Kraft Nabisco invites 5 amateurs


Following its tradition of supporting amateur golf, the Kraft Nabisco Championship today awarded sponsor exemptions to five amateurs.

The 40th anniversary of the women’s major championship is scheduled March 31-April 3 at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, Calif.

Danielle Kang, Cydney Clanton, Lisa McCloskey, Meghan Stasi and Kristen Park received the invites. Here are their bios:

Kang – A sophomore at Pepperdine, she is the reigning U.S. Women’s Amateur champion. The 17-year-old college standout is ranked No. 1 in Golfweek’s women’s amateur rankings. She qualified for the U.S. Women’s Open at 14 and was the only amateur to make the cut in last year’s U.S. Women’s Open at Oakmont last year.

Clanton – A senior at Auburn, she is tied for second in Golfweek’s women’s amateur rankings with McCloskey and Stasi and also received a sponsor’s invite to the Kraft Nabisco last year. A member of the 2010 Curtis Cup Team, Clanton was a first-team All-American for the Tigers last season.

McCloskey – A junior at Southern California, McCloskey was runner-up in the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links Championship last summer.

Stasi – A 32-year-old amateur from Oakland Park, Fla., she won the U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur for the third time in 2010. (She won it as Meghan Bolger in 2006 and 2007). She’s a former University of Mississippi golf coach.

Park – A 17-year-old senior at Sunny Hills High School in Fullerton, Calif., she was the 2010 Rolex Junior Player of the Year.