Lewis, currently No. 2 on the Rolex Rankings, joins 49 of the top 50 LPGA players at Las Colinas
DAYTONA BEACH, FLORIDA, April 16, 2013 - American Stacy Lewis, a two-time winner in 2013 and former resident of The Woodlands, Texas, headlines the field at the inaugural North Texas LPGA Shootout, to be played April 25-28 at Las Colinas Country Club in Irving. The tournament field became official today at 5 p.m. Eastern Time and includes 49 of the top 50 players from the 2013 LPGA Official Money List and 93 of the top 100.
"I'm so excited for the North Texas LPGA Shootout next week," said Lewis, who held the No. 1 spot in the world rankings for four weeks this season. "It sounds like we will have a fantastic field battling for the inaugural trophy. Great things are happening right now on the LPGA and I hope all the golf fans in North Texas will come out to support us."
Lewis, who overcame a childhood battle with scoliosis - spending seven years in a backbrace and enduring surgery to insert a rod and screws on her spine - was named 2012 Rolex Player of the Year on the LPGA Tour. She is the first American since Beth Daniel in 1994 to claim that honor. The University of Arkansas graduate has seven career LPGA victories and currently leads the 2013 money list.
As previously announced, others joining the field include Rolex Rankings No. 1 Inbee Park, the recent winner of the LPGA's first major - the Kraft Nabisco Championship, former No. 1 Yani Tseng, top-ranked Texans Angela Stanford (Saginaw), Brittany Lang (McKinney) and Gerina Piller (Plano), and American favorites Paula Creamer and Cristie Kerr.
"The people of North Texas will see the absolute best of the best next week at Las Colinas," said LPGA Commissioner Michael Whan. "It's not often that a tournament can boast 49 of the top 50 players, but that's what fans will get to see both in person at the tournament and across our more than 160 worldwide television partners."
The 72-hole tournament will be played from Thursday, April 25 through Sunday, April 28 at Las Colinas Country Club, a member of the ClubCorp family. The purse for the event this year is $1.3 million. All four days of tournament play will be broadcast on Golf Channel, the LPGA's cable home. Pro-Am events and practice rounds will be held from Monday through Wednesday April 22-24.
Volunteers are needed and anyone interested can visit NTShootout.com to register or call the tournament office at 214-393-2198 for more information.
Additional information on tickets, sponsorship opportunities, pro-ams and other details can be found at NTShootout.com. Children under 17 get in free with a ticketed adult.This week, the LPGA Tour is in Hawaii for the LOTTE Championship Presented by J Golf, beginning tomorrow. Watch the action live on Golf Channel Wednesday through Saturday beginning at 6:30 p.m. EST.