SKINNER LEADS AFTER 18 HOLES
After the first round of the Janesville LPGA Senior Pro-Am, Val Skinner tops the leaderboard at -3, one of only three players to go under par on the day. Skinner said she loved playing alongside her assigned amateurs and besides the score, she still left a lot of shots out there to improve on in the final round.
“I made a lot of birdies, but also some alternative mistakes,” said Skinner.
Michele Redman and Christa Johnson recorded -2 to finish tied for second. Redman said it took her some time to feel out the course after not playing a practice round.
“Playing the back nine first, I got a feel for where I should and shouldn’t be. I made some good putts, and it was about getting the speed right on the greens. I like these types of greens, where they have a bit of break and you have to have the speed just right,” said Redman.
Italy’s Silvia Cavalleri posted a 73 to sit in fourth. The winning professional after 36 holes will receive entry into the Senior LPGA Championship in French Lick, Ind., on Oct. 14-16.
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LPGA LEGENDS ENJOYING INAUGURAL EVENT ATMOSPHERE
Jane Geddes has two jobs in Janesville this week – playing her game and helping run the show. The former Executive Director of the LPGA Amateur Golf Association became the CEO of the Legends Tour this past June. The 11-time LPGA Tour winner is now adjusting to life on the Tour as a behind-the-scenes force on and off the course. After the first round, Geddes finished +3 at Janesville Country Club. She said she is thrilled with the tournament so far.
“The fun part about this event is we have the support of the LPGA and the staff, which gives it a different feel,” said Geddes. “When we are able to come to something the LPGA is staging for us and supporting, it’s important to all of us players and to the Legends Tour as well.”
The sentiment was echoed by many players, including LPGA and World Golf Hall of Fame member Pat Bradley. Bradley said her pro-am group, who bid about $5,000 at the pro-am party the night before for the opportunity to play with her, were the highlight of her day.
“I came out today knowing I had a great group of guys. They were great gentleman, they played pretty well and I was very proud of them,” said the six-time major champion. “It brought us all together. This is what golf does. It brings us together. I made new friends and that’s what I’m happy about.”
BECKY IVERSON LOVING THE HOMETOWN FEEL
When learning about the Janesville LPGA Senior Pro-am, no one was more excited than Becky Iverson. The Madison, Wis., native felt right at home at Janesville Country Club, playing with friends and family in attendance. She said it was a weird feeling not having to pack up and go far away to play but is happy to be so close to home.
Iverson, who is the director of golf at The Bridges Club in Madison, saw some of her members in the crowd as well. “It was fun to play in front of them. They only see me behind the desk, so it was nice to be relaxed on the course,” she said.
She joked that she achieved her goal of not succumbing to any pressure with familiar eyes watching her. “When you work in a club, it’s really hard to get out there and play, and when you do, you feel kind of distracted. I know when I play my course, I’m constantly on the phone with my golf superintendent, telling him what I like and don’t like,” said Iverson.
Staying at home this weekend, Iverson is ready to see what she can do tomorrow. “I had a really good group here,” said Iverson. “Overall, today was a lot of fun.”
LETA LINDLEY HAPPY TO BE COMPETING AGAIN
When Corning Country Club celebrated its 100th anniversary, Leta Lindley said she would drop everything to be there. In 2008, Lindley won her only LPGA Tour title at that tournament in Corning, N.Y. On July 26 and 27, she played in the Corning Legends Invitational and was bit by the Legends Tour bug. Now in Janesville, Lindley is competing in her first official competitive event since 2012.
“I think there’s definitely some nerves after a really long hiatus, but it feels good to take my game to the golf course,” said Lindley. “I don’t get to practice much, so my expectation isn’t nearly as high as it used to be, but it felt good to be inside the ropes and I hit a lot of good shots.”
Lindley had some hurdles along the way. She landed in two divots and her driver broke halfway through, forcing her to use her 3-wood the rest of the way. “All in all, I was pretty pleased,” she said.
Lindley retired from the LPGA Tour in 2012 after turning professional in 1995. She then became the tournament director for the Leta Lindley Prader-Willi Classic and continued to play in pro-am events. “I did everything from goodie bags to computer work, and flyers to tee times. I did it all. That was an amazing experience, and I learned a lot,” she said.
Lindley also she just finished her fourth season as a teaching professional, something she said she thought she would never do in a million years. “I said I would never teach, but you never know what life is going to take you,” said Lindley. “I really enjoy being back in golf and the teaching aspect has brought me back to the tournament part and has inspired me to play.”
ABOUT THE LPGA
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ABOUT THE LEGENDS TOUR
The Legends Tour is the official senior tour of the LPGA, providing competitive opportunities for female golfers, professional and eligible amateurs, age 45 and over. The tour was founded in 2000 by 25 veteran LPGA Tour professionals to showcase the talents of some of the greatest women’s golfers of all time. The Legends Tour now has more than 120 members, including 14 LPGA and World Golf Hall of Fame members. Legends Tour members have over 750 combined LPGA Tour victories, including 84 major championships. In its 18 seasons, The Legends Tour has awarded more than $20 million in prize money and helped raise over $24 million for charity. The Legends Tour has hosted nearly 100 charity golf events and professional tournaments nationwide in multiple states and overseas in Japan and Australia. For additional information on The Legends Tour, please visit www.thelegendstour.com.
ABOUT JANESVILLE COUNTRY CLUB
Janesville Country Club has the distinction of being the sixth country club established in the United States, the second in the Midwest and the first in Wisconsin. The club was founded in 1894 by Alexander Galbraith. He brought fifteen golf sticks, several dozen balls and a sketchy knowledge of their use with him from Scotland. The mission of Janesville Country Club is to enhance the life of its members. With over 120 years of tradition and experience, Janesville Country Club offers championship golf, a full-service outdoor pool, and outstanding dining and banquet facilities.