King took the event last season in a three-way playoff with Kelli Kuehne and Vicki Goetze-Ackerman when she birdied the second extra hole.
The win was her second on the season. Her first triumph in 2000 came at the Cup Noodles Ladies Hawaiian Open in February. Prior to that win, the 45-year-old had not won since 1997.
Since her victory last year at the Corning, King has played in 26 official events on the tour. She has not finished inside the top-10 once.
However, she is coming off one of her best showings in that time at the Chick-fil-A Charity Championship earlier in the month. She ended in a tie for 14th there, six shots behind eventual winner Annika Sorenstam.
Speaking of Sorenstam, it appears the likeable Swede will not compete in this weeks event. Chances are she is busy preparing for the U.S. Women's Open, which will be hosted in two weeks at the Pine Needles Lodge and Golf Club in North Carolina.
Thats good news for the rest of the field, as Sorenstam has already won five times this season in just ten events.
Some who will be in Corning, NY, however will be last weeks winner of the Champions Classic Wendy Doolan, Pat Hurst, Lorie Kane and Grace Park.
They will all by vying for not only great momentum heading into the Open, but also a first-place check worth $135,000.