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The Kraft Nabisco Championship is one of the four major golf tournaments for women on the LPGA Tour. It was founded in 1972 by Dinah Shore and has been classified as a major since 1983. The annual tournament is held at the Mission Hills Country Clubmarker in Rancho Mirage, Californiamarker.

With a purse exceeding $2 million, the winner of this tournament automatically qualifies for the season-ending LPGA Tour Championship.

Tournament names through the years:
  • 1972-1981: Colgate Dinah Shore
  • 1982-1999: 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.

Lake jump

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 Pond or “Poppy's Pond” as it was dubbed in 2006 honor of Terry Wilcox, the tournament director since 1994; Wilcox is known as “Poppy” to his grandchildren. 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. Today, the pond jump has become the Green Jacket of the LPGA.

Popularity with lesbians

The tournament is a popular tourist destination for some lesbians, drawing thousands of lesbian spectators each year to the golf events and associated parties. It has been referred to as "spring break for lesbians."

Winners

Year Dates Champion Country Score Tournament
Location
Purse Winner's
Share
2010 Mar 29-Apr 4 Mission Hills Country Club $2,000,000 $300,000
2009 Apr 2-5 Brittany Lincicome 66-74-70-69 279 (-9) Mission Hills Country Club $2,000,000 $300,000
2008 Apr 3-6 Lorena Ochoa 68-71-71-67 277 (-11) Mission Hills Country Club $2,000,000 $300,000
2007 Mar 29-Apr 1 Morgan Pressel 74-72-70-69 285 (-3) Mission Hills Country Club $2,000,000 $300,000
2006 Mar 30-Apr 2 Karrie Webb (2) 70-68-76-65 279 (-9) Mission Hills Country Club $1,800,000 $270,000
2005 Mar 24-27 Annika Sörenstam (3) 70-69-66-68 273 (-15) Mission Hills Country Club $1,800,000 $270,000
2004 Mar 25-28 Grace Park 72-69-67-69 277 (-11) Mission Hills Country Club $1,600,000 $240,000
2003 Mar 27-30 Patricia Meunier-Lebouc 70-68-70-73 281 (-7) Mission Hills Country Club $1,600,000 $240,000
2002 Mar 28-31 Annika Sörenstam (2) 70-71-71-68 280 (-8) Mission Hills Country Club $1,500,000 $225,000
2001 Mar 22-25 Annika Sörenstam 72-70-70-69 281 (-7) Mission Hills Country Club $1,500,000 $225,000
2000 Mar 23-26 Karrie Webb 67-70-67-70 274 (-14) Mission Hills Country Club $1,250,000 $187,500
1999 Mar 25-28 Dottie Pepper (2) 70-66-67-66 269 (-19) Mission Hills Country Club $1,000,000 $150,000
1998 Mar 26-29 Pat Hurst 68-72-70-71 281 (-7) Mission Hills Country Club $1,000,000 $150,000
1997 Mar 27-30 Betsy King (3) 71-67-67-71 276 (-12) Mission Hills Country Club $900,000 $135,000
1996 Mar 28-31 Patty Sheehan 71-72-67-71 281 (-7) Mission Hills Country Club $900,000 $135,000
1995 Mar 23-26 Nanci Bowen 69-75-71-70 285 (-3) Mission Hills Country Club $850,000 $127,500
1994 Mar 24-27 Donna Andrews 70-69-67-70 276 (-12) Mission Hills Country Club $700,000 $105,000
1993 Mar 25-28 Helen Alfredsson 69-71-72-72 284 (-4) Mission Hills Country Club $700,000 $105,000
1992 Mar 26-29 Dottie Mochrie 69-71-70-69 279 (-9) Mission Hills Country Club $700,000 $105,000
1991 Mar 28-31 Amy Alcott (3) 67-70-68-68 273 (-15) Mission Hills Country Club $600,000 $90,000
1990 Mar 29-Apr 1 Betsy King (2) 69-70-69-75 283 (-5) Mission Hills Country Club $500,000 $90,000
1989 Mar 30-Apr 2 Juli Inkster (2) 66-69-73-71 279 (-9) Mission Hills Country Club $500,000 $80,000
1988 Mar 31-Apr 3 Amy Alcott (2) 71-66-66-71 274 (-14) Mission Hills Country Club $500,000 $80,000
1987 Apr 2-5 Betsy King 68-75-72-68 283 (-5) Mission Hills Country Club $500,000 $80,000
1986 Apr 3-6 Pat Bradley 68-72-69-71 280 (-8) Mission Hills Country Club $430,000 $75,000
1985 Apr 4-7 Alice Miller 70-68-70-67 275 (-13) Mission Hills Country Club $400,000 $55,000
1984 Apr 2-5 Juli Inkster 70-73-69-68 280 (-8) Mission Hills Country Club $400,000 $55,000
1983 Mar 31-Apr 3 Amy Alcott 70-70-70-72 282 (-6) Mission Hills Country Club $400,000 $55,000

Winners before the event became a major in 1983

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


Multiple champions

This table lists the golfers who have won more than one Kraft Nabisco Championship as a major.
Golfer Total Years
Amy Alcott 3 1983, 1988, 1991
Betsy King 3 1987, 1990, 1997
Annika Sörenstam 3 2001, 2002, 2005
Juli Inkster 2 1984, 1989
Dottie Pepper 2 1992, 1999
Karrie Webb 2 2000, 2006


Champions by nationality

This table lists the total number of titles won by golfers of each nationality as a major.
Nationality Number
of wins
18
4
2
1
1
1


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