A field of 13 professionals and 61 amateurs will headline this year's Kentucky Women's Open, which begins Tuesday at Champion Trace Golf Course in Nicholasville.
The Open, a two-round tournament Tuesday and Wednesday, includes Louisville native Leah Wigger, a University of Virginia alumna with non-exempt status on the LPGA Tour this season.
Wigger, a 2003 graduate of Assumption High School, won the 2002 Kentucky State Amateur Championship and was a four-time All-State golfer.
At Virginia, Wigger earned All-America honors three years, including her sophomore season, when she finished as runner-up in the NCAA Championship.
Now a full-time LPGA golfer, Wigger took the week off on the Tour to play in the Kentucky Open. She is the only LPGA golfer in the field.
In Tuesday's first round, Wigger will be paired with 2008 Kentucky Open champion Karisa Akin and recent University of Kentucky graduate Mallory Blackwelder.
Akin graduated from Central Hardin High School in 2008 and won the Open before starting her freshman season at Middle Tennessee State.
Blackwelder, a Versailles native, finished her senior season at UK in 2009 after spending her first two seasons at Florida. She played in 10 events in 2009, winning the Lady Mocs Intercollegiate on April 6-7.
This year's field also includes former champs Cathy Edelen (1999 and 2000), Christine Ridenour (2002) and Laura Anderson (2006), and 2009 State Amateur runner-up Lydia Gumm, an incoming freshman at North Hardin High School.