The 24 rookies that compose the 2003 class are a mixture of world talent as they represent 11 different countries: Brazil; Chile; Denmark; England; France; Japan; Korea; Mexico; Norway; Spain; and the United States. Christina Kim and Lorena Ochoa earned their 2003 LPGA Tour card by finishing in the top three on the 2002 Futures Tour money list, while the remaining 22 rookies earned their cards at the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament in October 2002.
The final eight rookies profiled today are listed in alphabetical order.
Suzann Pettersen, Norway ' In her native country, golf and the name Suzann Pettersen are basically synonymous. Pettersen is a five-time Norwegian champion and made her Solheim Cup debut in 2002 for the European Team. In 2002, she notched three top-10 finishes on the Evian Ladies European Tour (LET), including two runner-up finishes. Pettersen has exempt status for the 2003 Tour season after finishing tied for 10th at the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament. In her spare time, she likes to listen to music and enjoys working out.
Stacy Prammanasudh, United States ' Prammanasudh is the owner of the longest un-hyphenated last name on Tour. She will make her 2003 debut at the Safeway PING Presented by Yoplait in Phoenix after accepting a sponsor exemption. Prammanasudh was a four-time First-Team All-American at the University of Tulsa, where she won 10 collegiate events, second most in school history behind LPGA Tour and World Golf Halls of Famer Nancy Lopezs 11 titles. While at Tulsa, she earned her degree in exercise and sports science and finished her senior season ranked second nationally. Prammanasudh earned non-exempt status for 2003 after finishing tied for 24th at the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament. Her hobbies include watching movies and swimming.
Carrie Roberts, United States ' Roberts has a degree in community health from Brigham Young University, where she also won six collegiate events and was a three-time Utah State Match Play champion. She tied the knot last September when she married Corey Roberts, who will caddie for her during her rookie season. Her maiden name is Summerhays, and yes, her father is Bruce Summerhays, who has played on the Champions Tour since 1998. Dad was on the bag for Roberts successful attempt at the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament, where she tied for 21st to earn exempt status. Roberts enjoys basketball, knitting and religion. She is the only player on Tour from Utah.
Georgina Simpson, England ' Simpson is the only rookie from the 2003 class to hail from England. She attended San Jose State University' well known for its tradition of supplying strong womens golfers'where she received her degree in advertising. She turned professional in 2001 and played on the Evian LET. Simpson qualified for the Tour on her first attempt and is exempt in 2003 after tying for 10th at the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament. Her tastes in sports are extreme. When not under the sun on the course, she sometimes can be found indoors on the ice, playing hockey. Simpson also has an avidity for Leeds United soccer games.
Lisa Strom, United States ' Strom joins LPGA Tour and World Golf Halls of Famer Marlene Hagge as the only other player on Tour born in South Dakota. She attended The Ohio State University and graduated with a degree in exercise science. In 2002, she played on the Futures Tour and recorded seven top-10 finishes. She is non-exempt for 2003 after finishing tied for 59th at the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament. Wedding bells are in Stroms future, as she is engaged to Rich Fernandes. The two are planning a December ceremony. Some of Stroms hobbies include playing the piano, working out and shoe shopping.
Iben Tinning, Denmark ' Tinning became the first player from Denmark to compete in Solheim Cup competition when she represented the European Team in 2002. In 2002, she also won the LETs Ladies Irish Open and the La Perla Italian Open. She made headlines in 2001 when she tied for third at the Weetabix Womens British Open, one of the LPGAs four majors. Tinning earned non-exempt status for 2003 after finishing tied for 24th at the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament. She enjoys watching movies in her free time.
Ashley Palmer Winn, United States ' A graduate from Louisiana State University with a marketing degree, Winn recorded a pair of top-10 finishes on the Futures Tour in 2002. She was a three-time NCAA All-American at LSU before turning professional in 1999. She qualified for the Tour on her third attempt and has non-exempt status in 2003 after finishing tied for 47th at the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament. Winn enjoys an active off-season, as she fancies snow skiing, traveling and exercising.
Young-A Yang, Korea ' Born Nov. 18, 1978, in Seoul, Yang now calls Knoxville, Tenn., home. She attended the University of Tennessee and graduated with a degree in psychology. She finished second at the 1999 and 2000 SEC Championships and placed fifth at the 2001 NCAA Championship. Yang qualified for the Tour on her first attempt and is exempt for 2003 after finishing tied for 21st at the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament. She started playing golf at the age of 10, and her hobbies include watching football and shopping.