MOBILE, AL – The Top 10 LPGA players in the world are heading to Mobile for the Avnet LPGA Classic. With the recent addition of Michelle Wie, the top players in the world are officially coming. They include:
Rolex Women's World Golf Rankings – All are currently in the Avnet LPGA Classic field
- Yani Tseng
- Jiyai Shin
- Cristie Kerr
- Na Yeon Choi
- Suzann Pettersen
- Ai Miyazato
- I.K. Kim
- Karrie Webb
- Michelle Wie
- Paula Creamer
"As the sole LPGA event in April, we anticipated a strong field," said Jonathan Romeo, tournament director. "We were absolutely delighted with the field and look forward to welcoming a new sponsor to this year's event – Avnet. After a massive Crossings course redesign, the Avnet LPGA Classic will be held at Mobile's Magnolia Grove from April 27 to May 1, 2011."
Last May, Se Ri Pak of South Korea won the 2010 BellMicro LPGA Classic in Mobile. Between the strong global field and Avnet as the sponsor, this is truly an international event. Avnet is a global technology distributor and has more than 300 locations worldwide with sales in over 70 countries. The company acquired BellMicro in 2010.
"Spring will be an ideal time to showcase the Crossings course," said John Cannon, president of Sunbelt Golf, which oversees the RTJ Golf Trail. "The course has had even more time to mature and we are looking forward to seeing how reigning champion Se Ri Pak and the other LPGA players will perform on the Crossings Course. For players, sponsors and fans, the new date after Easter should be ideal. With spring weather, fresh seafood and blooming azaleas, Mobile is spectacular in the spring and we look forward to welcoming Avnet, the players and the LPGA fans."
AVNET LPGA CLASSIC AT A GLANCE
Dates: April 27 – May 1, 2011
Location: Magnolia Grove in Mobile on Alabama's Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail
Media Day: Friday, April 8, 2011 at Magnolia Grove
Number of Players: 144 – Current field is attached.
Sponsor Exemptions: Lexi Thompson and Blair O'Neal
Purse: $1.3 million
Other American Players of Note: Natalie Gulbis, Auburn's Nicole Hage, Juli Inkster, Christina Kim, Brittany Lang, Stacy Lewis, Brittany Lincicome, Morgan Pressel, Angela Stanford, Wendy Ward, Sara Brown and Paige Mackenzie.