ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -- The unofficial start to the summer golf season begins this week near Atlantic City's world-famous boardwalk — on the Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club's newly renovated Bay Course, in what is popularly known around South Jersey as "A Shore Tradition," the ShopRite LPGA Classic Presented by Acer.
Defending champion Karrie Webb joins fellow Hall of Famers Juli Inkster and Se Ri Pak, who are set to tee it up with future legends of the game like teen phenom Lydia Ko and major winner Lexi Thompson. Additionally, the field features fan favorites such as Michelle Wie, Paula Creamer, Morgan Pressel and Natalie Gulbis, as well past champions of this event like Stacy Lewis, Cristie Kerr and Brittany Lincicome.
The May 30 to June 1 LPGA event features the world's Top 10 ranked players in the Rolex Rankings and reigning champions of all five LPGA majors — along with 94 out of the top 100 players on the LPGA's money list.
"Atlantic City Golf is the best-kept secret on the East Coast and this week's tournament certainly brings worldwide attention to one of our member courses and our entire destination," said Greater Atlantic City Golf Association President Tom Sullivan.
New Jersey's entertainment capital offers golfers 18 world-class courses designed by the likes of Donald Ross, Tom Doak, Willie Park, Jr., William Flynn and Hurdzan & Fry among others. From Cape May National in the south to Sea Oaks Golf Club in the north, the likeable layouts offer everything from traditional parkland style to true links land, highlighted by views of untouched wetlands, stately pine forests, wildlife preserves and working vineyards.
"We are thrilled to have the best professional women golfers in the world commit to our tournament," stated Tim Erensen, executive director for the ShopRite LPGA Classic Presented by Acer. "It speaks to the quality of this tournament, the spectacular course and supportive fans that flock to this golf-rich destination each year."
In addition, Atlantic City Golf includes plenty of historical significance as well. For starters, the term "birdie" originated at Atlantic City Country Club, which has played host to six USGA events. In addition, Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club is the site of Sam Snead's first PGA Championship title and started hosting the ShopRite LPGA Classic in 1986. Harry Vardon and Walter Hagen fine-tuned their games at The Links at Brigantine Beach before heading across the Atlantic to the play the Open Championship.
Do AC in 2014
For all the glitz and glimmer of the high-rise gambling casinos that light up the night across this unique Atlantic Ocean-side city, there's another side to the destination — a daylight version beyond the reimagined world-famous boardwalk and beaches. An easy drive from the major metropolitan areas along the East Coast, Atlantic City caters to golfers with a wide variety of accommodations from economy rooms to full-scale suites, casinos, more than 150 restaurants and bars, world-class spas, top name concerts and comedy shows, innovative nightlife, designer shopping, the beach, the boardwalk and pulsating casino games. These layouts range from links style to parkland style to classic gems to out-of-control modern marvels. Whatever your passion, every golf course within the Atlantic City arsenal has been ordered to deliver an experience that you will not soon forget.
Learn more about all 18 Atlantic City courses and book your 2014 golf getaway at www.PlayACGolf.com.
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