Delasin Leads Star-Studded Cast to West Coast


VALLEJO, Calif. -- For Dorothy Delasin, Hiddenbrooke Golf Club in Vellejo is a special place. It was there nearly one year ago where she recorded her last LPGA victory, a four-stroke win over Se Ri Pak and Karrie Webb. It was Delasin's third career victory and her second of the 2001 season, and the 22-year-old enters this week's $775,000 Samsung World Championship looking for her first win of the 2002 season.
Delasin leads a cream-of-the-crop cast into this year's 72-hole event, a limited-field tournament that features 20 of the top players from around the world. The field consists of the top 17 players on the current 2002 LPGA money list, as well as the leading money winners from the Evian Ladies European Tour (Paula Marti), the Korea LPGA Tour (Mi Na Lee) and the Ladies Professional Golfers' Association of Japan (Mikino Kubo).
Included in this list are eight of the 12 tournament champions from the 2002 LPGA season, led by eight-time winner Annika Sorenstam and three-time winner Pak. In addition, two-time 2002 winners Laura Diaz, Juli Inkster, Rachel Teske, Mi Hyun Kim and Webb are also competing for the $157,000 first-place prize.
Delasin is one of six past Samsung World Championship winners competing in this week's event: LPGA Tour Hall of Famers Beth Daniel (1980-81, 1994) and Inkster (1997-98, 2000); Rosie Jones (1988); Pak (1999); and Sorenstam (1995-96). The other LPGA players in the field are Hee-Won Han, Lorie Kane, Carin Koch, Grace Park, Michele Redman, and Kelly Robbins.
The Samsung World Championship, which has been part of the LPGA Tour since 1980, showcases the top players from the LPGA Tour and from around the globe in four days of stroke-play competition that features no cut. All players in the field are assured of a large pay day from one of the tour's showcase events.
Last year, Delasin and Pak carded first-round 2-under-par 70s to share a one-stroke lead over Emilee Klein, Sophie Gustafson and Robbins. Webb fired a five-under-par 67 in the second round for a 139 (-5) total and two-stroke lead over Delasin.
Delasin posted a 67 of her own in the third round to climb to 8-under-par 208, one stroke ahead of Pak and Webb heading into final-round action. Pak and Webb turned in even-par 72s on the final day, while Delasin carded a final-round 3-under-par 69 for the four-stroke victory.