By Ed Greif
As the 15th Golf Capital of Tennessee Women's Open approached its 5 p.m. entry deadline Wednesday, the field hit the century mark (105).
The 54-hole tournament, which is sponsored by the city of Crossville, is July 18-20 at Stonehenge Golf Club in Fairifield Glade.
At press time Wednesday, there were 45 professionals and 60 amateurs from 20 states — Arkansas, Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, Colorado, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Indiana, Alabama, South Carolina, Kentucky, Kansas, Missouri, Michigan, Nevada, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Illinois and Hawaii, and one foreign country — Australia — represented in this year's tournament sponsored by the city of Crossville.
The field includes defending champion Lauren Stratton and two former Big Break contestants — Lisa Bergeon and Christina Lecuyer-Salter. Notable absentees were 2011 champion Kendall Martindale and last year's low professional Mo Martin, who is listed in the top 30 of the LPGA's money list.
Mari Chun of Pearl City, HI, is the furthest American to attend, while the only foreigner is Australian Jody Ann Fleming. Twenty-nine of the 105 made the final cut (64) from the 2012 tournament.
The professionals are Jessica Alexander, Heather Angell, Marie Brooke Baker, Carman Bandea, Laura Bavaird, Alexis Bennett, Lindsey Bergeon, Jill Hinton-Briles, GInny Brown, Ashli Bunch, Kristi Cardwell, Clarissa Childs, Natalie Chrisopulous, Mary Chun, Jillian Corum, Yvonne Cox, Ashtyn Crowley Siter, Jody Anne Fleming, Teresa Nogues-Fraile, Merrilyn Gibbs, Sofia Gorelik, Ashley Haggard, Chelsea Harris, Shang-Fen Huang, Lauren Hunt, Rachel Ingram, Rachel Ann Ingram, Michelle Jarman, Christina Lecuyer-Salter, Veronica Karaman, Jan Kleiman, Susan Martin, Esther Moon, Lindsey Miller, Margie Muzik, Katy Nugent, Seul-Ki Park, Erica Popson, Katelyn Sepmoree, Carleigh Silvers, Lauren Stratton, Alexandria Stewart, Candra Sumedhatip, Elise Swartout and Haley Ann Wilson.
The amateur contingent is Ashley Averitt, Megan Beane, Evelyn Blackmon, Jordan Britt, Jenna Burris, Sam Burrus, Riley Cooper, Haley Cothran, Andrea D. Cropper, Anna C. Cunningham, Maddie Everts, Jamie Ford, Audra Sheree Fowler, Avery George, Cammie Gray, Jordan Hollinshead, Teleri Hughes, Alex Jasper, Rachel Johnson, Morgan Danielle Kaufman, Samantha Nicole Khan, Megan Kinney, Allie Knight, Hanley Lynn Long, Jennifer Lucas, Alisha Matthews, Christine Meier, Kelly Merkel, Emily Miller, Ellen Mitchell, Natalie Mitchell, AnnaMichelle Moore, Gabi Oubre' Corinna Rees, Riley Mae Rennell, Alexa Rippy, Jean Roise, Maren Scoggins, Shelby Lynn Sain, Daeun Song, Megan Stamps, Suzanne Stanley, Amanda Steinhagen, Katie Story, Bertine Strauss, Sarah Struble, Ann Sullivan, Mallory Sullivan, Shay Sullivan, Meredith Swanson, Rhonda Switzer-Nadasi, Meghan Theiss, Natalie Turk, Haley Wagner, Emily Williams, Meghan Lynn Williamson, Ashleigh Whisenant, Allison Woodward and Lacie York.
Several members of the amateur contingents played in this year's Tennessee Women's Amateur at the Legend's Club in Nashville.