LPGA at Kingsmill: Five to watch

The Kingsmill Championship returns to the River Course in Williamsburg on Thursday. Here are a few players to keep an eye on:

Lauren Doughtie

The Suffolk native is a rookie on the LPGA Tour after locking up her tour card by birding the last two holes of a playoff at Q-School in December. Doughtie, a Nansemond-Suffolk Academy and N.C. State grad, played on the Symetra Tour for four years, winning the Cedar Rapids, Iowa, tournament in a playoff in 2012. She has missed the cut in four of five events in 2013. Doughtie is coached by Cedar Point Country Club pro T.J. Young.

Ariya Jutanugarn

The younger sister of Tour rookie Moriya Jutanugarn is competing on a sponsor's invitation. Ariya lost the LPGA Thailand tournament by one shot to Inbee Park when she triple-bogeyed the final hole. She tied for third two weeks ago in Hawaii. At 17, she's not eligible for Tour membership, but her 2013 earnings of more than $250,000 would put her in the top-10 of the money list.

Stacy Lewis

The top-ranked American in the world rankings (No. 2), Lewis won back-to-back tournaments in March in Singapore and Phoenix to briefly sit at No. 1. She has six top-10 finishes this year. Lewis, the Player of the Year in 2012, had surgery her senior year of high school to help correct a curvature of her spine from scoliosis. She finished tied for ninth in September at Kingsmill.

Inbee Park

The No. 1 ranked player in the world has won three times in 2013, including the Kraft Nabisco Championship and the North Texas LPGA Shootout, which concluded Sunday. She also tops the money list with $841,068 this year and leads the Tour with 23 rounds under par.

Suzann Pettersen

This is the 2007 Kingsmill winner's first trip back to Williamsburg since 2009. Pettersen missed September's event because of a scheduled charity event in Norway. Ranked fifth in the world, she is on a bit of a hot streak entering the Kingsmill Championship. She sandwiched a win Hawaii on April 20 with third-place finishes in the Kraft Nabisco Championship and the North Texas Shootout.

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