LPGA Prepares to Swing Into Mobile for Bell Micro LPGA Classic

The 2010 Bell Micro LPGA Classic in Mobile is set to showcase some of the most talented LPGA golfers in the world. These players will travel to the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at Magnolia Grove in May.

Mobile, AL, April 01, 2010 --(PR.com)-- In 2009, the Crossings Course at Magnolia Grove on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail completed a massive renovation. After taking a year off for the course redesign, the BellMicro LPGA Classic will return to Mobile’s Magnolia Grove from May 10 to 16, 2010. This year’s tournament is set to showcase the most impressive field of players to visit Alabama. The Top 8 LPGA players in the world are scheduled to compete. Lorena Ochoa, 2009 Navistar LPGA Classic Champion and the number one LPGA player in the world, will visit Mobile alongside 2009 Rookie of the Year, Jiyai Shin.

Spring will be an ideal time to showcase the new Crossings Course, said John Cannon, president of Sunbelt Golf, which oversees the RTJ Golf Trail. “The course will have several months to mature and we are looking forward to seeing how reigning champion Angela Stanford and the other LPGA players will perform on the Crossing Course. For players, sponsors and fans, the new date should be ideal. With spring weather, bountiful seafood and blooming azaleas, Mobile is spectacular in May and we look forward to bringing the BellMicro LPGA Classic back to Magnolia Grove.”

A great deal of the renovations focused on the back nine, including the introduction of crushed oyster shell waste bunkers and the implementation of several new water features. All 18 green complexes were not only redesigned and softened but were replaced with Ultra Dwarf grass, mini verde. A new practice area includes a three-tiered tee, larger chipping green and sand bunker. Many sand–filled bunkers were moved, eliminated or redone and all holes received extensive tree removal.

In February 2010, seven LPGA players previewed the newly renovated Magnolia Grove Crossings Course and were not only impressed with the changes, but expressed excitement for the tournament in May.

Solheim Cup team member and LPGA Player Brittany Lincicome noted that the new course, although challenging, is great for competition. "I think the changes are awesome," said Lincicome. "It plays long, but for myself that's fine." LPGA Players Irene Cho and Paige Mackenzie also commented on the course. Cho said that the renovated course is "a good challenge, more of a test of our game," and Mackenzie added that "the girls are really going to like [the course] come May." Anna Grzebien, 2008 LPGA Rookie, noted the positive renovations to the greens and also said that the changes made "are great for the fans and for the players."

The Crossings is one of two championship layouts at Magnolia Grove on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail. Both courses were named by Golf Digest's Places to Play as two of the nation's Great Value courses and were listed in America's Top 50 Affordable Courses. Alabama’s golf trail is a collection of 468 holes of championship golf on 11 sites around Alabama. Including being named one of the “biggest bargains in the country” by The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times also called the Trail “some of the best public golf on earth.” For more information on the tournament, visit www.bellmicrolpgaclassic.com. To learn more about the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail, please visit www.rtjgolf.com or become a fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/rtjgolf.


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