Meunier-Lebouc Wont Defend Nabisco Title

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RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. -- Defending champion Patricia Meunier- Lebouc has withdrawn from the LPGA's first major, the Kraft Nabisco Championship. Meunier-Lebouc, who recently gave birth to her first child, has not been able to resume her normal practice schedule to get her game ready to defend her crown after the pregnancy.
 
The Kraft Nabisco Championship is scheduled for March 25-28 at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, California.
 
Despite not being able to play, Meunier-Lebouc will attend the event to support the tour and her fellow players.
 
'This was an extremely difficult decision for me, one that I discussed at length with my husband and doctor,' said Meunier-Lebouc. 'How often do you have the opportunity to defend your title at a major championship? And yet, when it comes right down to it, we have to do what is best for the baby and our family.'
 
'Naturally, we are disappointed that Patricia will not be playing in the tournament, but we fully support her decision. Family always comes first,' said Terry Wilcox, tournament director for the Kraft Nabisco Championship. 'Preparing for a major championship is challenging even under the best of circumstances, and you must be both physically and mentally ready to compete.'
 
Meunier-Lebouc's daughter was born on February 9.