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Thompson Whan will cross paths in Monday pro-am

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If Alexis Thompson wants to huddle with LPGA commissioner Mike Whan to chat more about access to the tour, she’ll get a chance Monday in Lake Worth, Fla.

They’re both in the field in the 42nd annual Bethesda Hospital Pro-Am at The Falls Country Club.

Though the LPGA season won’t begin for another five weeks, South Floridians will get a chance to see the best of the LPGA’s future and past with 19 LPGA pros and three Champions Tour pros in the field.

Hall of Famer Beth Daniel and four-time major championship winner Meg Mallon are official hosts of the charity event.

Daniel, Mallon, Nancy Lopez, Karrie Webb, Brittany Lincicome, Angela Stanford, Brittany Lang and Stacy Lewis are among LPGA pros in the field for the 12:45 p.m. shotgun start.

Whan on Friday denied the 15-year-old Thompson’s petition for 12 sponsor exemptions, six more than tour rules allow, but he also announced that he’s opening up Monday qualifiers to non-members, which means Thompson could have significantly more access to the tour next year. Whan said the move was in the works long before Thompson filed her petition. Tournament Owners Association members have been pushing for open qualifying for a couple years.