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Lexi Thompson parachutes into LPGA tourney to raise awareness for charity

By Nick Forrester, excellesports.com

3 days ago   Article ID# 4169525
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SEAL Legacy Foundation

NEW YORK, NEW YORK (excellesports.com) - Lexi Thompson made a sky-high entrance to the Kingsmill Championship on Wednesday.

Instead of driving to the golf course, Thompson did a freefall from 10,000 feet above to arrive at the Championship in Williamsburg, VA.

“Words can’t even describe it, honestly,” Thompson said after her jump. “Nothing was going on in my mind. It was a sense of freedom that words can’t even describe. I don’t know if it gives me a better chance this week. But this course is absolutely beautiful and to see it from 10,000 feet is unbelievable.”

Thompson jumped with retired Navy SEALs and a member of the Red Bull Air Force Larry Barbiero to announce her partnership with the SEAL Legacy Foundation, which provides support to families of wounded and fallen Navy SEALs.

“Lexi did amazing! She was like a seasoned pro … cool as cucumber,” Red Bull Air Force’s Sean MacCormac said of her skydive. “I had a pretty amazing front-row seat for it. It was awesome to see her come out of the plane and all of a sudden … just screaming. She had an incredible time.”

After the jump, her first time skydiving, Thompson joked that she “won’t be so nervous on the first tee anymore.”

The Kingsmill Championship features 20 of the top 25 players in the world ranking, including the top six — Lydia Ko, So Yeon Ryu, Ariya Jutanugarn, In Gee Chun, Shanshan Feng and Thompson.

On the first day of competition on Thursday, Thompson then shot a 65 during the first round to take the lead.

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Updated 3 days ago   Article ID# 4169525

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