Feb. 6, 2009
AUBURN - Auburn junior Candace Schepperle was selected as one of five amateurs to compete in the LPGA's Kraft Nabisco Championship, scheduled for March 30 through April 5, at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, Calif., the association announced this week. The Kraft Nabisco Championship - now in its 38th year - is the first LPGA major tournament of the year.
"I am really happy and very honored to be chose as one of five amateurs, It is pretty exciting," said Schepperle. "This is my third pro event to play in and it is always fun to go out and compete with the pros and see how your game compares to some of the best players in the world."
Schepperle, a Birmingham native, will join Amanda Blumenherst (Duke), Tiffany Joh (UCLA), Azahara Munoz (Arizona State) and U.S. Girls Junior champion Alexis Thompson in the tournament field.
"She is so deserving of this exemption," said Auburn head golf coach Kim Evans. "Candace is doing so many great things with her golf game right now and she is having a blast doing it. It is a lot of fun to watch."
The event will be the third professional tournament for Schepperle to compete in. She has also competed in the 2006 Chick-fil-A Charity Championship and the 2008 CN Canadian Open.
At the Canadian Open, she tallied a 15-over-par 303 (71-76-77-79), making the cut and finishing in a tie for 78th. She was the only amateur to make the cut at the tournament held at the Otawa Hunt and Golf Club.
In her first professional tournament, the Chick-fil-A Charity Championship, Schepperle was again the only amateur to make the cut as she carded rounds of 75-68-76-72--291, finishing at 3-over-par to take a tie for 75th. The event took place just outside Atlanta, in Stockbridge, Ga., at the Eagles Landing Country Club.
For more information on the 2009 Kraft Nabisco Championship, go to www.kncgolf.com.