Beth Ann Nichols
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LPGA legend Mickey Wright celebrates 80th birthday
Mickey Wright turned 80 this Valentine’s Day. Considered by many – including Ben Hogan and Byron Nelson – to have the greatest swing in golf history, Wright won a record 13 times in 1963.
Rhonda Glenn, 68, elevated women's golf as USGA publicist
Rhonda Glenn worked tirelessly to ensure that golfers got their due, from the giants in the game to the little-known amateurs. Glenn died Feb. 12 at the age of 68.
Louise Suggs, 91, remains a pioneer as one of R&A's first female members
Louise Suggs, a co-founder of the LPGA and a member of its Hall of Fame, was among a handful of women granted membership to the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews.
Lexi Thompson turns 20, leaves list of talented teens
Lexi Thompson celebrates her 20th birthday, leaving her stay as a superstar teenager on the LPGA.
N.C. State senior Augusta James to turn pro, play Symetra Tour
N.C. State senior Augusta James will leave school to pursue a career in professional golf.
LPGA loses Mobile stop in '15, hopes remain for '16
After months of discussion, John Cannon, chairman of the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail Foundation, said it became obvious late last week that the LPGA would not be playing in Mobile, Ala., this spring.
The LPGA's developmental tour, the Symetra Tour, adds seven new events to the schedule in 2015 for a total of 23
For a glimpse of recent growth in the women’s game, look no further than the Symetra Tour. The LPGA’s developmental tour released its schedule on Feb. 5 and it boasts 23 events in 2015, up eight from two years ago.
Lydia Ko's view from the top of the LPGA: 'I’m trying to just go with it'
Lydia Ko became World No. 1 on Monday at the tender age of 17. The position came with some advice from LPGA star Stacy Lewis.
Volunteers of America named title sponsor of LPGA's North Texas Shootout
The LPGA announced that Volunteers of America, a national, nonprofit organization will serve as title sponsor for the North Texas Shootout.
Na Yeon Choi wins Coates, but Lydia Ko steals show as World No. 1
How will Lydia Ko handle her new title as World No. 1? Chances are the 17-year-old will take it in stride, like many of the other accolades she has earned.
Lydia Ko, 17, leads at the Coates Golf Championship and could take over No. 1 ranking with a victory
The stage is set for history to be made at the inaugural Coates Golf Championship. Lydia Ko is 18 holes away from becoming the youngest player to ascend to No. 1 in the world. In fact, no teenager has ever held the honor.
LPGA rookie Alison Lee is playing like a veteran this week at the Coates Golf Championship
Alison Lee doesn’t look like a pro. She’s still sporting a UCLA visor and carry bag, but her game at the Coates Golf Championship, however, looks like that of an LPGA veteran.
Stacy Lewis shot a 70 in the second round of the Coates Golf Championship to stay in contention
Stacy Lewis has remained in contention at the LPGA's season-opening Coates Golf Championship as she builds off her successful 2014 season.
During her quick ascent to world-No. 1, Lydia Ko clearly sees the road ahead of her starting at the Coates Golf Championship
Lydia Ko took a month off from golf for the first time in her young life and came back so rusty, but now only trails second-round leader Stacy Lewis by one at the Coates Golf Championship.
Stacy Lewis raises bar for 2015 LPGA season
Despite a banner year in 2014, Stacy Lewis wants more. That mindset provides a glimpse into what makes Lewis such an incredible player. She’s never satisfied.
Refreshed Michelle Wie ready for 2015 on LPGA Tour
Refreshed, healthy and eager to get started, Michelle Wie begins her seventh full season on the LPGA at the inaugural Coates Golf Championship.
Brooke Pancake's Waffle House partnership boosts LPGA
The recent marriage of the LPGA's Brooke Pancake and Waffle House so far seems like a win-win for everyone.
Tulane's Gemma Dryburgh finds mentor in fellow Scot Catriona Matthew
Tulane senior Gemma Dryburgh visited with Scottish LPGA golfer Catriona Matthew during the offseason to learn more about professional golf.
Relaxed Jessica Korda chasing another season-opening LPGA title
Jessica Korda, 21, will begin the 2015 LPGA season in Ocala, Fla., next week, refreshed after enjoying a month-long break from golf.
Coates Golf goes big with PGA Show debut, LPGA sponsorship
Randall and Mollie Coates debuted their new equipment company, Coates Golf, on Day 1 of the PGA Merchandise Show. The Coateses will sponsor an LPGA event in Ocala, Fla., later this month.
Martin and Gerina Pillar hosted the first College Golf Fellowship retreat for women in early January to combine faith and sports.
Martin and Gerina Piller hosted 30 female college golfers from Texas-based universities for a three-day College Golf Fellowship retreat in early January.
Waffle House flips for LPGA's Brooke Pancake
The LPGA's Brooke Pancake, a former Alabama All-American, has announced a sponsorship deal with Waffle House.
Sierra Brooks de-commits from the University of Florida, and leads the South Atlantic Amateur
Sierra Brooks might be leading the South Atlantic Amateur after two rounds, but she is doing so while looking for a new university. She de-committed from Florida in late November.
Nelly Korda fights hard at the South Atlantic Amateur to stay near top of the leaderboard after two rounds
By the sound of it, Nelly Korda shot a million. At the end of the day, she fought hard to stay four shots back of winning back-to-back titles at The South Atlantic Amateur.
Katie Mitchell leads Louisville contingent at The Sally with rounds 69-77 at Oceanside Country Club in Ormond Beach, Fla.
Louisville head coach Country Trimble wanted her players to play tournament in the offsesaon. This week at The Sally, five players are in the field with two in contention to win.
