Two Bay Area locals are playing in front of hometown fans today at the 2010 CVS/pharmacy LPGA Challenge at Blackhawk Country Club.
The tournament started Thursday.
2010 U.S. Open champion Paula Creamer who grew up in Pleasanton has her middle school friends, friends of friends, family and friends of family lining the fairway as she seeks to win her second career LPGA title at the last American tournament of the year before the 2010 season finishes in Asia.
Meanwhile, San Jose-product and LPGA fan favorite Christina Kim also has dozens of friends – and legions of fans – coming out to support her as she looks to win this event for the second time – but the first time in Blackhawk. In 2004, Kim won the tournament that was then known as the Longs Drug Challenge when it was played at The Ridge in Auburn.
"The course is playing great – the best I've seen it … nice and fast," Kim said. "I'm feeling good and I hope I can be playing for the championship through the weekend."
"I think there will be a lot of low scores," Creamer said. "A lot of birdies. The greens are great and the rough is nice and thick around the fairways."
Creamer, who overcame thumb surgery in March to win her first major title at Oakmont (Pa.) Country Club in July, made a special presentation this week, putting her U.S. Open trophy on display at her home course at Castlewood Country Club.
"The fact that I can put the U.S. Open trophy out at my home country club is really cool," Creamer said. "It's as much theirs as it is mine. I grew up playing on that course. I learned the game there."
Kim learned the game from her father growing up in San Jose. She turned professional in 2003 at the age of 19 and has gone on to become one of the most colorful personalities on tour known for her outlandish clothing styles and outgoing persona. She is one of the most active golfers on Twitter and earlier this year published a book about life on tour together with Sports lllustrated golf writer Alan Shipnuck called "Swinging from My Heels."
"He came to me and asked if I'd be interested," Kim said. "I thought it was a great way to tell fans what life on tour is like."
For both Creamer and Kim, nothing would be like winning in front of the home fans at the Blackhawk Country Club.