En route to Jersey, Inbee Park toured Lancaster C.C.

Posted: May 28, 2015 9:17 pm

GALLOWAY, N.J. – Although her media availability was cancelled, Inbee Park did play Lancaster Country Club last week.

Played it twice, in fact, Friday and Saturday.

“I think it’s a great golf course,” Park said Thursday, while preparing for the LPGA ShopRite Classic. “They had just punched (aerated) the greens, so you couldn’t really tell what it was going to be like during the tournament, but as far as the setup and layout, it was great, I think.”

Park has won five major championships including the 2013 U.S, Women’s Open. She had a streak of 59 weeks as the world’s top-ranked player ended at this event a year ago, but has played well of late, and won the North Texas Shootout two weeks back.

With Lydia Ko, the current No. 1, not playing this week, Park can reclaim the top spot by finishing third or better here.

“I don’t know if it’s an advantage or disadvantage for (Ko) to not be here,” she said. “I all depends how I play. (Being No. 1) is not my only priority in golf, but it would definitely be nice to get it here.”

Like many older courses in the northeast, Seaview is infested with poa annua, a grass, or weed, that grows very fast and can make putting surfaces get more bumpy and uneven as the day wears on.

“I think it’s an advantage to play in the morning, for the wind and the greens,” she said. “The poa annua makes the ball jump around; it just depends where it’s gonna jump.”