By Doug Gorman

Lately, I have felt like a golf writer instead of a sports editor who covers general assignment sports stories.

Last week I wrote a story about an up-and-coming professional golfer Allen Thompson and composed a column about The Masters.

I see no need to break the trend for this week's column as I again write about the game of golf.

Two columns and one story about a game that in some ways remains a mystery to me is not too bad for a guy who has swung a golf club only a dozen or so times his entire life.(Don't you agree?)

But with one of my favorite events?the LPGA Chick-fil-A Charity Championship just around the corner?there is plenty to say in this limited space about a game that is loved by so many.

The tournament is quickly becoming one of the LPGA's elite tourneys. If the tour had a fifth major the Chick-fil-A Championship would be it.

The Chick-fil-A Championship always attracts a banner field. The fact that Nancy Lopez lends her name to the event as tournament host brings instant credibility to the annual golfing showcase.

The LPGA Hall of Fame member is a great role model for how athletes should conduct themselves.

There has never been a negative story written about the tournament's gracious host.

The Eagle's Landing Country Club is a great facility and rolls out the red carpet to make players and spectators feel comfortable.

Generosity also goes hand in hand with the event, as the tournament gives backs thousands of dollars in charitable contributions, much of which comes back to this community.

I guess the only drawback to the upcoming event is the announcement that Annika Sorenstam won't be here.

The tour's best player has won the once at Eagle's Landing and will of course be missed. In away, it would be like Tiger Woods missing an event on the PGA tour.

However, even the best players need a break every so often.

Not to worry golf fans, even in Sorenstam's absence there is going to be some great golf.

As for who will win, that is subject to great debate. Just how competitive is this tournament? There has never been a repeat winner in the tournament's history.

Juli Inkster could be the first to win it for a second time. Inkster captured the crown a year ago paced by her eagle on No. 18 during the final round.

At a time when foreign-born players dominate the LPGA tour Inkster is easily one of the most consistent American players.

Inkster could also be a spokesperson for working moms.

Despite the grueling tour schedule, Inkster puts family at the top of her priority list. This season she entered a new sports venture as head coach of her daughter's middle school basketball team.

Others to look for include, Se Ri Pak, Karrie Webb or simply fill in the blank with you favorite golfer.

That tournament's that wide open.

The biggest story could be Michelle Wie. The 13-year old amateur has the incredible ability to hit the ball 300 yards.

She has already held her own with the best the LPGA has to offer.

Don't be surprise if the amateur's name is at the top of the leader board on Sunday.

Regardless of the results it's going to be a great tournament. I can't wait for the first tee shot.

Gorman is the sports editor of the Daily. E-mail at dgorman@henryherald.com