Tuesday, February 17

LPGA Star Angela Stanford Is a Spoiler

ANGELA STANFORD IS A NICE PERSON. Really. But that hasn’t prevented her from being a spoiler on the LPGA Tour.

Late last season Angela battled and defeated sentimental favorite Annika Sorenstam down the stretch at the Lorena Ochoa Invitational. On Sunday at the SBS Open at Turtle Bay, the victim was LPGA Tour rookie and Hawaiian native Michelle Wie.

“Only a mom could say this,” Angela said. “She said I spoiled Annika’s last tournament and I kind of spoiled Michelle’s first one. So I’m use to wearing the black hat, so it’s OK.”

Angela had a stellar amateur career in high school and college. As a junior golfer, she won the 1996 PING Texas State Junior Championship. As a collegiate golfer at Texas Christian University, she won nine tournaments and was a four-time All-American.

A solid performer on the LPGA Tour, Angela’s three wins in her last seven starts have vaulted her to No. 6 in the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings.

For her most recent win, Angela credited her putter.

“I think overall I controlled my speed very well with the wind and … the different conditions, rain here and there, so I think putting was the key.”

Despite spoiling the debut of Wie, Angela had encouraging words for her young rival.

“I think I would tell her you are playing the hardest game in the world,” Angela said, “so … you’re going to have to have a little patience and know that you’re one of the most talented players to come along in a long time. So just keep putting yourself in contention because it’s going to happen.”

Stanford File
Turned pro: 2000
Birthplace: Fort Worth, Texas
College: Texas Christian University
World ranking: 6
LPGA Tour wins: 4
Major wins: 0
Equipment: PING

−The Armchair Golfer

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(Quotes courtesy of ASAP Sports FastScripts; LPGA Tour photo)

4 comments :

Lancer said...

Wie didn't lose the tournament, Stanford won it. Wie's time is coming.

Tom Blogical said...

Yes, Angela Stanford is a nice person, but on the course she's a cold-blooded killer. (I mean that as a compliment.)

That woman is an incredible competitor.

Nitegator said...

Stanford played great and didn't let the headliners get in her way. She played to win. We were taken by Anikas last round with the hopes she would win and again with the first tournament for Michelle with hopes she would win, thats not how the game is played, Stanford proved that.

speaking of stanford Mr. Armchair fill me in on the Stanford St Jude Classic thats held here (memphis) the feds raided the Stanford offices this morning, will this effect the tournament? I hate to ask this of you but your a better insider than I.

The Armchair Golfer said...

Nitegator, this from an AP story:

"PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem said Tuesday the Stanford St. Jude Championship will be played this year, even as the Securities and Exchange Commissioner accused the chairman of Stanford Financial Group in an $8 billion fraudulent investment scheme."