,” said Coe. “So I have really good memories here, although the redesign I don’t completely recognize it. It is still a fun course and I feel comfortable off the tee and I feel like you have to be a strong iron player to get it close to these pins. I’ve just been pretty steady, keeping it in play and playing smart.”

Coe has certainly played steady with back-to-back rounds of even-par 72 and finds herself sitting in solo second heading into the final day of play. Coe, who is a PGA professional, has really enjoyed the opportunity to compete at this championship and relishes the experience.

“This has been on my calendar from the very beginning,” Coe said of the tournament. “It’s cool to be with all of the women again because when you play in PGA section events, it’s all men.  But it’s a different vibe out here. It’s fun. Everyone is supportive of each other. I plan on playing this event for years to come.”


FEELING GOOD AND PLAYING WELL TOO

Heather Angell hasn’t played much competitive golf so far this year. The Winston-Salem, N.C. native has status on the Symetra Tour but health issues have prevented her from playing at all on that Tour.

Angell, who blogs about food allergies and her battle with hypoglycemia on her Eat Play Win blog (http://eatplaywin.blogspot.com), has been making some changes in an effort to help her health. She has been feeling better of late but thought that this week would be a great opportunity to see if the changes she had made would be reflected in her play on the course.

“I just wanted to play as well as I could, as solid as I could,” said Angell. “I just really wanted to have three solid rounds and hopefully that would put me within that top 8 number. Really just coming into this event I wanted to see how the changes I made recently for my health would play out this week. So far it has been pretty decent. I have been fairly pleased with it.”

Angell has certainly delivered on the solid play through two rounds as she shot consecutive rounds of 2-over 74 and sits in a tie for third with Ashley Grier (Springfield, Penn.).


CHAMPIONSHIP DIVISION LEADERBOARD

Player                                                 R1          R2          R3          To Par

Wendy Doolan                                 71           67           —            -6

Joanna Coe                                       72           72           —            E

Heather Angell                                 74           74           —            +4

Ashley Grier                                      75           73           —            +4

Karen Paolozzi                                 76           73           —            +5

Charlotta Sorenstam                      77           73           —            +6

Jean Bartholomew                          77           75           —            +8

Katie Detlefsen                                76           76           —            +8


LOCAL LOOKING FOR A TITLE

The biggest crowd on Tuesday at the LPGA T&CP National Championship was likely the one following the group of Charlaine Hirst, which is no surprise considering that Hirst is practically playing in her backyard.

Hirst, who resides in nearby Pinehurst, shot 77 on Tuesday for a two-day total of 8-over 152 and leads the Challenge Division by seven shots over fellow North Carolinian Joellyn Crooks (Fuquay Varina, N.C.). And there were plenty of cheers from the people following Hirst’s group on Tuesday as she continued to put together some strong play.

“It has been unbelievable,” Hirst said of the support she’s received. “I’ve got my crowd, members from the club, people I teach, it has just been fun to be the local girl for a change.”

Hirst is familiar with Mid Pines, as she used to work at Pine Needles, which is across the street. She played Mid Pines quite a bit at that time but hadn’t played it in over nine years and the course underwent a redesign since then.

“I don’t play a lot of golf as I think most of us [teachers] out here this week don’t,” Hirst said. “The week has been about getting through and reminding yourself that what you are putting out there for your lessons, whatever you are teaching people, you are doing the same things—not to get ahead or to do too much. It’s worked so far, so it has been a good week.”


CHALLENGE DIVISION LEADERBAORD

Player                                  R1          R2          R3          To Par

Charlaine Hirst                  75           77           —            +8

Joellyn Crooks                   78           81           —            +15

Liz Cooper                          80           84           —            +20


JOHNSTON-FORBES LEADS SENIOR DIVISION AFTER TWO DAYS

North Carolina native Cathy Johnston-Forbes continued her impressive play in Tuesday’s second round by firing a second straight 2-under 70 to sit atop the Senior Division by eight shots at 4-under-par.

Johnston-Forbes (Kitty Hawk, N.C.) got off to a steady start in her second round with nine straight pars before she once again bogeyed the first hole. But she rebounded quickly with back-to-back birdies on the 2nd and 3rd holes before adding one more on the fifth to complete her round. Overall, the former LPGA Tour player who became a major winner at the 1990 du Maurier Classic Ltd. has been pleased with her play.

I wasn’t hitting really well when I came into this week and I started hitting it well the day before on Sunday,” Johnston-Forbes said. “I left some putts out there for sure. I hit it better today but just didn’t make as many putts.”

The top-five finishers in the Seniors division will qualify for the 2018 Senior LPGA Championship at French Lick Resort. In addition, any competitors 45 or older who finish in the top 10 of the Championship division will also qualify for the senior major.


