LPGA Pros Reciprocate Appreciation to Williamsburg at Kingsmill Championship Media Day

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(from left to right) Wayne Nooe, Lauren Greenlief and Matthew Schulze sit during the Kingsmill Championship media day. (Ty Hodges/WYDaily)
(From left to right) Wayne Nooe, Lauren Greenlief and Matthew Schulze sit during the Kingsmill Championship media day. (Ty Hodges/WYDaily)

The Kingsmill Championship held at the Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg has become a must-play course for LPGA players.

During the Kingsmill Championship media day on Tuesday, a pair of LPGA players helped explain why the tournament has become such a popular destination among players.

Appearing via Skype on a projector, defending Kingsmill champion Minjee Lee and LPGA golfer Natalie Gulbis both spoke about why they enjoy playing at the Kingsmill Championship, which will run May 16 through 22.

For Lee, the Kingsmill Championship, now in its 12th year, will always hold a special place in her heart as the location of her first LPGA Tour victory in 2015.

“I’m looking forward to coming back to Virginia and Kingsmill,” Lee said, adding that winning at Kingsmill last year helped give her the confidence to close out other tournaments, including her most recent win at the Lotte Championship in Hawaii over the weekend.

When asked what Gulbis likes most about the Kingsmill Championship, which is offering a $1.3 million purse and could see potentially more than 60,000 in attendance through the weeklong event, the 16-year LPGA veteran heaped praise upon Williamsburg and the fans who attend the tournament.

“I love coming to the area because it’s beautiful and I love getting to go down to Colonial Williamsburg and see everything,” Gulbis said. ” Kingsmill loves the LPGA and it’s definitely a favorite spot. It’s a spot that players don’t miss because of the way you guys treat us, the way the fans support and embrace us.”

Joining Lee and Gulbis in this year’s field through a sponsor’s exemption is Virginia native Lauren Greenlief from Fairfax.

Greenlief was the 2015 Virginia State Golf Association Women’s Golfer of the Year and became the first woman from Virginia to win a United States Golf Association Championship.

“I’m just really excited to play an LPGA event in my home state,” Greenlief said. “I’m a management consultant for a full-time job, so this is just an incredible opportunity and one I never thought I would have.”

For spectators, this year’s tournament will once again feature the Patriots’ Outpost, which will be located by the 15th green. The Patriots’ Outpost will feature a hospitality area reserved for members of the military and their families, and will provide them with complimentary snacks and beverages while they watch the action unfold on the course.

Also returning from last year is the tournament Fun Zone, in which local PGA professionals will be offering lessons and tips to children, allowing them to get hands-on with the game of golf at a young age.

For those interested in purchasing tickets for the Kingsmill Championship, which start at $25 for single day grounds tickets, click here.