After spending a week caught in the middle of tropical storms in the Bahamas, the LPGA Tour returns to the Northeast for the ShopRite LPGA Classic Presented by Acer in Galloway, N.J. The Bay Course at the Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club plays host to the 54-hole event where 144 players will compete for a $225,000 first-place prize.
Last year’s event witnessed a milestone in Stacy Lewis’ career as she claimed her third career victory and surpassed Cristie Kerr as the top-ranked American on the LPGA Tour. Lewis was untouchable throughout the week, either leading or co-leading in the first two rounds and managing to take six-shot lead heading into Sunday’s final round. She carded 65-65-71 to take a four-stroke victory over Katherine Hull-Kirk and Lexi Thompson. Lewis went on to win the Navistar LPGA Classic and the Mizuno classic en route to earning the Rolex Player of the Year award.
The Tour’s elite top-10 in the Rolex Rankings are slated to be in the field this week including four previous winners this season. No. 1 Inbee Park looks to grab her fourth victory in 2013, while No. 3 Suzann Pettersen, No. 7 Jiyai Shin and No. 10 Cristie Kerr are seeking their second.
Both of the Rolex First-Time winners of the 2013 season will compete this week. Seeking to earn a position on the U.S. Solheim Cup team Jennifer Johnson, who claimed the Mobile Bay LPGA Classic title, looks to continue her success this season after claiming four top-25 finishes in the last five events. Illhee Lee won the inaugural Pure Silk – Bahamas LPGA Classic last week and hopes to earn her third top-5 finish this season.
The ShopRite LPGA Classic will be played May 31 – June 2 and will be featured on Golf Channel all three days. The first round will feature live coverage from 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. EST and from 3-6 p.m. EST on Saturday and Sunday.