With her LPGA Tour career cut short by a bout with Hodgkins Disease, Owens taught for 20 years at Cog Hill G&CC in Lemont, where she enjoyed a reputation as a superb instructor whose insights into golf were equaled only by her personal integrity and her gracious way with people. During her teaching career, Owens was recognized as the LPGA Teacher of the Year in both 1993 and 1997.
The golf course designed by Tom Fazio, features fairways that afford generous landing areas and undulating greens. Water hazards (ponds) come into play on three holes. The club was host to the Senior PGA Tour's Ameritech Open for five years ending in 1995.
This tournament will serve as the final tune-up for next week's second major on the LPGA Tour, the McDonald's LPGA Championship at DuPont Country Club in Wilmington, Delaware. Karrie Webb will defend her title while Annika Sorensta will be shooting for her second major title of the 2002 season after capturing the Kraft Nabisco Championship in March.
Top players in the field include:
Annika Sorenstam - Three wins, seven top-10's in eight events
Karrie Webb - 10th in scoring, driving distance, three top-10's in five events
Laura Diaz - Won last week for the second time this year, second in money
Juli Inkster - 17 of 25 rounds under par this year with four top-10's
Lorie Kane - Has made the cut in six of seven events with three top-10's
Sophie Gustafson - Third in driving distance, no missed cuts and no top-10's
Cristie Kerr - Third in Player of the Year points, fourth in greens in regulation
Betsy King - Only one top-10 in eight events with two missed cuts
Carin Koch - Ninth in scoring, three top-10's in just six tournaments
Nancy Lopez - Farewell tour continues, one round under par, first in putting
Se Ri Pak - Seventh in scoring, 13 of 21 rounds under par, four top-10's
Grace Park - Sixth on money list with two third-place finishes
Kelly Robbins - Six-for-six in cuts made with two top-five's, 12th in money
Rachel Teske - 13th on money list, one win in seven starts, two top-10's
Full-field for the Kellogg-Keebler Classic