Golf News for Monday, March 17, 2014 | Tournaments

2014 Kraft Nabisco Championship's Champions Junior Challenge

WHAT: For the third straight year, top California female junior golfers will be mentored by past KNC Champions for an inspirational round of golf as part of Kraft Nabisco Championship week. The KNC Champions Junior Challenge will reward the junior low amateur at the event with a sponsor's invitation to play in the 2014 Kraft Nabisco Championship.

The juniors participating in the KNC Champions Junior Challenge, formerly known as the Legends Junior Challenge, have been chosen by a selection committee led by SCGA Youth on Course, which will also supply tournament administration support for the event. The event will be played on the Arnold Palmer Course and, for the first time in its three-year existence, include junior girls from all of California, not just the Southern region. Confirmed champions include Annika Sorenstam, Nancy Lopez, Sandra Post, Pat Bradley, Betsy King and Donna Caponi.

Last year, Angel Yin of Arcadia fired a 5-under par 67 to win the Junior Challenge at age 14. Yin went on to make the cut and finish T55 in the Kraft Nabisco Championship. Both past champions of the Junior Challenge, Alison Lee and Angel Yin, have received sponsor's exemptions into this year's KNC.

WHEN: Monday, March 31 at 10 a.m.

WHERE: Mission Hills Country Club, Arnold Palmer Course

WHO:
Alyaa Abdulghany - Newport Beach Jocelyn Chia - La Crescenta
Erin Choi - Torrance Lydia Choi - Beverly Hills
Madeline Chou - Santa Ana Aliea Clark - Carlsbad
Megan Conder - Brentwood Brigitte Dunne - Camarillo
Brooke Graebe - Yorba Linda Jamie Harada - Costa Mesa
Muni He - Rancho Santa Fe Jiyoon Jang - Rancho Mirage
Rong (Isabel) Ji - Rancho Santa Fe Hannah Kim - Chula Vista
Megan Kim - Redondo Beach Stephanie Lau - Fullerton
Andrea Lee - Fullerton Danielle Lee - La Mirada
Jessica Mangrobang - San Diego Divya Manthena - Moorpark
Haley Moore - Escondido Katherine Muzi - Walnut
Grace Park - Cupertino Ashleigh Park - Mission Viejo
Mackenzie Perez - Rancho Palos Verdes Mackenzie Raim - Palm Desert
Robynn Ree - Redondo Beach Karah Sanford - Escondido
Elizabeth Schultz - Lafayette Ellen Takada - Irvine
Angella Then - Rancho Cucamonga Ysabel Tran - Rancho Santa Margarita
Alanda Uriell - Carlsbad Kailie Vongsaga - Walnut
Lilia Vu - Fountain Valley Elizabeth Wang - Fountain Valley
Patricia Wong - Walnut Bethany Wu - Diamond Bar
Nancy Xu - Sunnyvale

About SCGA Youth on Course
The mission of SCGA Youth on Course is to promote the education and character development of Southern California youth through golf. Through its programs, SCGA Youth on Course focuses its efforts on creating affordable access to golf, instilling integrity and responsibility in youth through the game and providing educational opportunities for youth from fifth grade to college. Learn more at scga.org/yoc.

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.

Media contact:
Julia Pine, Southern California Golf Association, jpine@scga.org, 510-701-1491