Sunday, November 29, 2015

Final field set for ShopRite LPGA Classic

The final field has been set for the ShopRite LPGA Classic, and it's an exceptional one.

Final field set for ShopRite LPGA Classic


The final field has been set for the ShopRite LPGA Classic, and it's an exceptional one.

The tournament, which begins June 3 on the Bay Course at Seaview Resort, features 97 of the top 100 players on the LPGA money list, including all of the top 33. Six winners of 2011 tournaments will be playing -- Karrie Webb (two victories), Kraft Nabisco champion Stacy Lewis, world No. 1 Yani Tseng, Sandra Gal, Maria Hjorth and Suzann Pettersen.

Cristie Kerr, who at No. 4 is the top American in the world rankings, and fellow 2010 major champion Paula Creamer will be at Seaview, as will defending tournament champ Ai Miyazato and long-driving Michelle Wie.

Also in the field are two-time ShopRite champion Juli Inkster, who turns 51 next month, and crowd favorites Laura Davies, Christina Kim and Natalie Gulbis.

The tournament granted sponsor exemptions to three players -- 16-year-old Alexis Thompson, Egg Harbor Township resident Joanna Coe and LPGA rookie Jacklyn Sweeney, Coe, who starred at Rollins College in Florida, will be making her professional debut.

The field will total 150 players. The 54-hole event offers $1.5 million in prize money.

--Joe Juliano

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