LPGA T&CP Championship Starts Monday
Dana Dormann, of Pleasanton, Calif., will defend her title in the Championship Division. Two-time Senior Division defending champion Linda Groover of Hobe South, Fla., is not competing because of an injury.
The 54-hole event is the largest championship for female teaching professionals in the world and, with a $102,000 purse, is the premier competition for the LPGA T&CP membership.
The championship division has a $90,000 purse with the winner earning a spot in the 2007 McDonald's LPGA Championship Presented by Coca-Cola, one of the LPGA's four major championships. Both winners are guaranteed a spot in the 2007 Golf For Women Magazine LPGA T&CP Championship.
The Titleist, FootJoy and Cobra Pro-Am is being played today. A sponsor demonstration and display expo will also be set-up at the Pinehurst No. 8 practice facility. The public is invited to test and view golf equipment, shoes and apparel supplied by tournament sponsors.
This year marks the first time that the Golf For Women Magazine LPGA T&CP Championship is being played at Pinehurst No. 8, which opened in 1996 to commemorate Pinehurst's centennial year. Pinehurst No. 8 was also the site of the PGA Club Pro Championship in 1997 and 1998.
The tournament was played at World Golf Village's Slammer & Squire Golf Course in St. Augustine, Fla., last year after moving from LPGA International's Legends Course in Daytona Beach, Fla. in 2003-04 and Mid Pines Inn & Golf Club in Southern Pines in 2000-02.
Dormann, who is a site director for LPGA-USGA Girls Golf of Pleasanton, Calif., earned $13,000 last year after a three-shot victory over Tiffany Faucette of Ormond Beach, Fla.
After coming into the day with a three-shot lead, Dormann survived scorching hot conditions to shoot a final-round 2-under-par 70.
Dormann played on the LPGA Tour for 10 seasons, winning the Las Vegas LPGA International in 1992 and the McCall's LPGA Classic in 1993. Her last full season on the LPGA Tour was in 2000, but she recently tied for 49th at the 2006 U.S. Women's Open Championship.
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