“Allie, The Golf Oracle” is back! Never mind that I only predicted a few things right last year! It was a heck of a year regardless of my forecasting ability. There was Ariya Jutanugarn taking the LPGA by storm, InBee Park battling back to win the Gold in Rio, The Great Se Ri Pak going on her farewell tour, Lydia Ko being Lydia Ko! And how bout when Team USA (who barely finished the season with any players in the top ten) took home the International Crown?! Too much fun!
The LPGA: So young, so good, so diverse.
2016 was incredible. How can 2017 even begin to compete with a year like that? There will be No Olympics!? No International Crown!?
But there is also No Need to Worry!… LPGA 2017 has plenty of golf awesomeness in store for y’all. I’m about to tell you about it too! I’m about to tell you why the LPGA in 2017 just might make for an even more interesting year than the last year. Yeah, you heard me! More interesting than last year you say?! Yep! What do you think of that!?
Oracle Allie’s Top Ten LPGA 2017 Players, Places, and Performances to Watch For!
1The Solheim Cup!
3Oh Canada! The Sister Squad
4New Venues? Neato!
The LPGA has some baller cool additions coming to the 2017 schedule including trips to Green Bay, Wisconsin for the Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic and Indianapolis, Indiana for the Indy Women in Tech Tournament, as well the Aberdeen Classic in Scotland and the McKayson Open in New Zealand.Do you realize this means that we will get to see Lydia Ko tee it up on her home turf?! Fun for her and fun for us! And on top of
Do you realize this means that we will get to see Lydia Ko tee it up on her home turf?! Fun for her and fun for us! And on top of that, the Indianapolis event will feature a few holes inside of the Indy 500 track to my understanding? Like what!? That’s cool. And then it’s never bad to hit up the Cheese-heads in Wisconsin… or you know… go to the home of golf and all!
For a super helpful read all about the LPGA 2017 schedule and happenings check out our writer Nancy Berkley’s fantastic preview of the year to come.
5America’s Hope… Are your shoulders getting heavy Lexi Thompson?
6The Stats Master: Lydia Ko
7Louise Suggs Rookie of the Year: Madalene Sagstrom
The Symetra Tour’s unstoppable Swede, Madalene Sagstrom, finished atop the Symetra Tour 2016 money list by more than 60,000 dollars. She had maybe the most dominant Symetra performance ever. You know what other great golfer is from Sweden? Henrik Stenson? Nah… I’m talkin’ Annika y’all! Fueled with a little Vision 54 Pia Nilsson Swedish mind power what could stop her?! As a side note, Nilsson deserves congratulations for her 2016 Ellen Griffin Rolex Award for teaching excellence. Let’s go Sweden!
8Asia will dominate again
9Hold Onto that Tour Card Kids!
It often goes overlooked, but the battle at the bottom of the Tour at the end of the year is always pretty darn interesting. Every year, those players who just aren’t able to quite be in that top 100 on the all-important money list are right back to battling for their Tour Card at Final Stage again. I had a few LPGA pals this year who wound up back in Final Stage at Q-school after failing to requalify for their Tour Card. Rachel Rohanna, Vicky Hurst, and Casey Grice were all there battling it out and none of them were able to pull through.
Sadena Parks was one LPGA player I knew who went back to Final Stage but found success and got to keep her Card. With so many good players waiting in the ranks of the Symetra Tour and tours around the world, it’s not an easy task to stay on Tour. The LPGA is certainly designed to try and keep top players at the top, but there is still plenty of movement, and it’s always a battle right to the very end.
10More Fans Like You 🙂
Okay, did I win ya over? Do you think 2017 is gonna be better than last year? I want to hear about what y’all loved about the LPGA last year and what you are looking forward to this year? Tell me about it! I mean, I talked your ear off and I’m only right 99% of the time, so it’s your turn!
Allie White from Lancaster, Ohio, is a professional golfer and golf journalist. She is currently pursuing her Masters in Journalism at Ohio University. With four years of experience on the Symetra Tour, a cut-made at the 2009 U.S. Women’s Open, and a 2016 Ohio Open Championship, White hopes to continue her golf career during her academic breaks.
“I grew up on an 88-acre farm in Southeast Ohio and currently live in the same area with my dog Finley where I cheer like crazy for all of my favorite Ohio sports teams. I love to play my guitar, listen to music, watch movies, and read good stuff!
My two biggest golf dreams are to play in Toledo Ohio’s LPGA event and to make it back to another US Open. I’m still hunting for that first hole in one!”