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

August 5, 2014 Leave a comment
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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Big Ten Basketball Tournament Tickets Now on Sale

October 14, 2013 Leave a comment
Bankers Life Fieldhouse

Bankers Life Fieldhouse. AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2011, all rights reserved.

By John Dedman
Indiana Sports Corporation
http://indianasportscorp.org/

All-session tickets for the 2014 Big Ten Women’s and Men’s Basketball Tournaments went on sale to the general public on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013. Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana, is the site of the women’s tournament from March 6-9, 2014, and the men’s tournament from March 13-16, featuring 22 games over eight days.

To purchase tickets within your university block, please contact your institution’s ticket office for on-campus sale dates. General admission tickets for the women’s event and balcony level tickets for the men’s tournament can be purchased at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse Ticket Office, Ticketmaster outlets, www.ticketmaster.com or by calling Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000.

The women’s tournament will once again feature general admission seating, allowing fans to witness the action from the best available seats in Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Women’s tournament all-session tickets are available for $50 through January 31, 2014, which marks a 30-percent discount off the regular price of $70. Fans wishing to purchase all-session tickets within their university’s fan block for their respective team’s games are encouraged to contact their school’s ticket office.

Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament all-session tickets for the lower and club levels are available for $325 through Big Ten university ticket offices only. All-session tickets for the balcony level are available for $240 or $175 (depending on seat location) through Ticketmaster or the Bankers Life Fieldhouse Ticket Office only. Orders will be limited to eight all-session tickets.

In addition, the men’s tournament will continue to feature a special discounted rate of $50 for all-session tickets available only to students of Big Ten universities. All students must have a valid student ID for entry. Student section seating will be available in eight balcony sections and orders will be limited to one all-session ticket. Details on the student ticket program will be sent to the university ticket offices for distribution directly to students.

The Big Ten Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournaments will call Indianapolis and Bankers Life Fieldhouse home this March and again in 2016. The 2014 tournament marks the ninth time Indianapolis has hosted the Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament at Bankers Life Fieldhouse and the Circle City’s 18th Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament.

For more information, visit http://indianasportscorp.org/, or call 317-237-5016.

LPGA Legends Championship at French Lick, Sept. 23-29

September 16, 2013 Leave a comment
Pete Dye Course at French Lick Resort

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

By Dyan Duncan
French Lick Resort
http://frenchlick.com/

The history of women’s professional golf at French Lick Resort in southern Indiana is steeped in tradition. Later this month that tradition continues, as some of the greatest players in LPGA history will showcase their talents in the Legends Championship presented by Humana Sept. 23-29, 2013.

Women’s golf at French Lick Resort dates back to 1958 when Louise Suggs captured the French Lick Women’s Open on the historic Donald Ross course. A few years later the LPGA Championship was also brought to the historic site. In 1959 Betsy Rawls won the LPGA major followed by the legendary Mickey Wright winning the title in 1960, also held on the Ross course.

In 2013, the history will continue not only with this elite and historic competition, but also with creation of a new LPGA Legends Hall of Fame, which will be located off the atrium in the historic West Baden Springs Hotel.

The Legends Championship will be held on the highly acclaimed Pete Dye Course at French Lick Resort, featuring over 66 competitors including 10 Hall of Fame players and nine Solheim Cup Captains:

  • Kathy Whitworth (88 LPGA wins, 6 majors, and Solheim Cup Captain)
  • Nancy Lopez (48 LPGA wins, 3 majors, Solheim Cup Captain)
  • Joanne Carner (43 LPGA wins, 2 majors, Solheim Cup Captain)
  • Patty Sheehan (35 LPGA wins, 6 majors, Solheim Cup Captain)
  • Betsy King (34 LPGA wins, 6 majors, Solheim Cup Captain)
  • Beth Daniel (33 LPGA wins, one major, Solheim Cup Captain)
  • Pat Bradley (31 LPGA wins, 6 majors, Solheim Cup Captain)
  • Amy Alcott (29 LPGA wins and 5 majors)
  • Donna Caponi (24 LPGA wins and 4 majors)
  • Hollis Stacy (18 LPGA wins and 3 majors)
  • Laura Davies (81 Professional wins, 20 LPGA wins, and 6 majors)
  • Liselotte Neumann (13 LPGA wins, one major, and Solheim Cup Captain)
  • Jane Blalock (27 LPGA wins)
  • Rosie Jones (13 LPGA wins and Solheim Cup Captain)

The players will compete in a 54-hole event for the largest purse on the Legends Tour at $500,000, with the winner earning $75,000. There will also be a 36-hole “Super Legends” event on Saturday and Sunday featuring Hall of Famers Sandra Haynie and Donna Caponi, 27-time LPGA Tour champion Jane Blalock and Sandra Palmer, who won 19 times on the LPGA Tour. As event dates near, an updated list of participants will be available at www.frenchlick.com.

The tournament and partnership with Humana reflects a shared commitment by French Lick Resort, the Legends Championship and Humana to promote healthy living, with a special emphasis on women’s health and heart disease. The event will focus on bringing awareness to women and families about the importance of good health and nutrition.

The Legends Championship event will feature a variety of activities, including two days of professional competition, a Pro-Am Sponsor event, the Alice Dye Women’s Invitational, LPGA’s Women’s Clinic and other community outreach programs that will enrich the lives of youth throughout Indiana and surrounding states.  This will include the Healthy Kids Pavilion presented by Humana, which will promote a variety of healthy activities for kids. A portion of the proceeds benefits the American Heart Association.

Affordable tickets and packages

Daily tickets for the event can be purchased for an affordable rate of $10 per day, or $25 for a weekly pass and children 18 and under get in free. For people who want to experience French Lick Resort and the Legends Championship, VIP and lodging packages are also available starting at $250.

About French Lick Resort

French Lick Resort is a $500 million historic restoration and casino development project that includes the West Baden Springs Hotel, French Lick Springs Hotel and the new French Lick Casino. This premier resort and casino destination in Southern Indiana features 686 guest rooms and suites; a 51,000-square-foot, single-level casino; 63 holes of golf, including the fully restored 1917-designed Donald Ross Course at French Lick and the new, 18-hole Pete Dye Course at French Lick; two full-service spas with a combined 36 treatment rooms totaling 42,000 square feet; meeting and event space totaling 115,000 square feet and an array of dining and entertainment options. Visit www.frenchlick.com or call 812-936-9300.

About The Legends Tour

The Legends Tour is the Official Legends Tour of the LPGA. The tour began in 2000 by LPGA professionals to showcase the talents of some of the greatest women’s golfers of all time. The Legends Tour has more than 120 members, including 12 LPGA and World Golf Hall of Fame members. Legends Tour players have over 675 combined LPGA Tour victories, including 70 major championships. In its 12 seasons, The Legends Tour has awarded more than $10 million in prize money and helped raise more than $13 million for charity. The Legends Tour has hosted events in Arizona, Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Wisconsin, Japan and Australia. For additional information on The Legends Tour, log on to www.thelegendstour.com .