THREE-TIME 2013 MAJOR CHAMPION INBEE PARK RETURNS TO THE PLACE OF HER GREATEST ON-COURSE MEMORY AS THE HEADLINER TO ANOTHER DYNAMIC KRAFT NABISCO CHAMPIONSHIP FIELD
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RANCHO MIRAGE, CALIF. – Not only was it her best on-course memory, but when Inbee Park leaped into Poppie’s Pond last April, she was starting a leap into history that would culminate in three consecutive major championships, six LPGA titles and one of the most remarkable seasons in the history of golf.
Now, Park returns to the Dinah Shore Tournament Course at Mission Hills Country Club, the scene of what she calls her “best on-course memory.” Here, she headlines a 2014 Kraft Nabisco Championship field as deep as you will find in women’s golf for the 43rd edition of the iconic event, April 1- 6.
Joining Park in the Kraft Nabisco Championship field are the considerable likes of Paula Creamer, who sank a 75-foot eagle putt at the HSBC Women’s Champions event in Singapore 10 days ago to net her first victory in almost four years, and past KNC champions Sun Young Yoo (2012), Stacy Lewis (2011), Yani Tseng (2010), Brittany Lincicome (2009), Morgan Pressel (2007), Karrie Webb (2000, 2006), Pat Hurst (1998) and Juli Inkster (1984, 1989), who is wrapping up her World Golf and LPGA Hall-of-Fame career in 2014.
That glittering group will face challenges from a strong group of young stars that includes Lydia Ko, who has evolved from being the tournament’s low amateur in 2013 to the No. 4 player in the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings as a professional, Jessica Korda and Azusa’s Lizette Salas – all of whom distinguished themselves at the 2013 Kraft Nabisco Championship.
“Look at the generations represented and the sheer depth of talent you have here. This is as talented a group of players as you will see on one stage all year,” said Gabe Codding, Tournament Director of the Kraft Nabisco Championship. “And you have all of them chasing Inbee, who set a standard for golf last year that people will be talking about for years and years to come.”
For good reason, Park’s 2013 season will be mentioned in any conversation on the greatest golf seasons in history. Her Kraft Nabisco Championship victory started a remarkable run that culminated when she captured the U.S. Women’s Open at Sebonack CC on Long Island last summer. With that victory, Park became the first player in the modern era to win the first three major championships of the season, adding that trophy to her Kraft Nabisco Championship and Wegmans LPGA Championship hardware.
But it all started at Mission Hills CC, where Park simply dismantled a challenging Dinah Shore Tournament Course. Her rounds of 70-67-67-69 (15-under-par 273) brought her a four-shot victory. Recognized as the best putter on the LPGA, Park needed only 114 putts and hit nearly 80 percent (57-of-72) of her greens-in-regulation. No wonder it seemed like steam came up from Poppie’s Pond when Park made her victory splash.
“That’s the pond I’ve always wanted to jump in and I finally jumped in,” Park said. “It was a little bit chilly , though.”
Park was anything but chilly in 2013. She went on to register six victories last year, earning an LPGA-best $2,456,619 to make her the second player in history to earn at least $2 million in back-to-back seasons and become the first South Korean in LPGA history to win the Rolex Player of the Year.
A plethora of ticket plans and options are available, with Daily Grounds tickets priced for $15 for Tuesday, April 1 and Wednesday, April 2, and Championship tickets for $25 when purchased in advance of tournament week. A six-pack of Daily Grounds tickets or a Weekly Badge are both priced at $125 when purchased in advance.
Children 17-and-under are free when accompanied by a ticketed adult, and active military, their spouses and children are free with military ID. For more information on tickets, please visit www.kncgolf.com.
Volunteer options are also available, providing a unique, behind-the-scenes way to experience the Kraft Nabisco Championship and know you’re making a difference at the same time. The Kraft Nabisco Championship is more than a major golf tournament. It is a vital and dynamic vehicle for benefiting charities throughout the Coachella Valley. Volunteers work in such areas as marshaling, scoring, transportation, hospitality services, the media center and several other important areas.