The LPGA Legends Tour will return to Sun City West, Ariz., in May for the third annual Walgreens Charity Classic.The season-opening tournament will be staged May 3-4, at Grandview Golf Course and will bring a field of 40 Legends Tour players to compete for a minimum purse of $200,000. The official LPGA tour for professionals age 45 and over will also kick off its 14th season of competition at the Arizona event. Defending champion Michele Redman plans to return to Grandview Golf Course for a chance to retain her title.
“I really enjoyed the golf course and there were a lot of Minnesota golf fans out there last year, so it was fun having them in the gallery,” said Redman, a Minnesota native. “I look forward to defending my title in May.” Other early tournament roster commitments include six-time Legends Tour winner and 2012 Walgreens Charity Classic champion Rosie Jones, as well as Arizona residents Sherri Turner, Cindy Rarick and Christa Johnson.
New this year, the tournament’s pro-am will be played at the Wigwam Resort in Litchfield, Ariz., with the 36-hole tournament returning to Grandview Golf Course.“We are excited once again to team up with Walgreens and to return to Sun City West, where fans are so supportive of our players,” said Jane Blalock, Legends Tour CEO. “This is the perfect place to showcase some of the best players in the LPGA’s history.”
Gates will open at 8 a.m. each day, with tee times starting at 9 a.m. Each round will include a Vendor Village adjacent to the practice green, which will feature Walgreens vendor partners and local businesses offering complimentary items and information on their products and services. An on-course health walk will be held during each round of the tournament competition. Golf fans may participate in the event on the back nine holes each day from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The walk will include several checkpoints along a 1.5-mile route.
Golf fans who complete all checkpoints will earn Legends Tour-branded rewards at the finish line. “What a great venue to showcase the Sun City West active lifestyle and community to the local, regional and national golfing public,” said Patrick O’Hara, golf operations manager at Recreation Centers of Sun City West. “Grandview Golf Course is a great place to experience the awesome talent Legends Tour players bring to each tournament they play.”
Tickets will be available at all area Walgreens at $5 off the gate pricing and will go on sale April 1. Kids under 17 and active military with ID will be admitted free of charge. All ticket proceeds will benefit the Phoenix Children’s Hospital. After two tournaments, the Walgreens Charity Classic has raised more than $70,000 for the hospital.