The LPGA begins its annual stay in New Jersey this week.

The $1.5 million Sybase Match Play Championship will be held Thursday-Sunday at Hamilton Farms Golf Club in Gladstone, Somerset County.

After a one-week break, the $1.5 million ShopRite LPGA Classic will be held on the Bay Course at Seaview Resort in Galloway Township from June 1-3.

Both events will feature the world’s best women golfers.

The Match Play event consists of 64 golfers. Suzann Pettersen is the defending champion. This year’s winner will earn $375,000.

The LPGA released the tournament draw Monday, and there are some interesting first-round matches. Stacy Lewis, No. 7 on the LPGA money list, faces tour veteran Pat Hurst.

The 64 players are divided into four groups named after former LPGA greats.

Yani Tseng, the world’s No. 1 player, standout Paula Creamer and 2011 ShopRite champion Brittany Lincicome are all in Patty Berg Division.

The Kathy Whitworth Division also looks tough with a trio of past ShopRite champions — Angela Stanford (2003), Cristie Kerr (2004) and Ai Miyazato (2010) — in the bracket.

The LPGA also announced some changes that will making following players on social media even easier.

Caddies will sport bibs with Twitter handles on their backs starting with the LPGA Championship at Locust Hill Country Club in June.

Kraig Kann, chief communications officer of the LPGA Tour, said 113 LPGA players have Twitter accounts.

The LPGA Championship has been sponsored by Wegmans Food Markets the past three years. The contract is up after this year, but both sides plan to sit down in late June or early July to work on a new deal.

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