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Fresh off her first win of the season, Juli Inkster must now gear up to defend her 2001 title at the Areus Electrolux USA Championship hosted by Vince Gill and Amy Grant. 'Well I am looking forward to defending my title and I had a good week last week and I feel like I am playing pretty well,' Inkster said.
 
The four-day event takes place at Legends Club of Tennessee in Franklin, Tenn. May 9-12th and boasts an $800,000 purse, $120,000 of which goes to the winner. Competitors will be teeing it up on Zoysiagrass and sinking putts on Bentgrass greens this week. The 6,479 yard, par 72 course, which started life as a farm some 200 years ago, features fairways that are mostly wide open with some mounding and a few sand bunkers. The fast greens are slightly larger than average (7,500 sq. feet) and there are some that are elevated, tiered and sloped.
 
Last year, in an exciting finish, Inkster recorded a final round of 7-under-par 65 to come from behind and capture the win by one stroke over Catriona Matthew.
 
'Last year the wind was a factor and on this course the wind is always blowing as it is blowing now. Last year on Saturday and Sunday the wind was going in opposite ways and it was like playing on two different golf courses because the wind out here is not like it is going five miles per hour, it is more like 20 miles per hour. That kind of wind can make a big difference between laying up there on the 18th hole or going for it,' Inkster said recalling her 2001 experience.
 
Joining Inkster in the field are Annika Sorenstam, Laura Diaz, Se Ri Pak, Grace Park, Mi Hyun Kim, and Nancy Lopez. Karrie Webb, however, is not scheduled to play this week.

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