Wie Adds Kroger Now Has Four LPGA Events

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HONOLULU -- Michelle Wie may feel like a golf pro by the end of the season.
 
The 13-year-old Wie received an invitation Wednesday to play in the Jamie Farr Kroger Classic in August.
 
The tournament in Sylvania, Ohio, from Aug. 14-17 is the fourth LPGA Tour event invitation she has accepted this year.
 
``We were impressed with her playing credentials for such a young player,'' tournament director Judd Silverman said. ``Her accomplishments definitely caught our attention.''
 
The eighth grader from Honolulu has received sponsor's exemptions to play in the Kraft Nabisco Championship next month in Rancho Mirage, Calif., the Chick-fil-A Charity Championship in April in Stockbridge, Ga., and the ShopRite Classic in June in Galloway, N.J.
 
Non-tour members are allowed to play in a maximum of four events per year. By the time Wie is allowed to join the tour full-time, she could have played in nearly two dozen LPGA events.
 
LPGA rules prevent anyone from playing on tour full-time until their 18th birthday.
 
Silverman said Wie is expected to draw some attention at the Jamie Farr.
 
Wie also has been featured on national television, sports magazines and newspapers around the country. Also, it's not everyday that golf fans can see a young girl drive the ball 300 yards.
 
The tournament has had a history of offering exemptions to young talented amateurs. However, ``certainly it's the first time we offered one to someone who's 13,'' Silverman said. ``We're excited to have her.''
 
Last year, at the age of 12, Wie played in three LPGA Tour events and missed the cut each time. She qualified for the Takefuji Classic and the Wendy's Championship and received a sponsor's exemption in the Asahi Ryokuken International.
 
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