News and notes for the week of May 25, 2009

1. Tseng wins 31st LPGA Corning Classic
2. Corning by the numbers
3. Aces are wild in Corning
4. Tseng earns a stay at Canyon Ranch
5. Ginter-Brooker, Bostic win LPGA T&CP National Mixed Team Championship
6. Next week's tournament -- LPGA State Farm Classic
7. LPGA Corning Classic summary and 2009 Tour stats
8. Duramed FUTURES Tour -- Pipeline to the LPGA

1. Tseng wins 31st LPGA Corning Classic
2008 Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year takes home one-shot victory

CORNING, NY, May 24, 2009 - When Soo-Yun Kang missed a four-foot par putt to force a playoff on the 72nd hole of the 2009 LPGA Corning Classic, Yani Tseng was so overwhelmed with emotion that she could not speak. Such was the case with many fans, volunteers and players who celebrated 31 years of partnership between the LPGA Tour and Corning Incorporated today at Corning Country Club. 2008 Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year Tseng carded a 5-under-par 67 (34-33) on Sunday to win the 31st and final event by one stroke over Kang and Paula Creamer.

"Thanks to Corning for putting on such a great tournament for 31 years," Tseng said after accepting the champion's Steuben Bowl and a $225,000 first-place check. "I even didn't know she missed the putt, because (my) head was down. Everybody was just (saying), 'you win, you win.'

Tseng's day started with a bogey on the first hole, but she regrouped to eagle the second hole from 14 feet and birdie the third from six feet. The 20-year-old stayed aggressive on the back-nine where she elected to go for the green on the 310-yard, par-4 16th hole, driving it to 12 feet and setting up her third birdie of the day. She carded a fourth birdie on 17 where she hit a wedge to 15 feet before two-putting for par on 18 to seal her second-career LPGA victory.

Kang, who carded a 3-under-par 69 on Sunday, needed to two-putt from about 60 feet to force a playoff, but after lagging her first attempt to four feet, she missed right on the second. Tseng also outlasted a late charge from local favorite Paula Creamer, who drained a 60-foot birdie putt on the 72nd hole to get to 20-under-par 268 (66-72-65-65) for the week. Tseng finished the week at 21-under-par 267 (68-70-62-67), three strokes shy of the tournament record of 264 (-24) set by Juli Inkster in 2003. With the victory, she jumped to third on the 2009 LPGA Official Money List. Creamer registered her fourth top-three finish this season, while Kang carded her first top 10 of the season.

2. Corning by the numbers
. In 31 years as an LPGA event, the LPGA Corning Classic has awarded more than $17.8 million in prize money and generated more than $400 million in positive economic impact in the area. A total of 37,000 people volunteered at the tournament and more than $5.3 million has been raised for charity. In 31 events, the LPGA Corning Classic has featured 29 different winners with only two repeat champs: Rosie Jones (1996-97) and Betsy King (1991, 2000). In first tournament purse in 1979 was $100,000 with a $15,000 first-place check. Last week's purse was $1.5 million with champion Yani Tseng receiving $225,000.

3. Aces are wild in Corning. Kristy McPherson carded the first hole-in-one of the 2009 LPGA Corning Classic on Friday. McPherson used a 4-hybrid from 189 yards on the par-3 third hole to card her second LPGA Tour career hole-in-one. Second-year Tour member Amy Yang carded her first LPGA career hole-in-one on Saturday at the LPGA Corning Classic. The 19-year-old used a 4-iron from 182 yards to card the ace. Lorie Kane recorded her fourth career LPGA hole-in-one on the 150-yard, par-3 11th hole on Sunday with a 6-iron from 150 yards.

4. Tseng earns a stay at Canyon Ranch.
With her victory at the 2009 LPGA Corning Classic, Yani Tseng earned an all-inclusive stay for two at a Canyon Ranch resort. In a combined effort to promote health and overall well-being among Tour players, Canyon Ranch will provide every winner of an LPGA event with one all-inclusive stay at one of Canyon Ranch's two destination resorts.

5. Ginter-Brooker, Bostic win LPGA T&CP National Mixed Team Championship. Last week, LPGA Teaching and Club Professional (T&CP) Class A member Sue Ginter-Brooker teamed with PGA professional Joe Bostic to win the 2009 LPGA T&CP National Mixed Team Championship. The duo turned in a score of 135 (67-68) in the two-day event for the three-stroke victory and the $5,000 winner's check. Ginter-Brooker is a teaching professional at Rollings Hills Country Club in Wilton, Conn., and Bostic is the head golf professional at the Turtle Creek Golf Club in Tequesta, Fla.
The LPGA T&CP National Mixed Team Championship featured 22 two-person teams - one LPGA member and one male PGA member - for the two-day event at the PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

6. Next week: LPGA State Farm Classic, Panther Creek Country Club, Springfield, Ill., $1,700,000, June 4-7, 2009; TV Times


Par: 36-36, 72
Yardage: 6,608
Format: 72-hole stroke play
Winner: $255,000
Runner-up: $156,242
Field: 144 players
Defending champion: Ji Young Oh
Victory margin: Defeated Yani Tseng in a one-hole, sudden-death playoff
Tournament Information: 217-787-5742

● TV Times

ESPN2

June 5 12-2 p.m.
June 6 5-7 p.m.
June 7 1-3 p.m.

NBC
June 6 3-5 p.m.
June 7 4-6 p.m.

All times Eastern

7. LPGA Corning Classic summary and 2009 LPGA Tour stats
For the 2009 LPGA Corning Classic summary, log on to LPGA.com or click on the following link: http://www.lpgascoring.com/18447/leaderboard/leaderboard.html
For updated LPGA stats for the 2009 season, log on to LPGA.com or click on the following link: http://www.lpgascoring.com/18447/leaderboard/leaderboard.html

8. Pipeline to the LPGA Tour (May 17, 2009)

  Player
Events played
Earnings
1. Jean Reynolds
6
$26,511
2. Misun Cho
6
24,124
3. Angela Buzminski
6
21,841
4. Elisa Serramia
5
19,215
5. Mina Harigae
6
18,901
6. Allison Hanna-Williams
2
18,896
7. Alison Walshe
6
17,710
8. Christine Song
6
17,436
9. Samantha Richdale
6
16,801
10. Danah Ford
6
13,373

Next tournament: $110,000, Ladies Titan Tire Challenge, Hunters Ridge Golf course, Marion, Iowa, June 5-7, 2009

Charity: Junior League of Cedar Rapids

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