SUN CITY WEST, Ariz., Jan. 7, 2015 – The LPGA Legends Tour will kick off its 2015 season at Grandview Golf Course in Sun City West, Ariz. The 4th annual Walgreens Charity Championship will return to the desert March 5-8, with 50 Legends Tour members competing for a purse of $250,000.
“Walgreens is pleased to continue our partnership with The Legends Tour to hold its annual Charity Classic event, featuring many of the finest golfers of the LPGA,” said Matt Sesto, Walgreens Market Vice President. “We are excited to witness world-class golf in action to benefit the Phoenix Children’s Hospital and the American Diabetes Association. We also look forward to bringing Walgreens’ various pharmacy, health and wellness resources to the local community attending the event.”
Among those players in the tournament field will be defending champion Liselotte Neumann of Sweden. Neumann is a 13-time LPGA Tour winner, and the only European Solheim Cup captain to have won on American soil, which she accomplished with her European team in 2013.
“I’m excited to come back to Grandview because the course is fun to play and the Legends Tour receives a lot of support from our fans there,” said Neumann, who also won the LPGA’s 1998 Standard Register PING tournament in Phoenix in a playoff against Rosie Jones, now also a current Legends Tour member.
“I worked really hard on my game leading up to last year’s event in Sun City West, so it was great to see that the hard work paid off against a strong field of players,” Neumann added.
The tournament schedule will feature a local qualifying event and professional practice rounds on Thursday, March 5, followed by the official pro-am tournament, set for Friday, March 6. Admission to the pro-am is free, but charitable contributions will be welcome to support the event’s official charity partners, the Phoenix Children’s Hospital and the American Diabetes Association.
“We so grateful to our friends at Walgreens and The Legends Tour for choosing Phoenix Children’s Hospital as its beneficiary again this year,” said the hospital’s Steve Schnall, senior vice president and chief development officer. “It’s two days of exciting play for the fans, with an incredible amount of money raised for our hospital each year – funds that are critical in helping us provide the level of care we do. It’s really so much more than a game when they’re playing for our patients and families.”
Competition kicks off at 9 a.m. on Saturday, March 7, with the final round set to start at 9 a.m. on Sunday, March 8. The trophy presentation for the winner will immediately follow the conclusion of Sunday’s final round.
Tickets will be $15 per day at the gate and are now available at Sun City West golf shops. Starting on Feb. 5, advance tickets will be sold for $10 per day at area Walgreens stores.
Kids under 13, as well as active military with an ID, will be admitted free of charge.