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Friday, May 30, 2014

Historic Seaview Bay Course Hosts LPGA ShopRite Classic

Seaview Resort & Spa

The unofficial start to the summer golf season in Atlantic City takes place this week on the Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club’s newly renovated Bay Course. It's the ShopRite LPGA Classic Presented by Acer.

Defending champion Karrie Webb joins fellow Hall of Famers Juli Inkster and Se Ri Pak, who are set to tee it up with future legends of the game like teen phenom Lydia Ko and major winner Lexi Thompson. Additionally, the field features fan favorites such as Michelle Wie, Paula Creamer, Morgan Pressel and Natalie Gulbis, as well past champions of this event like Stacy Lewis, Cristie Kerr and Brittany Lincicome.

The May 30 to June 1 LPGA event features the world’s Top 10 ranked players in the Rolex Rankings and reigning champions of all five LPGA majors — along with 94 out of the top 100 players on the LPGA’s money list.

The real star of the show, though, may well be the Seaview Bay Course, a 6,366-yard Donald Ross design that will test every player, pro or amateur. The track is one infuriating short hole after another, with wind, wind, wind, and more wind pushing your ball away from the tiny greens.  The course underwent a renovation earlier this year to celebrate its centennial, but it didn't lose its traditional feel despite adding new tees on four holes and refreshing some of the bunker complexes. It's still seaside golf in all its glory.

A hundred years of golf history at Seaview are reflected in the wooden bunker rakes and flag sticks, not to mention the many crowned greens with approaches that reward an effective bump-and-run ground game and a careful reading of putts.  In an earlier, gentler time, Warren G. Harding played the course and Sam Snead won the 1942 PGA Championship here. In addition to Juli Inkster, two other Hall of Famers, Annika Sorenstam and Nancy Lopez,won the LPGA ShopRite Classic on the Bay Course.

Among many other books, Dave Donelson is the author of Weird Golf: 18 tales of fantastic, horrific, scientifically impossible, and morally reprehensible golf

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