So long, Poppie’s Pond? Looking back at one of LPGA’s coolest traditions (

Mission Hills Country Club has been synonymous with women’s golf for a half century, from hosting the inaugural Colgate-Dinah Shore Winner’s Circle in 1972 to the past 39 years of major-championship golf in the Palm Springs area.

“I get tears in my eyes when I walk across the bridge to the 18th green at Mission Hills,” said So Yeon Ryu, who won the 2017 ANA Inspiration, which will become the Chevron Championship starting this April, a year before the championship transitions to a new venue, likely in Houston.  

“That course is so special to me and I’m very sad to leave. But I also trust that Chevron will be a tremendous partner for the LPGA Tour and has a good plan for the future of this major championship. I plan to help them make sure that the history and traditions we have built at Mission Hills will move with the championship to its new location.”

One tradition that is likely over, though, is the annual victory leap into Poppie’s Pond, which began in 1988 with Amy Alcott’s historic splash. LPGA commissioner Mollie Marcoux Samaan noted that the distinct celebration was something that came up in conversations with stakeholders and membership, but ultimately,…

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