Michelle Wie Headlines Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic Tournament Field
Pano, Lemieux and Henderson Announced as Sponsor Exemptions
By Brian Weis
Five-time LPGA winner Michelle Wie will headline the field at the second edition of the Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic. Wie, 29, of Honolulu, Hawaii, will be joined by world No. 2 Ariya Jutanugarn and her sister, Moriya, top-earning American Cristie Kerr, former world No. 1 Lydia Ko and Canadian star Brooke Henderson.
As previously announced, thirteen-year-old Alexa Pano will lead a trio of sponsor exemptions who will tee it up at Thornberry Creek at Oneida. Pano, an accomplished junior golfer, will be joined by former Texas Tech University player Gabby (Barker) Lemieux and Selanee Henderson, who makes her second appearance in the tournament.
"We are thrilled to welcome Alexa, Gabby and Selanee to the Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic," said Josh Doxtator, COO for the Oneida Golf Enterprise Corporation. ""We are extremely proud of our selections as they represent excellence in their own right. Their persistence, tenacity and determination is admired and we look forward to rooting them on."
Pano, of Lake Worth, Florida, has qualified for five USGA Championships including the U.S. Women's Amateur at ages 11 (2016) and 12 (2017). In 2017, she became only the third 12-year-old to make the cut into match play in 117 years. Pano is a two-time winner at Augusta National's Drive, Chip and Putt National Finals. She is also the youngest-ever competitor on the LPGA of Japan, playing the Yonex Ladies Open at age 11.
Lemieux, of Caldwell, Idaho, will make her professional debut at the Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic. She earned three victories while playing collegiately at Texas Tech University. Formerly Gabby Barker, she and her husband, Jared, were married on June 2.
Henderson, of Apple Valley, California, will make her second appearance at the Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic. She has played golf professionally since 2012 following a successful stint at University of California-Irvine where she was a four-time first-team All-Big West Conference selection.
Lemieux and Henderson each have Native American ancestry.
"Final preparations are underway as we eagerly await the arrival of the world's best golfers at next week's Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic," said Jon-Paul Genet, Tournament Director. "Last year's inaugural event made a great impact on the Green Bay community and we look forward to welcoming back the LPGA's approachable and fan-friendly athletes for another successful year."
A variety of advance ticket sale options are still available through the tournament website including Single Day Grounds Tickets, Weekly Grounds Tickets, Single Day Clubhouse Tickets, Weekly Clubhouse Tickets and Tickets for The Deck at 17 presented by Festival Foods where ticketholders are rewarded with discounted beers and brats when an LPGA player makes a birdie on the par 3, 17th hole. There will be an increase in ticket prices at the gate. Children 17 and under are admitted to the tournament free of charge when accompanied by a ticketed adult.
For more information about the Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic and to volunteer or buy tickets, please visit www.thornberrycreeklpgaclassic.com.
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Written By: Brian Weis
Brian Weis is the Publisher of GolfTrips.com, a network of golf travel and directory sites including GolfWisconsin.com, GolfMichigan.com, ArizonaGolfer.com, GolfAlabama.com, etc. Professionally, Brian is a member of the Golf Writers Association of America (GWAA), International Network of Golf (ING), Golf Travel Writers of America (GTWA), International Golf Travel Writers Association (IGTWA) and The Society of Hickory Golfers (SoHG). In 2016, Brian won The Shaheen Cup, an award given to a golf travel writer by his peers.
All of his life, Brian has been around the game of golf. As a youngster, Brian competed at all levels in junior and high school golf. Brian had a zero chance for a college golf scholarship, so he worked on the grounds crew at West Bend Country Club to pay for his University of Wisconsin education. In his adult years, his passion for the game collided with his entrepreneurial spirit and in 2004 launched GolfWisconsin.com. In 2007, the idea for a network of local golf directory sites formed and GolfTrips.com was born. Today, the network consists of a site in all 50 states supported by national sites like GolfTrips.com, GolfGuide.com and GolfPackages.com. It is an understatement to say, Brian is passionate about promoting golf and golf travel on a local, regional, national and international level.
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