LPGA’s top stars get ready for Kingsmill Championship


WILLIAMSBURG (WAVY) –A flash rain storm in Williamsburg today did not dampen the enthusiasm of the top women golfers in the world, who are in town for this week’s Kingsmill Championship.

Wet or dry, the River Course is one of the most popular on the tour, and somebody will leave on Sunday with a trophy and a check for almost 200-thousand dollars.

Even without a major sponsor, today’s pro-am sold out for the first time in a decade.
With a smaller purse than other events, Kingsmill still attracted six of the top ten players in the world, including 3rd ranked Lexi Thompson the defending champion.

And several crowd favorites, like 35-year-old Natalie Gulbis, making her 11th trip to Williamsburg.

“It’s hands down one of the best events on the tour,” Gulbis said. “This event means a lot to me.”

Michelle Wie, the 18th ranked player in the world this week, will tee off about 8:20 tomorrow morning.

A veteran now at 28, Michelle is still one of the more popular players on the tour, and she wants a crack at the cash prize.

“I have a lot of great memories from this place,” Wie said. “This is a tough golf course, it’s a great setup, I feel like I have a lot of confidence coming into this week, and hopefully I can play it out.”

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