Extra amateur invitation issued for Kraft

Thursday, January 21, 2010

The Kraft Nabisco Championship has extended invitations to seven of the nation’s top amateurs, one more than is usually given.

“It just seemed like we had a bigger selection of deserving players,” said Terry Wilcox, the longtime tournament director who now serves as a consultant. The extra amateur player will not have any effect on the number of professionals who get into the field.

Jennifer Song and Alexis Thompson highlight the list, which also includes Cydney Clanton, Jennifer Johnson, Kimberly Kim, Jessica Korda and Candace Schepperle.

Thompson, Golfweek’s top-ranked amateur and junior, tied for low amateur honors at the Kraft last year with Tiffany Joh (T-21). Johnson and Schepperle missed the cut.

Kimberly Kim missed the cut in 2007. Song and Korda will be making their Kraft debuts.