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WITH 50-YEAR-OLD LPGA HALL OF FAMER NANCY LOPEZ

On Michelle Wie:

I can't imagine, at age 13 or 14, playing in a PGA event, when I was as good a player as I was at that age. My mother would not have let me play around all those men. She wouldn't have let a 14-year-old play with all those guys.

On young players bringing the tour more attention than it has ever received:

I see a lot of young kids coming out to watch the tour. I'm talking about 5-year-olds and 6-year-olds, and their parents are bringing them out to watch. I think it's great for young kids to have role models, and I think the LPGA is a great place to find role models. Our young players are great people, and they are someone I would want my daughters to idolize.

On attractive players creating a huge draw:

We all like to look at things that are pretty. I like to look at pretty men. It's human nature. ... I think you need to keep your clothes on and play golf and look like a lady, and I think that's just as appealing.

On the LPGA's future:

With all of the young players on our tour, we have the most talented professional tour there is. With the ages they are, we're going to have a strong tour for 20, 25 years. The players will compete against each other for the next 25 years, and it's going to be fun to watch.

Detroit News

Courses know how to treat a lady

Golf for Women updated its top 50 courses for women, naming Pine Needles Lodge and Golf Club in Southern Pines, N.C., No. 1. A GFW top-50 course must have at least one set of tees under 5,300 yards, and should have at least two under 6,000. A minimum of two tees must be rated for women. The course should have few forced carries from the forward tee, be in top condition and have a women-friendly environment. Celebration GC at No. 22 and Southwood in Tallahassee at No. 45 are new. Florida courses returning to the top 50: No. 6, LPGA International's Champions Course, Daytona Beach; No. 10, Grand Cypress Resort, North/East Courses, Orlando; No. 12, Amelia Island Plantation's Ocean Links; No. 18, Ritz-Carlton GC Orlando, Grande Lakes; No. 24, Hammock Beach Resort, Palm Coast; No. 38, PGA Golf Club, Dye Course, Port St. Lucie; No. 49, World Golf Village, King and Bear Course, St. Augustine.

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