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What to know about LPGA Pelican Women’s Championship

Pelican Golf Club in Belleair is prepared to host the tournament for a second straight year.
Brittany Lincicome tees off on the No. 11 hole during the first round of the Pelican Women's Championship last November at Pelican Golf Club in Belleair.
Brittany Lincicome tees off on the No. 11 hole during the first round of the Pelican Women's Championship last November at Pelican Golf Club in Belleair. [ SCOTT KEELER | Times ]
Published Nov. 6
Updated Nov. 7

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.”

Sei Young Kim walks up to the microphone after winning the 2020 Pelican Women's Championship last November at Pelican Golf Club in Belleair.
Sei Young Kim walks up to the microphone after winning the 2020 Pelican Women's Championship last November at Pelican Golf Club in Belleair. [ IVY CEBALLO | Times ]

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.

Ticket info

Caddy Dave Brooker and professional golfer Jin Young Ko watch the action on the No. 2 hole during the first round of last year's Pelican Women's Championship at Pelican Golf Club in Belleair.
Caddy Dave Brooker and professional golfer Jin Young Ko watch the action on the No. 2 hole during the first round of last year's Pelican Women's Championship at Pelican Golf Club in Belleair. [ SCOTT KEELER | Times ]

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.

Tournament details

A flag is seen at the Pelican Women's Championship at Pelican Golf Club in Belleair on Sat., Nov. 21, 2020.
A flag is seen at the Pelican Women's Championship at Pelican Golf Club in Belleair on Sat., Nov. 21, 2020. [ IVY CEBALLO | Times ]

LPGA Pelican Women’s Championship

When: Thursday-Sunday

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.

Tickets: pelicanlpga.com/tickets

Tournament field

(listed alphabetically)

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

Contact Mari Faiello at mfaiello@tampabay.com. Follow @faiello_mari.