LPGA draws big names

From Staff Reports

The LPGA Chick-fil-A Charity Championship hosted by Nancy Lopez continues this weekend at Eagle's Landing Country Club.

This weekend's events are expected to draw up to 80,000 golf fans.

A field of 144 players will vie for a $1.35 million purse in the tournament, one of the events on the 2003 LPGA tour. The winner will walk away with more than $202,000.

The 12th annual Chick-fil-A Charity Championship will feature such LPGA celebrities as defending champion Julie Inkster, Super Career Grand Slam winner Karrie Webb and LPGA 2002 Player of the Year Annika Sorenson. Also featured is 13-year-old phenom Michelle Wie.

Although the event draws fans from across the state, it is also a community event. Residents of Eagle's Landing offer their homes each year to host players.

"It's really a partnership with the community in many ways," said Eagle's Landing Country Club General Manager Russ Curtis.

This weekend's schedule includes:

Friday – First round of LPGA competition, tee times begin at 7:30 a.m.; Nextel Executive Symposium from 10 to 11 a.m.; ESPN television coverage from 3 to 5 p.m.; and LPGA player cookout at the Inn following play.

Saturday – Second round of LPGA competition, tee times begin at 7:30 a.m.; Family Day presented by Georgia Power Co.; ESPN2 television coverage from 2 to 4 p.m.; Volunteer party following play; and fireworks show at dark.

Sunday – Final round of LPGA competition, tee times to be determined; Uniformed Services Recognition Day presented by Henry Medical Center; ESPN2 television coverage from 2 to 5 p.m.; awards ceremony featuring U.S. military personnel following play; Nesquik $100,000 Putt for Truett Cathy's WinShape Homes.