ONEIDA, WISCONSIN – The stage is set for Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic with the tournament set to host the Rolex Ranking No. 1 for the first time this week starting from July 4 – 7, 2019.
In only the third edition of the tournament, which gets underway this Thursday at 7:30am, the field will feature the current Rolex Ranking No. 1 Sung Hyun Park for the first time and no less than eight major champions including Britain’s Georgia Hall, China’s Shanshan Feng, Thailand’s Ariya Jutanugarn and America’s big-hitting talent, Britany Lang.
Park, who is fresh from victory last week at the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship, will battle for the famous Sky Woman trophy against a truly international line up with players from no less than 30 nationalities competing for the $2 million purse.
Defending champion, Sei Young Kim, the current Rolex Ranked No. 12 who captured last year’s title in record-breaking style, faces competition from more than 45 champions from around the world with victories on the LPGA, KLPGA, JLPGA, Symetra Tour and Ladies European Tour.
Joining them as part of the elite 141-player field looking to cause an upset and conquer Thornberry Creek at Oneida is Yealimi Noh and Mind Muangkhumsakul, who both came through today’s Monday qualifier with five-under-par rounds of 67.
Noh, who turned professional at the end of last year aged 17, will make her third LPGA career appearance off the back of a glittering amateur career which contained victories at the Junior PGA, the U.S. Girls Junior and the Canadian Women’s Amateur. Muangkhumsakul becomes the 12th Thai player to confirm their place and with three top ten finishes in her last four appearances on the LPGA Symetra Tour, she’ll relish an opportunity to start on the LPGA, having played as a rookie in 2018.
Solheim Cup stars Carlota Ciganda, Sandra Gal, Caroline Masson and Anna Nordqvist
are all returning for another year, having played in 2018.
Commenting on the strength of field, Oneida Golf Enterprise Agent Chad Fuss said, “We are extremely proud to welcome so many world-class golfers to Thornberry Creek at Oneida. We are pleased to see the support this event has received and look forward to welcoming world number one players past and present, major champions, Solheim Cup stars and champions from across the globe. I’m sure it will be a fantastic week of golf and we wish the players and fans alike and excellent week of golf ahead.”
Watch the Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic LIVE on the Golf Channel at the following times:
Thursday, July 4th & Friday, July 5th
Golf Channel: 5 – 7.30pm (CDT)
Saturday, July 6th & Sunday, July 7th
Golf Channel: 4.30 – 7.30pm (CDT)