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News and notes for the week of October 12, 2009

1. Rolex Rankings move of the week: Miyazato advances with win
2. Rolex Player of the Year/Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year standings
3. LPGA T&CP members gather for Northeast Section Championship
4. Miyazato wins on JLPGA
5. Sorenstam soirée to benefit ANNIKA Foundation
6. Pressel participates in Pink Pony Day
7. LPGA Tour members head to Aloha State for charity
8. Rawson to compete in Sorenson Champions Challenge
9. Upcoming event: Hana Bank • KOLON Championship, Sky 72 Golf Club, Ocean Course, Incheon, South Korea., $1,700,000, October 30-November 1, 2009

1. Rolex Rankings move of the week: Miyzato advances with win

Just a few months out from being named a Rolex First-Time Winner at the Evian Masters, Japan's Ai Miyazato earned her first win on the LPGA of Japan (JLPGA) in three years at the Sankyo Ladies Open. Miyazato, who moved up one spot in the Rolex Rankings to ninth, defeated 36-hole leader Mi-Jeong Jeon - who jumped five world positions to 25th - and Mayu Hattori, of Japan, by one stroke.

The Rolex Rankings (www.rolexrankings.com) are sanctioned by the five major women's professional golf tours: the LPGA; Ladies European Tour (LET); Ladies Professional Golfers' Association of Japan (LPGA of Japan); Korea Ladies Professional Golf Association (KLPGA); Australian Ladies Professional Golf (ALPG); as well as the Ladies Golf Union (LGU), which administers the RICOH Women's British Open.

The Rolex Ranking Board and Technical committee recently agreed on several modifications to the Strength of Field calculations which include: an increase in the World Points factor from 200 to 400; a minimum value of 100 for Strength of Field for all Tours, except the Duramed FUTURES Tour; and the implementation of a true Strength of Field calculation for Duramed FUTURES Tour events, rather than the fixed points ratio of the past.

The Rolex Rankings are the only women's world rankings that incorporate player performances from the five major tours and the Duramed FUTURES Tour, the official developmental tour of the LPGA.

 
2. Rolex Player of the Year/Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year standings

Rookie Jiyai Shin leads both the 2009 Rolex Player of the Year and Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year standings. Shifts are sure to be made when the LPGA Tour returns to competition at the Hana Bank • KOLON Championship Oct. 30-Nov. 1, at Sky 72 Golf Club in Incheon, South Korea. Both awards will officially conclude at the season-ending LPGA Tour Championship Presented by Rolex, Nov. 19-22 at The Houstonian Golf & Country Club in Richmond, Texas, near Houston.

The Rolex Player of the Year and Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year are both based on points systems, which awards players points based on how they finish in each official LPGA event. All points are doubled at the four major championships - Kraft Nabisco Championship, McDonald's LPGA Championship Presented by Coca-Cola, U.S. Women's Open, RICOH Women's British Open.
 
Rolex Player of the Year point system is based on top-10 finishes: 1st place-30 points; 2nd-12; 3rd-nine; 4th-seven; 5th-six; 6th-five; 7th-four; 8th-three; 9th-two; 10th-one.

Top-10 Rolex Player of the Year standings (as of 10/4/09)

Place Name Points
1 Jiyai Shin 136
2 Lorena Ochoa 131
3 Cristie Kerr 118
4 Ai Miyazato 111
5 Suzann Pettersen 110
6 Angela Stanford 103
7 Yani Tseng 92
8 Paula Creamer 85
9 In-Kyung Kim 83
10 Karrie Webb 80

The Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year point system rewards points to rookies based on their finish after making the cut. Points range from 150 for a win and five points for positions 41st through each player making the cut.

Top-10 Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year standings (as of 10/4/09)

Place Name Points
1 Jiyai Shin 1,344
2 Michelle Wie 764
3 Anna Nordqvist 663
4 Vicky Hurst 435
5 Mika Miyazato 405
6 Stacy Lewis 376
7 M.J. Hur 332
8 Mindy Kim 178
9 Haeji Kang 136
10 Shiho Oyama

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3. LPGA T&CP members gather for Northeast Section Championship

Sue Ginter traveled to Veronia, N.Y., this week to defend her title at the Turning Stone Resort LPGA T&CP Northeast Section Championship. The field is comprised of 32 LPGA Teaching & Club Professionals (T&CP), who will compete for an exemption into the 2010 LPGA Championship and a share of the championship purse. The 36-hole tournament will be hosted by Kaluhyat Golf Club today and tomorrow.

