LPGA Showcases Inaugural Event in Florida

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Stanford International Pro-AmThe LPGA Tour returns to southern Florida this week for the inaugural and star-studded Stanford International Pro-Am, hosted at Fairmont Turnberry Isle Resort & Club. The $2 million event is also the fourth Winner Event in the first half of LPGA Playoffs 2008, which means the winner automatically advances to the 32-player field at the season-ending ADT Championship.
 
Within the 72-hole event is a 54-hole stroke-play pro-am tournament. The field will play the first two rounds on both the Soffer and Miller Courses. A 36-hole cut will reduce the field to the top-70 professionals and low 20 teams. The team competition will end on Saturday, while on Sunday, the professionals will vie for the $300,000 winner's check.
 
The Stanford International Pro-Am is the first professional-amateur tournament on the LPGA schedule since the 2001 Office Depot at Doral Golf Resort & Spa in Miami, Fla., which was won by Grace Park.
 
Park is in the field this week, along with 2008 Tour champions Annika Sorenstam (SBS Open in Hawaii), Paula Creamer (Fields Open in Hawaii) and Louise Friberg (MasterCard Classic Honoring Alejo Peralta Presented by Nextel). Fans will get a front-row seat to some of the world's best golfers, including 70-time Tour winner Sorenstam, top American Creamer and five-time winner in 2007 Suzann Pettersen, who is still searching for her first win of 2008.
 
The Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year race is already heating up with Taiwan's Yani Tseng (341) closing in on Na Yeon Choi who leads all rookies with 378 points. Tseng, who was runner-up to fellow rookie Friberg in Mexico City, set a tournament-low round last week with a second-round 8-under-par 64 en route to her second runner-up and third top-10 finish of the year.
 
The celebrity amateurs schedule to compete this week include Carson Daly, Stone Phillips, Catherine Bell and baseball hall of famer Mike Schmidt.
 
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