Kingsmill Championship Winners and History – LPGA
The LPGA’s Kingsmill Championship has been held nearly annually 2003 at the Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg, Virginia. The tournament missed the 2010 and 2011 seasons.
As the Michelob Ultra Open from 2004 to 2009 the tournament boasted one of the largest purses on the LPGA Tour, totaling $2.2 million, with $330,000 going to the winner. That money attracted a very competitive field. Unfortunately for the LPGA, Michelob and parent company Anheuser-Busch discontinued their sponsorship after 2009 most likely as a result of the 2008 recession and Anheuser-Bush’s purchase by InBev.
The loss of the Michelob Ultra Open was reflective of the LPGA’s decline from its apogee of 34 tournaments in 2008 to a 24 tournament nadir in 2011.
The hosting Kingsmill River Course is a par 71 at 6,340 yards. The PGA Tour hosted an event at Kingsmill from 1968 to 2002
Christie Kerr is the only multiple winner, with victories in 2005, 2009, and 2013. Annika Sörenstam set the event’s 72-hole scoring record in 2008 at 265, 19 strokes under par. Shin set the stop’s single round record in 2012, with a 62 (−9) in the first round.
The complete list of Kingsmill Championship winners follows:
|Year||Champion||Country||Winning score||To par|
|2017||Lexi Thompson||United States||65-65-69-65=264||-20|
|2014||Lizette Salas||United States||67-68-65-71=271||-13|
|2013||Cristie Kerr (3)||United States||66-71-66-69=272||−12|
|2012||Jiyai Shin||South Korea||62-68-69-69=268||−16|
|Michelob ULTRA Open at Kingsmill|
|2009||Cristie Kerr (2)||United States||69-63-66-70=268||−16|
|2005||Cristie Kerr||United States||68-68-68-72=276||−8|
|2004||Se Ri Pak||South Korea||70-71-69-65=275||−9|
|Michelob Light Open at Kingsmill|
|2003||Grace Park||South Korea||67-68-69-71=275||−9|