...say hello to The Donald? Thanks to reader Tom for this Kevin Manahan story in the Star Ledger about the possible move of the recently concluded LPGA match play event (I don't the name and I'm too lazy to look it up).
"This is a great course. I love this place," runner-up Juli Inkster said yesterday. "But it's probably not the best place for a match-play tournament. I'll be disappointed. It's a great golf course, and the people here have been wonderful, but it's probably not the perfect setting for an event like this."
Brittany Lincicome, the 39th seed, upset Inkster in the title match, 3&2. But the 20-year-old also ousted Michelle Wie, the 16-year-old phenom, and Lorena Ochoa, the LPGA Tour's leading money-winner this season. Inkster said people should have seen it coming. Lincicome is one of the longest hitters on the women's tour, and Hamilton Farm, with its wide-open fairways, lets the bombers swing fearlessly on the tee boxes.
"I didn't hit my driver well this week, and I think I missed one fairway," Inkster said. "If there are courses for horses, this place was made for Brittany. She has a tendency to get wayward with her driver on other courses, but here she could just bang away.
"For match play, you need a course that gives you more risk-reward situations. Give the long hitters a chance to go for the par 5s in two, but make them pay a price if they miss the shot. I love this place, but it's not the best place for match play."
With the two-year contract expired and a new deal unlikely, the tournament will have to find a new home. Marc Webster, the tournament director, had no comment yesterday on the future, but there is speculation the event could move to Trump National Bedminster, which is less than 10 miles away.
Trump officials have denied interest in the event, but that might have changed. Carolyn Kepcher, managing partner of Trump Golf Management and the chief operating officer of Trump National courses in Briarcliff Manor, N.Y., and Bedminster, was spotted at the pro-am on Wednesday, and people connected with the event said she was at the course "more than once."