M. Lee, eight other amateurs to play in LPGA's first major


The Kraft Nabisco Championship’s devotion to the amateur game continues with its announcement Tuesday that nine amateurs have accepted invitations to play in the year’s first major championship.

Here are the invitees for the April 3-6 event at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, Calif.:

Minjee Lee – Australian 17-year-old won the Victorian Women’s Open on the Australian LPGA this year, finished second at Ladies European Tour’s Australian Ladies Masters and led the LPGA’s Women’s Australian Open going into final round. World No. 1 women’s amateur, winner of U.S. Girls’ Junior in 2012.

Annie Park – World’s No. 2 women’s amateur won the NCAA championship as a freshman at USC last year.

Alison Lee – World’s No. 3 women’s amateur, UCLA freshman.

Emma Talley – Reigning U.S. Women’s Amateur champ, sophomore at University of Alabama.

Su Hyun Oh –Australian is world’s No. 5 amateur.

Brooke Henderson – Youngest winner of a professional event, won a Canadian Women’s Tour event at 14 two years ago.

Ashlan Ramsey – Clemson University freshman who won two of her first five starts there.

Angel Yin – Qualified for U.S. Women’s Open when she was 13, qualified for Kraft Nabisco last year when she was 14 by winning the KNC Junior event. She resides in Arcadia, Calif.

Nelly Korda – Younger sister to LPGA winner Jessica Korda, Nelly will play her second major at 15. She played in the U.S. Women’s Open last year with her sister.