Wednesday, April 23, 2003
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Clayton News Daily
By Doug Gorman
When 13-year-old amateur Michelle Wie enters this week's Chick-fil-A Charity championship, the middle school student from Hawaii might not win the tournament, but there's a good chance she's going to hold her own.
Wie has been known to hit her shots off the tee more than 300 yards.
Those figures would put her way ahead of current tour players. Annika Sorenstam, who won't play in this week's tournament, leads the LPGA in driving distance with a 280.4 yard average.
Wendy Doolan averages 277.5 off the tee and former Chick-fil-A Charity Champion winner Sophie Gustafson 276.4 yards.
Defending tournament champion Juli Inkster averages 275 yards.
Candie Kung, who won last week in Las Vegas, pounds the ball to the tune of 274.7 yards.
Flying High: Laura Diaz, who is scheduled to play this week at the Chick-fil-A Charity Championship, has converted a tour best five eagles this season.
In the money: Annika Sorenstam finds her self on top of the tour's money list after four events. Sorenstam has deposited $500,681. With Sorenstam electing not to play in this week's tournament, the next four players on the LPGA's money list have a chance to catch her.
Se Ri Pak is second ($309,038), Patricia Meunier-Lebouc ($299,046) is third, Canie Kung (186,462) and Lorena Ochoa is fifth ($152,464).