RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. – Three players, including a past champion, have been disqualified from the Kraft Nabisco Championship for missing their pro-am tee times.
Shanshan Feng was the first to fall on the wrong side of the law when she was late to her noon tee time for the Tuesday pro-am. Feng eventually caught up with her group and played the remainder of the round, but the rule had already been broken and she was later disqualified.
Maria Hjorth and 1993 Kraft champion Helen Alfredsson, alternates for this morning’s pro-am, were also sent home. Both were unavailable when called upon to fill in for today’s pro-am.
Former Kraft champion Amy Alcott withdrew from the Wednesday pro-am (she had an 8:30 a.m. tee time), and the tournament proper, and was replaced by Seon Hwa Lee.
Another former Kraft champ, Patty Sheehan, who is not in the Kraft field but was scheduled to play in the pro-am, didn’t show up for her tee time because of an apparent communication problem. Sheehan, who later said she didn’t even know she was playing, was scheduled to tee off 10 minutes after Alcott – which is when the problems started.
Hjorth and Alfredsson could not be found in time to replace Sheehan. Natalie Gulbis was next on the alternate list, but used her pro-am exemption (LPGA players are allowed to pass on one pro-am per year). Michele Redman eventually filled Sheehan’s pro-am spot.
This isn’t the first time a player has been DQ’d from the Kraft for missing her pro-am time. Nicole Perrot was disqualified two years ago for the same offense.