Get to know the 2010 Rookies

In 2010, 28 rookies will make their LPGA Tour debuts as members. There are 11 countries outside the United States represented among the 2010 class. Spain and South Korea hold the majority with three rookies each, while Canada and Colombia each have a pair of rookies. France, Ireland, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway and Sweden each have one representative in this year's class. Within the Unites States, seven states are represented, with three players from California, and two from Kentucky and New Mexico. The following states have one player each: Arizona, Georgia, Florida and New York.

Players are listed in alphabetical order.

Mallory Blackwelder
State: Kentucky
Turned professional: May 2009
Priority List Category: 20

Blackwelder becomes part of the first mother-daughter pair to be members of the LPGA Tour. Her mother, Myra Blackwelder, played from 1980-97. Blackwelder enjoyed a successful amateur career, winning once (Women's Western Amateur Championship) and finishing runner-up (Trans-National Amateur Championship), both in 2007. She is a two-time collegiate winner, once while playing for the University of Kentucky (2009) and once while playing for the University of Florida (2005). In 2004, Blackwelder was the American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) Bluegrass champion. She competed on the CN Canadian Women's Tour in 2009. Blackwelder's hobbies include going out with friends, watching sports, reading and watching movies.
 
Amanda Blumenherst
State:
Arizona
Turned professional: June 2009
Priority List Category: 11

Blumenherst had quite an impressive amateur career which included a number one ranking and the 2008 Women's Amateur Championship title. At Duke University, she was a three-time National Collegiate Player of the Year, was named Duke University's Senior Female Athlete of the Year and earned three consecutive Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Player of the Year awards. She is the only three-time recipient of the Nancy Lopez Award and the only two-time recipient of the Dinah Shore Award. Blumenherst was a member of the victorious 2006 and 2008 U.S. Curtis Cup Teams. Away from golf, Blumenherst enjoys being outside and doing anything competitive, reading, sunbathing, swimming, playing cards, watching movies, skiing and baking.
 
Cathryn Bristow
Country: New Zealand
Turned professional: December 2009
Priority List Category: 16

Bristow joins the LPGA Tour from the University of Oregon, where she finished in the top-10 in 33 tournaments, including three victories, two in 2006 as a freshman and one in 2008 as a junior. In 2008, she was named to the All-PAC-10 Conference Second Team, and in 2006, was named Honorable Mention. She represented New Zealand at both the Queen Sirikit Cup and World Amateur Team Championship. Bristow was the low-amateur at the 2005 ING New Zealand Rotarians Minister's Cup, and in 2004, was part of New Zealand's Queensland Stroke-Play championship team. Outside of golf, Bristow enjoys all sports, food and being with her family and friends.
 
Jane Chin
State: California
Turned professional: May 2009
Priority List Category: 20

Chin was a key member of the University of California at Irvine's women's golf squad, winning three tournaments in a row, and becoming the first women's golfer at UCI to be named a First-Team All-American by the National Golf Coaches Association (NGCA) in 2009. Overall, Chin recorded 19 top-10 finishes, including the three wins. She was the Big West Conference Women's Golfer of the Year in 2009, and also was given NGCA All-West Region distinction. A three-time All-Big West Team member, Chin was ranked second at the end of the 2009 season in the national collegiate rankings.
 
Misun Cho
Country: South Korea
Turned professional: 2007
Priority List Category: 9

Cho finished third on the 2009 Duramed FUTURES Tour season-ending money list, thanks to two victories at the iMPACT Invitational and the USI Championship. She finished in the top-10 five additional times. Cho is a two-time winner of the Australian Junior Championship (2004, 05), and is a two-time recipient of the Junior Merit Award those same years. She finished runner-up at the 2003 Australian Amateur Championship. Cho placed fifth at the 2007 NCAA West Regional Championships while at Pepperdine University, and was named to the Duramed National Golf Coaches Association (NGCA) All-American Second Team. In 2007, Cho was victorious on the CN Canadian Women's Tour. In her free time away from golf, Cho enjoys watching movies and shopping.
 
Tanya Dergal
Country: Mexico
Turned professional: January 2007
Priority List Category: 16

Dergal played collegiate golf at the University of Southern California, and was a member of the NCAA Women's Golf Championship team in 2003. She has competed in four Women's World Amateur Championships representing Mexico (2000, 2002, 2004, 2006). In two years on the Duramed FUTURES Tour, Dergal has played in 32 tournaments, finishing in the top-10 three times, including a best finish tie for sixth at the 2008 CIGNA Golf Classic. Outside of golf, Dergal enjoys dancing and spending time with her family.

