From Michigan to California
After a successful cut at the LPGA Mediheal Championship, California, Klára Spilková is preparing for a next tournament in the American series. The Meijer LPGA Classic in Grand Rapids, Michigan, will be played from 17 to 20 June.
“It is always nice to pass the cut and play full four rounds,” looked back the golf professional at her 70th place at the LPGA Mediheal Championship at Lake Merced, California. At the tournament, won by Matilda Castren of Finland with 14-under-par, Klára Spilková finished with 8-above-par (71-76-75-74)
“I played well in the first round and tied for the 14th place. Unfortunately, I had a stiff back in the second and third round so the back nine was always tough for me, and it was hard for me to swing. It was slightly better in the last round,” added Klára.
Spectators are slowly coming back to the LPGA, but it always depends on the conditions in the state where the tournament is played. “In California, only club members and their guests were allowed on the course,” commented Klára, praising the tournament venue: “Lake Merced is one of the best courses we get to play on. The course is rather narrow with tall juicy roughs and I’m glad I knew it from the past.”
Knowledge of the course is a factor that may play into Klára’s hands also at the next competition in Grand Rapids. The Blythefield Country Club is 6,638 yards long with par 72. The LPGA has been played there since 2014, with the last winner Canadian Brooke Henderson in 2019. Two years ago, Klára Spilková failed to pass the cut by a single shot with the result of even par. The tournament was not held last year. This year’s starting field is thus so cramped that even former tournament winners Natalie Gulbis and Lee-Ann Pace had to accept the role of substitutes.
Klára Spilková’s caddy will again be Mike Mikolajczak. “He is a professional. We understand each other as people and as regards golf,” commented the player this year’s collaboration.