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LPGA Portland Classic

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Kathy Whitworth in 1975

Kathy Whitworth won the LPGA Safeway Classic the first two times it was played.

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About the LPGA Portland Classic:

The LPGA Portland Classic (traditionally known as the Safeway Classic) is a golf tournament on the LPGA Tour. It is one of the longest-running events on the current LPGA schedule, usually played in August or September. It is always played in the Portland, Oregon, area. It is a 72-hole tournament as of 2013 (every year prior to 2013 was 54 holes).

The original name of the tournament was Portland Ladies Classic. Safeway, a major grocery store chain, became title sponsor in 1996 but ended its sponsorship following the 2013 tournament.

2014 Portland Classic
• When: August 28-31
• Where: Columbia Edgewater Country Club in Portland, Oregon

2013 Safeway Classic
Suzann Pettersen shot 67 in the final round to win by two strokes over runner-up Stacy Lewis. Pettersen finished at 20-under 268. Yani Tseng, who led by three strokes entering the final round, shot 78 and fell into a tie for ninth place. For Pettersen, it was her 12th career win on the LPGA Tour.

LPGA tournament site

LPGA Portland Classic Records:

  • 18 holes: 62 - Annika Sorenstam, 2002; Beth Daniel, 2003
  • 54 holes: 199 - Annika Sorenstam, 2002
  • 72 holes: 268 - Suzann Pettersen, 2013

LPGA Portland Classic Golf Course:

The tournament returned to Columbia Edgewater Country Club in 2013, after spending the years 2009-2012 on the Ghost Creek Course of Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club. For most of the tournament's history, prior to 2009, it was played at Columbia Edgewater. Other Portland-area courses to host the event are Riverside Golf and Country Club and Portland Golf Club.

LPGA Portland Classic Trivia and Notes:

  • The Portland Classic was first played in 1972, and Kathy Whitworth was the first winner. Whitworth won again in 1973. The only other golfer to win it back-to-back is Annika Sorenstam, who did so in 2002-03.

  • Nancy Lopez is the only 3-time winner. Lopez's wins came in 1985, 1987 and 1992.

  • From 1977-82, the tournament was an unofficial money event, not an official LPGA Tour event. However, tournaments did take place in those years, and they were 2-person team tournaments. The winners, from 1977 forward through 1982, were JoAnne Carner/Judy Rankin, Kathy Whitworth/Donna Caponi, Jo Ann Washam/Nancy Lopez, Kathy Whitworth/Donna Caponi, Kathy Whitworth/Donna Caponi and Sandra Haynie/Kathy McMullen.

  • When Missie McGeorge won the 1994 tournament (then called the Ping-Cellular One LPGA Golf Championship), it was her 295th start on the LPGA Tour and her first win. At the time, that was the record for longest time on the LPGA Tour before winning.

  • In 2001, the tournament - which was then played in September - was canceled following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

  • In the 2006 Safeway Classic, Nina Reis recorded three eagles during the first round. That mark shares the LPGA record for most eagles in one round.

LPGA Portland Classic Winners:

2013 - Suzann Pettersen, 268
(tournaments prior to 2013 were 54 holes in duration)
2012 - Mika Miyazato, 203
2011 - Suzann Pettersen, 207
2010 - Ai Miyazato, 205
2009 - Mi Jung Hur, 203
2008 - Cristie Kerr, 203
2007 - Lorena Ochoa, 204
2006 - Pat Hurst, 206
2005 - Soo-Yun Kang, 201
2004 - Hee-Won Han, 207
2003 - Annika Sorenstam, 201
2002 - Annika Sorenstam, 199
2001 - Not played
2000 - Mi Hyun Kim, 215
1999 - Juli Inkster, 207
1998 - Danielle Ammaccapane, 204
1997 - Christa Johnson, 206
1996 - Dottie Pepper, 202
1995 - Alison Nicholas, 207
1994 - Missie McGeorge, 207
1993 - Donna Andrews, 208
1992 - Nancy Lopez, 209
1991 - Michelle Estill, 208
1990 - Patty Sheehan, 208
1989 - Muffin Spencer-Devlin, 214
1988 - Betsy King, 213
1987 - Nancy Lopez, 210
1986 - Ayako Okamoto, 207
1985 - Nancy Lopez, 215
1984 - Amy Alcott, 212
1983 - JoAnne Carner, 212
1977-82 - Not an official LPGA event (see note above)
1976 - Donna Caponi, 217
1975 - JoAnn Washam, 215
1974 - JoAnne Carner, 211
1973 - Kathy Whitworth, 144
1972 - Kathy Whitworth, 212
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