The Tour begins its Western-states swing in Kansas before traveling to El Paso, Texas next week, then on to Albuquerque, New Mexico. This weeks $70,000 tournament returns to Willowbend Golf Club for the fourth year. The winner will earn a first-place check for $9,800.
Two teens also will be trying to earn their first Futures Tour title this week. Eighteen-year-old rookie Seon-Hwa Lee of Chonan, Korea has finished second in each of the two tournaments held last month. The Tours youngest member, Naree Song of Seoul, Korea, is looking for her first Futures Tour title at age 17.
Also in this years tournament field will be veteran Colleen Cashman-McSween of Plantation, Fla., who finished seventh in the 2003 Wichita tournament.
Playing in her first Futures Tour tournament of 2004 will be Kylie Pratt of Mackay, Australia. Pratt finished tied for third with LPGA Tour member Jennifer Rosales at the ANZ Ladies Masters tournament in Australia in early March. Annika Sorenstam won the event, but Pratt topped fellow Aussies Karrie Webb and Rachel Teske for her share of third place.
In addition, Futures Tour veteran Nicole Materne will be making her first Futures Tour appearance of the year. Materne just completed playing in the Drambuie World Ice Golf Championship in Svalbard, Norway, where she tied for 10th in a 36-player field of men and women. Materne was the Arctic events top female finisher.