• Bill Caine, Woodford Sun Sports Editor

Lincicome struggles at Barbasol Championship

LPGA TOUR PLAYER BRITTANY LINCICOME held a press conference before the first round of the Barbasol Championship in Nicholasville. She did not make the cut but said it was a great learning experience. (Photo by Bill Caine)

LPGA Tour player Brittany Lincicome struggled as she teed it up with a field of men at the PGA Barbasol Championship at Champions Trace in Nicholasville. By playing in the Barbasol Championship, she became only the sixth woman to compete in a men's tour event. Babe Didrikson Zaharias, Shirley Spork, Annika Sorenstam, Suzy Whaley and Michelle Wie were the others. Lincicome missed the cut by eight strokes.

"I played with Michelle (Wie) a few weeks ago in Arkansas, and I asked her about it, but she wasn't much help," said Brittany jokingly. "She said it was so long ago that she couldn't remember." After shooting a plus -6 78 in the first round Thursday, Lincicome said that conditions were ripe for scoring, she just made a few errors. "I thought I drove the ball well," said Lincicome. "My putter wasn't there for me today and I'd like to have a few par three tee shots back, but that's golf. I did manage to have fun and that was one of my biggest goals this week." Day two went smoothly for Lincicome, who shot a 71, but she could not overcome her miscues on day one. The opportunity to play in the tournament came out of the blue and Lincicome said she was shocked when asked to play. "I got a call a month ago from Tom Murray, the owner of Barbasol Pure Silk and he said he would love for me to accept a sponsor exemption to play in the event. I wanted people to know that I was doing this for the right reasons. Playing in this tournament was not a publicity stunt, but surprisingly everyone has treated me great and been very supportive of the opportunity. I am grateful for this opportunity and I would do it again if asked."

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