Sybase: The Match Game
By Stephanie Wei under General

Wow, I can’t believe it’s already been a year since the Sybase Classic at the Upper Montclair CC. That tournament will always hold a special place for me because it was the first one I attended after starting my blog. Well, I’m returning this week for the inaugural Sybase Match Play Championship. So, pretty much the same as last year — just different format, different course, and I applied for media credentials (hooray).

Yesterday, Christina Kim emceed the blind drawing that determined the matches. The top 32 seeds randomly drew envelopes and revealed their opponents to the crowd. Why did they decide to do it this way? To add more excitement to the matches. At least that’s what LPGA chief of communications David Higdon told me in so many words at the book party.

Anyway! The following first-round matches caught my eye:

9:06: Suzann Pettersen (3) vs. Juli Inkster (35)

10:40: Stacy Lewis (26) vs. Amanda Blumenherst (55)

11:16: Candie Kung (29) vs. Natalie Gulbis (44)

11:56: Cristie Kerr (5) vs. Meaghan Francella (53)

12:08: Se Ri Pak (17) vs. Azahara Munoz (54)

12:16: Brittany Lincicome (16) vs. Beatriz Recari (62)

12:32: Jiyai Shin (1) vs. Kyeong Bae (42)

1:04: Michelle Wie (8) vs. Stacy Prammanasudh (50)

You can check out the full bracket here.

Okay, I wrote this post last night and I’m updating it now since I’ve actually been out at Sybase all day. I’m taking a quick break from field reporting to post this in the media tent. What have I learned so far? Well, the LPGA certainly feeds the media better than the PGA — at least the one event I’ve attended this year. I mean, just saying. Or maybe we were spoiled today because they had to feed the sponsors playing in the pro-am. Whatever, my burger, caesar salad and corn on the cob were delicious.

Anyway, I walked 4-5 holes with Christina Kim’s pro-am group. I’m trying to catch up with a few players to chat with them. CK briefly introduced me to Yani Tseng before I headed back to the media tent. We exchanged a few words in Mandarin. She seems really cool, but she was rushing off to a CNN interview. I think a “Know Your Asians” post on her would be fitting. Actually, I’m going to talk to as many Asian players as possible. Hopefully I’ll be able to feature a different player every day. Plus, if I get to interview them, we’ll get to “know” them better! Alright, back out to the practice area. Expect a few posts later tonight when I get back to the city.