The 2012 Manulife Financial LPGA Classic is fast approaching and organizers have announced some bigtime golfers have confirmed they will be participating.

Among the latest to enter the field are Paula Creamer, Michelle Wie and Canadian Lorie Kane.

Tournament Director Richard Kuypers says it’s too soon to say who all will be competing, but he adds “we’re expecting the vast majority of the best players in the world to be in Waterloo in June; and today’s announcement is a great start.”

The tournament will be held June 20th to the 24th at Grey Silo Golf Course, and for more information, including ticket information, head to manulifeclassic.ca

PAULA CREAMER – Rolex Ranking – #10
Career Earnings: $8,839,828.00

Started playing golf at the age of 10…Credits Larry O’Leary, the late Ernie Barbour, David Kern, Jonathon Hughes, Ian Segneri and especially David Whelan and her mother and father as the individuals most influencing her career…Enjoys fashion, shopping, movies and music…Qualified for the Tour on her first attempt…In 2009, was named co-chair of The First Tee’s Young Ambassador Council…Annual event, Paula 4 Kids benefits The First Tee of Sarasota/Manatee (Fla.).

MICHELLE WIE – Rolex Ranking – #24
Career Earnings: $2,447,148.00

Started playing golf at the age of 4…Credits her parents as the individuals most influencing her career…Hobbies include shopping, exploring different types of music, hanging out with friends, enjoying college life, watching movies and finding funny clips on YouTube…Qualified for the Tour on her first attempt. In 2011, recorded seven top-10 finishes including: second at the Honda LPGA Thailand; tied for second at the CN Canadian Women’s Open; sixth at the Kraft Nabisco Championship, where she crossed the $2 million mark in career earnings; tied for sixth at the CME Group Titleholders; tied for seventh at the Kia Classic; tied for ninth at the Sybase Match Play Championship and the Lorena Ochoa Invitational.  Competed on her second U.S. Solheim Cup Team with a 1-3-0 record.


LORIE KANE – Rolex Ranking – #199
Career Earnings: $6,857,930.00

Started playing golf at the age of 5…Credits her parents Jack and Marilyn Kane, Jack McLaughlin, Ed McLaughlin and David MacNeil as the individuals most influencing her career…Enjoys all sports, especially hockey, and spending time with family and friends…In 2006, presented with the Order of Canada, the nation’s highest honor…Is affiliated with the Lorie Kane Charity Golf Classic, which benefits Prince Edward Island charities.