Cortney Reno, the 36-hole leader in '07 who struggled to a 73 in the final round to tie for fourth, is back for another crack at Erie Village. So is Brandi Jackson, who finished alone in third place and sits 25th on the current Futures money list.
As it sits right now, three players entered in this tournament would have their LPGA cards, as Mindy Kim holds second on the money list, M.J. Hur is third and Leah Wigger is fourth.
Everyone from sixth to 20th on the money list is here, too. That includes Song Yi Choi, Jessica Shepley, Jin Young Pak, Kristina Tucker, Stephanie Otteson, Kim Welch, Chella Choi, Caroline Larsson, Sunny Oh, Ashley Prange, Danah Ford, Sophia Sheridan, Briana Vega, Lisa Ferrero and Katie Allison.
Two Central New York players add more flavor to the field. Lori Atsedes, from Ithaca, is a long-time member of the Futures Tour with seven wins to her credit and an appearance on the Golf Channel's "Big Break Kaanapali" this season. Atsedes is 49th on the money list and needs a victory to have realistic LPGA Tour hopes.
Also, by virtue of her victory in the Section III individual tournament on May 28 at Green Lakes State Park, East Syracuse-Minoa's Brittany Siechen is entered in the field. It helps that ESM uses Erie Village as one of its home courses, so Siechen is practically playing at home.
The connection between "The Big Break" and the Futures Tour is vast. Prange, Vega and Welch all have won editions of that Golf Channel Series, and all are within the Futures top 20 with a great chance to get an LPGA card if any of them wins here.
At 6,203 yards with a par of 71, the Links at Erie Village is a course that rewards accuracy, which is required since so many holes (including 2, 4, 7, 10, 11, 15, 16, 17 and 18) are flanked by some kind of water hazard. Also, the wind can play a huge factor since few of the holes are tree-lined, with fast and undulating greens a possible headache, too.