March 13, 2007
Malibu, Calif. - Prized Pepperdine recruit Taylore Karle, a Scottsdale, Ariz. amateur, will get an opportunity to play next week in the LPGA's Safeway International Presented by Coca-Cola. The tournament will be held at Superstition Mountain Golf and Country Club March 19-25 in Superstition Mountain, Ariz.
Karle who finished second in the recent Safeway International Amateur Open was given the spot that was being held for Michele Wie, who will not play in the tournament due to an injury.
Karle, who is the ninth-ranked junior player in the United States, has had success at the Superstition Mountain Golf and Country Club Prospector Course. During her last six competitive rounds at the course dating back to August of 2006 that has included Safeway International qualifiers and an AJGA tournament, Karle is 18-under par.
Karle will be playing in a field that is loaded with the LPGA's top players.
"We are pleased that at this point we have all of the top 40 players from the 2006 LPGA Money List committed to playing in Phoenix," Tom Maletis, President of Tournament Golf Foundation, said.
The list includes defending champion Juli Inkster, Annika Sorenstam, Paula Creamer, 2006 Rolex Player of the Year Lorena Ochoa, Natalie Gulbis, Morgan Pressel, Ai Miyazato, Cristie Kerr and former Phoenix tournament winners Se Ri Pak, Karrie Webb, Laura Davies, Christa Johnson, Danielle Ammaccapane and Rachel Hetherington.
Karle will also join fellow amateur Sydnee Michaels, a freshman at UCLA, who won the Safeway International Amateur Open last month to earn a spot. Michaels won a similar event and played in Safeway's other LPGA event, the Safeway Classic Presented by Pepsi, held last August in Portland, Ore.
The 2006 tournament drew record crowds of over 111,000 in spite of cold and wet weather for the final round. The tournament features a purse of $1.5 million and all four rounds, March 22-25, will be shown on the Golf Channel.
Karle, along with her brother, Austyn, will enroll in Pepperdine in the fall and compete as a member of the nationally-ranked women's team.