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Former champs commit to 2014 Manulife Financial LPGA Classic

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Defending champion Hee Young Park, 2012 champion Brittany Lang, world No. 3 Stacy Lewis, and Canadian up-and-comer Jennifer Kirby, lead the list of early commitments for the 2014 Manulife Financial LPGA Classic.

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The third annual tournament will be played from June 4 to June 8 at Grey Silo Golf Course in Waterloo.

Park defeated Angela Stanford in a three-hole playoff at the 2013 Manulife Financial LPGA Classic to capture her second professional victory. Park birdied the par-5 18th hole four straight times to take the win and earn the $195,000 first-place cheque.

Lang became a Rolex First-Time Winner at the inaugural Manulife Financial LPGA Classic in 2012, capturing the victory in a four-way, three-hole sudden death playoff. Lang had a busy year in 2013: 28 events, 22 cuts made, seven top-20 finishes including a season-best tie for seventh at the U.S. Women's Open.

Manulife Financial recently announced multi-year partnerships with Lewis and Kirby. Both players will represent Manulife globally during the 2014 LPGA Tour season.

Kirby turned professional following graduation from the University of Alabama in the spring of 2013. She emerged victorious in her professional debut at the CN Canadian Women’s Tour Quebec, and earned her full 2014 LPGA Tour Card by finishing fifth at the LPGA Q-School qualifying event.

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