Mina Harigae
State: California
Turned professional:
2009
Priority List Category: 9

Harigae finished the 2009 season on top of the Duramed FUTURES Tour money list and won three times, including the Ladies Titan Tire Challenge, Michelob ULTRA Duramed FUTURES Players Championship and the Falls Auto Group Classic. She was named to the 2008 U.S. Curtis Cup Team, and played in the U.S. Women's Amateur Championship. She's competed in two U.S. Women's Opens as an amateur (2007, 2008), and was a three-time Rolex American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) All-American First Team selection. Harigae is a four-time winner of the California Women's Amateur Championship (2002-05), and she won the 2007 U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links Championship. She played on the PING U.S. Junior Solheim Cup Team twice, in 2005 and 2007, and was a stroke-play medalist at the 2006 U.S. Girl's Junior Championship.

 
Maria Hernández
Country: Spain
Turned professional:
June 2009
Priority List Category: 11

Hernández, the 2009 NCAA Player of the Year out of Purdue University, turned in a strong collegiate career, which was capped off with the NCAA Division I Individual Championship. She won eight times while at Purdue University, and in 2008, she won the Big Ten Conference Championship and was named the Purdue Female Athlete of the Year. She's a two-time Duramed National Golf Coaches Association (NGCA) All-American First Team selection, and a two-time Big Ten Conference Player of the Year, both in 2007 and 2008. An eight-year member of the Spanish National Team (2002-09), Hernández is a five-time European Team Championship gold medalist, and she also earned a gold medal at the 2005 Mediterranean Games as both an individual and team. When away from golf, Hernández enjoys soccer, skiing and watching movies.

 
Nannette Hill
State: New York
Turned professional:
August 2009
Priority List Category: 16

Hill played collegiate golf at Wake Forest University and was a Second-Team All-American selection in 2009. Throughout her career at WFU, she recorded one win and 13 overall top-10 finishes. She's a three-time All-Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) player. As a junior golfer in 2005, Hill was an American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) Rolex All-American and an EA Sports All-American. In 2004, she was named to the AJGA Rolex All-American Second Team, and was Honorable Mention in 2003. Hill won the New York State Junior Championship three times (2000-02). Outside of golf, Hill enjoys playing tennis, biking, spending time with her friends and family and her pet dogs.

 
Katie Kempter
State: New Mexico
Turned professional:
May 2009
Priority List Category: 11

Kempter was a standout golfer at the University of Denver, making the All-Sun Belt Conference Team and National Golf Coaches Association (NGCA) All-Scholar Team four straight years (2006-09). She won three tournaments, including the Las Vegas Intercollegiate, Topy Cup of Japan in 2007 and the Sun Belt Conference Tournament in 2006 as a freshman. Kempter finished in the top-10 18 times in her collegiate career. Her hobbies include reading, driving, watching sunsets and listening to music.

 
Lucy Kim
Country:
South Korea
Turned professional:
November 2007
Priority List Category: 11

Kim's amateur accomplishments include a victory at the Asian Junior Championship and the Jeju Junior Open Championship. She also played in the Big Yard Championship and the Korean Junior Championship as well. In 2009, Kim competed on the Duramed FUTURES Tour. Kim's hobbies include watching movies and cooking.

 
Cindy LaCrosse
State: Florida
Turned professional: May 2009
Priority List Category: 20

LaCrosse enjoyed a successful collegiate career at the University of Louisville, where she won four tournaments, including the Big East Conference Championship in 2007. She's a three-time All-Big East Conference selection (2006-08) and was the 2007 Big East Player of the Year. She played on the Duramed FUTURES Tour in 2009, and finished in the top-10 five times and finished third on the Tour in scoring average (71.13). When away from the golf course, LaCrosse enjoys watching movies, playing Rock Band and taking boxing classes.
Il Hee Lee
Country: South Korea
Turned professional:
June 2006
Priority List Category: 11

Lee's amateur accomplishments are highlighted by a win at the Asia-Pacific Junior Championship in 2004. She also competed on the Korea Ladies Professional Golf Association (KLPGA) for three years prior to joining the LPGA. Other than golf, Lee enjoys photography.

 
Pernilla Lindberg
Country: Sweden
Turned professional:
June 2009
Priority List Category: 11

Lindberg, the winner of the 2008 Amateur World Championship, played her collegiate golf at Oklahoma State University, where she won three times. She was named a First-Team All-American in 2007 and 2009, and was the 2007 NCAA West Regional champion, and in 2006, she was named the Big 12 Conference Newcomer of the Year. A member of the Swedish National Team, which won the European Ladies Team Championship in 2006 and 2008, Lindberg has one top-10 finish on the Ladies European Tour (LET) and five top-10 marks on the Duramed FUTURES Tour. In 2009, Lindberg led the Duramed FUTURES Tour in scoring average at 70.87. Lindberg's hobbies include alpine skiing and working out.

