For the first time in the season, Brittany Lincicome doesn’t have to worry about packing her bags for another tournament.
Lincicome of Seminole is one of the few Tampa Bay area golfers to have the benefit of sleeping in their own beds this coming weekend during the LPGA Pelican Women’s Championship, which begins Thursday in Belleair.
“It’s so great,” said Lincicome, 36. “I already cleared my suitcase from the last tournament, which never happens. … to put that away, to sleep in my own bed … it’s pretty great. “
Lincicome and Brittany Altomare and Elizabath Szokol, both from Tampa, are just a few minutes’ drive from the par-70, 6,268-yard course at Pelican Golf Club.
Everyone looks forward to presenting their “home course” to friends and family. Lincicome joked that she has about 50 people on her cell phone who want to take part in the tournament.
Last year’s tournament was played with a limited number of participants (around 500 people) due to the pandemic, so Szokol and the others are looking forward to the crowd’s return.
“I’m really looking forward to that,” said Szokol, 27. “I was just on the track (Wednesday) and all the grandstands are set up and everything is so different from last year. I hope we get a good turnout and I’m really looking forward to playing in front of fans this year. “
Here are a few things to expect from this year’s tournament:
Fans allowed for the first time
Sei Young Kim takes the microphone after winning the 2020 Pelican Women’s Championship at the Pelican Golf Club in Belleair last November.
Players and broadcasters are happy to have spectators at the tournament for the first time. The outside noise will add some energy that was missing from the tournament last year.
“Players feed on this energy, the announcers feed on this energy, everyone feeds on this energy,” said NBC Golf Channel broadcaster Gary Koch. “It will be a completely different feeling.”
The tournament has no capacity limit, but expects around 50,000 spectators throughout the weekend. Those interested can buy tickets online at pelicanlpga.com. Standing tickets are available for every four days.
General tickets for Thursday and Friday are $ 29.29 (including fees and sales tax). Tickets for Saturday and Sunday are available for $ 40.15 (fees and taxes included). Entrants to the entire tournament will also have the option to purchase a four-day package for USD 107.07 (including fees and taxes).
With its “Lightning Lounge” and “Champions Club” packages, the tournament also offers other inclusive packages with special amenities. These tickets start at $ 248.71 (fees and taxes included) and are available for daily purchase and weekend purchase.
Stiff competition with numbers 1 and 2 in the world
Caddy Dave Brooker and pro golfer Jin Young Ko watch the action on hole 2 during the first round of the Pelican Women’s Championship at the Pelican Golf Club in Belleair last year.
The field of 104 (up from 108 last year) includes seven of the top 10 players, 10 of the top 15 and 50 of the top 100, according to the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings.
The top 15 players in the field include world number 1, Jin Young Ko, Bradenton’s Nelly Korda (2), Sei Young Kim (4), 2020 winner, Yuka Saso (6), Lydia Ko (7), Nasa Hataoka (8), Brooke Henderson (10), Danielle Kang (11), Patty Tavatanakit (12) and Lexi Thompson (13).
Kim shot 14 under 266 last year to finish three strokes ahead of runner-up Ally McDonald, who is also returning. Stephanie Meadow, who finished third with five strokes behind Kim, is also in the field.
A flag will be seen at the Pelican Women’s Championship at the Pelican Golf Club in Belleair on Saturday, November 21, 2020.
LPGA Pelican Women’s Championship
Where: Pelican Golf Club, Belleair
Wallet: $ 1.75 million
History: Sei Young Kim won the opening tournament last year.
TV: Broadcasts live on Thursdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the NBC Golf Channel. Live coverage on Saturday and Sunday will be on the NBC Sports app from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Golf Channel will broadcast the weekend rounds on tape delay from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Marina Alex, Wayne, New Jersey
Brittany Altomare, Tampa
Pajaree Anannarukarn, Bangkok, Thailand
Aditi Ashok, Bangalore, India
Ana Delac, Portoroz, Slovenia
Celine Boutier, Montrouge, France
Nicole Broch Estrup, Hillerod, Denmark
Ashleigh Buhai, Johannesburg, South Africa
Matilda Castren, Helsinki, Finland
Tiffany Chan, Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Ssu-Chia Cheng, Taipei, Chinese Taipei
Chella Choi, Seoul, Republic of, Korea
In Gee Chun, Seoul, Republic of Korea
Cydney Clanton, Concord, NC
Jenny Coleman, Rolling Hill Estates, California.
