WILLIAMSBURG, VIRGINIA | They are the kinds of words that bring a tear to the eye of local chamber of commerce executives. When asked about the historic town on the James River just a hop, skip and barely a jump from Kingsmill Resort, 2019 AIG Women’s Open champion Hinako said, “Colonial Williamsburg is a lovely place, one of those towns I would love to live in after my retirement. It is very quiet here. I love a beautiful view of areas.”
The Japanese star is not alone. On the putting green on Wednesday, a slew of players reiterated their love of the Kingsmill Resort and surrounding area, especially after the cancelation of the event in 2020 due to the pandemic. “This is always one of those places that you love to come to because it’s so beautiful and relaxed,” Jaye Marie Green said.
“It is really pretty course but it’s also a tough course,” said. “With narrow aiming spots on every shot, lots of water hazards, and firm greens, I think I need to be a lot more accurate to be on the top of the leaderboard.”
“I understand that I need to earn CME points to get full LPGA Tour membership but the most important thing for me right now is to compete (here) for the next four days through the weekend,” said. “I am focusing on what I need to work on in my game.
“My game is getting better day so I’m just going to keep working on my swing and get ready for another major (the U.S. Women’s Open) in two weeks. I just get more great experience every week that I compete on the LPGA Tour around the world.”