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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

The Limerick Summary: 2009 LPGA Tour Championship

Winner: Anna Nordqvist

Oh, you lucky people... TWO limericks in one week!

Of course, the PGA season is over, so I'm having to seek out other tournaments for the weekly limerick. The problem this week was... well... there were TWO big tournaments: The final European Tour championship (which I "poeticized" yesterday) and the final LPGA tournament, which finished today. Being a huge fan of the LPGA, I couldn't ignore this one.

Some of you may remember that my last LPGA summary was a sonnet. I'm sorry, that was just too work right now, what with all the other things I have going on. So, a limerick it is.

And what a limeri - er, tournament it was! Lorena Ochoa and Jiyai Shin literally went down to the last putt, with Shin barely missing a birdie to give Lorena "Player of the Year" honors by a single point! (For those of you who don't know, the LPGA awards are given on the basis of a point system. Personally, I much prefer a system like this, which is based on achievement, as opposed to the PGA, which prefers to play favorites. I mean, really – no Comeback Player of the Year Award, simply because they didn't want to give it to Tiger? Come on!)

For those of you keeping score, Ochoa got POY and the Vare (scoring) Trophy; Shin got Rookie of the Year and the money list title. All poor Anna Nordqvist got was the WIN, but nobody seemed to notice. For the record, other than Ochoa and Shin, who each won three times, Nordqvist is the only other player with multiple wins this season. She also won the McDonald's LPGA Championship; that's one major and the Tour Championship... and she hasn't even been a pro for a full season yet! She should have gotten more attention for the win today.

At any rate, the LPGA's wild year drama and intrigue is over now, and here's my tribute:
The LPGA’s been a drama queen
This year – highs and lows, with no inbetween.
Ochoa beat Shin for
The POY (that’s four),
Then Nordqvist beat both… but she made no scene.


  1. A little work required on the meter before you may join the hallowed in the halls of limerick fame ...

    The limerick form is unique,
    It rolls off your tongue as you speak.
    It's quite regimented
    With rules that cement it,
    Maintaining its ancient mystique.

  2. I know what you mean, Doug. But understand that most traditional limerick writers get to make up all the "facts" they use. When you have to use what you're given (names like Nordqvist, for example), you not only struggle with meter, but with the traditional content expected on any given line.

    For example, in his book The Lure of the Limerick, William S. Baring-Gould wrote that:

    the first line sets the scene and introduces the main character;

    the second line may introduce a second character and show the action that precipitates the crisis;

    the third and fourth lines are shortened to heighten the suspense;

    and the fifth line brings the climax and denouement of the plot.

    Nevertheless, I think the meter itself is pretty good in this one. You are saying "pee oh why" in the fourth line, and not "Player of the Year," aren't you? That makes 10,10,6,6,and 10 "beats," respectively. It's not the 9,9,6,6,9 that Baring-Gould says is the standard... but neither is the 8,8,6,6,8 in your comment.

    It's a good comment, though... and I stand by my meter. The beats are consistently placed so it reads well, which is my major concern.