2012 Championship Will Feature 18 of the Top 20 Players in Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings
RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif., MARCH 15, 2012 – The Kraft Nabisco Championship, golf’s first major, is expecting another elite field to compete in the 2012 Championship. With 18 players ranked in the top 20 Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings slated to play at Mission Hills Country Club March 29 – April 1, this year’s tournament is sure to deliver strong competition and fierce play en route to crowning the first major champion of the year.
Headlining the field are the top five players in the world: Yani Tseng, Na Yeon Choi, Suzann Pettersen, Cristie Kerr and Paula Creamer. Defending Champion Stacy Lewis will look to claim back-to-back white robes, while past champions Morgan Pressel, Karrie Webb, Amy Alcott, Grace Park and Pat Hurst vie to add another Kraft Nabisco Championship to their already impressive resumes. Also looking to make a splash this year are Paula Creamer, Natalie Gulbis, Angela Stanford, Lexi Thompson and Michelle Wie.
Players making their first professional appearance at golf’s first major include 2012 ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open Champion Jessica Korda, 2011 Solheim Cup team member Ryann O’Toole. In addition, top ranked amateurs Moriya Jutanugarn, Jaye Marie Green, Austin Ernst and Charley Hull have accepted invitations to compete.
“The Kraft Nabisco Championship hosts one of the most elite fields in professional women’s golf, drawing the best female golfers from around the world,” said Gabe Codding, KNC Tournament Director. “This year’s field could very well be the best this tournament has ever seen. With the legacy of golf’s first major, the history of Poppie’s Pond and the competition from the top athletes in female golf, the 2012 Kraft Nabisco Championship is shaping up to be a tournament that will be remembered for a long time.”
The final field will be set at the conclusion of the Kia Classic Sunday, March 25. An updated list of confirmed players will be announced following. For a complete list of participating players, please also visit www.kncgolf.com.
Featuring nearly 120 elite players in women’s golf, the 2012 Kraft Nabisco Championship takes place March 26 – April 1 at Mission Hills Country Club.
For more information on the Kraft Nabisco Championship, please visit www.KNCGolf.com or call 760-324-4546. To follow the Kraft Nabisco Championship, go to www.facebook.com/KNCGolf or www.twitter.com/KNCGolf.
About the Kraft Nabisco Championship
The Kraft Nabisco Championship is golf’s first major and one of the LPGA Tour’s most prestigious events. Founded in 1972 by David Foster and Dinah Shore, the Kraft Nabisco Championship earned the designation as a major tournament in 1983. Contested at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, Calif., since its inception, the Championship holds the distinction of being the second oldest golf tournament continuously held at the same course. For many, the event is most distinguished by one of golf’s most beloved traditions: the champion’s leap into Poppie’s Pond, located adjacent to the 18th green. In 1988, the first champion’s leap into Poppie’s Pond was taken by Amy Alcott, and since has become one of the most anticipated and memorable traditions in golf. For more information on the Kraft Nabisco Championship, please visit www.KNCGolf.com or call 760-324-4546. To follow the Kraft Nabisco Championship, go to www.facebook.com/KNCGolf or www.twitter.com/KNCGolf.