Elizabeth Bethel

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The Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic had everything any golf fan would want in a season-opening tournament.  From the first tee shot on Thursday to the final putt on Sunday, the leaderboard remained dynamic and volatile.  The players sprinkled an abundance of birdies and eagles throughout the rounds.  Karin Echer's Ace evoked smiles all around.  We struggled with the players through their occasional bogeys that popped up and strained with Paula Creamer when she thoroughly botched things up with a triple on Saturday. Absent Inbee Park and Suzann Pettersen the field vibrated with energy and ambition.  Lydia Ko, the rookie who's not...

As we count down the days to the 2014 LPGA season tee off, I want to bring two key events into focus, the LPGA International Crown and the Race to the CME Globe.  Both are new events in the LPGA schedule. Both are culminations of efforts over the past two years by Commissioner Mike Whan to expand and internationalize the LPGA Tour.  Both promise increased financial benefit for Tour players and heightened fan involvement in women's professional golf. Mike Whan has done a fabulous job of bringing the LPGA Tour out of the doldrums and into the professional athletics mainstream and the 2014 season is the first fruit of his labor: (1) there...
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