Inbee Park and Natalie Gulbis amongst top talent; nine Canadians to
WATERLOO, ON, July 3, 2013 /CNW/ - The Manulife Financial LPGA Classic
is gearing up for its second year with an impressive selection of the
world's best female golfers returning to Waterloo. The field features
nine of the top 10, and 25 of the top 30 on the LPGA Official Money
List. The long list of elite players join defending champion Brittany
Lang, who is looking for a repeat performance.
The 144-player field for the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic includes
the world's top female golfer, Inbee Park, who was a strong contender
at last year's tournament, losing in a four-way playoff to Lang. Park
is hot off of a victory at last weekend's US Women's Open where she
became only the second player in LPGA history to win the first three
major championships of the season. In three weeks, Park will try to
secure her fourth Grand Slam tournament at the Women's British Open at
One of the LPGA's more recognizable players, Natalie Gulbis, who is
currently playing in her 12th season on the tour, will make her debut
appearance at the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic in Waterloo.
Competing alongside Park, Gulbis and Lang is 2012 Rolex Player of the
Year Stacy Lewis, who currently ranks third on the Official Rolex Money
List, and 2013 Tour winners Suzann Pettersen (ranked 4th), Beatriz
Recari (ranked 6th) and Karrie Webb (ranked 7th). Fan favorites like
Michelle Wie, Paula Creamer and Lexi Thompson have also committed to
"Having this caliber of players on the field has helped raise the
tournament's profile as one of the top events on Tour," said Richard
Kuypers, tournament director for the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic.
"We are grateful for the community's support and hospitality last year,
and we can't wait to see what the tournament has in store for
Kitchener-Waterloo this year."
Nine Canadian players will compete at Grey Silo Golf Club. Tour veterans
Lorie Kane and Alena Sharp lead a group of fresh Canadian faces who are
eager for a local win. Favourite Lorie Kane, from Charlottetown, PEI,
is the highest-ranking Canadian on the tour career money list and has
four career wins. Hamilton, Ontario's Alena Sharp is hoping her busy
schedule this year pays off with a strong showing at the Manulife
Financial LPGA Classic. Sara-Maude Juneau, Maude-Aimee Leblanc, Sue
Kim, Rebecca Lee-Bentham, Stephanie Sherlock, and amateurs Jennifer
Kirby and Brooke Henderson round out the list of Canadian competitors.
Click here for the final field. Two more players will be added after the qualifier
on Monday, July 8 at Whistle Bear Golf Club.
About the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic
The Manulife Financial LPGA Classic is back for its second year on the
LPGA Tour and will feature a standard eligibility field of 144 players,
72 holes of stroke play and a purse of $1.3 million. The tournament
will take place July 10 - 14, 2013, at Grey Silo Golf Course in
Waterloo, Ontario, home of Manulife Financial's Canadian Division. For
more information please visit: www.manulifeclassic.ca. Follow us on Twitter: @ManulifeClassic.
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