BRADENTON, Fla. — As Lydia Ko makes her way around Bradenton Country Club in hot pursuit of the final point needed to qualify for the LPGA Hall of Fame at the Drive On Championship, a tour legend stands among the crowd.
Four-time major winner Hollis Stacy, 69, is a member of Bradenton Country Club and still follows the LPGA closely. Stacy, a World Golf Hall of Fame member who won 18 times on the LPGA, has been a member of this 100-year-old Donald Ross gem for a dozen years.
Golfweek caught up with Stacy on Saturday at the Drive On to talk about the club and the two women at the top of the board: Ko and local resident Nelly Korda. Here are excerpts from that conversation:
HS: First of all, playing the golf course with no wind is very difficult because the greens are extremely difficult. Playing with wind is a very big challenge. In fact, I went in to check the pins for tomorrow and there’s one pin that I told them they had to change because it’s a 30 mph wind tomorrow.
You’re gonnna miss some short putts. Be nice to yourself as you’re walking to the next tee.
HS: I hit balls about once or twice a week. And if I have an event, of course, I will hit balls every day. I play here maybe once every two weeks. I play here and I play Concession (Golf Club), but I’m 15 minutes from here.
The LPGA came in and we needed a net around the range, and we put that in at a nice fee. We spent probably close to $1 million on the bunkers.
HS: The greens are great – TifEagle. Usually we play them at 13 on the Stimp. Everybody comes off the course shell-shocked. (A member said), ‘It’s so hard; it’s so hard.’ I said, ‘Don’t worry. When you go off to other courses, you win don’t you?’