By Ed Greif
The field for the 15th Golf Capital of Tennessee Women's Open is set at 111 players — 45 professionals and 66 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.
The 54-hole tournament, sponsored by the city of Crossville, tees off July 18-20 at Fairfield Glade's Stonehenge Golf Club. The field will be cut to the low 60 and ties for the final round on July 20.
Defending champion Lauren Stratton and two former Big Break contestants — Lisa Bergeon and Christina Lecuyer-Salter head the field. Notable absentees are 2011 champion Kendall Martindale and last year's low professional Mo Martin, who is ranked 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-eight of the 111 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,. 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, Rachel McQueen, 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, Amberlee Brooks, Jenna Burris, Sam Burrus, Natalie Christopoulos, Riley Cooper, Haley Cothran, Andrea D. Cropper, Anna C. Cunningham, Lindsey Leigh Davis, Maddie Everts, Jamie Ford, Audra Sheree Fowler, Avery George, Samantha Gother, Cammie Gray, Jordan Hollinshead, Teleri Hughes, Alex Jasper, Rachel Johnson, Shelby 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', Jamie Pierce, Corinna Rees, Alexa Rippy, Jean Roise, Maren Scoggins, Shelby Lynn Sain, Daeun Song, Megan Stamps, Suzanne Stanley, Danielle Stewart, Amanda Steinhagen, Bertine Strauss, Sarah Struble, Ann Sullivan, Mallory Sullivan, Shay Sullivan, Meredith Swanson, Rhonda Switzer-Nadasi, Meghan Theiss, Natalie Turk, Haley Wagner, Blakesly Warren, 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.
The Golf Capital of Tennessee Women's Open championship will attract some of the nation's top amateur and professional female golfers to the Crossville community, and now fans still have the opportunity to help support the event by becoming a patron sponsor.
There are two levels of sponsorship — individual sponsorship for $50 and couples patron sponsorship for $75.
The individual sponsorship includes one complimentary round of golf at any Fairfield Glade Community Club golf course;
A commemorative Women's Open cap;
Name listed on signage displayed at Stonehenge Golf Club during the tournament;
Name listed on the tournament website (tnwomensopen.com);
Name listed in future issue of Tennessee Golf Quarterly, the official publication of the TGA.
For a $75 sponsorship, you receive
Two complimentary rounds of golf at any Fairfield Glade Community golf course;
Two commemorative Women's open caps or visors;
Names listed on signage displayed at Stonehenge Golf Club during the tournament;
Names listed on the tournament website (tnwomensopen.com);
Names listed in future issue of Tennessee Golf Quarterly, the official publication of the TGA.