The Navistar LPGA Classic Presented by Monaco RV is the next tournament on the 2010 schedule. With only three weeks left until the event, the tournament held its media day on Monday, September 13th to announce some news. LPGA Tour player Kim Hall was in attendance to talk about her involvement in the Wounded Warrior Project and Alexis Thompson was in attendance as one of the tournament's sponsors exemption. The following news was released about the tournament.
Navistar announces two-year extension
Daniel C. Ustian, President, CEO and Chairman, Navistar International Corporation, was on hand at Media Day and announced that Navistar would be singing a two-year contract extension for the tournament held on the RTJ Golf Trail, Capitol Hill, The Senator course in Prattville, Ala.
Tournament adds Creamer - Paula Creamer to play Navistar LPGA Classic for the First Time
Just like a great cup of coffee, the only thing missing from the Navistar LPGA Classic was the creamer. Now the player field for the tournament is even stronger with the addition of Paula Creamer.
Having earned more than $7.6 million on the LPGA Tour in her career, she is currently 9th on the LPGA Money List for 2010 and 10th on the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings. Recovering from a hand injury, she took off several months and came back to win the 2010 US Women’s Open earlier this year. Creamer is known for wearing the color pink and is a real fan favorite.
Tournament to support Wounded Warrior Project
Wounded Warrior Project began when several individuals took small, inspired actions to help others in need.
One night while watching the evening news, a group of veterans and brothers were moved by the difficult stories of the first wounded service members returning home from Afghanistan and Iraq. They realized then and there that something needed to be done for these brave individuals beyond the brass bands and ticker tape parades.
The resulting objective was to provide tangible support for the severely wounded and help them on the road to healing, both physically and mentally. What had been initially viewed as a small contribution (compared with what the warriors had sacrificed while serving our country) has become WWP's signature program: "WWP backpacks delivered bedside to wounded warriors."
Wounded Warrior Project is a nonprofit organization. www.woundedwarriorproject.org
Alexis Thompson to play as sponsor's exemption
At only 15 years old, Alexis “Lexi” Thompson has achieved more than most people do in an entire lifetime. This year, she became the youngest female golfer to ever turn professional. Before she was even a teenager, Thompson was the youngest person to ever compete in a US Open. She was 12. After turning pro in June 2010, she finished 10th at the 2010 US Women’s Open in a highly competitive field; it was the fourth straight time she qualified for the event. She followed that with a second place finish behind #1 in the world Jiyai Shin at her third event as a professional, the 2010 Evian Masters. Since turning pro, Thompson has made over $314,000 in just 4 events on the 2010 LPGA Tour and is now the first women’s golfer to represent Red Bull and Puma-Cobra.
As an amateur, Thompson quickly pulled ahead of the pack. Her showing at the 2009 Navistar LPGA Classic garnered international attention as she led the tournament for two straight days in a field that included Lorena Ochoa and Michelle Wie. She was ranked the #1 Women’s Amateur and the #1 Girls Junior Amateur by Golfweek for 2009. Thompson’s amateur stats include a win at the PGA Junior Championship, the American Junior Golf Association Polo Golf Junior Classic, the Women’s Southern Amateur, back-to-back victories at the Ione D. Jones/Doherty Women’s Amateur, and the Verizon Junior Heritage. She also won the South Atlantic Amateur by a 13 stroke margin and was the triple gold medal winner at the Spirit International Amateur Golf Championship. Thompson was undefeated in the 2009 PING Junior Solheim Cup and helped lead the USA to victory. At the 2010 Kraft Nabisco Championship, she landed in the lead driving distance category and finished at T-24 as an amateur. Thompson’s announcement to turn pro came after a victorious win at the 2010 Curtis Cup where she went undefeated in all five matches as part of the United States team.
Golf is not to be taken lightly in the Thompson household. It is a family tradition. Thompson’s oldest brother Nicholas is currently a rising star on the PGA Tour and has acquired $3 million in career earnings since 2005. At 17 her other brother Curtis is currently a Top-25 ranked junior and will be attending LSU on a full golf scholarship.