Brian Heard

Brian Heard

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A look ahead at the 2011 LPGA Tour

As the 2011 season finally gets underway this weekend in Taiwan at the Honda LPGA Thailand event, it’s natural to ask the question what’s new for the LPGA in 2011? First, let’s start with what isn’t. As in 2010 expect each week to be a battle with the depth on tour continuing to get, well, …

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The natural, Karrie Webb, is natural choice for LPGA board

Karrie Webb fast facts Birthdate: December 21, 1974Birthplace: Ayr, Queensland, AustraliaCurrent residences: Boynton Beach, Florida; Ayr, Queensland, AustraliaHeight: 5-6Road to the LPGA: 1995 Q-School (finished 2nd)LPGA rookie season: 1996Professional wins: 50LPGA wins: 36 Major wins: 7Career LPGA earnings: $15,771,320 (2nd)Current world ranking: 16th Let’s face it, the LPGA needs good leadership at this time. The …

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The LPGA Charitable Contributions

There’s been plenty of change, angst, controversy swirling about the LPGA Tour over the last three years or so. And there’s plenty to talk about along those lines. But there have also been some constants and we should talk about that as well. Because through all the upheaval – the loss of tournaments, the loss …

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Vicky Hurst: Perfect face for the LPGA

Vicky Hurst fast facts Birthdate: June 19, 1990Birthplace: Andrews Air Force Base, MarylandResidence: Melbourne, FloridaHeight: 5-8Road to the LPGA: Finished 1st on the 2008 Futures Tour money listLPGA rookie season: 2009LPGA wins: 0Best LPGA finish: 2nd (2010 Hana Bank Championship)2010 earnings: $393,456 (26th)World ranking: 53rd It’s well-documented how the face of the LPGA Tour has …

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LPGA Tour takes a step forward

A year ago the LPGA Tour was in turmoil. Panic may not be the right word, but let’s just say there was more than enough anxiety to go around. To recap: Sponsors were fleeing from the tour in droves – a combination of tough economic times, the growing international influence on tour, the subsequent alienation …

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P&G NW Arkansas Championship preview

Fast facts Tournament names: P&G NW Arkansas Championship Presented by Walmart (2010), P&G Beauty NW Arkansas Championship Presented by John Q. Hammons (2008-09), LPGA NW Arkansas Championship Presented by John Q. Hammons (2007) Founded: 2007 Location: Rogers, Arkansas Course: Pinnacle Country Club – 6,284 yards, par 71 2010 purse: $2 million Winner’s share: $300,000 Champions: …

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Amy Alcott: The most interesting golfer in the world

Amy Alcott

Amy Alcott fast facts Birthdate: February 22, 1956Birthplace: Kansas City, MissouriResidence: Santa Monica, CaliforniaHeight: 5-6Road to the LPGA: Tied for 12th at 1975 LPGA Qualifying SchoolLPGA wins: 29Major wins: 5Best finish at a Major: 1st (1979 Peter Jackson Classic, 1980 U.S. Open, 1983, 1988, 1991 Nabisco Dinah Shore)Career LPGA earnings: $3,419,406 (51st all-time)Legends Tour wins: …

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CN Canadian Women

Fast facts Tournament names: CN Canadian Women’s Open (2006-present), BMO Financial Group Canadian Open (2003-05), Bank of Montreal Canadian Women’s Open (2001-02), du Maurier Ltd Classic (1988-2000), du Maurier Classic (1984-87), Peter Jackson Classic (1979-1983), La Canadienne (1973-78) Founded: 1973 Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada Course: St. Charles Country Club – 6,572 yards, par 72 2010 …

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Safeway Classic preview

Fast facts Tournament names: Safeway Classic Presented by Coca-Cola (2009-present), Safeway Classic Presented by Pepsi (2003-2008), Safeway Classic (2001-02), Safeway LPGA Golf Championship (1996-2000), Ping-AT&T Wireless Services LPGA Golf Championship (1995), Ping-Cellular One LPGA Golf Championship (1991-94), Ping-Cellular One Golf Championship (1990), Cellular One-Ping Golf Championship (1983-85), Portland Ping Team Championship (1979-82), Ping Classic Team …

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Nancy Lopez: The original American phenom

Nancy Lopez fast facts Birthdate: January 6, 1957Birthplace: Torrance, CaliforniaResidence: Albany, GeorgiaHeight: 5-5Road to the LPGA: Finished 3rd at 1977 LPGA Qualifying SchoolLPGA wins: 48Major wins: 3Best finish at a Major: 1st (1978, 1985 and 1989 LPGA Championships)Career LPGA earnings: $5,320,877 (31st all-time)Legends Tour wins: 0 (5 events)Legends Tour career earnings: $64,689 Sure, there’s a …

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