Candy Hannemann (below), a senior at Duke, won the NCAA championship by beating Arizona freshman Lorena Ochoa on the first playoff hole last week at Mission Inn Golf and Tennis Resort in Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla. Unfortunately, winning the NCAAs has almost become the kiss of death on the LPGA since Arizona's Annika Sorenstam took the title in 1991. The last nine champions have won only five LPGA tournaments combined. Here's how we rank them as pros.
1. Emilee Klein '94, Arizona State
A confident overachiever, she has won twice—although both victories came five years ago—despite an unorthodox swing and a lack of power.
2. Heather Bowie '97, Texas
She's finally on the upswing after twice failing to get her card. Consistent, with seven top 20s already this year, she should blossom into a top-tier player.
3. Jennifer Rosales '98, Southern Cal
A Rosie Jones-type battler, only longer, she left school early, and her inexperience shows. She excels in distance (15th) but fails in putting (107th). Loads of talent.
4. Charlotta Sorenstam '93, Texas
She won for the first time last year, yet suffers in comparison with her sister. (Who doesn't?) Her swing is similar to Annika's, but her intensity and drive are not even close.
5. Marisa Baena '96, Arizona
Only 23, she used to be compared—unfairly—to Tiger Woods. Lots of potential and power. She recently changed to coach Mike Lebouve, and her athletic swing looks better than ever.
6. Vicki Goetze-Ackerman '92, Georgia
She had only eight top 10s in her first seven seasons, and although she has had five this year, she'll never be a star. A phenomenal putter who hits seven-and nine-woods as well as some players hit wedges, she's still short, averaging only 211 yards off the tee.
7. Grace Park '99, Arizona State
She took her second career victory this year but hasn't dominated the way many insiders expected. Some question her heart. She probably hits more tee shots out-of-bounds than any other good player.
8. Jenna Daniels '00, Arizona
A non-exempt player, she has tons of potential, but her short game lacks polish and now, frustrated, she's wondering if she should've become a schoolteacher. Give her some time.
9. Kristel Mourgue d'Algue '95, Arizona State
A native of France whose mother, Cecilia, was a top amateur, she failed to earn an LPGA card and joined the European tour in '96. She quit after two years and now lives in Paris with her husband and their six-month-old daughter, Eva.