LPGA Winning Over Fans

It’s hard to believe that it is mid-February already.  The great part about that is the the professional golf season is just about in full swing.  This week alone there are not one, but two, PGA Tour events to follow and the LPGA gets their season underway as well.

While the Accenture Match Play will really get my attention as they get on to the final matches, I must say that I am drawn to the LPGA event.  In the past winter I have never seen a group of athletes work so hard to bolster their group reputation.  Many of the players are engaging fans through various types of media and have created new followings as a result.  Many of them are active on Twitter – providing a lot of detail on their preparations for the season; others are now writing regular blog entries, and as you would have seen if you checked out yesterday’s Editor’s Desk entry, some are even broadcasting live chats.

I commend all the ladies for their efforts.  They seem to realize that it is a new economy and new world in how they must make their support attractive to make it survive.  So be sure to keep an eye on them this week and cheer them on.  I know I will be watching.

Here are the tee-times for the opening round of the Honda PTT LPGA Thailand 2010:

Thursday, February 18, 2010
HONDA PTT LPGA THAILAND 2010
Pairings Sheet For Round 1
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Tee   #1    8:27AM    Wendy Ward                 SAN ANTONIO TX
Group #1                     Amy Yang                   SOUTH KOREA
Tee   #1    8:35AM    Amanda Blumenherst         SCOTTSDALE AZ
Group #2                     Lindsey Wright             ALBURY AUSTRALIA
Tee   #1    8:43AM    Stacy Lewis                THE WOODLANDS TX
Group #3                    Stacy Prammanasudh         ENID OK
Tee   #1    8:51AM    Meaghan Francella          PORT CHESTER NY
Group #4                    Maria Hjorth               SWEDEN
Tee   #1    8:59AM    Sophie Gustafson           SWEDEN
Group #5                    Katherine Hull             SUNRISE BCH AUSTRALIA
Tee   #1    9:07AM    Seon Hwa Lee               SOUTH KOREA
Group #6                     Laura Davies               LYNE ENGLAND
Tee   #1    9:15AM    Catriona Matthew           N. BERWICK SCOTLAND
Group #7                    Eun-Hee Ji                 SOUTH KOREA
Tee   #1    9:23AM    Morgan Pressel             BOCA RATON FL
Group #8                    Inbee Park                 SEOUL SOUTH KOREA
Tee   #1    9:31AM    Jiyai Shin                 SOUTH KOREA
Group #9                    Eunjung Yi                 MURRIETA CA
Tee   #1    9:39AM    Candie Kung                TAIWAN
Group #10                 M.J. Hur                   SOUTH KOREA
Tee   #1    9:55AM    In-Kyung Kim               SOUTH KOREA
Group #11                  Ji Young Oh                SOUTH KOREA
Tee   #1    10:03AM   Jee Young Lee              SOUTH KOREA
Group #12                 Vicky Hurst                MELBOURNE FL
Tee   #1    10:11AM   Meena Lee                  SOUTH KOREA
Group #13                 Hee-Won Han                SEOUL SOUTH KOREA
Tee   #1    10:19AM   Nontaya Srisawang          THAILAND
Group #14                *Ariya Jutanugarn          THAILAND
Tee   #1    10:27AM   Song-Hee Kim               SOUTH KOREA
Group #15                  Brittany Lang              MCKINNEY TX
Tee   #1    10:35AM   Kyeong Bae                 SOUTH KOREA
Group #16                 Natalie Gulbis             LAKE LAS VEGAS NV
Tee   #1    10:43AM   Kristy McPherson           CONWAY SC
Group #17                 Sun Young Yoo              SEOUL SOUTH KOREA
Tee   #1    10:51AM   Sandra Gal                 COLOGNE GERMANY
Group #18                 Maria Verchenova           MOSCOW RUSSIA
Tee   #1    10:59AM   Christina Kim              SAN JOSE CA
Group #19                 Hee Young Park             SOUTH KOREA
Tee   #1    11:07AM   Na Yeon Choi               SOUTH KOREA
Group #20                Karrie Webb                AYR QLD AUSTRALIA
Tee   #1    11:15AM   Paula Creamer              PLEASANTON CA
Group #21                 Pat Hurst                  ARIZONA
Tee   #1    11:31AM   Brittany Lincicome         SEMINOLE FL
Group #22                 Helen Alfredsson           SWEDEN
Tee   #1    11:39AM   Yani Tseng                 LAKE NONA FL
Group #23                Se Ri Pak                  SOUTH KOREA
Tee   #1    11:47AM   Anna Nordqvist             ESKILSTUNA SWEDEN
Group #24               Angela Stanford            SAGINAW TX
Tee   #1    11:55AM   Juli Inkster               LOS ALTOS CA
Group #25             Suzann Pettersen           NORWAY
Tee   #1    12:03PM   Cristie Kerr               MIAMI FL
Group #26              Michelle Wie               HONOLULU HI
Tee   #1    12:11PM   Lorena Ochoa               MEXICO
Group #27             Ai Miyazato                OKINAWA JAPAN
Tee   #1    12:19PM   Shinobu Moromizato         JAPAN
Group #28             Russy Gulyanamitta         RAYONG THAILAND
Tee   #1    12:27PM   Momoko Ueda                KUMAMOTO JAPAN
Group #29             Virada Nirapathpongporn    BANGKOK THAILAND
Tee   #1    12:35PM   *Thidapa Suwannapura       THAILAND
Group #30             Mika Miyazato              OKINAWA JAPAN