Kraft Nabisco Championship

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Kraft Nabisco Championship
Tournament information
Location Rancho Mirage, California
Established 1972
Course(s) Mission Hills Country Club
Dinah Shore Tourn. Course
Par 72
Length 6,738 yards (6,161 m)
Tour(s) LPGA Tour
Format Stroke play - 72 holes
Prize fund $2.0 million
Month played March–April
Tournament record score
Aggregate 269 Dottie Pepper (1999)
To par −19 Dottie Pepper (1999)
Current champion
United States Lexi Thompson
2014 Kraft Nabisco Championship
Mission Hills Country Club is located in United States
Mission Hills Country Club
Mission Hills Country Club
Location in United States

The Kraft Nabisco Championship is one of the five major championships on the LPGA Tour. Founded in 1972 by entertainer Dinah Shore, it has been classified as a major since 1983. Since its inception, the event has been held annually at the Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, California, southeast of Palm Springs. The first major of the year, it is usually played in late March or early April, and the sponsors are Kraft Foods and Nabisco (representing Mondelēz International). IMG manages and operates the event for Kraft.[1]

Tournament names through the years:

  • 1972-1980: Colgate-Dinah Shore Winner's Circle
  • 1981: Colgate-Dinah Shore
  • 1982: Nabisco Dinah Shore Invitational
  • 1983-1999: Nabisco Dinah Shore
  • 2000-2001: Nabisco Championship
  • 2002–present: Kraft Nabisco Championship

The tournament is still sometimes called the Dinah Shore, even though Shore's name was removed from the tournament title in 2000.

Beginning in 1988, the tournament winner has celebrated her victory by jumping in the pond surrounding the 18th green. The pond is known as Champions Lake or "Poppie's Pond" as it was dubbed in 2006 honor of Terry Wilcox, the tournament director from 1994 through 2008; Wilcox is known as "Poppie" to his grandchildren.[2] Amy Alcott started the practice but it was not fully embraced until 1994 when Donna Andrews took the leap and it has since become a yearly tradition. One of the most memorable jumps was in 1991 after Alcott won for the third time and made the jump with then tournament host Dinah Shore. In 1998, winner Pat Hurst jumped in only up to her knees, as she could not swim.[3] Today, the pond jump has become the Green Jacket of the LPGA.[4]

The tournament has become a popular tourist destination for some lesbians and bisexual women, drawing thousands of lesbian spectators each year to the golf events and associated parties.[5] It has been referred to as "spring break for lesbians."[6][7]

Winners[edit]

Year Dates Champion Country Score To par Margin
of victory
Purse
($)
Winner's
share ($)
2014 Apr 3–6 Lexi Thompson  United States 73-64-69-68 274 −14 3 strokes 2,000,000 300,000
2013 Apr 4–7 Inbee Park  South Korea 70-67-67-69 273 −15 4 strokes 2,000,000 300,000
2012 Mar 29 – Apr 1 Sun-Young Yoo  South Korea 69-69-72-69 279 −9 Playoff 2,000,000 300,000
2011 Mar 31 – Apr 3 Stacy Lewis  United States 66-69-71-69 275 −13 3 strokes 2,000,000 300,000
2010 Apr 1–4 Yani Tseng  Taiwan 69-71-67-68 275 −13 1 stroke 2,000,000 300,000
2009 Apr 2–5 Brittany Lincicome  United States 66-74-70-69 279 −9 1 stroke 2,000,000 300,000
2008 Apr 3–6 Lorena Ochoa  Mexico 68-71-71-67 277 −11 5 strokes 2,000,000 300,000
2007 Mar 29 – Apr 1 Morgan Pressel  United States 74-72-70-69 285 −3 1 stroke 2,000,000 300,000
2006 Mar 30 – Apr 2 Karrie Webb (2)  Australia 70-68-76-65 279 −9 Playoff 1,800,000 270,000
2005 Mar 24–27 Annika Sörenstam (3)  Sweden 70-69-66-68 273 −15 8 strokes 1,800,000 270,000
2004 Mar 25–28 Grace Park  South Korea 72-69-67-69 277 −11 1 stroke 1,600,000 240,000
2003 Mar 27–30 Patricia Meunier-Lebouc  France 70-68-70-73 281 −7 1 stroke 1,600,000 240,000
2002 Mar 28–31 Annika Sörenstam (2)  Sweden 70-71-71-68 280 −8 1 stroke 1,500,000 225,000
2001 Mar 22–25 Annika Sörenstam  Sweden 72-70-70-69 281 −7 3 strokes 1,500,000 225,000
2000 Mar 23–26 Karrie Webb  Australia 67-70-67-70 274 −14 10 strokes 1,250,000 187,500
1999 Mar 25–28 Dottie Pepper (2)  United States 70-66-67-66 269 −19 6 strokes 1,000,000 150,000
1998 Mar 26–29 Pat Hurst  United States 68-72-70-71 281 −7 1 stroke 1,000,000 150,000
1997 Mar 27–30 Betsy King (3)  United States 71-67-67-71 276 −12 2 strokes 900,000 135,000
1996 Mar 28–31 Patty Sheehan  United States 71-72-67-71 281 −7 1 stroke 900,000 135,000
1995 Mar 23–26 Nanci Bowen  United States 69-75-71-70 285 −3 1 stroke 850,000 127,500
1994 Mar 24–27 Donna Andrews  United States 70-69-67-70 276 −12 2 strokes 700,000 105,000
1993 Mar 25–28 Helen Alfredsson  Sweden 69-71-72-72 284 −4 2 strokes 700,000 105,000
1992 Mar 26–29 Dottie Mochrie  United States 69-71-70-69 279 −9 Playoff 700,000 105,000
1991 Mar 28–31 Amy Alcott (3)  United States 67-70-68-68 273 −15 8 strokes 600,000 90,000
1990 Mar 29 – Apr 1 Betsy King (2)  United States 69-70-69-75 283 −5 2 strokes 500,000 90,000
1989 Mar 30 – Apr 2 Juli Inkster (2)  United States 66-69-73-71 279 −9 5 strokes 500,000 80,000
1988 Mar 31 – Apr 3 Amy Alcott (2)  United States 71-66-66-71 274 −14 2 strokes 500,000 80,000
1987 Apr 2–5 Betsy King  United States 68-75-72-68 283 −5 Playoff 500,000 80,000
1986 Apr 3–6 Pat Bradley  United States 68-72-69-71 280 −8 2 strokes 430,000 75,000
1985 Apr 4–7 Alice Miller  United States 70-68-70-67 275 −13 3 strokes 400,000 55,000
1984 Apr 5–8 Juli Inkster  United States 70-73-69-68 280 −8 Playoff 400,000 55,000
1983 Mar 31 – Apr 3 Amy Alcott  United States 70-70-70-72 282 −6 2 strokes 400,000 55,000

