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JIN YOUNG KO, LYDIA KO, INBEE PARK HEADLINE THE 2022 SHOPRITE LPGA CLASSIC 

World No. 1 Jin Young Ko, major champions Lydia Ko and Inbee Park and defending champion CĂ©line Boutier headline an elite field of early commitments for the 2022 ShopRite LPGA Classic Presented by Acer.. In addition, LPGA Tour winner and Philadelphia Cricket Club teaching professional Meaghan Francella has accepted a sponsor invitation to compete. The tournament, which was played the last two years in the Fall, returns to it's regular schedule place from June 6-12 at the Seaview, A Dolce Hotel in Gallaway NJ.

The 2022 ShopRite LPGA Classic field also will expand to 144 players in 2022, competing for a share of a $1.75 million purse. In addition to Boutier, returning ShopRite LPGA Classic champions from the past 10 years committed to the event include Mel Reid (2020), Annie Park (2018), In Kyung Kim (2017), two-time winners Anna Nordqvist (2015-16) and Stacy Lewis (2012, 2014), and Brittany Lincicome (2011).

“We are excited to once again host the world’s best players to South Jersey for the ShopRite LPGA Classic Presented by Acer, and we look forward to welcoming Meaghan as a sponsor exemption into our world-class field that serves as the kickoff sporting event for the summer in Atlantic City,” said tournament director Bill Hansen.

Francella made her LPGA debut in 2004 after an All-American collegiate career at the University of North Carolina. She competed on the EPSON Tour and LPGA Tour for over a decade, recording her first LPGA victory at the 2007 MasterCard Classic. In recent years, Francella transitioned to teaching the game the loves and is currently the LPGA teaching professional at Philadelphia Cricket Club. She has never given up on competing at the highest level and is entered in the field for the 2022 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship as a result of her eighth-place finish at the 2021 LPGA Professionals National Championship.

Atlantic City’s largest annual sporting event, the ShopRite LPGA Classic returns to its traditional dates on the LPGA Tour schedule in June and, for the first time in history, will broadcast live on network television. CBS Television Network will carry Sunday’s final round and stream live on Paramount+. GOLF Channel will air the first two rounds and the first hour of Sunday’s final round, with CBS airing the final two hours.

Since 1992, the tournament has raised nearly $40 million for local hospitals, food banks, education and youth programs. Last year, dozens of non-profits received grants and donations totaling more than $1.5 million.

Tickets are now on sale for the ShopRite LPGA Classic, exclusively at www.ShopRiteLPGAClassic.com. Ticket packages for the 2022 ShopRite LPGA Classic include exclusive hospitality and general admissions tickets offering a wide degree of entertainment and access. All 2022 tournament tickets will be digital and will be emailed after purchase. Tickets can be viewed on either a mobile device or be printed out where they will be scanned at the main gate.

There are four ticket options for fans interested in attending the 2022 ShopRite LPGA Classic, which can be purchased in advance online.

Any One Day Grounds Ticket: $20, Weekly Grounds: $40, Hard Rock Suite: $175 (complimentary food and non-alcoholic drinks with cash bar – located on the 17th green), Champions Club on 18: $275 (complimentary food and drinks)

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  • MARINA ALEX WINS 2nd LPGA EVENT AT THE PALOS VERDES CHAMPIONSHIP

  • Marina Alex won the Palos Verdes Championship on Sunday for her second LPGA Tour title, breaking a tie with a two-putt birdie on the par-5 16th and parring the final two holes for a one-stroke victory over Jin Young Ko.

    Three strokes behind Hannah Green entering the round, Alex closed with a 5-under 66 to finish at 10-under 274 at the hilly and windy Palos Verdes Golf Club.

    "The hard work has paid off,'' said Alex, the 31-year-old from New Jersey who recently fought a herniated disk in her lower back. "I wasn't sure if this would ever happen again if I'm being perfectly honest. It's been tough. We're all getting older. I'm getting older. There are so many amazing players out here. The competition is really, really difficult.

    "So, I just didn't know if my mind and body were going to put me back in a position that I was going to be able to do it again. Today was the day."

    The top-ranked Ko also shot a 66. She finished about an hour before Alex in the first-year event that wrapped up the LPGA Tour's two-week, Los Angeles-area stay and five-tournament West Coast swing.

    "My swing was really better than first three days,'' Ko said. "I got something -- I found something, so hit really well today.''

    Alex bogeyed the par-4 third, then birdied the par-4 fifth, par-5 seventh and par-4 eighth. She added birdies on the par-3 11th and par-12th and two-putted from 40 feet on 16 to take the outright lead.

    "Today was amazing,'' Alex said. "I'm kind of not really there with processing what went down today, but it's been a really tough couple years. I mean, since the COVID -- that slowed all of us down.

    "And then I was injured really quick after that. Had seven months off, and it's just been a really tough rebuilding back. Coming into this year I finally have felt good physically, like really good.''

    Alex also won the 2018 Portland Classic. She tied for 10th last week at Wilshire Country Club in the LA Open.

    "My goals for the year were just to like get through the year, silly as that sounds,'' Alex said. "No, I really did feel like this year was going to be different than years past. I struggled last year just getting back in things competitively and also physically.''

    Third-ranked Lydia Ko (70) and Megan Khang (68) tied for third at 8 under. Green shot her second straight 72 to drop into a tie for fifth at 7 under with Ryann O'Toole (68), Andrea Lee (69) and Annie Park (69).

    Anna Davis, the Augusta National Women's Amateur winner, closed with a 76 to finish 70th in her first LPGA Tour start. The 16-year-old is from Spring Valley, east of San Diego. She received a sponsor exemption.

    "It's been a really fun experience, I would say,'' Davis said. "Overall, it's been really fun. Super good experience, and it's something I look forward to doing in my future. So, glad that I got to see a little sneak peek this week."

  • (Story courtesy of Associated Press, 5/1/2022)

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  • Professional Golf Tournaments in NJ this Season:

  • Forsgate Country Club is set to welcome the ANNIKA Foundation on May 12 for an allday event. The day will feature a breakfast session to hear Sorenstam's story, a golf outing on the historic Banks Course, a golf clinic, a six-hole exhibition match and a closing reception with raffle prizes. 
  • The LPGA Cognizant Founders Cup is headed to Upper Montclair Country Club on May 12-15. Volunteer "Ambassador" opportunities are made available through the LPGA website. See link on our Homepage.
  • The LPGA ShopRite Classic is headed back to the Seaview Resort in Absecon, NJ on June 6-12. Ticket and volunteer opportunities are available on www.shopritelpgaclassic.com.
  • Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, NJ will host the LIV Saudi-Tour Tournament starting July 29. More details to follow.
  • Don't forget to check the following local websites for tournament dates for all your top local championships, MGA (www.mgagolf.org), NJSGA (www.njsga.org) and the NJ PGA, for their popular Thursday Pro-Am series.

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