California juniors to again play for Kraft Nabisco exemption

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For the third consecutive year, a spot in the Kraft Nabisco Championship, the LPGA tour’s first major of the season, remains open for a California junior golfer. Top players will compete the Monday of tournament week for the exemption.

The KNC Champions Junior Challenge (formerly known as the Legends Junior Challenge) will take place March 31 on Mission Hills Country Club’s Arnold Palmer Course in Rancho Mirage, Calif. The junior field will be chosen by a selection committee led by the Southern California Golf Association’s Youth on Course. This year, for the first time, the opportunity will be open to golfers from all over California, not just the southern part of the state. Junior applicants will be evaluated based on their golf resumes and their community and leadership involvement, and can find more information on the SCGA’s web site.

Junior golfers will play alongside an LPGA legend during the event, such as Annika Sorenstam and Nancy Lopez (both of those players have confirmed). The player who posts the lowest 18-hole score in the Junior Challenge will enter the Kraft Nabisco field, and will compete on Mission Hills' Dinah Shore Tournament Course.

“It is an honor to again partner with the SCGA on such a unique event,” said Kraft Nabisco Championship director Gabe Codding. “In the 42-year history of the Kraft Nabisco, 32 women have emerged as champions, 12 of which are World Golf Hall of Fame members. Giving girls ages 13–18 the chance to meet and be mentored by the former Kraft Nabisco Championship winners is something really special.”

Alison Lee, now a freshman at UCLA and the top-ranked player in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings, won the exemption in 2012 and Angel Yin won in 2013. Yin made the cut and finished T-55 in her Kraft debut.

Information from the SCGA was used in this report.

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