For the first time all season, Brittany Lincicome won’t have to worry about packing her suitcase for another tournament.
Lincicome, a Seminole who lives in Gulfport, is one of a few Tampa Bay area golfers who will have the advantage next weekend of sleeping in their own beds during the LPGA Tour’s Pelican Women’s Championship, which starts Thursday at Pelican Golf Club in Belleair.
“It’s so great,” Lincicome, 36, said. “I’ve already put my suitcase away from the last tournament, which never happens. … To have that put away, to sleep in my own bed … it’s pretty awesome.”
Lincicome, Brittany Altomare and Elizabeth Szokol, the latter two of Tampa, live within driving distance of the par-70, 6,268-yard course.
Each is looking forward to showing off their “home” course in front of friends and family. Lincicome joked that she has about 50 people on her phone who want to attend the tournament.
Last year’s tournament was played with limited attendance due to the pandemic — about 500 people, including VIPs and sponsors, were allowed to attend, but no fans — so Szokol and the others are looking forward to crowds.
“I was just out on the course (Wednesday), and all of the stands built up and everything is so different than last year,” Szokol, 27, said. “I’m hoping we get a good turnout, and I’m really looking forward to playing in front of fans this year, for sure.”
The outside noise will provide energy that was missing from the tournament last year.
“Players feed off that energy, the announcers feed off that energy, everybody feeds off that energy,” Golf Channel broadcaster Gary Koch said. “It’ll be a very different feeling.”
The tournament expects around 50,000 spectators throughout the weekend.
The field of 108 has seven of the top 10 players in the world rankings, 10 of the top 15 and 50 of the top 100. They include No. 1 Jin Young Ko, Bradenton’s Nelly Korda (2), 2020 winner Sei Young Kim (4), 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 Ally McDonald, who also returns. Stephanie Meadow, who finished third, five shots back of Kim, also is in the field.
Purchase tickets online at pelicanlpga.com. General admission tickets are available for all four days.
General admission tickets for Thursday and Friday cost $29.29 (fees and sales tax included). Saturday and Sunday tickets are available for $40.15 (fees and tax included). A four-day package costs $107.07 (fees and tax included).
The tournament also is offering packages with special amenities through its “Lightning Lounge” and “Champions Club” packages. These tickets start at $248.71 (fees and tax included) and are available for daily and weekend-long purchases.
LPGA Pelican Women’s Championship
Where: Pelican Golf Club, Belleair
Purse: $1.75 million
History: Sei Young Kim won the inaugural tournament last year.
Coverage: Live, 10 a.m. Thursday-Friday, Golf Channel. Live stream, 1-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, nbcsports.com. Taped, 7:30 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Golf Channel.
Marina Alex, Wayne, N.J.
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, Korea
In Gee Chun, Seoul, Republic, Korea
Cydney Clanton, Concord, N.C.
Jenny Coleman, Rolling Hill Estates, Calif.
Daniela Darquea, Quito, Ecuador
Perrine Delacour, Laon, France
Lindy Duncan, Plantation
Austin Ernst, Seneca, S.C.
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, Calif.
Nasa Hataoka, Ibaraki, Japan
Brooke M. Henderson, Smiths Falls, Ontario
Esther Henseleit, Hamburg, Germany
Jillian Hollis, Rocky River, Ohio
Wei-Ling Hsu, New Taipei City, Chinese Taipei
Caroline Inglis, Eugene, Ore.
Eun Hee Ji, Seoul, Republic, Korea
Tiffany Joh, San Diego, Calif.
Ariya Jutanugarn, Bangkok, Thailand
Moriya Jutanugarn, Bangkok, Thailand
Danielle Kang, Las Vegas, Nev.
Haeji Kang, Seoul, Republic, Korea
Sarah Kemp, Sydney, Australia
Cristie Kerr, Scottsdale, Ariz.
Megan Khang, Rockland, Mass.
A Lim Kim, Kimpo, Republic, Korea
Sei Young Kim, Seoul, Republic, Korea
Katherine Kirk, Sunrise Beach, Australia
Cheyenne Knight, Aledo, Texas
Jin Young Ko, Seoul, Republic, Korea
Lydia Ko, Auckland, New Zealand
Nanna Koerstz Madsen, Smoerum, Denmark
Jessica Korda, Jupiter
Nelly Korda, Bradenton
Jennifer Kupcho, Westminster, Colo.
Destiny Lawson, Ocala
Esther Lee, Artesia, Calif.
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, Seminole
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, Calif.
Ryann O’Toole, San Clemente, Calif.
Su Oh, Melbourne, Australia
Amy Olson, Oxbow, N.D.
Annie Park, Levittown, N.Y.
Pornanong Phatlum, Chaiyaphum, Thailand
Gerina Puller, Roswell, N.M.
Sophia Popov, Heidelberg, Germany
Mel Reid, Derby, England
Paula Reto, Bloemfontein, South Africa
So Yeon Ryu, Seoul, Republic, South Korea
Madelene Sagstrom, Enkoping, Sweden
Lizette Salas, Azusa, Calif.
Yuka Saso, Manila, Philippines
Sarah Schmelzel, Phoenix, Ariz.
Alena Sharp, Hamilton, Ontario
Jenny Shin, Seoul, Republic, Korea
Sarah Jane Smith, Sunshine Coast, Australia
Jennifer Song, Orlando
Angela Stanford, Saginaw, Texas
Marissa Steen, West Chester, Ohio
Lauren Stephenson, Lexington, S.C.
Linnea Strom, Hovas, Sweden
Jasmine Suwannapura, Bangkok, Thailand
Elizabeth 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, Korea
Angel Yin, Arcadia, Calif.
Pavarisa Yoktuan, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Thailand