For the first time this season, Brittany Lincicome won’t have to worry about packing for another tournament.
Lincicome, a Seminole who lives in Gulfport, is one of the few golfers in the Tampa Bay area who will have the advantage next weekend of sleeping in their own bed during the Pelican Women’s LPGA Tour Championship, which begins Thursday. at the Pelican Golf Club in Belleair.
“It’s so awesome,” said Lincicome, 36. “I have already put down my suitcase from the last tournament, which never happens. … Having this tidy, sleeping in my own bed… it’s pretty awesome.
Lincicome, Brittany Altomare and Elizabeth Szokol, the last two from Tampa, live a short drive from the 6,268 yard par 70 course.
Everyone is eager to show their “home” class in front of their friends and family. Lincicome joked that she had about 50 people on her phone who wanted to attend the tournament.
Last year’s tournament was held with limited attendance due to the pandemic – around 500 people, including VIPs and sponsors, were allowed to attend, but no fans – so Szokol and the others eagerly awaiting the crowd.
“I was just out on the course (Wednesday), and all the stands have been built and everything is so different from last year,” said Szokol, 27. “I hope we have a good turnout, and I’m really looking forward to playing in front of the fans this year for sure.”
Exterior noise will provide the energy that the tournament lacked last year.
“Players feed off this energy, advertisers feed off this energy, everyone feeds on this energy,” Golf Channel broadcaster Gary Koch said. “It will be a very different feeling.”
The tournament expects around 50,000 spectators throughout the weekend.
The peloton of 108 has seven of the top 10 players in the world rankings, 10 of the top 15 and 50 of the top 100. They include No. 1 Jin Young Ko, Bradenton’s Nelly Korda (2), 2020 winner Sei Young Kim (4), Yuka Saso (6), Lydia Ko (7), Nasa Hataoka (8), Brooke Henderson (10) ), Danielle Kang (11), Patty Tavatanakit (12) and Lexi Thompson (13).
Kim shot 14 under 266 last year to finish three shots ahead of Ally McDonald, who also returns. Stephanie Meadow, who was third with five strokes behind Kim, is also on the court.
Buy your tickets online at pelicanlpga.com. General admission tickets are available for all four days.
General admission tickets for Thursday and Friday cost $ 29.29 (sales taxes and fees included). Saturday and Sunday tickets are available at a cost of $ 40.15 (fees and taxes included). A four-day package costs $ 107.07 (taxes and fees included).
The tournament also offers packages with special equipment through its “Lightning Lounge” and “Champions Club” packages. These tickets start at $ 248.71 (taxes and fees included) and are available for daytime and weekend purchases.
LPGA Pelican Women’s Championship
Or: Pelican Golf Club, Belleair
Stock Exchange: $ 1.75 million
Story: Sei Young Kim won the inaugural tournament last year.
Blanket: Live, 10 a.m. Thursday to Friday, Golf Channel. Live streaming, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday to Sunday, nbcsports.com. Recorded, 7:30 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Golf Channel.
(listed in alphabetical order)
Marina Alex, Wayne, New Jersey
Brittany Altomare, Tampa
Pajaree Anannarukarn, Bangkok, Thailand
Aditi Ashok, Bangalore, India
Ana Delac, Portoroz, Slovenia
Céline Boutier, Montrouge, France
Nicole Broch Estrup, Hillerod, Denmark
Ashleigh Buhai, Johannesburg, South Africa
Mathilde Castren, Helsinki, Finland
Tiffany Chan, Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Ssu-Chia Cheng, Taipei, Chinese Taipei
Chella Choi, Seoul, Republic, Korea
In Gee Chun, Seoul, Republic, Korea
Cydney Clanton, Concord, North Carolina
Jenny Coleman, Rolling Hill Estates, California
Daniela Darquea, Quito, Ecuador
Perrine Delacour, Laon, France
Lindy Duncan, Plantation
Austin Ernst, Seneca, South Carolina
Jodi Ewart Shadoff, North Yorkshire, England
Ally Eqing, Fulton, Miss.