 
Lisa Meldrum
Country: Canada
Turned professional:
July 2004
Priority List Category: 11

Meldrum is a three-time Quebec Junior champion and a two-time Quebec Amateur champion. She won the Canadian Amateur Championship in 2001, 2002 and 2003, and was the 2000 Canadian National Junior champion. At the University of Oklahoma, Meldrum won three times, and was named the Big 12 Conference Freshman of the Year in 2000. As a member of the Duramed FUTURES Tour, Meldrum won the 2009 iMPACT Classic and finished in the top-10 four other times. Meldrum's hobbies include spending time with her family, hockey (Montreal Canadians) and working out.

 
Gerina Mendoza
State: New Mexico
Turned professional:
September 2007
Priority List Category: 16

Mendoza played collegiate golf at the University of Texas, El Paso (UTEP), and won four tournaments as a senior in 2007. She was also the 2007 Conference USA individual champion, Player of the Year and the UTEP Female Athlete of the Year. Competing on the Duramed FUTURES Tour, Mendoza finished runner-up three times, most recently at the 2009 USI Championship and the iMPACT Classic. In 2009, Mendoza was a contestant in the Golf Channel's Big Break: Prince Edward Island series. Mendoza's hobbies include playing Rock Band and Guitar Hero, sports, dancing, spending time with family and listening to music.

 
Paola Moreno
Country: Colombia
Turned professional:
March 2009
Priority List Category: 16

Moreno played collegiate golf at the University of Southern California, was the 2008 PAC-10 Individual Champion and Team Champion and received Honorable Mention distinction. She was the NCAA National Runner-up in 2007, and was selected to the First-Team All-American that same year. Moreno competed on the Duramed FUTURES Tour in 2009, finishing in the top-10 twice at the USI Championship (T2) and the iMPACT Invitational (T3). Other than playing golf, Moreno enjoys reading.

 
Azahara Muñoz
Country: Spain
Turned professional:
September 2009
Priority List Category: 11

Muñoz has experience on the Ladies European Tour (LET), winning the 2009 Madrid Masters. A member of the Spanish National Team, Muñoz enjoyed a successful amateur career, winning the 2002 Spanish Amateur Championship and finishing runner-up at the 2008 U.S. Women's Amateur Championship. Most recently, she was the British Women's Amateur champion in 2009. At Arizona State University, Muñoz was the 2009 NCAA Individual National Champion, as she led the Sun Devils to the team National Championship as well. As a junior, Muñoz represented Europe on the Junior Solheim Cup Team in 2002, 2003 and 2005. Outside of golf, Muñoz enjoys playing tennis, shopping and spending time with her friends.

Gwladys Nocera
Country: France
Turned professional: November 2002
Priority List Category: 11

Making her debut as an LPGA Tour member, Nocera brings with her seven seasons on the Ladies European Tour (LET), including 10 victories. In 2009, she earned the most points for Team Europe at the Solheim Cup, and in 2008, she finished first on the LET Order of Merit. She also competed on the European Solheim Cup Team in 2005 and 2007. In addition to her 10 wins on the LET, Nocera has finished in the top-10 40 times, with her most recent victory coming in 2008, where she won five times. As an amateur, Nocera earned wins at the 2002 French International Championship and the German International Championship. She finished runner-up at the French Amateur Championship that same year, and runner-up at the 1998 British Ladies Amateur Championship. In her spare time, Nocera enjoys all sports, reading, traveling and listening to music.
 
Beatriz Recari
Country: Spain
Turned professional: November 2005
Priority List Category: 11

Recari enjoyed a successful amateur career by winning the 2004 Spanish Amateur Championship and the 2005 French Amateur Championship. In 2004, she won the European Team Championship with Spain and in 2003, was runner-up at the British Girls Amateur Championship. Also in 2005, she was a member of the European PING Junior Solheim Cup Team. Competing on the Ladies European Tour (LET) for four years, Recari won the 2009 Finnair Masters and finished in the top-10 two other times. Outside of golf, Recari enjoys listening to music, reading, playing tennis, going to the gym and cross-country skiing.
 
