Hurst Defends as Webb Returns to LPGA Tour

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The Electrolux USA Championship Hosted by Vince Gill and Amy Grant will serve as this weeks home to 143 LGPA Touring pros and one lucky amateur, May Wood of Chattanooga, Tenn.
 
With $800,000 up for grabs, and Karrie Webb returning to the LGPA Tour after five weeks off, all 6,479 yards of the par-72 Legends Club in Franklin, Tennessee is sure to see some action.
 
Pat Hurst returns to defend her third career title. Last year she led the four-day event wire-to-wire, recording rounds of 65-68-72-70 275 to win by four strokes over Juli Inkster and take home $120,000 in prize money.
 
Hurst took four months off in 1999 to have her son Jackson, then wrapped the season up with $91,903 in earnings and a top-10. The next season she returned to Tour life with a vengeance recording 12 top-10s, including one first place finish.
 
With $840,161 in just that season, the California native crossed the $2 million mark in career earnings and finish the year ranked 6th on the money list.
 
After a one-week hiatus, Annika Sorenstam hit the ground running and captured last weeks title ' her fifth LPGA title of the year - at the Chick-fil-A Charity Championship.
 
Sorenstam, scheduled to play in this the second year of the event, did not participate in the inaugural tournament last year. As hard as it is to believe, the new and improved Annika will travel to Franklin in a much better position then she would have last year. By this same time in 2000, Sorenstam had recorded five top-10s, including one win out of the eight events she competed in.
 
This year the boomy Swede has vastly improved on her already very good record. Of the eight LPGA Tour events Sorenstam has competed in this year, she has recorded two second place finishes, five first place finishes and only one finish out of the top-10, at The Office Depot where she was shooting for five in a row. The pressure - along with inclement weather that shortened the 72-hole event to 54-holes - was seemingly too much for the driven Swede, who ultimately finished tied for 43rd.
 
Shes Back and shes hot...
 
Karrie Webb revisits the Electrolux, where she shot 73-67-67-74 281 to finish tied for sixth last year. After taking time off, the ambitious Aussie returned to competitive play last week where she successfully defended her title at the Nichirei Cup in Inagi, Japan. This is the second international victory for Webb who has yet to capture an LPGA title this season.
 
2001 LGPA Tour rookies in the field this week include: Beth Bader, Tamie Durdin, Michelle Ellis, Jennifer Hubbard, Dodie Mazzuca, Marcy Newton, Angela Stanford and Heather Zakher.
 
If you're not too far, be sure to take a trip over to the Legends Club where play begins on Thursday. Tickets to this event are still on sale for a reasonable $10 a day making it the perfect weekend activity for the family.