Maria Fassi, Pachuca, Mexico
Kristen Gillman, Austin, Texas
Jaye Marie Gree, Jupiter
Mina Harigae, Monterey, California
Nasa Hataoka, Ibaraki, Japan
Brooke M. Henderson, Smiths Falls, Ontario
Esther Henseleit, Hamburg, Germany
Jillian Hollis, Rocky River, Ohio
Wei-Ling Hsu, New Taipei Town, Chinese Taipei
Caroline Inglis, Eugène, Ore.
Eun Hee Ji, Seoul, Republic, Korea
Tiffany Joh, San Diego, California
Ariya Jutanugarn, Bangkok, Thailand
Moriya Jutanugarn, Bangkok, Thailand
Danielle Kang, Las Vegas, Nevada
Haeji Kang, Seoul, Republic, Korea
Sarah Kemp, Sydney, Australia
Cristie Kerr, Scottsdale, Arizona.
Megan Khang, Rockland, Mass.
A Lim Kim, Kimpo, Republic, Korea
Sei Young Kim, Seoul, Republic, Korea
Katherine Kirk, Sunrise Beach, Australia
Cheyenne Knight, Aledo, Texas
Jin Young Ko, Seoul, Republic, Korea
Lydia Ko, Auckland, New Zealand
Nanna Koerstz Madsen, Smoerum, Denmark
Jessica Korda, Jupiter
Nelly Korda, Bradenton
Jennifer Kupcho, Westminster, Colorado
Destin Lawson, Ocala
Esther Lee, Artesia, California
Mi Hyang Lee, Seoul, Republic, Korea
Mirim Lee, Gwangju, Republic, Korea
Jeongeun Lee, Gyeonggi-Do, Republic, Korea
Stacy Lewis, The Woodlands, Texas
Xiyu Lin, Canton, China
Brittany Lincicome, Seminole
Pernilla Lindberg, Bolinas, Sweden
Yu Liu, Beijing, China
Gaby Lopez, Mexico City, Mexico
Leona Maguire, Cavan, Ireland
Caroline Masson, Gladbeck, Germany
Stephanie Meadow, Jordanstown, Northern Ireland
Wichanee Meechai, Bangkok, Thailand
Giulia Molinaro, Treviso, Italy
Azahara Munoz, San Pedro de Alcantara, Spain
Benyapa Niphatsophon, Bangkok, Thailand
Yealimi Noh, Concord, CA
Ryann O’Toole, San Clemente, CA
Su Oh, Melbourne, Australia
Amy Olson, Oxbow, North Dakota
Annie Park, Levittown, New York State
Pornanong Phatlum, Chaiyaphum, Thailand
Gerina Puller, Roswell, New Mexico
Sophia Popov, Heidelberg, Germany
Mel Reid, Derby, England
Paula Reto, Bloemfontein, South Africa
So Yeon Ryu, Seoul, Republic, South Korea
Madelene Sagstrom, Enköping, Sweden
Lizette Salas, Azusa, CA
Yuka Saso, Manila, Philippines
Sarah Schmelzel, Phoenix, Arizona.
Alena Sharp, Hamilton, Ontario
Jenny Shin, Seoul, Republic, Korea
Sarah Jane Smith, Sunshine Coast, Australia
Jennifer Song, Orlando
Angela Stanford, Saginaw, Texas
Marissa Steen, West Chester, Ohio
Lauren Stephenson, Lexington, South Carolina
Linnea Strom, Hovas, Sweden
Jasmin Suwannapura, Bangkok, Thailand
Elizabeth Szokol, Tampa
Emma Talley, Princeton, Ky.
Patty Tavatanakit, Bangkok, Thailand
Lexi Thompson, Delray Beach
Maria Fernanda Torres, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Mariajo Uribe, Bucaramanga, Colombia
Albane Valenzuela, Geneva, Switzerland
Anne van Dam, Amhem, Netherlands
Jing Yan, Shanghai, China
Amy Yang, Seoul, Republic, Korea
Angel Yin, Arcadia, California
Pavarisa Yoktuan, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Thailand