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Kane Returns to Defend at Fox Run

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Fox Run Golf Club in St. Louis, Missouri is a very special place for Lorie Kane. Indelibly marked in her mind - as well as in the minds of all who watched - it is the place where dreams come true for those who wait.
 
And wait she did.
 
Kane, a member of the LPGA Tour since 1996 had flirted with victory over the years - recording a total of nine runner-up finishes along the way. Then, in 2000, she finally broke through with a win at the Michelob Light Classic - a win worth $120,000.
 
She received a hero's welcome upon returning to her homeland for the du Maurier Classic, then went on to win two more times during the 2000 season (New Albany Golf Classic, Mizuno Classic).

Yet no win would be or could be sweeter than her first.
 
Returning to this week's event Lorie will defend a title for the first time. A roll that is not familiar but one she would like to become better acquainted with.
 
In 2000 Kane shot 68-66-71=205 in the three-day event taking the lead in the second round and never relinquishing it. The amiable Canadian outplayed her closest competitor, Kristi Albers, by three strokes to capture the title.
 
Coming into this event last year Kane had missed four cuts and posted five top-ten finishes.
 
This year, with a fourth victory under her belt (LPGA Takefuji Classic), the 36-year-old has recorded eight top-ten finishes and missed the cut only once.
 
The tournament, now in its eighth year, has been dominated by Sweden's super power Annika Sorenstam who holds four of the seven trophies made for this event.
 
All of the indomitable Swede's wins occurred on the old course - Forest Hills C.C. where the event was held from inception until 1999. Other winners include Liselotte Neumann (1994), and Vicki Fergon (1996).
 
Fox Run Golf Club became the host course in 2000 and the four-time winner finished in a tie for 17th along with Mi Hyun Kim, Hiromi Kobayashi, Karen Stupples and Laura Philo.
 
This year's field, featuring Karrie Webb, the Sorenstam sisters, Gloria Park, Juli Inkster and Meg Mallon will compete on the 6,452 yard par 72 course for a piece of the $800,000 purse.
 
Competition begins Friday.
 
Full field and tee times from the Michelob Light Classic

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