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Local Pro Golfers Kelly Shon, Jean Bartholomew, and Liz Caron are competing in the KPMG Women's PGA Championship Tournament at Westchester Country Club.
Kelly Shon, a rookie on the LPGA Tour, is looking to make a name for herself by cutting into the competition at the Women's PGA Championship this year. The Princeton graduate is a Met Section native, Junior Tour Alumni, and recently joined the LPGA Tour. She was awarded the Ivy-League Player of the Year Honor for the 2013-2014 year, played in six of seven of the Ivy League Championship events, and led her team in five of those six events. She placed second overall in the Ivy League Championship.
Shon is young, eager, and hungry to carve out a piece of the LPGA landscape for herself.
If Shon is the up and coming newbie, then Jean Bartholomew is her antithesis. Bartholomew joined the LPGA Tour in 1996 and competed up until 2007. In 2009 she took up teaching and found that she had a certain knack for teaching others the game of golf. She's been doing it ever since and loves it. However, the competitive fire still burns bright in her chest, as she's competed in three or four events in the past two LPGA Tour seasons. Last year she defeated Lisa Grimes, another player in the KPMG Championship, to capture her first T&CP National Championship.
The other players may be younger, but Bartholomew brings a calm, cool, and collected experience to her game; and that no doubt gives her a distinct edge.
As a youngster, Liz Caron didn't compete in many of the Met area tournaments, but did compete in the JAL Big Apple Classic at the age of 13. After graduating from Duke University, she turned Pro in 2006, playing on the Futures Tour and making it up to the LPGA Tour in 2008 and 2010, but didn't perform as she had hoped. After the 2010 season, she was faced with requalifying and came to an important realization: starting a family was far more important to her than anything she could ever accomplish on the golf course.
Caron met her husband Jason, who played on the Florida Tour, they were married in 2011, and in 2013 their daughter Caroline was born. Today Caron and her husband work out of the Mill River Club as a teaching duo and they are hapily raising their daughter. Life couldn't be better.
But now Caron has turned her attention toward the KPMG Women's PGA Championship at Westchester Country Club. She aims to capture the tournament, competeing against some of the best women golfers on the tour. Golf may not be her life anymore, but this is another chance for her at a major victory in the LPGA tour—a chance she won't waste.