Ochoa Leads State Farm Series


LPGA logo for LeaderboardsSPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Mexico's Lorena Ochoa, fresh off a win at last week's Wachovia LPGA Classic Hosted by Betsy King, leads the State Farm LPGA Series standings with 386 points going into the final event, this week's State Farm Classic. Ochoa is 59 points ahead of four-time 2004 winner Annika Sorenstam. Points are tripled at the State Farm Classic, with 300 points going to the winner of the $1.2 million, 72-hole event.
Michelob ULTRA Open at Kingsmill champion Se Ri Pak (239 points) and Mi Hyun Kim (224) are in third and fourth place, respectively, followed by three-time 2004 champion Meg Mallon in fifth (219). Sorenstam and Mallon are not competing in this week's State Farm Classic and are therefore ineligible to receive any of the State Farm LPGA Series Bonus Pool money.
Other players still in contention to win the bonus pool's $100,000 first-place check are Kraft Nabisco Championship winner Grace Park, who is in sixth place (199.22 points), seventh-place Catriona Matthew (170), ninth-place Jeong Jang (143.50), 10th-place Becky Morgan (140.89), 2003 State Farm LPGA Series Bonus Pool winner Hee-Won Han is in twelfth place (132), 14th-place Cristie Kerr (125) and Moria Dunn, who is in 15th-place (116).
The State Farm LPGA Series is an 11-event television series on ESPN and ESPN2 that features a $250,000 bonus pool. Players finishing in the top 20 at the State Farm LPGA Series events earn points for the bonus pool.
Second place receives $50,000, with $30,000 going to third place, $20,000 for fourth place, $15,000 for fifth place, $9,000 for sixth, $8,000 for seventh, $7,000 for eighth, $6,000 for ninth and $5,000 for 10th.
Past winners of the State Farm LPGA Series include Han, 2003; Kim, 2002; Sorenstam, 2001; Pat Hurst, 2000; and Karrie Webb, 1999.
State Farm Insurance Companies has been involved with the LPGA since 1992. In 1993, State Farm became the title sponsor of the State Farm Rail Classic, an LPGA event held in Springfield, Ill., which has raised more than $1.9 million for various charities. Beginning in 2000, State Farm expanded its sponsorship to become a marketing partner of the LPGA. State Farm also is one of the founding sponsors of LPGA.com, the LPGA's Web site. Based in Bloomington, Ill., State Farm is the largest insurer of cars and homes in the United States and is a leading life insurance company.