2003 champ: Annika Sorenstam, 17-under-par 199.
2003 recap: Sorenstam and Rosie Jones each shot a tournament record 10-under-par 62 to hold a three shot lead after the first round on a day of scattered showers and breezy conditions with temperatures in the 60s. Sorenstam opened a two-shot lead on Mhairi McKay with a second-round 66. Jones slipped back with a 1-under 71. On day three, Sorenstam shot a 1-under 71 for a three-stroke victory over McKay, who finished with a par 72.
Michele Redman. Sorenstam shot a 9-under 63 in the first round, a 5-under 67 in the second round and closed with a 7-under 65 to pocket the first-place check of $180,000.
Sorenstam's season: The victory in Aurora was one of 6 LPGA Tour victories by Sorenstam in 2003 as she earned her sixth Player of the Year award. Her next one will tie Kathy Whitworth's record of seven. Sorenstam, who officially qualified for the LPGA Tour and World Golf Hall of Fames by completing her 10th year of LPGA membership, had 15 top-10 finishes in 17 events and became only the fourth player to post more than five wins in four consecutive seasons. The highlight of her year was becomning the first woman since 1945 to compete on the PGA Tour when she played in the Colonial in Ft. Worth, Texas, on May 22-23. Although she shot a 71-75 to miss the cut, Sorenstam garnered unprecedented worldwide interest. She led the LPGA Tour in five statistical categories-rounds under par (46 of 60); rounds in the 60s (30 of 60); greens hit in regulations (75.5 percent); putts per greens in regulation (1.74) and driving average (269.7 yards).
What: LaSalle Bank Open
When: June 7-13
Where: The Glen Club, Glenview.
Course: 36-36-72, 7,149 yards.
Tickets: $10 for grounds/clubhouse pass that is good for admission throughout the event. Tickets for CDGA members is $5. For information, go to www.lasallebankopen.com
TV: The Golf Channel
2003 champ: Andre Stolz, 17-under 271.
2003 recap: Michael Long shot a 7-under 65 for the first round lead. Daniel Chopra grabbed the halfway lead with 6-under 66 and total 134 (10 under). Stolz followed up an opening round 70 with a 7-under 65 and was a stroke back. Tommy Tolles and D.A. Points shared the third-round lead at 15-under 201 but Stolz fired a final round 68 to win the event by two strokes over Tolles (273) and three over Points (274).
2002 recap: Marco Dawson, winless after 309 professional tour starts, broke through as the Nationwide Tour made its first-ever stop in Chicago. Dawson had rounds of 71, 69, 67 and 69 for a 12-under 276 to beat Darron Stiles by three strokes. By finishing eighth on the tour's money list, Dawson regained his PGA Tour card.
Event history: The LaSalle Bank Open dates to 1937 when the Chicago District Golf Association hosted the first Chicago Open, won by Gene Sarazan. After the 1959 event, won by Ken Venturi, the Chicago Open took an extended sabbatical. The CDGA restarted the event in 1998 and LaSalle Bank was signed on as title sponsor in 1999. In 2001, the CDGA created a three-year partnership with the PGA's Nationwide Tour.
The Glen Club will also host the 55th Illinois Open Championship from Aug. 2-4. For more information, contact the Illinois PGA, 2901 W. Lake Ave., Suite A, Glenview, 60025. Or call (847) 729-5700 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org