North Texas LPGA Shootout Underway at Las Colinas

All but one of the top players on the LPGA Money List are competing at the Las Colinas Country Club

By Christine Lee
|  Friday, Apr 26, 2013  |  Updated 8:06 PM CDT
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Las Colinas hopes to become the annual home of the LPGA Shootout, a four-day tournament at Las Colinas Country Club.

Christine Lee, NBC 5 Irving and Grand Prairie Reporter

Las Colinas hopes to become the annual home of the LPGA Shootout, a four-day tournament at Las Colinas Country Club.

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Some of the biggest names in women's professional golf are teeing off at the North Texas LPGA Shootout at the Las Colinas Country Club.

"The best players in the world are here. You've got the 49 of the top 50 on the LPGA Money List. You can see everyone you want to see," said Rob Neal, tournament director.

It's been more than 20 years since the LPGA held a tournament in North Texas and the event organizers hope this year will set a precedent for years to come.

"I think all the fundamentals are here for this event to really have a long life. Now we just need to convince some sponsors and some other supporting groups to really make some longer term commitments," said Neal.

Inbee Park, the top-ranked player in the world, said she's happy to be golfing in the Lone Star State.

"I'm really glad that we have a tournament in Texas now. It's a lovely place and a big golfing town, so very glad that we are here," she said.

Neal said what sets apart a tournament like this is that the players are very accessible to their fans.

Irving resident Jesse Martinez agreed.

"LPGA, they're more approachable and they're real friendly about getting you an autograph or a golf ball or whatever. It's real nice," Martinez said.

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