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Circling Raven Championship opens door to first LPGA win

5 September 2023

(PRESS RELEASE) -- The Circling Raven Championship at Coeur d'Alene Casino Resort Hotel now merits the label “LPGA Champion Launch Pad” after Thailand’s Chanettee Wannasaen took her first LPGA title on Sunday at the Portland Classic, one week to the day after finishing second here.

Following her runner-up finish to China’s Yue Rin in a thrilling playoff during the Circling Raven Championship presented by KXLY News 4, an Epson “Road2LPGA” Tour event, the 19-year-old Wannasaen went to Oregon with great momentum that powered her through Monday qualifying to earn a spot into the Portland Classic. She is only the third Monday qualifier in LPGA history to go on to win.

Wannaesen’s LPGA title is the latest success at the next level by a former Circling Raven Championship alumnus. Lilia Vu has won three times on the LPGA Tour including capturing two Major Championships this season.

“Watching them shine on the LPGA Tour – professional golf’s largest stage globally for women – is a thrilling testament to the elite caliber of players who compete in the Circling Raven Championship,” said Laura Penney, CEO, Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort Hotel. “Congratulations on their incredible accomplishments. We look forward to following their careers; they’re Circling Raven family members forever.”

Wannaesen credited her experience at Circling Raven for helping her win in Portland.

“[The Circling Raven Championship] really gave me confidence, and so I just carried on and built on that,” she said.

Every Epson Tour competitor seeks full LPGA Tour member status. Cumulative prize winnings during the Epson Tour season determine which players achieve that dream goal, and several former Circling Raven Championship players are actively chasing it. Buttressed by her near win in Worley on Aug. 27 and LPGA Tour title a week later, Wannasaen is on the fast track to the “Big Show.”

Call it the Circling Raven Effect.

Rated Idaho’s No. 1 public course in Golfweek’s “Best by State” annual rankings, Circling Raven meanders across 620 acres of woodlands, wetlands, and Palouse grasses. The Gene Bates-designed masterpiece measures 7,189 yards from the back tees and is proudly owned and operated by the Coeur d’Alene Tribe.

For more information, or to book rounds and packages, visit or call 800-523-2464.

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