Cristie Kerr, Paula Creamer, Lexi Thompson, and Se Ri Pak have joined the field for the highly anticipated return of the LPGA Tour to Williamsburg, VA, for the Kingsmill Championship September 3-9, 2012
Cristie Kerr, the 2005 and 2009 Michelob ULTRA Open at Kingsmill Champion, will return to Williamsburg having great success in the past at the renowned River Course. Kerr has 14 career LPGA Tour victories, including two major championships (2007 U.S. Women’s Open and the 2010 LPGA Championship). Kerr, currently ranked at number eight in the world, has earned over $13 million in career earnings (4th all time on the career money list) and was the number-one ranked golfer in the world for three time periods in 2010. Kerr was awarded the Muhammad Ali Award for Sport Achievement last year for her fight against breast cancer through her Birdies for Breast Cancer charity initiatives.
Fan favorite, Paula Creamer, is currently in her eighth year on the LPGA Tour. Creamer has earned nine career victories including one major championship at the U.S. Women’s Open in 2010. Creamer has been ranked as high as number two in the Women’s Golf Rankings and currently sits at number 12. Creamer is the fastest player in LPGA history to cross the $3, $4, and $5 million marks in career earnings.
Lexi Thompson turned professional in 2010 at the age of 15. The now seventeen-year-old Thompson has steadily climbed up the world rankings all the way to number 25. In September of last year, the teenage phenom set a new record as the youngest-ever winner of an LPGA tournament at age 16 years, seven months, and eight days, when she won the Navistar LPGA Classic in Prattville, AL.
Se Ri Pak, the South Korean standout, turned professional in 1996 at the age of nineteen. Pak has enjoyed phenomenal success as a professional golfer, winning 25 tournaments on the LPGA Tour, including the 2004 Michelob Ultra Open at Kingsmill. Pak has won five major championships (1998 U.S. Women’s Open, 2001 Weetabix Women’s British Open, and the 1998, 2002, and 2006 McDonald’s LPGA Championship) and is 6th all-time on the LPGA career money list with over $11 million in earnings. In 2007, Se Ri Pak qualified for the World Golf Hall of Fame, becoming the youngest living entrant ever.
In addition to these proven and accomplished golfers, the Kingsmill Championship is proud to give a sponsor’s exemption to one of the newest professionals on the tour, Brooke Pancake. Pancake was a member of the Alabama Crimson Tide golf team who took home the 2012 NCAA National Championship. She has been consistently ranked in the top 10 in GolfWeek and Golfstat over the last two years, and has been ranked as high as the number two amateur. Pancake was given the honor to represent the United States this summer as a member of the 2012 Curtis Cup team.
“We are excited to announce the commitment of these outstanding athletes to play in the Kingsmill Championship,” says Kingsmill Resort Vice President of Sports Operations Wayne Nooe. We are expecting the vast majority of the best players in the world to be in Williamsburg in September, and today’s announcement is a great start.”
The Kingsmill Championship will be held September 3 – 9, 2012 at Kingsmill Resort on the historic River Course. Tickets are on sale now. For more information on the Kingsmill Championship, including advertising and sponsorship opportunities, visit www.thekingsmillchampionship.com.
The Kingsmill Championship will be the 30th professional tour event contested over the Pete Dye-designed River Course. The PGA Tour visited 22 times in the 1980s and 1990s. Players who triumphed here include Calvin Peete, Fuzzy Zoeller, Lanny Wadkins, David Duval and David Toms.
The first LPGA tournament at Kingsmill Resort took place in 2003. LPGA Hall of Famers Annika Sorenstam, Karrie Webb and Se Ri Pak as well as major champions Cristie Kerr, Suzann Pettersen and Grace Park include victories at Kingsmill in their impressive resumes.
About Kingsmill on The James
Kingsmill On The James is a vibrant resort community, less than three miles from Colonial Williamsburg, and located on a 2900 acre protected area along the historic James River. Forty percent of the rolling green and wooded development will remain untouched. The two gated entrances are manned round the clock and there is a private police force.
There is a wide variety of housing choices available for residents in Kingsmill, these range from condos, townhouses, and courtyard/ patio/ villas on smaller lots to smaller detached single family and large luxury homes, many with first floor master suites. Many of the homes were designed, however, with seniors in mind.
There are six restaurants on site, 54 holes of golf with a golf club house, and a tennis club with fifteen courts. There is a superb sports club with both indoor and outdoor pools, racquetball courts, sauna, and fitness rooms. There is also a full service spa and a large marina on the river with access to the bay. The full service marina has 90 permanent slips and 15 transient boat slips.
Kingsmill is located off I-64 between Richmond and Norfolk and within close proximity to Williamsburg’s numerous destinations including Busch Gardens, Colonial Williamsburg, The College of William & Mary, Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center.