The Legends Tour, official senior tour of the LPGA, announces its 2015 tournament schedule today. The tour for LPGA members age 45 and over will feature nine events in six states this year, with four tournaments to be staged in Florida. Competition begins in March and concludes in November.
“We are pleased to have nine confirmed events on this year’s schedule with a few more pending confirmations,” said Jane Blalock, Legends Tour CEO. “The strength of this year’s schedule is a reflection of the tour’s phenomenal growth and the continued support of great partners like Walgreens and French Lick Resort.”
The Legends Tour will kick off the year March 6-8, at the 4th annual Walgreens Charity Classic in Sun City West, Ariz., followed by the inaugural Chico’s Patty Berg Memorial April 13-19, in Ft. Myers, Fla., which will pair LPGA Legends alongside the young professionals of the Symetra Tour.
“We are partnering with the LPGA Symetra Tour to create a unique combined event with veteran and young professionals competing for separate purses,” added Blalock. “It’s a terrific opportunity for both tours and we are excited to showcase the legacy and future of women’s professional golf on one course and in one tournament.”
In June, the Legends Tour will hold an event in conjunction with college players at the 3rd annual Judson Collegiate & Legends Pro-Am, set for June 27-28, in Roswell, Ga. By late summer, the tour will travel to Jackson, Mich., for its longest-running event – the 15th annual Wendy’s Charity Classic, set for Aug. 9-10, followed by the 3rd annual Legends Championship Aug. 28-30, in French Lick, Ind.
The LPGA Legends Tour heads to Massachusetts on Sept. 16, for the 5th annual BJ’s Charity Pro-Am in Plymouth, Mass., before wrapping up the season with three events in the Sunshine State during November.
The first stop in Florida will be Nov. 5-7, at the 3rd annual Walgreens Charity Championship presented by The Seagate Country Club in Delray Beach. The tour will head to nearby West Palm Beach on Nov. 9, for the 2nd annual Legends Helping the Girls Pro-Am, before wrapping up the year at the season-ending ISPS Handa Cup, set for Nov. 12-14, in Sarasota.
“Securing a new home for our world-renown ISPS Handa Cup in the Sarasota-Bradenton area is especially gratifying, as this will be the 10th year for our international team competition,” added Blalock. “Golf fans get to see former Solheim Cup players and captains in action at this event this fall.”
Also, the LPGA Legends Tour announces the launch of its new website design. The new look of www.thelegendstour.com features a lighter appearance and color scheme, as well as more detailed information on tournaments, players, news updates and greater content variety with player bios, videos and fan interaction.
To check out the updated look, visit www.thelegendstour.com.
2015 LPGA Legends Tour Schedule:
4th annual Walgreens Charity Classic
Defending Champion: Liselotte Neumann
50 LPGA Legends
Sun City West, Ariz. – Grandview Golf Course
Charities: Phoenix Children’s Hospital and American Diabetes Association
Chico’s Patty Berg Memorial
Symetra Tour – 4 rounds starting Thursday, April 16 (144 cut to 72)
Legends Tour – 2 rounds starting Saturday, April 18 (30 players, no cut)
Pairings for Sat/Sun will be 2 Symetra Tour players and 1 Legend
Ft. Myers, Fla. – Cypress Lakes Country Club
4th Annual Judson Collegiate & Legends Pro-Am
Roswell, Ga. (Atlanta area) - Country Club of Roswell
Hosted by Rosie Jones
2-day pro-am with 30 LPGA Legends and 60 NCAA Female Golfers
Charity: The JCI Foundation
15th Annual Wendy’s Charity Classic
Defending Champion: Rosie Jones
25 LPGA Legends
Jackson, Mich. – Country Club of Jackson
Charity: Wendy’s Wonderful Kids
3rd Annual Legends Championship
Defending Champion: Laurie Rinker
60 LPGA Legends
French Lick, Ind. – Pete Dye Golf Course at French Lick Resort
Charity: Riley Children’s Foundation
5th Annual BJ’s Charity Pro-Am
70+ LPGA Legends
Plymouth, Mass. – Pinehills Golf Course
Charity: The BJ’s Charitable Foundation
3rd Annual Walgreens Charity Championship presented by The Seagate Country Club
50 LPGA Legends
Defending Champion: Meg Mallon
Delray Beach, Fla. – The Seagate Country Club
Charity: The Dan Marino Foundation
2nd Annual Legends Helping the Girls Pro-Am
West Palm Beach, Fla. – Bear Lakes Country Club
Charity: The First Tee of Palm Beaches Girls Golf Program
20 LPGA Legends
10th Annual ISPS Handa Cup
Defending Champion: Team USA
24 LPGA Legends, 2 Captains and 2 Assistant Captains
Sarasota, Fla. – Palm Aire Country Club
Charity: The Clinton Foundation
About The Legends Tour
The Legends Tour is the official senior tour of the LPGA. The tour began in 2000 by LPGA professionals to showcase the talents of some of the greatest women’s golfers of all time. The Legends Tour has more than 120 members, including 13 LPGA and World Golf Hall of Fame members. Legends Tour players have over 750 combined LPGA Tour victories, including 84 major championships. In its 14 seasons, The Legends Tour has awarded more than $13 million in prize money and helped raise nearly $16 million for charity. The Legends Tour has hosted events in Arizona, Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Mississippi, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Japan and Australia. For additional information on The Legends Tour, log on to www.thelegendstour.com
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