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LPGA Legends Championship at French Lick, Aug. 15-17

Pete Dye Course at French Lick Resort

Pete Dye Course at French Lick Resort. AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2012, all rights reserved.

By Kevin Frisch
On behalf of the Legends Championship
http://thelegendstour.com/

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:

Dina Ammaccapane
Donna Andrews
Lori Atsedes
Susie Berning *
Jane Blalock *
Pat Bradley
Donna Caponi *
JoAnne Carner
Dawn Coe-Jones
Jane Crafter
Elaine Crosby
Alicia Dibos
Judy Dickinson *
Wendy Doolan
Dana Dormann
Heather Drew
Michelle Estill
Cindy Figg-Currier
Allison Finney
Amy Fruwirth
Jackie Gallagher-Smith
Lisa Grimes
Shelley Hamlin
Sandra Haynie *
Becky Iverson
Christa Johnson
Trish Johnson
Cathy Johnston-Forbes
Rosie Jones
Lorie Kane
Jenny Lidback
Sally Little
Nancy Lopez
Marilyn Lovander
Cindy Miller
Barb Moxness
Barb Mucha
Martha Nause
Lisolette Neumann
Anne Marie Palli
Sandra Palmer *
Joan Pitcock
Cindy Rarick
Michelle Redman
Laurie Rinker
Cindy Schreyer
Nancy Scranton
Laura Shanahan Rowe
Patty Sheehan
Val Skinner
Hollis Stacy
Sherri Steinhauer
Jan Stephenson
Kris Tschetter
Sherri Turner
Lori West
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.

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