LPGA Kingsmill Championship Golf Tournament

Cristie Kerr wins the 2009 Kingsmill Championship
Cristie Kerr has three wins at the Kingsmill Championship. Above, she celebrates after sinking the last putt of her win in 2009. Hunter Martin / Getty Images

The Kingsmill Championship is an annual tournament on the LPGA Tour schedule that returned in 2012 following a two-year absence. This event had been considered one of the best and most important (outside of the majors) on the LPGA schedule. But in 2009, Anheuser-Busch, parent company of then-title sponsor Michelob, decided to restrict its sponsorship spending, and withdrew its support. That led to a 2-year hiatus.

But the Kingsmill Championship returned in 2012 to the delight of fans and especially LPGA golfers.

The Kingsmill Championship is played over 72 holes.

2018 Kingsmill Championship

  • When: May 17-20
  • Where: Kingsmill Resort (River Course) in Williamsburg, Virginia

2017 Tournament
Lexi Thompson set a tournament scoring record and won by five strokes. It was Thompson's eighth career win on the LPGA Tour. Her total of 264 lowered by one stroke the 72-hole event scoring record, besting the 265 set by Annika Sorenstam in 2008. Thompson finished five shots in front of runner-up In Gee Chun.

2016 Kingsmill Championship
Ariya Jutanugarn won for the second consecutive tournament on the LPGA Tour. At the tour's previous stop, the Yokohama Tire Classic, Jutanugarn, age 20, recorded her first LPGA win and became the first-ever Thai golfer to win on the LPGA Tour. At the Kingsmill, she finished with a round of 67 and at 14-under 270.

That was one stroke ahead of runner-up Su Oh.

2015 Tournament
18-year-old Minjee Lee of Australia claimed her first LPGA Tour victory. Lee finished at 15-under 269, winning by two strokes over So Yeon Ryu.

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Kingsmill Championship Records:

  • 18 holes: 62 - Jiyai Shin, 2012; In Gee Chun, 2016
  • 72 holes: 264 - Lexi Thompson, 2017

Kingsmill Championship Golf Course:

Well, "Kingsmill" is part of the tournament name, and always has been, so that's a clue. This tournament has always been played at the Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg, Virginia. The resort's River Course is the one used for this tournament.

Kingsmill Championship Trivia and Notes:

  • Annika Sorenstam set the tournament's 72-hole scoring record in winning the 2008 tournament, which was Sorenstam's 72nd victory on the LPGA Tour. And it was also her last. She retired at the end of that year.
  • Jiyai Shin and Paula Creamer engaged in the second-longest sudden-death playoff in LPGA Tour history at the 2012 Kingsmill Championship. Shin finally won the ninth extra hole.
  • Prior to the first LPGA tournament in 2003, Kingsmill Resort was the site of the Michelob Championship at Kingsmill, a PGA Tour event from 1981-2002.
  • Sorenstam's win in 2008 and Karrie Webb's in 2006 were both by seven strokes, the tournament record for margin of victory.
  • Through the 2013 tournament, Cristie Kerr was the only golfer with multiple wins at the Kingsmill Championship, and she had three.

Winners of the Kingsmill Championship:


2017 - Lexi Thompson, 274
2016 - Ariya Jutanugarn, 270
2015 - Minjee Lee, 269
2014 - Lizette Salas, 271
2013 - Cristi Kerr-p, 272
2012 - Jiyai Shin-p, 268
2011 - Not played
2010 - Not played

Michelob Ultra Open at Kingsmill
2009 - Cristie Kerr, 268
2008 - Annika Sorenstam, 265
2007 - Suzann Pettersen-p, 274
2006 - Karrie Webb, 270
2005 - Cristie Kerr, 276
2004 - Se Ri Pak, 275

Michelob Light Open at Kingsmill
2003 - Grace Park, 275