by Jeff Skinner
Major Season is upon us. Forget Tiger and all the conjecture about his partners, his pairing and his press conference. This week the LPGA beats the PGA Tour to the punch when they hold the first major of the season at the Kraft Nabisco Championship. It isn’t The Open Championship but this tournament has a lot of history.
It started in 1972 when it was called the Colgate Dinah Shore, named after one of the most influential and supportive women in the history of the LPGA. It was designated as a major championship in 1983 and called the Kraft Nabisco Championship in 2002. Look at these past champions since 1983: three time champions, Amy Alcott, Betsy King and Annika Sorenstam, and two time champions Juli Inkster, Dottie Pepper and Karrie Webb.
Not only does this tournament have an impressive pedigree it has one of the greatest traditions in golf. This is where the champion jumps into the lake that borders the eighteenth. Amy Alcott started it in 1988 and the players have taken the tradition to heart. So has the tournament, they put a filtration unit in the pond a few years ago to keep the water a little cleaner and the jumpers a little fresher. It’s a wonderful tradition and one of the highlights of the tournament. They call the winner the “Lady of the Lake.” Check out the video of some of the past jumpers. My favorite is Karrie Webb; she lands a killer cannon ball.