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AP NCGA.ORG | SPRING 2018 11 DAY TRIP . . . . . . . . . 12 Half-way between L.A. and San Francisco is Paso Robles, where good wine and good golf awaits PEOPLE . . . . . . . . . . 14 Teen sensation Lucy Li is highlighted in "Faces of the NCGA" SEEN & HEARD . . . 16 Captain Inkster, The Sequel; Martin Trainer's maiden win SPOTLIGHT . . . . . . . 18 'The Wizard' Wins at Pebble Beach Golf Links SHAG bag LPGA and Lake Merced Back in Business H ere's hoping third time is a charm for the LPGA in San Francisco. As part of a three-year deal, MEDIHEAL, a Korean-based cosmetics company, will sponsor the LPGA MEDIHEAL Championship at Lake Merced Golf Club (above) in Daly City, April 23-29. The tournament will feature a field of 144 of the world's best female golfers in a four-day stroke-play event. Players will compete for a $1.5 million purse. The LPGA returns to the Bay Area after a one-year hiatus. The stars of women's golf previously had a five-year run at Blackhawk Country Club (2006-10) and a three-year stint at Lake Merced (2014-16), but both ended when title sponsors didn't renew their contracts. "This year is about getting the LPGA re-established in San Francisco," Andy Bush executive vice president at Octagon, a sports marketing firm that will run the tournament, told the San Francisco Chronicle. "Then we'll start building programs the day the event ends, so it's here for the long-term." One noticeable change for spectators this year: The front and back nine will be flipped for the tournament so that the competition ends on a par-5 alongside the front of the property, which offers a better viewing experience. "I know I can speak on behalf of the player body when we say the LPGA is so thrilled to be returning to NorCal, and especially somewhere as special as Lake Merced," San Jose native and LPGA three-time winner Christina Kim (right) said. "It truly is one of the greatest tests of golf out there, and the Bay Area is at the top of the vast majority of players' lists of places to visit." AP

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