LPGA Legends Championship at French Lick, Aug. 15-17
By Kevin Frisch
On behalf of the Legends Championship
The Legends Championship benefitting Riley Children’s Foundation will return to the Pete Dye Course at French Lick Resort this month in French Lick, Indiana. The 2nd annual event will feature the largest purse on The Legends Tour at $500,000, with a field of 60 players competing for the championship title, August 15-17, 2014.
The 2013 tournament was held in late September, but will move to a new date on the calendar this year. Rain and cold temperatures made last year’s event a real test of endurance.
Defending champion Lorie Kane of Canada will return to Indiana hoping to retain her title and already gives the new tournament date a thumbs-up of approval.
“I’m looking forward to playing the course earlier in the summer, compared to last year,” said Kane, who edged Floridian Laurie Rinker on the final hole in last year’s soggy championship. “Being the inaugural winner was a thrill.”
The championship will be contested over 54 holes, with six players competing in a Super Legends division (36 holes, Saturday & Sunday only) for ages 63 and over. LPGA and World Golf Hall of Famers Pat Bradley, Donna Caponi, JoAnne Carner, Sandra Haynie, Nancy Lopez, Patty Sheehan and Hollis Stacy, along with Legends Tour Hall of Fame member Jan Stephenson, will be in the tournament field.
In addition, one player will earn a spot into the field through a qualifying tournament, set for Wednesday on the tournament course at 8:00 AM. Eight aspiring Legends are expected to compete, including Yumiko Takeuchi of Japan who also attempted to qualify in 2013.
Tickets are $10 each day at the gate or $25 for the week for a three-day pass. Kids under 18, as well as military personnel with an ID, get in free. College golf teams also will be admitted at no charge.
Competition will begin Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 8:00 AM, with gates opening at 7:30 a.m. Prior to the competitive rounds, a pro-am tournament will be held Thursday at 10:00 AM. Admission to the pro-am is free.
Proceeds from this year’s tournament will benefit the Riley Children’s Foundation in support of the Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis. As one of the country’s top children’s hospitals, Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health strives to provide the most advanced care and premier pediatric research in the nation.
Here is the tournament field for the 2014 Legends Championship:
Susie Berning *
Jane Blalock *
Donna Caponi *
Judy Dickinson *
Sandra Haynie *
Anne Marie Palli
Sandra Palmer *
Laura Shanahan Rowe
Kathryn Young Robyn
* Super Legends Division Player
For more information about The Legends Championship or The Legends Tour, please visit www.thelegendstour.com. For information about French Lick Resort, visit http://frenchlick.com/, or call 812-936-9300.
Editor’s Acknowledgement: Fusion Media Strategies.