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Webb wins first LPGA Achievement Award

Karrie Webb, who in 2000 has won seven LPGA tournaments and earned Rolex Player of the Year honors, has won the inaugural Crowne Plaza Achievement Award, an international award presented annually to the LPGA Tour player who earns the most points in eight selected LPGA Tour events.Webb earned 445 points, finishing 149.70 points ahead of second-place Meg Mallon (295.3 points).

Webb won three of the eight events (Australian Ladies Masters, The Nabisco Championship and the U.S. Women's Open) and finished in the top 10 in four more.Webb did not participate in the award's eighth event, the Mizuno Classic.

"We're extremely pleased to present Karrie with this award," said Robert G. Mayer, vice president, Crowne Plaza Hotels and Resorts, North America."Her play and performance worldwide clearly has demonstrated her dominance in the game of golf.She exemplifies the commitment to excellence that Crowne Plaza appreciates and we're pleased to honor her with this award."

Webb recorded top-10 finishes in the seven Crowne Plaza Achievement Award events she participated in, including three victoriesand a second-place finish at the Evian Masters.The Mizuno Classic, Nov. 3-5, was the eighth and final event in the series, but Webb did not participate.

With her win at the Mizuno Classic, Canada's Lorie Kane moved into third place in the standings with 210 points, while Annika Sorenstam (202.2 points) finished fourth.Thanks to her runner-up finish at the Mizuno Classic, Sweden's Sophie Gustafson finished fifth with 175 points.

Karie Webb has dominated the 2000 LPGA season. Allsport.

Players finishing in the top 20 at the eight selected LPGA Tour events earned points, ranging from 100 points for a first-place finish to two points for a 20th-place finish.This award involved Tour play at four designated international LPGA events (Australian Ladies Masters, Evian Masters, Weetabix Women's British Open and the Mizuno Classic) and the LPGA's four major championships (The Nabisco Championship, McDonald's LPGA Championship, U.S. Women's Open and the du Maurier Classic).

For achieving this award, Webb receives complimentary hotel stays worldwide for one year at any Bass Hotels and Resorts, Inc. property.For finishing second and third, respectively, Mallon receives 100 free room-night stays worldwide for one year, and Kane earns 50 free room-night stays worldwide for one year.

Webb will receive her award from a Bass Hotel and Resorts executive at the LPGA's annual awards dinner in January 2001, in Orlando, Fla.A $15,000 cheque will also be presented to the Give Kids a World non-profit foundation in honour of Webb.



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