SUN CITY WEST, ARIZ. – 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 March. 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 them.” The tournament 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 of $250,000.
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 West, Ariz. Daily 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.