It is major and it is local. Even though the KPMG Women's PGA at Westchester Country Club this week will be the first of its kind, it will have a familiar look around here. Three Long Islanders will be in the field for the women's major, which is being held for the first time in conjunction with the PGA of America.
LPGA Tour member Kelly Shon of Port Washington, fresh off her career-best tie for third at the ShopRite LPGA Tournament last week, is in the field. So are Jean Bartholomew of Garden City, a longtime tour player and now a teacher, and Liz Caron, teaching pro at Mill River Club in Oyster Bay, where she works with her husband, Jason, the head pro.
Lydia Ko, Michelle Wie, Paula Creamer and others also will play, but there is a feeling that the venue will be the biggest attraction.
"Westchester is a golf course that has seen a lot of professional golf and a lot of golf, period," said Hall of Famer Judy Rankin, who will work on the Golf Channel and NBC telecasts. "And it is a course that, although not so very recently . . . that a lot of people would know the holes the way they know the holes at Augusta or at Mission Hills out in California, and I think that's great."
Annika Sorenstam, who also will work the telecasts, said: "I think this is fantastic, and us ladies, we enjoy playing good golf courses, too. And we respect and enjoy the history as much as the men."
Met PGA to give lessons
In conjunction with the women's major, the Metropolitan PGA will hold golf lessons at KPMG headquarters in Manhattan on Tuesday, followed by promotions at the Mets and Liberty games. The association will give more lessons Wednesday at Bryant Park in Manhattan.
Open qualifying tomorrow
Fresh Meadow head pro Matt Dobyns, who played in the U.S. Open last year, will be among the Long Islanders trying to play their way in this year. The 36-hole sectional qualifier will be Monday at Old Oaks and Century in Westchester. The field also will include Tam O'Shanter head pro Mark Brown, as well as Matt Sita of Glen Cove, Kyle Higgins of Massapequa and Michael Furci of Sayville. Other prospective qualifiers at that site are two-time U.S. Open champion Lee Janzen and three-time PGA Tour winner Johnson Wagner.
Defending champion Jimmy Hazen, who made two eagles and three birdies in his final 10 holes last year, will head the field in the Long Island Open on Wednesday through Friday at The Creek in Locust Valley . . . Daniel Abbondandalo of Brookville and Thomas Whelan of Smithtown Landing each shot 1-under-par 70 at North Fork Country Club in Cutchogue on Thursday to be co-medalists in a qualifier for the 60th Ike Championship, the prestigious amateur tournament June 29-30 at Friar's Head in Riverhead.
Jones on the move
Golf experts say that versatility is good for young athletes, particularly with their golf games. Rosa Jones was a keen example of that recently, in one day. In the morning, she played for Stony Brook School in the Suffolk boys high school golf championship, then rushed to Copiague High School for the county girls track championships, where she ran the 200 and 400 . . . Things that make you say "Uh-oh": An equipment company is producing speakers for golf carts so players can listen to music during their rounds.