LPGA announces return of second stop in Alabama

Stacy Lewis during the third round of the Navistar LPGA Classic.

The LPGA will return to Prattville, Ala., in 2014 after a one-year hiatus, the tour announced Tuesday. The LPGA will make two stops in the state as that event, named the Alabama LPGA Classic, returns to the Senator Course at Capitol Hill in Prattville, and the Mobile Bay LPGA Classic also returns.

The Mobile Bay event will be contested this week at Magnolia Grove, The Crossings. Both courses are part of the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail. As part of Tuesday’s announcement, the Trail was named a presenting partner of both the Alabama LPGA Classic and the Mobile Bay LPGA Classic, beginning in 2014.

The Alabama LPGA Classic will mark the tour’s seventh visit to Prattville, a suburb of Montgomery. Past winners are Stacy Lewis (2012), Lexi Thompson (2011), Katherine Hull-Kirk (2010), Lorena Ochoa (2008, '09) and Maria Hjorth (2007). The tournament, previously named the Navistar LPGA Classic, was not scheduled this year after Navistar dropped its sponsorship.

Lewis completed the “Alabama Slam” by winning both events in 2012, which helped her earn Rolex Player of the Year honors.

“I personally have a lot of great memories in the state of Alabama and am excited that we will get to play there twice again next year,” Lewis said Tuesday. “The courses on the Trail provide a true test of golf and do a great job of showcasing the talent on tour.”

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