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Newsfront - October 3, 2008

Golf fans get ready

LPGA returns to Blackhawk Country Club next week

The countdown has begun to the Longs Drugs Challenge, which brings the Ladies Professional Golf Association back to Blackhawk Country Club on Oct. 9-12.

Raycom Sports is hosting the four-round event for the third year at Blackhawk's 6,212-yard, par-72 course. The purse is set at $1.2 million.

Last year Suzann Pettersen (75-65-64-73=277) fought off Lorena Ochoa (69-70-67-71=277) in a playoff after Ochoa overcame a two-stroke deficit to enter the final round with a 1-under-par 71 on Sunday afternoon. Pettersen outlasted her in a two-hole, sudden-death playoff to claim her third victory on the LPGA Tour that year.

In 2006, Karrie Webb held off a hard-charging Annika Sorenstam with a clutch two-foot par putt on the 18th hole to clinch a one-stroke win. Webb, who finished with a final round 70, pared the last five holes as Sorenstam, who playing in the group ahead of her, fired a final round 65.

Tickets for this year's tournament went on sale last month with one-day tickets for $20; all-tournament ticket for $50; and a clubhouse badge for $100, which includes access to the clubhouse restaurant.

All spectator parking for the tournament is at Bishop Ranch 3 in San Ramon, which can be accessed from Bollinger Canyon Road. Parking costs $10 and shuttles will run continuously for the four days of the tournament.

Pro-Am events will take place Monday and Wednesday and are not open to the general public. Tournament rounds will begin Thursday with the field cut at the conclusion of play on Friday.

The Trophy Presentation Ceremony will take place on the 18th green immediately following the close of play Sunday. In the event of a tie for first place after 72 holes, there will be a sudden death playoff starting at the 18th tee. Once a champion is decided, the trophy will be presented.

For more information, visit www.longsdrugschallenge.com, or call the tournament office in Blackhawk at 725-0148.

--Staff reports

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