Wie Heads Amateur List at Nabisco

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Before Michelle Wie shined at the Sony Open, she was resplendent at Rancho Mirage.
 
Wie not only made the cut in last years Kraft Nabisco Championship, she played in the final group on Sunday and tied for ninth.
 
Now, she has a chance to do even better.
 
Wie, who awed fans and impressed the Sony field by shooting rounds of 72-68 to miss the cut by a single shot, has been granted an exemption into the LPGA Tours first major of the season, March 25-28. She is one of six amateurs invited to compete.
 
The 14-year-old Hawaiian will join Virada Nirapathpongporn, Erica Blasberg, Paula Creamer, Elizabeth Janagleo and Jane Park in the field.
 
Former amateur standouts Aree and Naree Song, who have competed in the last four Nabisco Championships, are not on that list. They have both turned professional, and it is tournament policy to extend sponsors exemptions only to amateur players.
 
This will be Wies second LPGA event of the season, as she will compete the week prior in the Safeway International.
 
She played in seven LPGA tournaments last year, making six cuts. She also competed in events on the Nationwide and Canadian tours, missing the cut on both occasions.
 
Nirapathpongpron is a senior at Duke and the reigning U.S. Womens Amateur champion. She also won the 2002 NCAA Womens Championship.
 
Janangelo, who also attends Duke, has been ranked as high as No. 1 among college players by Golfweek/Titleist and was the Atlantic Coast Conferences rookie of the year. She finished 30th in the 2003 U.S. Womens Open.
 
Park, who hails from Rancho Cucamonga, tied Janangelo in last years Open.
 
Blasberg is a sophomore at the University of Arizona and finished last season as the nations top-ranked amateur. She was the Pac-10 golfer and freshman of the year.
 
Creamer was the No. 1 ranked junior golfer in the Golfweek/Titleist ranking after winning seven American Junior Golf titles.