Major Champions and World's Top-Ranked Players Headine 2023 Field
Ladies European Tour Winner and Teen Sensation Chiara Noja and Rising University of Florida Senior Maisie Filler to Compete as Sponsor Exemptions
Noja to Make LPGA Tour Debut, Following in the Footsteps of Paula Creamer, Brooke Henderson and Lexi Thompson
Tickets on Sale at www.ShopRiteLPGAClassic.com
GALLOWAY, N.J., June 1, 2023 – Entries are now closed for the 2023 ShopRite LPGA Classic Presented by Acer, with the tournament boasting an elite international field that features several of the world’s top-ranked players, Major Champions, multiple past champions and players who are making the LPGA debuts. The ShopRite LPGA Classic Presented by Acer takes place Friday-Sunday, June 9-11 at Seaview, A Dolce Hotel in Galloway, N.J.
Tournament officials announced today that Ladies European Tour winner and 17-year-old teen sensation Chiara Noja and rising University of Florida senior Maisie Filler will join LPGA Tour winner and Philadelphia Cricket Club LPGA Teaching Professional Meaghan Francella as sponsor exemptions in the 144-player field.
Noja, 17, from Berlin, Germany, made headlines around the world by winning her first Ladies European Tour (LET) title in November, 2022 at age 16 at The Aramco Team Series – Jeddah in a two-hole playoff over Charley Hull. She currently is in fifth position in the 2023 Race to Costa Del Sol rankings on the LET – a season-long competition to crown the LET’s number one player – having finished runner-up last week at the Belgian Ladies Open at 9-under par. She has seven top-15 finishes in 2023 on the LET, including a runner-up and a third-place finish.
She will be making her LPGA Tour debut, joining the likes of Paula Creamer, Brooke Henderson and Lexi Thompson, all who made their professional debuts on the LPGA Tour as sponsor exemptions at the ShopRite LPGA Classic.
Filler wrapped up her junior year on the Florida Gators women’s golf team, recording six top-10 finishes and one win during her 2022-23 campaign. She also competed in the 2023 Augusta National Women’s Amateur. A two-time All-SEC Second Team selection, Filler will make her second consecutive appearance at the ShopRite LPGA Classic. She made the cut in her debut in 2022 as a sponsor exemption, finishing T54.
Francella, who will compete in the event for a second consecutive year, made her LPGA debut in 2004 after an All-American collegiate career at the University of North Carolina. She competed on the EPSON Tour and LPGA Tour for over a decade, recording her first LPGA victory at the 2007 MasterCard Classic. In recent years, Francella transitioned to teaching the game the loves and is currently the LPGA teaching professional at Philadelphia Cricket Club. She and her mother were featured in 2022 in the LPGA’s Drive On series.
They will join an elite 144-player field that is headlined by World No. 1 Jin Young Ko, who has recorded two victories and five top-10 finishes overall in seven events in 2023. Joining Ko in headlining the field include several of the world’s top-ranked players, including Atthaya Thitikul (6), defending champion Brooke Henderson (8), major champion Georgia Hall (9) and Hyo Joo Kim (10); past champions Mel Reid (2020), Annie Park (2018), In Kyung Kim (2017), two-time winners Anna Nordqvist (2015-16) and Stacy Lewis (2012, 2014), and Angela Stanford (2003). New Jersey natives Marina Alex (Wayne, N.J.) and Karen Chung (Budd Lake, N.J.) also will return to South Jersey to compete in the ShopRite LPGA Classic.
The final two spots will be determined Monday via the Monday Qualifier at the Bay Course at Seaview. For a complete list of tournament entries, click HERE.
Atlantic City’s largest sporting event, the ShopRite LPGA Classic is one of the LPGA Tour’s longest running events. For three decades, golf fans from across the northeast have converged upon Atlantic City and the Jersey Shore to watch the top female golfers in the world compete on the famed waterfront course. The tournament not only hosts one of the strongest fields in women’s golf, but it also annually creates more than $19 million in economic activity in the region.
Since 1992, more than $40 million has been donated to area hospitals, food banks, education and youth programs. At the 2022 ShopRite LPGA Classic, dozens of nonprofits received grants and donations totaling more than $1.5 million during a luncheon hosted by Wakefern Food Corp., the largest U.S. retailer-owned cooperative and the logistics, merchandising and distribution arm for ShopRite stores.
Tickets on Sale: Tickets are on sale for the ShopRite LPGA Classic exclusively at www.ShopRiteLPGAClassic.com. Ticket packages include exclusive hospitality and general admission tickets offering a wide degree of entertainment and access. All 2023 tournament tickets will be completely digital and will be emailed after purchase. Tickets can be viewed on either a mobile device or printed out where they will be scanned at the main gate.
All military (active, retired, reserve and veteran), service personnel (police, fire, EMS) and front-line workers (doctors and nurses) and accompanying family will receive complimentary admission to the three days of competition at the 2023 ShopRite LPGA Classic (June 9-11), courtesy of SERVPRO. All service personnel also will receive access into the Patriots’ Pavilion presented by Kleenex and SERVPRO. All military and service personnel must show proper identification at the main gate as well as at the Patriots Pavilion to gain entry.
ShopRite will once again offer Price Plus Club card holders two (2) free daily grounds tickets with a valid Price Plus Club card. Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey and its subsidiary, Braven Health, also will offer all card holders two (2) complimentary free daily grounds tickets, valid during competition rounds.
There are four ticket options for fans interested in attending the 2023 ShopRite LPGA Classic (**Ticket prices do not include taxes and fees**):
- Daily Grounds:
- General admission daily grounds, valid for one round Friday-Sunday, June 9-11 (tournament rounds).
- Weekly Grounds:
- General admission daily grounds, valid Friday-Sunday, June 9-11 (tournament rounds)
- Hard Rock Suite - 17th Green:
- Luxury greenside suite offering exclusive views of the 17th green. Includes upgraded food and beverages and cash bar. Each purchase valid for one round of competition rounds, Friday-Sunday.
- Champions Club – 18th Green Hospitality:
- Luxury greenside suites overlooking the 18th green. Includes upgraded food and beverages and open bar for alcoholic beverages. Each purchase valid for one round of competition rounds, Friday-Sunday.
The ShopRite LPGA Classic Presented by Acer continues its tradition of supporting several charitable organizations, with 100 percent of advance ticket sales going to a number of participating partners.
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