Also in the field are Jean Bartholomew and Laura Shanahan-Rowe - the 2009 and 2008, respectively, LPGA T&CP National Champions - as well as Angela Aulenti and Kammy Maxfeldt, who paired up to capture the 2008 LPGA T&CP National Team Championship. Results will be posted on the LPGA Teaching & Club Professionals link on LPGA.com.
 

4. Miyazato wins on JLPGA

Five-year LPGA Tour member Ai Miyazato is continuing a year of winning ways by posting her 15th international victory this past weekend at the Sankyo Ladies Open on the LPGA of Japan (JLPGA) tour. A five-stroke, come-from-behind win, Miyazato finished with a one-stroke victory over 36-hole leader Mi-Jeong Jeon, of Korea, and fellow countrywoman Mayu Hattori. The event came down to the closing holes as Jeon held a four-stroke lead over Miyazato at the turn, but Miyazato carded three birdies in her first four holes of the back nine. On the final two holes, the difference in the round were Miyazato pars against consecutive double bogeys by Jeon.

On the LPGA Tour, Miyazato became a Rolex First-Time Winner in July with her victory at the Evian Masters. The recent victory on the JLPGA for Miyazato was her first since 2006.

 
5. Sorenstam soirée to benefit ANNIKA Foundation

Fiddler's Elbow Country Club will be the site for LPGA Tour veteran Annika Sorenstam's first public appearance since the birth of her daughter, Ava, this fall. The ANNIKA Experience at Fiddler's Elbow Country Club on Wednesday, Oct. 14, will raise funds for the ANNIKA Foundation through a golf clinic and dining experience, during which Annika will participate as a guest chef and share her ANNIKA Syrah. More information is available at www.annikafoundation.org.

Last week, the ANNIKA Foundation and the Women's Golf Foundation announced the ANNIKA Inspiration Award, which will be given to a young woman who has been inspired by someone in her life and who now excels in her sport, while demonstrating leadership qualities, taking time to give back to her community or sport, and, in turn, serving as an inspiration to others. Applications are expected to be released for 2010.

 
6. Pressel participates in Pink Pony Day

Two-time LPGA Tour winner Morgan Pressel will be in New York City this Friday, Oct. 16, for the Polo Ralph Lauren Pink Pony Day. The event, hosted at Polo's main NYC office, will include a meet-and-greet with Pressel, a live auction and the presentation of a check from the Pink Pony Foundation for sales of the "Morgan" shirt from July 2008-09.

Pressel, whose mother died of breast cancer when she was a young child, has been an advocate of breast cancer awareness. The Morgan & Friends Fight Cancer Charity Event has raised $750,000 for programs in South Florida in two years to help fight breast cancer and raise awareness.
 

7. LPGA Tour members head to Aloha State for charity

A group of LPGA Tour members, including rookie Kim Welch, Jeanne Cho-Hunicke, Anna Grzebien and Angela Jerman will be in Maui, Hawaii Oct. 18-21, for the Aloha Team Classic - 2009. Amateur golfers from the United States will play three of Maui's finest courses -The King Kamehameha Golf Club, Kapalua Resort's Bay Course and Kapalua Resort's Plantation Courses - in a two-person team format event that will benefit Beyond the Rainbow Foundation. Participants will get to play with the LPGA pros, who will serve as the amateur's coach for the day.

Jerman is the LPGA spokesperson for Beyond the Rainbow Foundation, which is an all volunteer organization "Helping Maui's youth realize the promise of their future!"

For more information, visit www.alohateamclassic.org.

 
8. Rawson to compete in Sorenson Champions Challenge

LPGA Tour member Anna Rawson is among 16 professional golfers and celebrities who are in the field for the 2009 Sorenson Champions Challenge. A two-day event that starts with a pro-am today - Monday, Oct. 12 - then twosome, scramble tomorrow, Rawson will team up with Mike Weir. Today, a pro-am team will play nine holes with Rawson, then nine holes with Weir.

The 12th annual event is hosted at Thanksgiving Point Golf Club in Lehi, Utah, benefits Thanksgiving Point and The Deron Williams Point of Hope Foundation.

 
9. Upcoming event: Hana Bank • KOLON Championship, Sky 72 Golf Club, Ocean Course, Incheon, South Korea., $1,700,000, October 30-November 1, 2009

 
Par: 36-36, 72
Yardage: 6,490
Format: 54-hole stroke play
            Winner: $255,000
            Runner-up: $158,591
Field: 69 players
Defending champion: Candie Kung
Victory margin: Defeated Katherine Hull by one stroke
Tournament information: 011-82-2-2184-6803

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