Kraft Nabisco announces Calif. junior exemption

From left, Amy Alcott, Kathy Whitworth, Betsy King and Pat Bradley held a Hall of Famers & Legends Roundtable during the second round of the Kraft Nabisco Championship.

From left, Amy Alcott, Kathy Whitworth, Betsy King and Pat Bradley held a Hall of Famers & Legends Roundtable during the second round of the Kraft Nabisco Championship.

California kids now have an unusual avenue into the LPGA’s first major: a Tuesday qualifier. The winner of the inaugural fresh&easy-Kraft Foods Legacy Junior Challenge on March 27 will receive a sponsor exemption to play in the Kraft Nabisco Championship … two days later.

It’s an interesting twist to the championship’s traditional exemptions for top amateurs and juniors. Twenty hand-picked juniors will play alongside LPGA legends in an 18-hole event on the Arnold Palmer Course at Mission Hills Country Club. Legends who have already committed include Kathy Whitworth, Nancy Lopez, Amy Alcott, Beth Daniel, Betsy King, Pat Bradley and Meg Mallon.

Juniors must fill out an online application to be eligible for selection. The event is only open to junior girls ages 13-18 who live and attend middle school or high school in Southern California. Applicants must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher and a Handicap Index of 2.0 or lower. She must play high school or junior golf in Southern California and provide a personal statement showing leadership/community service and a letter of reference.

Application deadline is Feb. 29 at 5 p.m.

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