BOSTON, Sept. 19, 2014 – The LPGA Legends Tour helped raise $2 million for the BJ’s Foundation this week at a one-day pro-am.
Sponsored by BJ’s Wholesale Club and its vendor partners, 216 amateurs played in the event while 72 Legends Tour players competed simultaneously in a stroke-play event on Wednesday, Sept. 17, at Pinehills Golf Club in Plymouth, Mass.
The annual BJ’s Charity Pro-Am has raised $17 million since the tournament began in 2005, and currently supports various New England charities.
“Because of the overwhelmingly generous support of our vendor partners, we were able to raise $2 million this year for the BJ's Charitable Foundation, which supports nonprofit organizations that primarily benefit underprivileged youth and families in the area of basic needs,” said Paul Bass, tournament chairman and chairman of the board of directors of the BJ’s Charitable Foundation.
Legends Tour pros played their own ball throughout the pro-am round and competed head to head for a $100,000 purse.
Legends Tour players Lori Atsedes and Jean Bartholomew tied at even-par 72 on the Jones Course, while Lisa Grimes posted the low round of the day at 2-under 70 on the Nicklaus Course.
For the non-golfers, a New England whale-watching trip was added to this year’s event, attracting 25 additional sponsor companies.