Winners before the event became a major in 1983[edit]

Year Champion Country Score To par Margin
of victory
Purse
($)
Winner's
share ($)
1982 Sally Little  South Africa 76-67-71-64 278 −10 3 strokes 300,000 45,000
1981 Nancy Lopez  United States 71-73-69-64 277 −11 2 strokes 250,000 37,500
1980 Donna Caponi  United States 71-67-66-71 275 −13 2 strokes 250,000 37,500
1979 Sandra Post (2)  Canada 68-70-68-70 276 −12 1 stroke 250,000 37,500
1978 Sandra Post  Canada 65-75-72-72 283 −5 Playoff 240,000 36,000
1977 Kathy Whitworth  United States 76-70-72-71 289 +1 1 stroke 240,000 36,000
1976 Judy Rankin  United States 74-72-71-68 285 −3 3 strokes 185,000 32,000
1975 Sandra Palmer  United States 70-70-70-73 283 −5 1 stroke 180,000 32,000
1974 Jo Ann Prentice  United States 71-71-74-73 289 +1 Playoff 179,000 32,000
1973 Mickey Wright  United States 71-74-71-68 284 −4 2 strokes 135,000 25,000
1972 Jane Blalock  United States 71-70-72 213 −3 3 strokes 110,000 20,050

Multiple champions[edit]

This table lists the golfers who have won more than one Kraft Nabisco Championship as a major.

Grand Slam winners ‡
Golfer Country Total Years
Amy Alcott  United States 3 1983, 1988, 1991
Betsy King  United States 3 1987, 1990, 1997
Annika Sörenstam  Sweden 3 2001, 2002, 2005
Juli Inkster  United States 2 1984, 1989
Dottie Pepper  United States 2 1992, 1999
Karrie Webb  Australia 2 2000, 2006

Champions by nationality[edit]

This table lists the total number of titles won by golfers of each nationality as a major.

Nationality Number
of wins
 United States 19
 Sweden 4
 South Korea 3
 Australia 2
 France 1
 Mexico 1
 Taiwan 1

References[edit]

  1. ^ IMG Selected by Kraft Foods to Manage and Operate the Kraft Nabisco Championship
  2. ^ "Clear Water Awaits 2006 Kraft Nabisco Champion". LPGA. April 2, 2006. Retrieved April 2, 2007. [dead link]
  3. ^ Zullo, Allan (2001). Astonishing but True Golf Facts. Andrews McMeel Publishing. ISBN 978-0740714269. 
  4. ^ "The Ladies of the Lake: the Champion's Leap at the Kraft Nabisco Championship". Kraft Nabisco Championship. 2006. Archived from the original on April 11, 2007. Retrieved April 2, 2007. 
  5. ^ "Tee party". The Observer. May 6, 2001. Retrieved April 3, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Don't Quote Me: Dinah Shore Weekend". AfterEllen.com. 2006. Retrieved December 12, 2007. 
  7. ^ Downs, Maggie (March 28, 2010). "Dinah Shore events part of celebration that began with a round of golf". The Desert Sun. [dead link]

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 33°47′53″N 116°25′59″W / 33.798°N 116.433°W / 33.798; -116.433