KNC LPGA Winners

Friends Spray Lexi Thompson with pop and beer
Story and photos by Pat Krause
Story and photos by Pat Krause

The KNC LPGA championship was held again at Mission Hills Country Club. The Top golfers in the LPGA played in this tournament to try to win the coveted KNC cup and the chance to jump into Poppies Pond. This first major of the year has garnered a huge reputation because of Poppies Pond and the prestige of the golf course. The long grass on the fringes makes it harder than some other courses. The 18th hole with its beauty and the fact golfers have to go over a body of water to hit the green.

Mission Hills Country Club is known for its beauty and its views with the mountains in the background. The weather for this time of the year is normally the best as its generally not too warm. Wind is sometimes a problem but not an everyday occurrence and rain never seem to be a problem as it rains so seldom in the Valley.

Lexi Thompson is just 19 years old and has already won several tournaments. Now she can add the KNC Championship to her resume. She made the jump into Poppies Pond after her win with her Caddy, Family members and her agent. The first jumps into the pond included Amy Alcott and Dinah Shore. Now it seems the winner likes to take the leap with family and friends to celebrate. The pond is full of people the last few years.

Michelle Wie first played here when she was just 13 and hoped she could win the title this year. Her putter failed on a few holes, and she ended up coming in second place, 3 strokes back of Lexi Thompson. Other top 10 golfers were hoping play well enough to win. American Stacy Lewis came in 3rd while Cristie Kerr and Si Ri Pak tied for 4th. It was great to see so many American women on top of the leader board this year. There are a lot of young American women making a name for themselves in the LPGA, and I am sure we will be hearing a lot more from them in the future.