Daniela Darquea, Quito, Ecuador
Perrine Delacour, Laon, France
Lindy Duncan, plantation
Austin Ernst, Seneca, SC
Jodi Ewart Shadoff, North Yorkshire, England
Ally Eqing, Fulton, Miss.
Maria Fassi, Pachuca, Mexico
Kristen Gillman, Austin, Texas
Jaye Marie Gree, Jupiter
Mina Harigae, Monterey, California.
Located in Hataoka, Ibaraki, Japan
Brooke M. Henderson, Smiths Falls, Ontario
Esther Henseleit, Hamburg, Germany
Jillian Hollis, Rocky River, Ohio
Wei-Ling Hsu, New Taipei, Chinese Taipei
Caroline Inglis, Eugene, Ore.
Eun Hee Ji, Seoul, Republic, Korea
Tiffany Joh, San Diego, California.
Ariya Jutanugarn, Bangkok, Thailand
Moriya Jutanugarn, Bangkok, Thailand
Danielle Kang, Las Vegas, New York
Haeji Kang, Seoul, Republic, Korea
Sarah Kemp, Sydney, Australia
Cristie Kerr, Scottsdale, Arizona.
Megan Khang, Rockland, Massachusetts.
A Lim Kim, Kimpo, Republic of Korea
Sei Young Kim, Seoul, Republic, Korea
Katherine Kirk, Sunrise Beach, Australia
Cheyenne Knight, Aledo, Texas
Jin Young Ko, Seoul, Republic of Korea
Lydia Ko, Auckland, New Zealand
Nanna Korstz Madsen, Smörum, Denmark
Jessica Korda, Jupiter
Nelly Korda, Bradenton
Jennifer Kupcho, Westminster, Colorado.
Fate Lawson, Ocala
Esther Lee, Artesia, California.
Mi Hyang Lee, Seoul, Republic, Korea
Mirim Lee, Gwangju, Republic, Korea
Jeongeun Lee, Gyeonggi-Do, Republic, Korea
Stacy Lewis, The Woodlands, Texas
Xiyu Lin, Guangzhou, China
Brittany Lincicome, Seminoles
Pernilla Lindberg, Bolinas, Sweden
Yu Liu, Beijing, China
Gaby Lopez, Mexico City, Mexico
Leona Maguire, Cavan, Ireland
Caroline Masson, Gladbeck, Germany
Stephanie Meadow, Jordanstown, Northern Ireland
Wichanee Meechai, Bangkok, Thailand
Giulia Molinaro, Treviso, Italy
Azahara Munoz, San Pedro de Alcantara, Spain
Benyapa Niphatsophon, Bangkok, Thailand
Yealimi Noh, Concord, California.
Ryann O’Toole, San Clemente, California.
Su Oh, Melbourne, Australia
Amy Olson, Oxbow, ND
Annie Park, Levittown, NY
Pornanong Phatlum, Chaiyaphum, Thailand
Gerina Puller, Roswell, NM
Sophia Popov, Heidelberg, Germany
Mel Reid, Derby, England
Paula Reto, Bloemfontein, South Africa
So Yeon Ryu, Seoul, Republic, South Korea
Madelene Sagstrom, Enköping, Sweden
Lizette Salas, Azusa, California.
Yuka Saso, Manila, Philippines
Sarah Schmelzel, Phoenix, Ariz.
Alena Sharp, Hamilton, Ontario
Jenny Shin, Seoul, Republic of, Korea
Sarah Jane Smith, Sunshine Coast, Australia
Jennifer Song, Orlando
Angela Stanford, Saginaw, Texas
Marissa Steen, West Chester, Ohio
Lauren Stephenson, Lexington, SC
Linnea Strom, Hovas, Sweden
Jasmine Suwannapura, Bangkok, Thailand
Elizabeth from Szokol, Tampa
Emma Talley, Princeton, Ky.
Patty Tavatanakit, Bangkok, Thailand
Lexi Thompson, Delray Beach
Maria Fernanda Torres, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Mariajo Uribe, Bucaramanga, Colombia
Albane Valenzuela, Geneva, Switzerland
Anne van Dam, Amhem, Netherlands
Jing Yan, Shanghai, China
Amy Yang, Seoul, Republic of Korea
Angel Yin, Arcadia, California.
Pavarisa Yoktuan, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Thailand
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