LPGA player Lydia Ko trades glasses for contact lenses
Word has it Lydia Ko will be sporting a new look in 2015. The LPGA sophomore has traded her signature glasses for contacts, giving the prodigious teen a more grown-up look.
Symetra Tour's 2015 schedule showcases impressive growth
Golfweek has learned the Symetra Tour’s 2015 schedule will have a minimum of 23 events, up from 15 two years ago.
Nelly Korda comes of age with Harder Hall Women's Invitational win
Nelly Korda, little sister of LPGA star Jessica Korda, overcame early obstacles to win the 2015 Harder Hall Women's Invitational.
Diane Lang searching for the calm to bring home fourth USGA title
Diane Lang, a three-time U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur champion, is 60 and still searching. She's among the decorated veterans teeing it up at Harder Hall.
LPGA top 10: Michelle Wie's major moment; Stacy Lewis sweeps; Lydia Ko's jackpot
At times during the 2014 LPGA season, it was hard to imagine how the script could read any better. Beth Ann Nichols recalls some of the highlights.
My Year in Golf: Michelle Wie blossoms, Stacy Lewis opens the books
Beth Ann Nichols' year began in the nursery of Mason Kerr, and the ride continued. Nichols recalls her best moments from a year covering the LPGA tour.
Number crunching: Intensity drives Julieta Granada's big year on LPGA Tour
Over the final two weeks of 2014, we will be breaking down players that rose and fell over the past 12 months in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings. Today, we highlight Julieta Granada.
Charitable passion for Africa drives Betsy King
Former LPGA Tour great Betsy King now works to raise $100 million through her organization, Golf Fore Africa.
Number crunching: Injuries slow Beatriz Recari in 2014
Over the final two weeks of 2014, we will be breaking down players that rose and fell over the past 12 months in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings. Today, we highlight Beatriz Recari.
Number crunching: Improved putting fuels Jenny Shin's strong 2014
Over the final two weeks of 2014, we will be breaking down players that rose and fell over the past 12 months in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings. Today, we highlight Jenny Shin.
Life after golf: For LPGA players, next chapter comes quickly
For LPGA players, who compete for smaller purses, difficult family choices and a second career come quickly.
Q-School grad chart: At closer look at LPGA card-getters
LPGA Q-School is in the books for 2014, and 20 players emerged with full LPGA status. Get to know them here.
Cheyenne Woods' LPGA card a product of resilience
Nobody handed Cheyenne Woods an LPGA card. She earned it the old-fashioned way, playing on developmental tours to earn her stripes and then grinding over a 3-footer for par on her 90th hole of LPGA Q-School to realize a lifelong dream.
LPGA Q-School: Alison Lee's solid play could end UCLA career
Alison Lee, who plans to leave UCLA mid-year should she earn her LPGA Tour card at Q-School, is tied for second after a 67 Friday.
Cheyenne Woods bounces back at LPGA Q-School
Cheyenne Woods showed the kind of resolve it takes to survive LPGA Q-School; One day after posting a head-scratching 79, Woods came to the more forgiving Jones Course at LPGA International and notched seven birdies.
Notes: Jutanugarn sisters back at it for LPGA Q-School
Undoubtedly one of the most talented teens in the world, Ariya Jutanugarn powered her way around LPGA International's Jones Course at LPGA Q-School.
Charley Hull keeps priorities in check as she pursues LPGA card
Charley Hull doesn’t want to grow up. Not faster than she has to, anyway. The English charmer said the world wouldn’t end if she failed to earn her LPGA card this week.
Notes: LPGA Q-School field exceptionally deep in talent
You could toss a ball onto the practice green Wednesday morning at LPGA Q-School and hit a future star. There’s never been a qualifying school so deep in worldwide talent.
For Your Game: Lydia Ko takes ownership of her swing
Lydia Ko received a fair amount of criticism last winter for leaving the only coach she’d ever known, just weeks after turning professional.
Lydia Ko wins CME crown in Naples; Stacy Lewis sweeps LPGA postseason honors
Stacy Lewis swept LPGA postseason honors, winning Rolex Player of the Year, the Vare Trophy and the money title, but she had to share the spotlight with Lydia Ko, who won the CME Group Tour Championship and the CME Race to the Globe bonus check Sunday in Naples, Fla.
Granada leads CME Championship as $1 million drama heightens
Julieta Granada won the first $1 million payout in LPGA history as a rookie in 2006 at the ADT Championship. Funny how Granada has found her way back to the top now that a $1 million prize has returned to the tour.
For Stacy Lewis, LPGA finale becomes a number-crunching game
It didn’t take long for Stacy Lewis to start crunching numbers. Moments after she wrapped her post-round interview, Lewis headed to the back of the room to look at a closer breakdown of Race to the Globe scenarios.
Lewis sets sights on sweeping LPGA's postseason honors
Stacy Lewis fought off tough conditions at the CME Group Tour Championship Friday to stay under par for the tournament and in line for the LPGA Tour's postseason honors.
After dazzling on red carpet, Michelle Wie climbs leaderboard in Naples
No one can cause a stir on the red carpet like Michelle Wie. And when she follows an evening of glamor with a smooth 67 to vault up the leaderboard at the CME Group Tour Championship, well, it’s doubly fantastic for the LPGA.
Stacy Lewis, Inbee Park gear up for Race to the CME Globe showdown at the LPGA's season finale
It's a tight race for the for the $1 million prize for the Race to the CME Globe this week in Naples, Fla., and Stacy Lewis and Inbee Park are gearing up for quite a showdown at the LPGA's season finale.