Two golfers with New Jersey ties will join the ShopRite LPGA Classic field on sponsor's exemptions, Classic officials announced Wednesday.

Marina Alex and Meghan Stasi will be in the field of 144 players competing in the $1.5 million Classic from June 1-3 on the Bay Course at Seaview Resort in Galloway Township.

Former Mays Landing resident Joanna Coe, who played in the Classic the past two years on a sponsor's exemption, will not compete in this year's event. Coe, now a member of the Symetra Tour, will play in an event on that tour the weekend of the Classic. The Symetra Tour serves as a "minor-league" circuit for the LPGA.

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All LPGA events give sponsor's exemptions, often for promising players or local favorites.

Stasi, 33, grew up in Voorhees and now lives in Oakland Park, Fla. She won seven consecutive Philadelphia Amateur Championships from 1999-2005.

Alex, 21, grew up in Wayne and will make her professional debut at the Classic after a stellar career at Vanderbilt University. She recently was named the Southeastern Conference Player of the Year.

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