“Poppie’s Pond” is named in honor of Terry Wilcox, the longtime tournament director for the Tournament who retired in 2008. The concrete-lined pool is part of Champions Lake, which surrounds the 18th (finishing) hole of the LPGA major. Wilcox is known as “Poppie” to his seven grandchildren. The first champion to jump into Poppie’s Pond to celebrate her victory was Amy Alcott in 1988. Poppie’s Pond is 5-1/2 feet deep at the center and extends about 60 feet on either side of the bridge used by golfers to reach the island green. The pond is maintained to a swimming pool level with a continuously replenished supply of fresh water, and is easily drainable and refillable to ensure high-quality water. Because the pond is self-contained within the lake, golf course maintenance crews are able to use chlorine without impacting the lake’s fish or birdlife. As a result, the Tournament winners do not have to worry about the quality of the water when they take the dive.
A statue of Dinah Shore near the 18th green bridge serves as the focal point for Dinah’s Walk of Champions along the lake. The statue and Walk of Champions was unveiled and dedicated to the legendary tournament hostess in 2000.
Ladies of the Lake
Here’s a history of the dives, leaps, cannonballs and wade-ins at the Tournament over the years.
The splash heard ‘round the world: overcome by excitement, Amy Alcott tells caddie Bill Kurre to “let it rip.” They test the waters for the first time.
Inkster does not dive. The tradition has not yet caught on.
Betsy King wins for second time, but doesn’t dive in.
Alcott, Dinah and caddie Kurre take the most famous leap of all.
Dottie Mochrie wins in a playoff at the lake-less 10th hole. No dive.
Helen Alfredsson wins but doesn’t take the leap.
Donna Andrews, before back problems, takes a leap in Dinah’s memory.
Nanci Bowen, a surprising and joyous winner, takes a leap into the lake.
Hall of Famer Patty Sheehan cartwheels her way into the water.
Hall of Famer Betsy King finds third time is a charm and joins the dive team.
Non-swimmer Pat Hurst wades in, drives the crowd wild.
Dottie Pepper gets most hang time with dive following incredible victory.
Karrie Webb makes her Australian homeland proud with an Olympic-quality dive “down under.”
Annika Sorenstam leaps into the lake just nine days after walking on water by shooting the first 59 in LPGA Tour history.
Sorenstam celebrates the tournament’s first back-to-back victories since Sandra Post in 1978 and 1979 by wading into the lake with Reilly McNamara, daughter of caddie Terry McNamara.
Patricia Meunier-Lebouc takes a French dip after foiling Sorenstam’s attempt to three-peat.
Grace Park turns the 18th green into Grace-land and takes a stylish swim in the lake.
Annika Sorenstam goes for her third “SorenSwim,” this time making it adults only. She dives in with her sister, Charlotta, mother, Gunilla, and caddie Terry McNamara.
Karrie Webb celebrates her Webb-feat with a double cannonball with caddie Mike Paterson. Karrie is also the first Tournament winner to test the waters of “Poppie’s Pond” in Champions Lake at 18.
Just ten months after graduating from high school, Morgan Pressel takes the victory plunge at age 18 with grandmother Evelyn Krickstein and caddie Jon Yarbrough.
Con amigos y familia, Lorena Ochoa celebrates her second consecutive major win with a live mariachi band and the largest pool party yet.
An avid fisherman, Brittany Lincicome reels in the big one with her first major tournament victory.
A non-swimmer, Yani Tseng flashes her famous smile while taking a “leap of faith” into Poppie’s Pond. She was still smiling a short time later when a 7.2 earthquake interrupted her victory press conference in the Media Center.
Moments after Stacy Lewis jumped in for joy to celebrate her first LPGA win with her family, her mother, Carol, was not feeling so lucky after she had accidentally broken her leg upon splashdown into “Poppie’s Pond.”
Sun Young Yoo
Yoo, in her iconic white robe after taking her triumphant leap, was as shocked over the water temperature in the pond as she was in pulling out an improbable playoff victory: “I didn't know it was going to be that cold. As soon as I ran in there, I was like, ‘Oh, that's cold.’ It was great."
Inbee Park plunged into golf history! Park took her victory leap into Poppie’s Pond with her entourage by her side. Although she claimed the water was a bit chilly, Park was thrilled to join the winner’s circle on a day that also marked the 25th Anniversary of the jump.
Lexi Thompson celebrated becoming the 2nd youngest to win an LPGA Major by taking a leap into Poppie’s Pond with her caddy after sinking the final putt.
Brittany Lincicome takes her second leap into Poppie's Pond after winning in a three-hole playoff--moments after creating a near carbon copy of her iconic shot on the 72nd hole of play in the 2009 tournament.
Lydia Ko performs her iconic "I love you" heart sign as she takes the leap, her second consecutive Major victory.
So Yeon Ryu
So Yeon Ryu makes her maiden leap into Poppie's Pond after her playoff victory against Lexi thompson. Whilst doing so, her caddie, Tom Watson performs the 'dab' as he makes his leap alongside So Yeon!