Rosales Ready for a Repeat


LPGA logo for LeaderboardsATLANTA, Ga. -- The LPGA Tour continues its trip through the south this week with the Chick-fil-A Charity Championship hosted by Nancy Lopez at the par-72 Eagle's Landing Country Club in Stockbridge, Ga., just outside Atlanta.
Jennifer Rosales returns to defend her title after rallying with a 7-under par 65 in the final round to win by one shot over the quartet of Jung Yeon Lee, Rosie Jones, Becky Morgan and Grace Park.
With the win, Rosales became a Rolex First-Time Winner and used the victory to build momentum for the summer, which saw her take a lead into the final round of the U.S. Women's Open conducted by the USGA as well as four other top-10 finishes.
Having a breakout year under her belt, Rosales won the 2005 season-opening SBS Open in Hawaii, finishing with an 8-under-par total to hold off Cristie Kerr and Michelle Wie by two.
Although battling a wrist injury that has plagued her on-and-off this season, Rosales also has recorded two top-15 finishes in the four events that she's been able to complete.
The listing of Chick-fil-A Charity Championship hosted by Nancy Lopez past champions reads like a who's who of women's golf. Rosales joined the likes of Se Ri Pak (2003), Juli Inkster (2002), Annika Sorenstam (2001), Sophie Gustafson (2000), Rachel Hetherington (1999), Liselotte Neumann (1998) and tournament host Nancy Lopez (1997).
But getting the $240,000 winner's portion of the $1.6 million purse this year isn't going to be easy. The tournament field has the top-10 players from the ADT Official Money List confirmed, including Sorenstam, who is looking for her second Chick-fil-A Charity Championship hosted by Nancy Lopez title and 60th LPGA career win.
One of the players looking to break through for their first win in 2005 is Lorena Ochoa. The young star has finished second three times this season, including two weeks ago in her title-defense at the Franklin American Mortgage Championship. A year ago, Ochoa finished in a tie for 10th at this event, just four shots behind Rosales.
Another player to watch is Grace Park. Rejuvenated after a month of rest, Park played well in her return at the Franklin American Mortgage Championship (10) and tied for 12th last week at the Michelob ULTRA Open at Kingsmill. Park finished a shot back of Rosales in Atlanta a year ago.
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