A lot going on, on-and-off the greens, as we enter June:
LPGA returns to the Garden State this weekend: The 23rd edition of the ShopRite LPGA Classic presented by Acer returns to the Atlantic City area this weekend at the Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club as a field of 144 players will tee it up, including 13 of the top-21 players in the Rolex Rankings, nine of the tournament winners from 2017 official LPGA tournaments, and 75 of the top-100 on the 2017 LPGA Tour money list. … Last year, Anna Nordqvist shot a final-round 64 to tie the tournament scoring record set by Annika Sorenstam (-17, 1998, 2005) and held off Haru Nomura by one shot to defend her title. … Marina Alex from Wayne and Kelly Shon, who graduated from Princeton University will participate this weekend. … ShopRite is offering its Price Plus Club card holders two free daily grounds tickets by showing a valid Price Plus Club card at the tournament’s main gate and all children ages 17 and younger are admitted free into the tournament all week, courtesy of Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey.
Staying in Jersey: The Wakefern Food Corporation, Eiger Marketing Group, and the LPGA announced Wednesday a five-year sponsorship extension that will extend ShopRite’s commitment to the tournament through 2023. Originally known as the Atlantic City Classic, the tournament began in 1986 and was officially changed to the ShopRite LPGA Classic in 1992, when Wakefern Food Corp. became the title sponsor.
U.S. Open Women’s Golf Sectional Qualifying comes to Egg Harbor, NJ: After Sunday’s last round of the ShopRite LPGA Classic in Galloway, New Jersey, some players will be staying an extra day and travelling to Hidden Creek Golf Club in Egg Harbor Township for U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying for the chance to secure a spot in the U.S. Women’s Open at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey. The qualifying tournament is open to the public and admission is free.
Alfa Romeo becomes Global Partner of the Presidents Cup 2017: The PGA TOUR announced today that Italian premium automotive brand Alfa Romeo has become the third Global Partner of the Presidents Cup, joining Citi and Rolex. Alfa Romeo will be prominently represented when the biennial competition resumes the week of September 26-October 1 at Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City, New Jersey. The partnership will showcase Alfa Romeo’s exciting series of new model launches including the all-new Alfa Romeo Stelvio, which will mark its arrival in the U.S. this year, and the all-new Alfa Romeo Giulia. Also featured as part of the Alfa Romeo line-up will be the Alfa Romeo 4C Coupe and 4C Spider.
The PGA Tour now has the meats!: The PGA TOUR has announced a multi-year marketing relationship with Arby’s as the “Official Restaurant of the PGA TOUR” in the Quick Service Casual Restaurant category. This expands upon Arby’s recent foray into professional golf through a sponsorship of PGA TOUR member Andrew “Beef” Johnston. Arby’s and Johnston first joined forces last summer and have renewed the sponsorship for the 2017 season.
Golf fans can also celebrate the partnership this weekend at Arby’s restaurants across the country. On Saturday, June 3 and Sunday, June 4, any Arby’s guest who presents a golf scorecard from any course will get a free birdie – that’s a free Buffalo Chicken Slider, Chicken Slider or Turkey Slider. The free birdie promotion is available at Arby’s nationwide and limited to one free slider per guest.
U.S. Open Men’s Golf Sectional Qualifying comes to Summit, NJ: 80 golfers hit Canoe Brook Country Club off Route 24 on Monday, June 5 to play 36 holes (18 on the North Course, and 18 on the South Course) to see if they can become a lucky few to advance to this year’s U.S. Open at Erin Hills.
This will be Canoe Brook’s 15th time hosting a Sectional event since 1980. The qualifying tournament is open to the public and admission is free.
This year’s field is highlighted by a pair of U.S. Mid-Amateur champions and past Walker Cup competitors Scott Harvey and Nathan Smith. Smith, of Pittsburgh, owns five USGA titles, including a record four U.S. Mid-Amateurs. Former National Hockey League goaltender and 2002 Olympic silver medalist Mike Dunham is also in the field, along with Bobby Leopold, who advanced to the Round of 16 in the 2011 U.S. Amateur at Erin Hills, PGA Tour winner Jim Herman and 2007 U.S. Amateur Public Links runner-up Cody Paladino. Christopher Crawford, who converted an improbable 40-foot birdie putt on his 36th hole to qualify for the U.S. Open last year at CBCC, returns to Canoe Brook for some more karma.