Dorothy Delasin, an LPGA Tour member for a mere two-and-a-half-years, has a substantial history with this event. The 21-year-old recorded her first professional victory here in 2000, then went on to record her second career win by successfully defending her title last year. The feat was most impressive considering tournament officials had moved the event from Avalon lakes Golf Course to Squaw Creek Country Club during the interim.
Delasin took home her second William G. Lyden Trophy after recording scores of 68-68-65-203 (-13) and defeating Tammie Green by a lone stroke. It was a sweet victory for the California resident who shared her first win with father Arsenio on the bag.
This year Delasin does not have the added challenge of playing on an unfamiliar course. Instead she faces her first defence with Webb in the field.
Webb, currently sixth on the money list, recorded three top-15 finishes in her three previous appearances at the Giant Eagle LPGA Classic. She tied for 12th place in 1996, finished tied for seventh in 1998, and tied for third in 1999. Now, half way through the season, she is over $1 million behind money leader Annika Sorenstam and most likely hungry for a win.
Although she has not competed in this event over the last two years, Webb poses a very real threat to the Tour fledglings chances of adding her name to an elite list of players ' seven in total - who have won the same LPGA event three consecutive times. Only Laura Davies has been able to top this feat. Davies stands alone in history as the only LPGA player able, thus far, to win the same event four consecutive times (Standard Register PING 1994-97).
Delasin's success this season has been spotty. After missing two cuts in a row, she managed to finish seventh at the Welchs/Circle K Championship. But in the 10 appearances since, she recorded only two top-15 finishes and just last week, at the Jamie Farr Kroger Classic, she recorded a disappointing tie for 49th.
Se Ri Pak is also scheduled to play Squaw Creek Country Clubs 6,454, par-72 layout. Pak, currently third on the money list with over $849,000 in winnings, finished third last year at 11-under. She was right on target with consecutive 67s that left her in the lead the first two days until a final round 71 dashed all hopes of victory.
This weeks event was selected as the second U.S. qualifying site for the 2002 Weetabix Women's British Open. The qualifier is schedule to take place Friday and Saturday of the tournament and will yield five spots. Eligibility is based on entry of LPGA players into the Giant Eagle LPGA Classic, who have expressed intentions to be a part of the qualifier, and entry into the Womens British Open as of July 9th. The season's final major is scheduled for August 8-11 at Turnberry Golf Club in Ayrshire, Scotland.
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