Jean Reynolds
State: Georgia
Turned professional: 2007
Priority List Category: 9

Reynolds finished runner-up at the Women's Western Junior Amateur Championship in 2002, and was a quarterfinalist at the U.S. Girls' Junior Championship. She's a five-time winner of the Georgia State Golf Association (GSGA) Championship, and was a member of the 2005 United States Golf Association (USGA) State Championship team, representing Georgia. On the Duramed FUTURES Tour, Reynolds won the Florida's Natural Growers Charity Classic and the Horseshoe Casino Classic at Lost Marsh Golf Course, in addition to 10 other top-10 finishes.
 
Dewi Claire Schreefel
Country: Netherlands
Turned professional: December 2008
Priority List Category: 17

Schreefel joins the LPGA as the first Dutch player to become a member in Tour history. At the University of Southern California, Schreefel was a member of the 2008 NCAA National Championship Team, the 2006 NCAA Individual Champion, a three-time All-American and she finished in the top-10 14 times, including three wins. As an amateur, Schreefel won the 2004 Italian Women's Amateur Championship and the Dutch Match-Play Championship. As a junior, she won the Dutch Stroke-Play Championship five times (1999, 2000, 2002-2004). On the Duramed FUTURES Tour, Schreefel won the 2009 ING New England Golf Classic. In addition to golf, Schreefel's hobbies include field hockey, sailing and rock climbing.
 
Marianne Skarpnord
Country: Norway
Turned professional: November 2004
Priority List Category: 11

Skarpnord is making her debut on the LPGA Tour after spending five years on the Ladies European Tour (LET). In 2009, the Norwegian player recorded a pair of wins at the Deutsche Bank Ladies Open and the Carta Ladies Italian Open, in addition to finishing in the top-10 seven other times. Overall on the LET, Skarpnord has two wins, 16 top-10s, including seven top-5s. As an amateur, she won the British Girls' Championship in 2003, and played on the winning European Junior Solheim Cup Team in Sweden in 2003 as well. Outside of golf, Skarpnord enjoys fishing, shopping and going out with friends.
Christine Song
State: California
Turned professional: January 2009
Priority List Category: 17

Song was a two-time winner and a three-time (2005, 2006, 2008) American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) Rolex Junior All-American Honorable Mention. In 2009, she competed on the Duramed FUTURES Tour, recording a season-best second place at the Louisiana Pelican Classic along with five additional top-10 finishes. Song finished eighth on the season-ending Duramed FUTURES Tour money list. Other than playing golf, Song enjoys watching Korean dramas.

 
Mariajo Uribe
Country: Colombia
Turned professional: July 2009
Priority List Category: 11

Uribe played collegiate golf at UCLA, and was a two-time First Team All-American in 2008 and 2009, winning three events. In 2007, she won the U.S. Women's Amateur Championship. She played in one event on the Duramed FUTURES Tour in 2009, finishing tied for 15th at the ING New England Golf Classic. Uribe's hobbies include dancing and scuba diving.

 
Whitney Wade
State: Kentucky
Turned professional: July 2007
Priority List Category: 17

Wade had a successful junior career, winning five times on the American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) circuit, and in 2002, was named to the First-Team ALGA Polo Golf All-America, as she represented the United States on the PING Junior Solheim Cup Team. As an amateur, Wade was a three-time Kentucky State Amateur champion (1998-2000). At the University of Georgia, Wade was a three-time All-American and a four-time All-Southeastern Conference (SEC) First Team member. Wade competed in the Duramed FUTURES Tour in 2008 and 2009, winning the 2009 Duramed Championship. Also in 2009, Wade finished sixth on the season-ending money list. In her spare time, she enjoys basketball, watching movies and shopping.

 
Alison Walshe
State: Massachusetts
Turned professional: February 2009
Priority List Category: 17

Walsh played her collegiate golf at the University of Arizona, where she was a three-time All-American with 10 individual wins. In 2008, she was a member of the victorious U.S. Curtis Cup Team, and played for the U.S. World Amateur Championship Team. In 2007, Walshe won the North-South Amateur Championship. She played on the Duramed FUTURES Tour in 2009, with her best finish a tie for second at the Texas Hill Country Classic, and finished ninth on the season-ending money list. Walshe's hobbies include traveling, spending time with her friends and Boston sports.

 

Adrienne White
Country: Canada
Turned professional: July 2007
Priority List Category: 16

White enjoyed a successful amateur career, which included wins at the 2004 and 2005 Alberta Amateur Championship. At the University of Louisville, White won twice, including the Big East Conference Individual Championship. She competed on the Cactus Tour and won its season-ending event in 2007. White played on the Canadian Tour for three years (2007-09) and the Duramed FUTURES Tour in 2007. Outside of golf, White enjoys hiking, hockey, working out and live music.

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