aLexi Thompson, hero of the 2010 U.S. Curtis Cup team, will return to New England May 11 for the PGA Tour Charities’ Girls Golf Fair at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Conn.

Perennial Golf Digest top-50 teaching pro and River Highlands instructor, Suzy Whaley, made the announcement on her Twitter page last week.

“Best news ever for PGA tour Charities girls golf fair presented by Cobra Puma in Hartford!!” @suzywhaley tweeted. “@Lexi coming!!! May 11 at TPC River Highlands!”

Whaley said Wednesday in Hartford during “Golf Industry Day” that Thompson would put on a ball-striking exhibition, sign autographs, and answer fans’ questions during her stint at the course that hosts the PGA Tour’s annual Travelers Championship.

Joining Thompson, who led her Curtis Cup team to victory at Massachusetts’ Essex County Club and became the youngest golfer (at the time) to win an LPGA event when she triumphed at the 2011 Navistar LPGA Classic at the age of 16, will be 2013 U.S. Solheim Cup assistant captain Dottie Pepper. Pepper, a 17-time tour winner, recently retired from eight years as an NBC and Golf Channel analyst to devote herself to growing the game as a PGA of America board member.

LPGA-USGA Girls Golf provides opportunities for girls to play and teaches them the values inherent in golf, such as patience, respect, perseverance, and honesty.

The TPC River Highlands festivities for girls aged 5-17 kick off at 8 a.m., with an afternoon session starting at 11 a.m. To register (fee is $20 per junior golfer) visit the LPGA Foundation.

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