Stars abound in ShopRite LPGA Classic field

The final field has been set for next week’s ShopRite LPGA Classic at Seaview in Galloway Township, N.J., and 47 of the top 50 on the tour’s current money list have committed to play.

All eight of the LPGA’s 2012 tournament winners, including three-time champion and world No. 1 Yani Tseng, will be in the field for the 54-hole event over Seaview’s tricky Bay Course, which carries $1.5 million in prize money.

Other tournament winners from this year who are in the field includes past ShopRite LPGA Classic champion Angela Stanford, Ai Miyazato, Stacy Lewis, Jessica Korda, Sun Young Yoo, Pornanong Phatlum and Azahara Munoz. Munoz won last week’s event, the Sybase Match Play in Gladstone, N.J.

Defending champion Brittany Lincicome is back.

Eight of the top 10 players in the world will be at Seaview, headed by Tseng, along with No. 2 Na Yeon Choi, No. 3 Suzann Petterssen, No. 4 Miyazato, No. 5 Cristie Kerr, No. 6 Lewis, No. 8 I.K. Kim and No. 10 Shanshan Feng.

Other stars in the field include Paula Creamer, Laura Davies, Natalie Gulbis, Sophie Gustafson, Morgan Pressel, So Yeon Ryu, Lexi Thompson, Karrie Webb and Michelle Wie.

One of the tournament’s two sponsor exemptions went to Meghan Bolger Stasi, the world’s No. 3-ranked amateur, who is originally from Voorhees.

A note: Seaview is now officially known as Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club.

--Joe Juliano