SUN CITY WEST,
Ariz., Jan. 27, 2015 – Eight
LPGA and World Golf Hall of Fame members have committed to play in the
LPGA Legends Tour’s season-opening Walgreens Charity Championship in
Set for March
6-8, some of the game’s biggest names plan to tee up at the event in
Arizona. That group will include such LPGA legendary champions as Amy
Alcott, Pat Bradley, Donna Caponi, Sandra Hayne, Juli Inkster, Betsy
King, Nancy Lopez and Patty Sheehan.
“It’s always great spending time with
these players on the Legends Tour,” said Hall of Famer Juli Inkster, who
made her Legends Tour debut in 2014. “They’re the ones who blazed the
path for me so I could play and I have a lot of respect for all of
will return to Grandview Golf Course in Sun City West, Ariz. The
tournament will feature a field of 50 LPGA Legends competing for a purse
Sweden’s Liselotte Neumann, the event’s
2014 champion, will return to defend her title. Neumann is a 13-time
LPGA Tour winner, including her win at the LPGA’s 1998 Standard Register
PING tournament in Phoenix.
Players in the event with Arizona ties
include Danielle Ammaccapane, Jane Crafter, Christa Johnson, Betsy King,
Cindy Rarick and Sherri Turner.
Making her Legends Tour debut will be
Michelle McGann of Florida. McGann won seven LPGA tournaments in her
21-year LPGA Tour career.
Legends Tour Hall of Famer Jan Stephenson
of Australia also will be in the tournament field. Stephenson is the
career leading money winner on the Legends Tour.
“This year will have three parts for me,”
said Inkster, who plans to play early in the season on both the Legends
Tour and 10 tournaments on the LPGA Tour, before working as a television
commentator at six LPGA events for FOX-TV, and serving as the captain of
the 2015 U.S. Solheim Cup team in September.
“I’m going to be fairly busy, but I like
to stay busy,” added Inkster, who also may play in two Legends Tour
tournaments in Florida this November – the ISPS Handa Cup in Sarasota,
and the Walgreens Charity Championship in Delray Beach.
Competition at the Walgreens Charity
Championship begins at 9 a.m. on Saturday, March 7, and on Sunday, March
8 for the final round. The event returns for the fourth year to Sun City
tickets are on sale now at all Sun City West golf shops for $15 per
adult. Discounted advance tickets go on sale Feb. 5, for $10 per day at
all area Walgreens stores.
Kids 17-under, as well as active military
with an ID, will be admitted free of charge.
Admission is free into the
Friday pro-am tournament on March 6, but contributions will be
welcome to support the event’s official charity partners, the Phoenix
Children’s Hospital and the American Diabetes Association.