June 22, 2010 - LPGA tour players Paige Mackenzie, Irene Cho, Jean Bartholomew, and Mina Harigae stepped outside the ropes Tuesday at the LPGA Championship Presented by Wegmans to learn about Wegmans passion for organic farming. They were given an exclusive behind the scenes tour of the 50-acre Wegmans Organic Research Farm located near the shores of Canandaigua Lake. Larry Kitts, Tournament Chairman & Director, Corporate Services Wegmans Food Markets, gave the players a tour of the facility, from the chicken coop, to the bee hives, to the tomato area boasting 14 different varieties of organic tomatoes. The players learned first hand about organic growing techniques as well as the farm’s mission to provide locally grown fruits, vegetables and honey to nearby Wegmans stores. Eventually, Wegmans wants the farm to serve as an educational model for local growers, employees and consumers who want to learn about organic food production.
The LPGA contests its second major championship of the season this week at the LPGA Championship Presented by Wegmans. A world-class field of 150 players will vie for the $2.25 million purse and a first-place check of $337,500. Headlining the field are 15 of the top 15 in the Rolex Rankings, including the new No. 1 player in the world Ai Miyazato and Rolex Ranking No. 6 and defending champion Anna Nordqvist. Six LPGA T&CP members will also join the stellar field.