Welchs/Circle K Championship
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 Dates: Thursday, March 8th through Sunday, March 11th
 Site: Randolph North Golf Course, Tucson, Arizona
 Course Architect: William Bell (1925)
 Par: 72
 Yardage: 6,222
 Hole-by-Hole: 1 - Par 4 354 Yds       10 - Par 4 351 Yds
               2 - Par 4 345 Yds       11 - Par 3 187 Yds
               3 - Par 5 493 Yds       12 - Par 4 361 Yds
               4 - Par 4 402 Yds       13 - Par 5 470 Yds
               5 - Par 4 408 Yds       14 - Par 4 378 Yds
               6 - Par 3 140 Yds       15 - Par 3 152 Yds
               7 - Par 4 375 Yds       16 - Par 5 490 Yds
               8 - Par 3 169 Yds       17 - Par 4 360 Yds
               9 - Par 4 329 Yds       18 - Par 5 458 Yds
                   -------------            -------------
                    35 3,015 Yds             37 3,207 Yds
 
 Annual: 21st
 Defending Champion: Annika Sorenstam
 Runner-up: Pat Hurst
 Tournament Record: 269 (Annika Sorenstam, Pat Hurst, 2000)
 Course Record: 62 (Kristi Albers, 1998)
 9-Hole Record: 29 (Helen Alfredsson, 1998; Tracy Hanson, 1999;
                    Sophie Gustafson, 2000)
 Total Purse: $750,000
 Shares: 1st Place - $112,500; 2nd Place - 69,819; 3rd Place - 50,949
 
                             2000 Finish
                             -----------
 
 Player                Score              Player                 Score
 ------                -----              ------                 -----
 Annika Sorenstam *     269               Chris Johnson           272
 Pat Hurst              269               A.J. Eathorne           273
 Juli Inkster           270               Laura Davies            273
 Dottie Pepper          271               Michelle McGann         273
 Se Ri Pak              272               Brandie Burton          273
                                          Moira Dunn              273
 
 * - Won in playoff.
 
         Past Welch's/Circle K Championship Winners and Runners-Up
         ---------------------------------------------------------
 
 2000 -- *Annika Sorenstam (269) -- Pat Hurst
 1999 -- Juli Inkster (273) -- Dottie Pepper
 1998 -- Helen Alfredsson (274) -- Liselotte Neumann, Dana Dormann
 1997 -- Donna Andrews (273) -- Tina Barrett
 1996 -- Liselotte Neumann (276) -- Cathy Johnston-Forbes
 1995 -- Dottie Pepper (278) -- Cindy Rarick, Annika Sorenstam
 1994 -- Donna Andrews (276) -- Brandie Burton, Judy Dickinson
 1993 -- Meg Mallon (272) -- Betsy King
 1992 -- Brandie Burton (277) -- Dale Eggeling, Beth Daniel
 1991 -- Chris Johnson (273) -- Kris Tschetter
 1990 -- Colleen Walker (276) -- P.Bradley, K.Rogerson, H.Drew, B.King
 1989 -- Lori Garbacz (274) -- Nancy Lopez
 1988 -- Laura Davies (278) -- Robin Walton
 1987 -- Betsy King (281) -- Jan Stephenson
 1986 -- Penny Pulz (276) -- Betsy King
 1985 -- Amy Alcott (279) -- Betsy King
 1984 -- Chris Johnson (272) -- Patty Hayes
 1983 -- Jan Stephenson (207) -- Amy Alcott
 1982 -- *Ayako Okamoto (281) -- Sally Little
 1981 -- Nancy Lopez (278) -- Pat Bradley
 
 * - Won in playoff.
 
 Note: Formerly called Arizona Copper Classic (1981-82), Tucson
       Conquistadores Open (1983-84), Circle K LPGA Tucson Open (1985-90),
       PING/Welch's Championship (1991-96).
 
                      Top Contenders in the Field
                      ---------------------------
 
 Annika Sorenstam     - Defending champion, finished 2nd at Hawaiian Open
 Brandie Burton       - Tied for 9th in Hawaii, 14th on money list
 Maria Hjorth         - Made 4 of 5 cuts this year with one top-10 finish
 Pat Hurst            - 17th on money list with 5 cuts made in 5 events
 Juli Inkster         - Has one top-10 in 2 events this year, 34th on money list
 Lorie Kane           - One win and three top-10's in 5 tournaments in 2001
 Betsy King           - Still ranks 1st on the all-time LPGA money list
 Kelli Kuehne         - 42nd on money list, still looking for 1st top-10
 Nancy Lopez          - Won this event the first year of its existence
 Catriona Matthew     - Won Hawaiian Open for 1st career LPGA Tour win
 Liselotte Neumann    - Has made the cut in only two of four events this year
 Se Ri Pak            - Won season-opening Yourlife Vitamins LPGA Classic
 Grace Park           - Won Office Depot earlier this year, 5th on money list
 Dottie Pepper        - 12th on money list, 4th last year and 2nd in 1999
 Charlotta Sorenstam  - Has made the cut in 3 of 5 events with no top-10's
 
 Golftoday Network Selections
 -------------------------
 Pick to Win - Annika Sorenstam
 Darkhorse   - Danielle Ammaccapane
 
 Last Week's Pick to Win (Annika Sorenstam) - Finished 2nd
 Last Week's Darkhorse (Wendy Ward) - Finished tied for 3rd
 
 NOTES:
      Not only did Annika Sorenstam capture last year's event, but with
 the  win  (her 19th) she qualified for the LPGA Hall-of-Fame. However,
 due to the 10-year rule, Sorenstam cannot be officially inducted until
 2003.  Trailing Sorenstam most of Sunday's final round, Pat Hurst made
 a charge with five birdies on the final six holes and  with  Sorenstam
 three-putting the final hole, the two players finished regulation tied
 at 269, a new tournament record.  On  the  first  playoff  hole,  both
 competitors  birdied, however on the second extra hole, Sorenstam two-
 putted for birdie while Hurst missed her chip from 15-feet for birdie.
 The  win  by  Sorenstam  was one of five during the 2000 season and it
 came on her "home" course, as she was a former University  of  Arizona
 golfer.  Defending  champion  Juli Inkster made a late charge, briefly
 taking the lead with a birdie on 16. Inkster  finished  with  a  final
 round of 64 to end alone in third. Sorenstam, Hurst, A.J. Eathorne and
 Brandie Burton were the only players in the field  to  post  all  four
 rounds  in the 60's. First and second-round leader Cristie Kerr carded
 rounds of 72-70 over the weekend to finish 12th.  Randolph  North  has
 hosted this event since its inception in 1981. The purse was increased
 by $50,000 from last year. There has been only  two  playoffs  in  the
 tournament's  20-year  history (1982, 2000). This event begins a five-
 event west coast swing, which ends the third week in April at the City
 of  Hope  LPGA Classic. Next week the LPGA Tour moves north to Phoenix
 for the  Standard  Register  PING  where  Annika's  sister,  Charlotta
 Sorenstam defends her title.
 
 

 

 

 

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