Betsy Goes Back for Another Taste

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Hall of Fame member Betsy King prepares to defend her 2001 ShopRite LPGA Classic title this week. King won last years event by two strokes over Canadian Lorie Kane. The win netted her $180,000 in prize money, marking the third time she has won this title. Her last victory here, also her 30th LPGA Tour victory, gave her the final points needed to qualify for the LPGA Hall of Fame.
 
King, now almost 47 years old, hopes to retain the title she has won three times prior (1987, 1995 & 2001) and take home the winners share of the $1,200,000 purse but she will have to contend with a strong field featuring Laura Diaz, Annika Sorenstam, Laurie Kane, Dottie Pepper, Laura Davies and Julie Inkster ' a two time winner of this event (1989, 1988).
 
Sponsor exemptions were given to Evian Ladies European Tour player Suzann Pettersen and Nicole Perrot.
 
This week marks the return to competition for Dottie Pepper who is fresh off shoulder surgery and has been sidelined since December of 2001. Pepper had her left shoulder joint cleaned out March 1 in a procedure called a bursectomy.
 
The Marriott Seaview Resort Bay Course in Atlantic City, N.J. is host to the three-day event for the seventh time in the tournaments 17-year history. The Bay Course, a textbook Donald Ross design that opened in 1914, is home to Sam Sneads first major victory at the 1942 PGA Championship. Small greens, deep bunkers and classic mounding are all signatures of the Ross design. No. 2, a 432-yard, par 4, is considered the signature hole. It plays directly toward the Atlantic Ocean and is dramatically influenced by the winds, which can make the hole play longer or shorter than the actual yardage.
 
Once again this year pros will mix it up with top Chefs at The Taste of the LPGA. Dozens of critically acclaimed chefs from the northeast, including Roberto Donna of Washington, D.C.'s Galileo restaurant, Marcus Samuelsson of Manhattans Acquavit restaurant, as well as Lidia Matticchio Bastianich of New York's Becco and Felidia restaurants, have gathered for the third annual Taste of the LPGA event. The event takes place Wednesday, June 27th at 7 p.m. at Caesars Atlantic City Hotel Casino.