SENIOR DIVISION LEADERBOARD

Player                                                 R1          R2          R3          To Par

Cathy Johnston-Forbes                  70           70           —            -4

Barb Scherbak                                  72           76           —            +4

Sherry Andonian-Smith                  77           72           —            +5

Marlene Davis                                  74           75           —            +5

Barbara Moxness                            73           76           —            +5


QUOTABLE

“It would be amazing. I can’t imagine telling my family and friends, and the members of my club. I need one more strong round so I’m going to focus on that but that’s just like an awesome reward. It’s really cool that we have that route.”

Joanna Coe, on the opportunity for the top-eight finishers in the Championship division to compete in the 2018 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship

2017 LPGA T&CP National Championship First Round

LPGA T&CP National Championship
Mid Pines Inn & Golf Club | Southern Pines, NC
First-Round Notes | Sept. 4, 2017

 The first round of the LPGA T&CP National Championship kicked off at the Mid Pines Inn & Golf Club on Monday, and competitors were welcomed by hot temperatures and sunny skies. The heat became a factor in the afternoon with temperatures reaching the high 80s and a scorching sun that made already difficult greens that much tougher.

Wendy Doolan, a 17-year LPGA Tour professional and current teaching pro in Lakeland, Fla., took the early lead in the Championship division as she fired a 1-under 71. Doolan had three birdies in the final five holes of her front nine and made only one bogey on the back side to take a one-shot lead over Joanna Coe (Baltimore, Md.) on day 1 of the LPGA T&CP National Championship.

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Mid Pines Set to Host 2017 LPGA T&CP National Championship

Eight players will earn spots in 2018 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., September 1, 2017 – The Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Teaching and Club Professionals (T&CP) will head to Southern Pines, North Carolina and the Mid Pines Inn & Golf Club Sept. 4-6 for the 2017 LPGA T&CP National Championship.

The 54-hole, stroke-play Championship will be held on the Donald Ross-designed course, which was built in 1921 and has hosted many national championships including the 2002 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur Championship. The LPGA T&CP National Championship has been contested at Mid Pines three times previously and this year will mark the first time the championship will return there since 2002.

The LPGA T&CP National Championship was originally organized in 1983 to provide additional playing opportunities for LPGA Teaching and Club Professionals. The three-day competition has since grown to become recognized as the premier tournament for women golf professionals in the world. The tournament features three divisions: Championship (6,359 yards), Challenge (6,001) and Senior (50+, 5,716 yards). The field will be cut to the Top 70 and ties after 36-holes.

“We are very excited to bring this Championship back to Mid Pines,” said Nancy Henderson, Chief Teaching Officer of the Teaching and Club Professionals and President of the LPGA Foundation.  “The resort is the perfect setting for the championship and will provide unique challenges for our professionals, especially on the greens. Female members of the PGA of America will be competing side-by-side with our LPGA T&CP members for a share of the $100,000 purse and the opportunity to compete in the 2018 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship.”

The top eight finishers in the Championship division will go on to represent the LPGA T&CP in the 2018 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, one of five major championships on the LPGA Tour, which will be held at Kemper Lakes Golf Club outside Chicago next year. The top five finishers in the Senior division will qualify for the 2018 LPGA Senior Championship at the French Lick Resort as well as any competitors over the age of 45 who finish in the top 10 in the Championship division.

Defending champion, Lisa Grimes, an LPGA Teaching Professional from Austin, Minnesota, will headline the field competing for the T&CP National Championship as well as one of the eight coveted exemptions. Joining Grimes in the field will be 2015 champion Laurie Rinker as well as four-time winner Jean Bartholomew.

More than a dozen LPGA T&CP members who reside in North Carolina will also compete in this year’s Championship, including University of North Carolina at Greensboro women’s head coach Janell Howland, Kelly Cap of Pinehurst, Victoria Kuehner of Wilmington and Anne Marie Goslak of Winston-Salem.

Other notable players in the field include past T&CP National Championship Lori Atsedes of Goodyear, Arizona. Many of the top-8 finishers from last year’s Championship return including PGA Club Professional Karen Paolozzi (Ga.), Alison Curdt (Calif.), and Kristin Walla (Calif.).

In addition to the National Championship, family and friends have the opportunity to join in on the action by participating in the Titleist Pro-Am competition and the LPGA-USGA Girls Golf Clinic presented by Coca-Cola, which precedes the Championship.

Professionals, amateurs, and the general public will also have the opportunity to discover new products, test golf club equipment supplied by tournament sponsor-partners and meet with company representatives during the on-site Demo Days, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 2-3.