Creamer Clinches Rookie of the Year Award

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LPGA logo for LeaderboardsDUBLIN, Ohio -- With her tie for second at the Wendys Championship for Children, 19-year-old Paula Creamer clinched the Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year award. Creamer, who is 645 points ahead of Meena Lee, cannot be caught even if Lee were to win the four remaining full-field events and Creamer were to inconceivably miss every cut.

Creamer is in the process of recording one of the most impressive rookie campaigns in the history of the LPGA. She has missed only one cut this year and is ranked second on the ADT Official Money List with $1,241,143.
Creamer is the youngest player on Tour, but already has two LPGA Tour wins in 19 career starts as a professional. In addition she has eight top-10 finishes and became the youngest and quickest player in LPGA history to cross the $1 million mark in career earnings.

This year has been so good, said Creamer. We have so many tournaments left that I want to do well in, but now the Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year award is finalized. All my goals are being checked off. So I have to go back and rethink what I want to do for the rest of the year, because I am very goal driven and it seems like everything is done now.

Creamer gave the golf world a glimpse of what to expect last year when she tied for second as an amateur at the ShopRite LPGA Classic and then tied for 13th at the U.S. Womens Open conducted by the USGA to tie Michelle Wie for low amateur honors. She then won the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament Presented by American Airlines by five shots and turned professional immediately after the final round to accept her exempt Tour card for the
2005 season.

This year, she became a Rolex First-Time Winner in May when she birdied the 72nd hole of the Sybase Classic presented by Lincoln Mercury to become the youngest winner of a multi-round event in LPGA history. In July, she won the Evian Masters by eight shots against one of the strongest fields of the year.

Paula has played incredibly well during her rookie year and has displayed poise and maturity beyond her years, said Carolyn Bivens, LPGA commissioner-elect. She has consistently played at the highest level and has set a new performance standard for rookies.

Creamer is the first American to win the award since Beth Bauer in 2002 and she follows Shi Hyun Ahn who won the award last year. Creamer is the first rookie to win on Tour since Dorothy Delasin (2000 Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie Award winner) captured the 2000 Giant Eagle LPGA Classic and she is the first rookie to win twice in one year since Mi Hyun Kim (1999 Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie Award winner) won the 1999 State Farm Rail Classic and the First Union Betsy King Classic.

Creamer joins a stellar list of past Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year winners, including LPGA Tour and World Golf Halls of Famers JoAnne Carner (1970), Amy Alcott (1975), Nancy Lopez (1978), Beth Daniel (1979), Patty Sheehan (1981), Juli Inkster (1984), Annika Sorenstam (1994) and Karrie Webb (1996), as well as future LPGA Tour and World Golf Halls of Fame member Se Ri Pak (1998).

Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year points are awarded at all full-field domestic events and doubled at the LPGAs four major championships. The points system is: 150 points for first; 80 points for second; 75 points for third; 70 points for fourth; and 65 points for fifth. After fifth place, points are awarded in increments of three, beginning at sixth place with 62 points. Rookies who make the cut in an event and finish below 41st each receive five points.

The Louise Suggs Trophy, which is named in honor of the LPGA founder and Tour and World Golf Halls of Famer, is an original design by Steuben Glass, the LPGAs official fine crystal.
 
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