Ever since Amy Alcott jumped into the lake off the 18th green when she won the then-Kraft Dinah Shore at Mission Hills in Rancho Mirage, Calif., the winner's victory leap into the pond has been an enduring tradition. However, last year Stacy Lewis' mom was injured jumping into the lake. This year, Kraft Nabisco Championship organizers have made the leap safer. Larry Bohannan of The Desert Sun has the details:
“It’s not really in response to (the injury),” said Gabe Codding, tournament director of the Kraft Nabisco. “It’s something that we looked at. Anything that we had to do, it felt like the appropriate thing to do, to have a jump zone and have an area where a mishap couldn’t happen again. It was important for us to address that issue.”
Poppie’s Pond is a cemented, fresh-water area cut off from the rest of the lake around the 18th green at the Dinah Shore Tournament Course at Mission Hills Country Club. It was initially built to end concerns about players jumping into the murky brown water of the actually lake inhabited by fish, ducks, coots and algae. Codding said the changes in Poppie’s Pond make the area safer for winners and whoever joins the winner in the pond.