Mi Hyun Kim LPGA Tour heads to New York for Corning Classic

The LPGA Tour stars will be in New York this weekend for the Corning Classic, held May 24-27 at the Corning County Club.

Eight time tour winner Mi Hyun Kim and Paula Creamer will headline the $1.3 million event. Defending champion Hee-Won Han will not compete because she is playing a limited schedule due to her first pregnancy. Han last played at the Kraft Nabisco Championship, where she finished tied for 49th.

World No. 1 women's golfer Lorena Ochoa and Annika Sorenstam are other notable absences. Ochoa is taking the week off after her victory at the Sybase Classic, and Sorenstam is sidelined with a back injury.

Last year, Han won in a four hole, sudden-death playoff with Meena Lee. The pair entered the playoff at 15-under 273. Each shot par on the first three holes, but Lee bogeyed the fourth to give Han her fifth career victory and third playoff win.

Kim goes into this weekend ranked 10th on the LPGA Official Money List. She earned her eighth career title this month at the SemGroup Championship Presented by John Q. Hammons, where she defeated Hall of Famer Juli Inkster in a playoff.

This will be Creamer's first appearance at Corning Country Club. The 2005 Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year has four top-10-finishes this season, including a win in Hawaii.

Rookie Angela Park will also make her Corning debut. Having made the cut in all of her first 10 LPGA events, Park is dominating the race for the Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year award. She has a 196-point lead over the nearest competitor, Na On Min.

Rounding out the field are four past Corning Classic champions: Jimin Kang, Laura Diaz, Carin Koch and Kelli Kuehne.

May 23, 2007

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