The Rockford Pro Am golf tournament has been going strong for 43 years. The trend in recent years has been the addition of more and more pros from the LPGA Tour. That was ramped up liked never before for Monday’s event at the Aldeen Golf Club.
There were only three men from the PGA Tour on the course. Troy Merritt who just finished seventh yesterday at the PGA’s 3M Open in Minnesota. Kevin Streelman who has four top-ten finishes on the PGA Tour this year, and Ken Duke
The rest of the field of pros was made up of women from the LPGA Tour…13 in all.
“It’s awesome to have all the girls out here now,” said LPGA player Brittany Lang. “I think I was kind of one of the first ones, so I feel good about that. But it’s awesome bringing all of the good girls in here to play and meet the community.”
One of the first LPGA stars to appear in Rockford a few years ago was Brittany Lincicome. She convinced most of these women that the Rockford ProAm would be a great one-day stop on their summer schedules.
“She was so helpful to the process of bringing so many ladies to be here this year,” said Rockford ProAm pro recruiter Adam Nicholas. “I look at her as the Pied Piper of the ladies’ group.”
Juli Inkster, a winner of 31 LPGA tournaments in her career, is one of the players Lincicome helped steer to Rockford. “Brittany Lincicome asked me if I’d come do it. She said there are great people, it’s a great cause, so here I am.”
Lincicome was supposed to be at the Aldeen Golf Club Monday with the rest of the ladies, but when she arrived in Rockford Sunday something else came up. Lincicome is due to give birth to her first child September first, and she was showing signs of possibly going into labor.
“She came into town yesterday and was dealing with some health issues,” said Nicholas, “So she went over to the hospital and the doctors advised her that she shouldn’t be playing golf.”
“I’m excited. I’m just praying that everything goes well,” said Inkster of Lincicome.
Another Rockford ProAm pro Gerina Piller took last year off from competing on the LPGA Tour while she became a first-time mother, but not all new mothers on the tour take a year off. Piller’s advice to Lincicome is….
“I think just do her thing. It’s (being a mother) a lot like golf. You swing your swing and what works for her baby may not work for my baby, and then God gives her the knowledge and wisdom to provide for the kid. She just needs to do what she thinks is best for it. It’s (being a mother) one of the greatest things in the world!”