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It was Ko's 15th LPGA Tour title and ended – what was for her – a long drought dating to 2016. Naturally, she became a bit emotional. "When the putt dropped I was like, 'Oh, my God.' My whole team and my family, they worked really hard for that moment," said Ko afterwards while wiping away tears. "Lake Merced Golf Club has always been a special place for me. I love coming back here and I look forward to being there in May." Ko returns to defend her LPGA Tour title from April 29 - May 5 at the 2019 LPGA MEDIHEAL Championship. The New Zealand native and honorary Lake Merced GC member will be looking to claim her fourth title in five years and add to her previous victories here in 2014, '15 and '18. Founded in 1922, Lake Merced Golf Club, located in Daly City, has a rich tradi- tion of hosting competition at the highest level of golf. In 1941, Babe Didrikson Zaharias brought her legendary athleticism to the facility and won the San Francisco Women's Open Match Play Championship. In 2012, the Club hosted the U.S. Girls' Junior Championship, won by Lee and which included three other noteworthy semifinalists: reigning U.S. Women's Open champion Ariya Jutanugarn, Solheim Cup- per Alison Lee and Ko. Boasting a membership that is as diverse as the Bay Area, the venue has long been loved by some of the game's best. Seven- time major champion, Solheim Cup captain and NCGA Hall of Famer and Bay Area native Juli Inkster commented, "Lake Merced Golf Club has always been one of my favorite venues on the schedule. There is so much history there and the venue seems to identify the game's best in crown- ing a champion. We really have a wonderful golf community in the Bay Area and I think it's important to showcase a professional golf tournament at a facility like Lake Merced Golf Club." 14 SPRING 2019 | NCGA.ORG S H A G B A G LPGA By the Bay MEDIHEAL Championship returns to Lake Merced Golf Club O n April 29, 2018, five days after turning 21, former world No.1 Lydia Ko hit one of the most memorable 3-wood shots of the year. Ko's blast cleared tree limbs, landed in front of the green, scooted on the putting surface and trickled by the flagstick to 2 feet. She tapped in for eagle to defeat Minjee Lee on the first playoff hole and win the inaugural LPGA MEDIHEAL Championship in dramatic fashion. AP

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