Golf News for Tuesday, July 3, 2007 | Tournaments

ADT Championship qualifying moves to second-half of points list

SOUTHERN PINES, S.C. -- Since Cristie Kerr of Miami, Fla., winner of the U.S. Women’s Open, has already qualified for this year’s ADT Championship, a minimum of 11 players will be selected for the 2007 ADT Championship field from the second half of the ADT Points List. The second half of the ADT Points list will culminate on November 11 after the final round of The Mitchell Company LPGA Tournament of Champions.

Kerr and fourteen other LPGA players already qualified for the ADT Championship by either finishing in the top 11 spots on ADT Points list during the first half of the LPGA season or by claiming a victory at a designated Winner Event. Lorena Ochoa, of Mexico, led the 11 players on the ADT Points list with a list-topping 1,524,404 ADT points. Joining her were Paula Creamer, 685,729 ADT Points; Mi Hyun Kim, 647,110; Sarah Lee, 580,948; Stacy Prammanasudh, 552,707; Jee Young Lee, 521,842; Karrie Webb, 407,786; Cristie Kerr, 395,180; Angela Park, 375,519; Juli Inkster, 372,980; and Angela Stanford, 367,855.

LPGA players Morgan Pressel, Brittany Lincicome, Suzann Pettersen and Nicole Castrale secured their spots in the 2007 ADT Championship by winning one of the five Winner Events during the first half of the LPGA Playoffs 2007. Pressel first earned her spot when she became the youngest player in LPGA Tour history to win a major championship at the Kraft Nabisco Championship, while Lincicome qualified with her victory at the GINN Open in April. Pettersen qualified with her first win on the LPGA Tour at the Michelob ULTRA Open at Kingsmill and Castrale qualified when she became a Rolex First-Time Winner by winning the Ginn Tribute Hosted by ANNIKA.

Seventeen more LPGA players will have another opportunity to qualify for the ADT Championship during the second half of the LPGA season. The LPGA Playoffs 2007, a yearlong competitive structure that splits the official LPGA season into two halves, culminates at the ADT Championship, Nov. 15-18. Fifteen players from each half qualify for the ADT Championship using a performance-based points system—ADT Points—throughout the year. Two additional wildcards will be determined following The Mitchell Company LPGA Tournament of Champions.

During the second half of the season, five spots will be awarded to the victors of Winner Events, which are defined as all official LPGA Tour events with a purse of at least $2 million. Since the U.S. Women’s Open is complete, there are only four more Winner Events this season -- HSBC Women’s World Match Play Championship, Evian Masters, Ricoh Women’s British Open and the CN Canadian Women’s Open.

The 2007 ADT Championship will feature a $1,550,000 purse with the winner taking home a $1 million paycheck, the largest first-place prize in the history of women's golf. The ADT Championship will also feature three days of playoffs with a cut after the 36 holes. Players start with a fresh scorecard for the third round, which ends with another cut to the top eight players. A final-day shoot-out with the remaining players will have them, again, starting with a fresh scorecard for their chance at the $1 million winner’s check.

Tickets and packages to the ADT Championship are available online at adtchampionship.com and by calling 888-LPGA-TIX (574-2849). All children fifteen and under will receive free grounds admission when accompanied by a ticketed adult.

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About the Ladies Professional Golf Association
Featuring the world’s best golfers, the LPGA’s membership includes touring, teaching and club professionals. The LPGA Tour in 2007 features 35 events, with total prize money of nearly $55 million. Since 1981, the LPGA and its tournaments have raised approximately $180 million for charity. From the dreams of its 13 founders in 1950, the LPGA has evolved into the world’s pre-eminent professional sports organization. The LPGA has grown from its roots as a playing tour into a non-profit organization involved in every facet of golf. In addition to the LPGA Tour members, the LPGA membership includes nearly 1,200 certified Teaching and Club Professionals (T&CP) who serve the golf industry in teaching, coaching and management positions. The LPGA T&CP member programs focus on increasing the involvement of women, girls and youth in golf, as well as contribute to the growth of the sport overall. The LPGA is headquartered in Daytona Beach, Fla. For more information on the LPGA, log on to www.LPGA.com.

Media contact: Rebecca Seelig; 561.628.5929, rseelig@pbpronline.com



 
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