GALLOWAY, NEW JERSEY | History is all around at the Seaview Hotel. The Bay Course, where the ShopRite LPGA Classic will be played this week, dates back to 1914 and the Hugh Wilson-Donald Ross design is where Sam Snead won the first of his seven majors, the 1942 PGA Championship, chipping in from 20 yards on the 35th hole to defeat Jim Turnesa, 2 and 1, back when the event was contested at match play.
Now it is home to a revitalized tournament that 10 years ago returned to the LPGA Tour bigger, better and more innovative than ever. Founded as the Atlantic City LPGA Classic in 1986, its winner’s list includes a roll call of Hall of Fame members.
Juli Inkster won that first year and was followed by Betsy King, Nancy Lopez, Annika Sörenstam, Se Ri Pak and Karrie Webb. The new class of champions includes Annie Park, who last year picked up her first LPGA victory, as well as major winners I.K. Kim, Anna Nordqvist, Stacy Lewis and Brittany Lincicome.
ShopRite’s run with the Atlantic City tournament was interrupted by a three-year hi...
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